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

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
Who: David Lebovitz 

Focus: French desserts

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
Who: Dorie Greenspan

Focus: “French Fridays with Dorie,” a weekly online supper club

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 
Who: Meg Bortin, American journalist and author based in Paris

Focus: how to make a French dinner for guests in just 20 minutes

Books:

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.”

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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