Monday, September 28, 2009

Quote of the Week

"One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity." Henri Matisse

Friday, September 25, 2009

French Cheeseburger ~ Cheeseburger a la Français

French Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger a la Français

Sweet, slow cooked onions complete this delicious burger. Use large, crusty rolls - split, buttered and toasted.

4 hot broiled Beef Patties
1/4 tsp dry basil
4 slices of Swiss Cheese
4 Crusty rolls
slow - cooked onions, hot or reheated
Dijon mustard

While beef patties are still on rack, sprinkle each with basil, then top with cheese. Cut rolls in half and place on rack alongside patties. Broil until rolls are toasted and cheese is melted. Spread rolls with butter, put a patty into each, and top equally with slow-cooked onions. Serve with mustard. Makes 4 servings.

Slow cooked onions with crème fraîche

Enjoy these soft golden onions as a vegetable side dish, or use them as a topping for other vegetables.

2 Tablespoons butter
3 large onions, sliced and separated into rings
3/4 cup of Crème Fraiche or sour cream

In a wide frying pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until onions are soft and golden (about 20 minutes). Season with salt to taste. If made ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days; reheat to serve. If desired, stir in Crème Fraiche. Makes 4 servings.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Quote of the Week

"Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love." Claude Monet

Friday, September 18, 2009

French Custard Apple Tart

It is already feeling like Fall here in Maine. My husband and I enjoy walking through orchards and picking apples so I thought I would post an easy recipe for French Apple Tart. It is a creamy custard tart from the Normandy region of France.

French Apple Custard Tart

8-inch pie crust
1 lb apples (such as Golden apples)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup whipping cream
3 tbsp cognac or brandy
  • Preheat oven to 375° F
  • Peel, quarter, cut the apples into thin slices. Toss them in a bowl with 1/2 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Arrange them in the pie crust. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. Then let cool.
  • Beat the egg and 1/2 cup of sugar until mixture is light, pale yellow. Beat in the flour, then whipping cream, and finally the brandy. Pour in the mixture over the apples.
  • Return to oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and return again to oven for 20 minutes.
  • Keep warm until ready to serve. Bon appetit!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

French Proverb

“Hope is the dream of a soul awake.”

Friday, September 11, 2009

Take Five - In Paris

A rendition of "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck, performed by a couple of street musicians in Paris. Not bad.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

French Proverb

“Follow the river and you will find the sea”
photo by locasun.co.uk

Friday, September 4, 2009

A Drive Above the Clouds ~ The Millau Viaduct

Although I have never visited the south of France, when I do I plan on taking the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Béziers. It is where the Millau Viaduct (Le Viaduc de Millau) is located. It spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by English architect Norman Foster and French bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux, it is the highest suspension bridge in the world, with one pier's summit at 1,125 ft (343 metres)—slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 125 ft (38 m) shorter than the Empire State Building. It was formally dedicated on December 14, 2004. This Youtube video shows the whole construction period of Pont Millau as well as the beautiful French countryside surrounding the bridge. It is accompanied by a lovely song from French singer, Francis Cabrel.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009