filling the empty nest with food

Pâté en Croûte

Bastille Day has come and gone. We did celebrate, though, in true French fashion–by drinking wine and making a complicated dish involving many kinds of meat wrapped in a flaky, … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Salmon Mayonnaise

I thought it was high time I made a recipe from Escoffier that would result in an actual meal, rather than a freezer bag of sauce base to use sometime … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

Eggs Parmentier

Many French dishes are named after people: famous people, people the chefs were in love with, people connected to a particular ingredient. And it’s fun to research the history of … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hot Milk Cake

Sometimes I think I should subtitle this project “cooking with Escoffier, cooking despite Escoffier, cooking to avoid Escoffier, or even, cooking to spite Escoffier.” The recipes are daunting and success … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sauce Béarnaise

Since I started my Escoffier project, I’ve been reacting with disbelief when Escoffier writes that a dish or sauce is simple. Yeah, right, I scoff. This is going to take … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Crème Caramel

A friend and loyal reader of my blog asked me recently if I would write about an Escoffier dish she could actually make. That made me laugh, as after the … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment


So. let’s make some quenelles. Some what, you ask? Has anyone out there heard of these? I had a vague recollection of hearing about quenelles when I studied abroad in … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

Sauce Espagnole

Mother Sauce #3 is Sauce Espagnole. This is a brown sauce, made with a brown roux, sautéed mirepoix (carrots and onions, thyme and bay leaf), a little tomato purée and … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 6 Comments

Happy Easter!

Sometimes you need a break from all those stocks and sauces. Happy Easter to all my friends!    

April 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mushroom Tartelettes

A well-written recipe is a lovely thing. And I don’t fully appreciate them until I have to follow a recipe that raises more questions than it answers. Suffice it to … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · 8 Comments

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