Au Revoir France!

Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day!

 I’ve just started to scratch the surface of French food, but I’ve got so so many holiday treats that I’m really excited to post, so it’s time to move on.  Looking at this list you’d think  quiche, financiers, and pots de crème make up 50% of a Frenchman’s diet.  Oops.

For those of you who have missed a recipe or two or three, here’s a list of all the gluten-free French goodness that I’ve cooked up from the past month or so…

* Fruit juice reduction makes this Carrot and Apple Juice Chicken incredibly flavorful.
* Salted caramels meet ice cream in this Fleur de Sel Caramel Ice Cream.
* Honey Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Onions.  As good as it sounds.
* Coffee Pots de Crème.  Totally creamy and luscious with intense coffee flavor.
* Homemade Nutella.  You’ll never go back to store bought.
*Julia Child’s Quiche Lorraine gets a gluten-free makeover.
* Dorie’s Pumpkin, Gorgonzola and Walnut Flan- a fun sweet and savory holiday dish.
* Goat Cheese and Black Pepper Truffles- sounds weird, tastes incredible.
* Socca- gluten-free just add water bread?  Sign me up.
* Gluten-Free Chocolate Crêpes.  The taste of Paris in your own kitchen.
* Tarte au Citron- like a fancy-pants version of lemon squares.
* Think of these Coconut Friands as a cuter, more upscale macaroon.
* Chocolate Pots de Crème- the French even make pudding sophisticated.
* This Leek and Onion Tart makes a great picnic or brunch dish.
* Provencal Garlic Cure-All Soup… the perfect soup for cold and flu season.
* These Brown Butter Almond Financiers are sweet, dense, and nutty pieces of heaven.
* David Lebovitz’s Racines Cake.  The cake recipe from a restaurant bathroom wall.
* It might not be true Tartiflette, but this potato, bacon, and Brie dish sure is good.
* Spiked Eggnog… because no Christmas is complete without it.
* Mushrooms Baked in Parchment Paper- the easiest, no fuss fancy side dish.
* 40 Cloves of Garlic Quiche… aka the best quiche of your life.
* Classic French Beef Stew is even better with a bit of fresh ginger.
* White Chocolate Pots de Crème - luscious white chocolate in spoonable form.
* The financier love continues with Chocolate Hazelnut Financiers.

And if any of you are looking for a French cookbook or two, here are four that I turned to again and again in the past month.

1.  Essentials of French Cooking.  I tend to love Williams-Sonoma cookbooks and this one was no exception.
2.  French Food at Home.  I’d never of Laura Calder before checking out this book, but I loved her simple, elegant recipes.
3.  Around my French Table: More than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.  This book is a beast.  Filled with lots of creative recipes from Dorie Greenspan.
4.  Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook.  Because the man introduced me to Tartiflette when so many other cookbooks left it out.  Nuff said.

Hope you guys aren’t too sick of holiday treats just yet, because I’ve got a bunch of goodies to share with you this next week…

Seriously. I’m excited.

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