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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Famous French Quote

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry~

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

French Recipe Shortcut

Cinnamon & Sugar Puff Pastry Palmiers
This French pastry is also referred to as elephant ears or angel wings because of it's shape. This particular Palmiers recipe is easy to make as you cheat and simply purchase frozen puff pastry. You can add just about any flavoring you would like before rolling up your palmiers such as a thin layer of your favorite jam or a sprinkling of shaved chocolate, or perhaps like this recipe, just a dusting of cinnamon and sugar. However you choose, they're delicious and one French pastry recipe you're sure to make more than once.

Ingredients:

2 sheets or about 8 oz. of frozen puff pastry
2 cups of granulated sugar
Cinnamon & sugar mixture

  • Thaw puff pastry overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • If not already flat, roll your puff pastry out to a 1/8" thickness. (Most puff pastry sheets are already this thickness).
  • Sprinkle sugar all over the area you will be working and place one puff pastry sheet on top of the sugar. Keep the other sheet in the fridge until needed.
  • Sprinkle top of puff pastry with more sugar.
  • To shape, fold each end of pastry just over halfway to the middle. The two sides should be folded towards each other, but there should be almost half the width of the pastry sheet between them. Fold the puff pastry sheet so the two folded ends meet in the middle.
  • With a very sharp knife, cut your folded pastry into about 1/2" slices. Place on your parchment baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Bake around 6 minutes, watching as they burn easily. Turn cookies and sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar. Bake 3-5 minutes more, until edges are golden and center is cooked.
  • Cook completely on wire racks and enjoy!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

My French Find

Wisedecor is a website devoted to self expression - literally. It is an interesting site that allows you to order your favorite words or even inspirational quotes for any room in your home as a decorative element. You can even create a customized order. Magnifique!! Click on the photo to be taken to the page with some French quotes. You can even subscribe to their mailing list here.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

French Quote

Il n'est rien de réel que le rêve et l'amour.

~Nothing is real but dreams and love~ from Le Coeur innombrable, IV, Chanson du temps opportun by Anna de Noailles.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My French Finds

For a bit of French whimsy, visit my friend Andrea's shop on Etsy called The Cottage Market. This cute petite paper weight with an adorable crowned bird would be the perfect office touch.
Perhaps a few magnets featuring varied French inspired images...Click on the photos to visit her shop.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

My French Find

I love most items from Pierre Deux's website and while browsing found this lovely,"Les Quatre Parties du Monde Toile Esterel Bag". The price is certainly affordable and would make the perfect summer purse. Pierre Deux has a wonderful assortment of French Country decor with rich colors and textures. Pierre Deux items are inspired by the "landscape, soul and handcrafts of rural France." Check it out by clicking on the bag above.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

French Proverb

Ce sont les tonneaux vides qui font le plus de bruit...
Empty vessels make the most noise.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

French Recipe

Summer Sautéed Zucchini with Walnuts and Roquefort cheese

Everyone has plenty of Zucchini in their summer gardens. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4" slices
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled Roquefort cheese

Preparation:

Melt the butter and oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Sauté the sliced zucchini in the hot butter and oil for about 5-7 minutes, until it is crisp-tender and golden. Remove from the heat and toss with salt and pepper. Transfer the seasoned zucchini to a serving dish and gently toss it with the Roquefort cheese. Sprinkle the dish with the chopped walnuts and serve hot or warm. Delicious!