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 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
Who: Clotilde Dusoulier
Focus: strong focus on health and creating lighter versions of traditionally heavy French recipes
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
Who: David Lebovitz
Focus: French desserts
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
Who: Dorie Greenspan
Focus: “French Fridays with Dorie,” a weekly online supper club
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
Who: Meg Bortin, American journalist and author based in Paris
Focus: how to make a French dinner for guests in just 20 minutes
Desperate to Be a Housewife
Family Wanted: Stories of Adoption
6. French Cooking for Dummies
Who: Véro, the author of the French Cooking for Dummies book
Focus: sharing with you my everyday cooking and proving French cuisine isn’t as complicated as it might seem.
Books: French Cooking for Dummies
7. French Girl Cuisine
Who: Natacha Gajdoczki, a French girl living and cooking in Switzerland
Focus: both quick and simple for beginning chefs and more challenging dishes
8. French Revolution Food
Who: Kerry, a native New Yorker who takes inspiration from her French mother’s cooking as well as American cuisine
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
Who: Internationally best-selling author Mireille Guiliano
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.”
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.