Vegan Cassoulet. Glutenfree, healthy

A Très Vegan Cassoulet

What about those French, huh? Cheese and wine do not make them fat. They give us French fries and crème brûlée and while the rest of us morph into couch potatoes, they stroll down their classy arondissements with the Eiffel Tower for a backdrop, looking chic and magnifique as can be. They can even sit down in a restaurant, order the…

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Sundried Tomato Quiche

Sundried Tomato Quiche

The perennial herbs have sprung back to life in my backyard, and I am having a lot of fun cooking with them. One of the best parts of spring and summer is being able to pick handfuls of herbs from the vegetable garden. Every year, the thyme, sage, mint, chives and garlic greens resurface, sunny and…

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french onion tart

French Onion Tart, Gluten-Free

It’s the weekend guys, and I don’t know about you but I feel good. Ecstatic, even, although it’s not like I’ve got anything special planned out. But how great is the very thought of two full days crammed with nothing other than endless possibilities of having fun? And here’s one way to have that fun and…

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Whole-Wheat Sourdough Baguettes

My dead oven sprang to life last week and I couldn’t wait for the weekend so I could put it to work again. I had the perfect job for it too: baking up a Whole-Wheat Sourdough Baguette. Or two. Baguettes can be tremendously healthy eats, especially when made my way. These crusty hunks of French…

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Sable

Sablé, or French Shortbread

I am a sucker for shortbread, but then who isn’t? Especially when it’s elegant French shortbread, buttery and crumbly with just a hint of sugar. A Sablé. I’ve shared with you before many shortbread recipes, including one for the classic Scottish Shortbread, and one of the chief differences between the two versions is that the…

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Caramelized Onion Tart

Caramelized Onion Tart with Olives

Holy Cow! is four — a grand old lady in Internet years– and to celebrate I have for you a savory, elegant treat: this golden Caramelized Onion Tart. But first I want to say a big thank you to all of you– my wonderful, intelligent, passionate readers — who have stuck with Holy Cow! through…

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Gateau de Crepes a la Florentine

Food, for those of us who love eating and making it, has to be gorgeously delicious, ravishingly beautiful, and, well, easy enough to prepare. And while French food definitely fits into the first two categories, those not used to making it day in day out often see it as being an intimidating test of patience…

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Sweet Potato Quiche with Caramelized Onions

Sweet Potato Quiche

Spring is time to go yard-saleing. It’s one of the reasons I most look forward to this time of year. Much as I hate going to shops, I admit there’s a gorgeously vicarious joy in going into other people’s homes and rummaging through their stuff — even if it’s stuff they’ve decided they don’t want…

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Ratatouille and Rosemary Polenta Spiked With Miso

One can’t possibly say goodbye to summer without at least once cooking up a pot of ratatouille, a delectable dish filled with the vibrant flavors of the vegetable garden. To me a ratatouille symbolizes the beauty of French cuisine: its dazzling simplicity. While the thought of cooking French food can sometimes appear intimidating because of…

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Whole-Wheat French Bread: A Step-By-Step Guide

So maybe French women don’t get fat, but I am not French and I do. Unless I watch what I eat. Still, I do get the urge to eat some lusciously soft, heartily crusty French bread ever so often. And when I was struck by the recurring urge to bake a French bread this weekend,…

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Easy French Bread

French Bread: Easy Recipe

A quick post today on one of the easiest but also one of the best French breads you’ll ever have. There are just four ingredients in this bread, if you don’t count the water: flour, yeast, salt and sugar. I don’t make this bread whole-grain because that would interfere with the deliciously soft texture which…

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Vegan Quiche

Vegan Coriander Quiche

Back in the days when I ate eggs and enjoyed them, there was still one thing about them I never could stand: that eggy smell. That smell ruined perfectly good cakes, gorgeous cookies, and crusty, otherwise delicious breads for me. But after going vegan I did miss the texture eggs gave to the recipes they…

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Tarte Tatin

The minute I felt a little bit better this past weekend, I decided my first cooking project in days was going to be one I’ve never made before, but always wanted to. Tarte Tatin. Tarte Tatin is the French cousin of an apple pie. Whereas an apple pie is plump, rustic and homely albeit delicious,…

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Crusty French Bread

Baking bread is a reward in itself. A perfect bread is the perfect conclusion to a day’s worth of patience. The kneading, the rising, the waiting, the re-kneading…this is definitely not something you can do on the run. But when the result is what you hoped for, it is hard not to feel just a…

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