Main Dishes

Main Dishes 2018-02-18T09:23:02+00:00

People always seem to assume that because I learned to cook in France, all my recipes will be French. While a lot of them are, my past lives spent in ethnically-diverse cities mean I crave foods from other cuisines that can’t easily be found in provincial France—so, I have to cook them myself.


Crispy-Skinned Roast Chicken

To test the flavor and freshness of an organic chicken that was fedexed to me by the Poulet de Janzé people (nothing makes you feel like a *real* food blogger than having a f [...]

May 31st, 2018|3 Comments

Linguine with Clams and Chorizo

Linguine with Clams and Chorizo 2 to 2 ½ lb. (1 kg.) Manila clams (this is what I can find in the Mont-Saint-Michel bay) or littleneck or cherrystone clams (about 50 to 60 sm [...]

January 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Vegetable Pot-au-Feu

Pot au feu, the French version of pot roast, is eaten in two stages. First, the cooking broth is ladled into bowls to be sipped or spooned as a first course. Then, the meat a [...]

January 15th, 2018|3 Comments

New England Clam Chowder

Ever since I got bitten by the clam-digging bug about five years ago (I can walk two hundred yards out onto the mudflats just in front of my house in Cancale and get a bucket [...]

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Fresh Sole, Cancale-Style

Snooty foodie moment of the week: I caught myself wondering whether the sole I had in my fridge was fresh enough to eat. It was three days old. By three days old, I do not me [...]

October 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Heirloom Tomatoes Provençal

The last of the heirloom tomatoes deserve a special send-off, something that sets them smack in the center of the plate and showcases them in all their funny-shaped, juicy gl [...]

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Herbes de Provence

In France, I swear by Ducros, the supermarket brand of herbes de Provence. The balance of herbs is nigh on perfect—not too pungent, not too bitter, not too floral (the occasi [...]

July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Savory French Toast Tartines

It has been a busy couple of weeks since I was last able to shop for food. Good-busy, with lots of eating out and seeing friends, but bad-busy in the sense that a lot of food [...]

June 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

Wild Garlic Spanish Tortilla

How can so few people in Brittany (or at least my part of Brittany) know about three-cornered leeks? Until my recent (as in, 2 minutes ago) internet search I’ve been calling [...]

April 26th, 2017|1 Comment

Chicken Pot Pie

I have been disappointed with the chicken pot pies I’ve eaten ever since the Miller and Rhoads Tea Room in Richmond Virginia began its slow slide into oblivion in the 1980’s. [...]

February 17th, 2017|4 Comments

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew and I go way back. Not as far back as the days when cooks added squirrel to the is-it-Georgian, is-it North-Carolinian, is-it-Virginian Southern stew, but far [...]

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments