Today is supposedly German Chocolate Day, but I have decided simply to re-post this…mainly because at the moment, I feel like Taking a heavy mallet and crushing my entire life like Julia Child did this chicken)…so here’s my previous post…

Most home chefs tremble at the words “French” and “cooking” both being used in a recipe….and I wonder how many of us have actually dared to make pate de choux or build croquembouche.

But more lp in understanding French cuisine and cooking methods can be found in several very informative and inspiring French cooking blogs such as the blogs on the following list.

  
1.  18thC Cuisine

  • Who:: Carolyn Smith-Kizer
  • Focus:  spices, herbs, and preliminary preparations used from the 18th Century and how French foods have evolved over time, giving us a cooking and history lesson in one.

   
2.  Chocolate and Zucchini

  1. Who:  Clotilde Dusoulier
  2. Focus: strong focus on health and creating  lighter versions of traditionally heavy French recipes
  3. Books: 
  • Chocolate & Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen
  • Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris
  • Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites
  • The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen  

3.  David Lebovitz

  1. Who:  David Lebovitz 
  2. Focus:  French desserts
  3. Books: 
  • My Paris Kitchen
  • Paris Pastry Guide
  • Ready for Dessert
  • Ripe For Dessert
  • Room For Dessert
  • The Great Book of Chocolate
  • The Perfect Scoop
  • The Bakers Dozen Cookbook
  • The Sweet Life in Paris

    
4.  Dorie Greenspan

  1. Who:  Dorie Greenspan
  2. Focus: “French Fridays with Dorie,” a weekly online supper club
  3. Books:
  • Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours 
  • Baking: From My Home to Yours 
  • Baking with Julia: Savor the Joys of Baking with America’s Best Bakers
  • Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme  
  • Daniel Boulud’s Cafe Boulud Cookbook: French-American Recipes for the Home Cook
  • Desserts by Pierre Herme
  • Pancakes: From Morning to Midnight
  • Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City’s Best Pastry Shops
  • Sweet Times: Simple Desserts for Every Occasion 
  • Waffles from Morning to Midnight 

  
5.  Everyday French Chef 

  1. Who: Meg Bortin, American journalist and author based in Paris
  2. Focus:  how to make a French dinner for guests in just 20 minutes
  3. Books:
  • Desperate to Be a Housewife
  • Family Wanted: Stories of Adoption

 
6.  French Cooking for Dummies

  1. Who: Vérothe author of the French Cooking for Dummies book
  2. Focus:  sharing with you my everyday cooking and proving French cuisine isn’t as complicated as it might seem.
  3. Books:  French Cooking for Dummies

  
7.  French Girl Cuisine 

  1. Who:  Natacha Gajdoczki, a French girl living and cooking in Switzerland
  2. Focus:  both quick and simple for beginning chefs and more challenging dishes 

  
8.  French Revolution Food

  1. Who:  Kerry, a native New Yorker who takes inspiration from her French mother’s cooking as well as American cuisine
  2. Focus:  recipes, and memories, of the kind of French-American fusion on which she grew up, to hopefully reverse the idea that so many of us have that French food is hard and complicated  

9.  French Women Don’t Get Fat

  1. Who:   Internationally best-selling author Mireille Guiliano 
  2. Focus:  “a site for anyone who wants to infuse her (or his) life with a bit—or even a lot!—of the joie de vivre and wisdom of French women.”
  3. Books:
  • French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude
  • French Women Don’t Get Fat
  • French Women For All Seasons
  • Meet Paris Oyster: A Love Affair with the Perfect Food
  • The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook
  • Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility

  
10.  My French Chef

  • Who:  Vincent Guiheneu, a classically trained French chef, who has worked in fine dining restaurants in St. Tropez and Courchevel, France; Sydney, Australia; and more recently, Dublin, Ireland. Vincen
  • Focus:   weekly cooking challenges, latest recipe, and expert tutorials 

  

    

Molten chocolate lava cake is a favorite treat for chocolate lovers and a very popular French dessert that consists of butter, eggs, sugar, and chocolate. 


Moelleux au chocolat–Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

1.  Prep—Preheat to 350°. Coat 8 ramekins with melted butter.

    2.  Make the batter—Melt 8oz dark chocolate…8oz butter in microwave. Beat 6 eggs… 1-1/4C sugar until light yellow and airy. Add melted chocolate/butter to eggs. Add 1C flour.

      3.  Bake—Pour the batter into the serving dishes. Bake 10min.

        4.  Serve—Serve with fresh raspberries, a drizzling of raspberry and/or chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, whipped cream, and/or  vanilla ice cream. 

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