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Seven easy canape recipes for your holiday entertaining

Seven easy canape recipes for your holiday entertaining

I have been living in England for four years now and every Thanksgiving we host a drinks party for all our friends and neighbors because I miss the food but we cannot do the real thing just for the two of us.  So the canapes […]

Lovely, Lemony, Life-saving Sorrel Soup

Lovely, Lemony, Life-saving Sorrel Soup

As the sorrel patch in my garden produces its second or third growth I am reminded of the first time I made sorrel soup with Adrienne.  We cut mountains of sorrel in the morning and sat together at the kitchen table stripping out the thick […]

Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

This post from the very early days of the blog seems especially appropriate for the Food For Thought campaign to #EndFTD dementia.  It is a lovely dish to share with friends, especially nice to bring to someone suffering from Frontotemporal Degeneration dementia.  Those with FTD […]

Kubaneh Bread – Yemeni Pull-Apart Rolls

Kubaneh Bread – Yemeni Pull-Apart Rolls

This recipe for Kubaneh Bread – Yemeni Pull-Apart Rolls – is not from the Cooking with Adrienne book but I am sharing it for the Food For Thought campaign.  First, because I know Adrienne would love it and second, I thought it would be the perfect thing to […]

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Amaze your friends with this easy and delish recipe for homemade hummus and help support the Food For Thought campaign to support those with FTD Dementia – Adrienne’s Dementia. Support Food For Thought I never knew how easy it was to make homemade hummus but […]

Summer Tomato Salad

Summer Tomato Salad

In August and September, when the tomatoes are abundant, we gorge ourselves on this Summer Tomato Salad because we know that the time for eating it at its best is finite. The salad epitomizes the best things of summer – the warmth of the sun, the […]

Food For Thought

Food For Thought

The Cooking With Adrienne Blog will be devoted to the Food for Thought (#FFT) campaign from 25th September to 9th October. The FFT campaign is raising awareness and funding a cure for Adrienne’s Dementia – Frontotemporal Degeneration. Please help us #EndFTD Dementia! Support Food For Thought […]

Michael’s Mayonnaise

Michael’s Mayonnaise

My husband makes the mayonnaise in our house and that’s why it is called Michael’s Mayonnaise!  He makes it for no other reason but that he likes making it and it tastes so good!  He started out using the recipe in Mastering French Cooking because […]

Troisgros Tomato Vinaigrette

Troisgros Tomato Vinaigrette

The Troisgros brothers have a great affinity for using vinegar in their cooking and Adrienne took that to heart.  This wonderfully simple Troisgros Tomato Vinaigrette is more sauce than emulsion and is perfect on Sea Bass or to dress up any simply cooked fish.  You […]

Blueberry Polenta Upside Down Cake

Blueberry Polenta Upside Down Cake

Easy Blueberry Polenta Cake is a lovely alternative to the traditional dessert. The polenta gives it a nutty taste and is lighter than you would expect. Share this with your friends

Flaky Tart Pastry

Flaky Tart Pastry

Adrienne gave me Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Pie and Pastry Bible for Christmas one year and afterward I abandoned all other recipes for flaky tart pastry.  This recipe takes all the guesswork out of making pastry and, though the process is a bit unusual, it requires […]

OMG Beurre Blanc!

OMG Beurre Blanc!

Many experienced home chefs cringe at the thought of making a beurre blanc sauce, as I did.  The first time I made it I didn’t have Adrienne by my side coaching me, I was on my own in my kitchen in New Jersey.  Adrienne and […]

Do you Chiffonade your basil?

Do you Chiffonade your basil?

The term chiffonade means to slice something into narrow ribbons, the way you would slice cabbage to make coleslaw. This video  will show you how to quickly chiffonade any leafy vegetable or herb into narrow ribbons.  The example we show in the video is with […]

Chop onions quickly without losing a finger!

Chop onions quickly without losing a finger!

Here is the first in a series of simple videos with tips and tricks I learned from Adrienne!   Knife Skills: Chopping & Mincing Onions Quickly chopping or mincing onions is a task you do over and over in the kitchen.  This video shows you […]

The Cooking with Adrienne Book is Published!

The Cooking with Adrienne Book is Published!

Get the book and start Cooking with Adrienne! As I was writing Cooking with Adrienne it became clear that in addition to being a cookbook this is also the amazing, often hilarious, story of a woman who became the American doyenne of French cuisine from the Sixties […]

Sauce Parisienne…Old School or Retro Cool??

Sauce Parisienne…Old School or Retro Cool??

  I recently had to replace my copy of Mastering The Art of French Cooking because the spine had split  and the pages were falling out.   While flipping through my shiny new copy I came across a sauce Adrienne and I had never made: […]

Q&A with Michel Guerard

Q&A with Michel Guerard

One of Adrienne’s favorite chefs, Michel Guérard, is interviewed by Time Magazine, 40 years after he first appeared on the cover.  But Adrienne first tasted his food five years prior to that… she always was ahead of the curve! Here he reveals his current thoughts […]

Mis en Place…What’s That?

Mis en Place…What’s That?

Everything in its Place ~ Mis en Place The French term mis en place (pronounced MEEZ ahn plahs) comes from professional kitchens and refers to the process of getting everything ready to cook.  Home cooks can take a page from the pros here because, although it […]

Michel Guerard’s Warm Tomato Tart

Michel Guerard’s Warm Tomato Tart

Michel Guerard’s recipe for a delicious and easy warm tomato tart is the perfect way to use up the last of the summer tomatoes and basil.   Adrienne loved Michel’s food and loved tomatoes – so this is a match made in heaven! I think plum […]

Tartare de Legumes or Cool Summer Vegetables

Tartare de Legumes or Cool Summer Vegetables

Adrienne gave me the recipe for Tartare de Legumes 20 years ago when I was complaining to her that I couldn’t get my kids to eat vegetables.  I didn’t make the recipe until just last night…Adrienne clearly didn’t understand what would and wouldn’t appeal to most young […]

Marché Forville destination food market

Marché Forville destination food market

Ever since they started travelling to France, Adrienne had wanted a kitchen to cook the food she was drooling over in every market they visited.  Marché Forville was about to become her destination food market.  In the USA in the late seventies it was still […]

Foodie Friends and Piggy Weekends

Foodie Friends and Piggy Weekends

Every year beginning in 1988 six foodie friends got together for a weekend in The Hamptons and cooked their little foodie hearts out!  It was called the Dewey Lane Eating Club (DLEC) – after the location of the first event.  Adrienne was the architect of the menu and the head […]

Vinegar Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Vinegar Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This is a quickie version of the Tomate Provençal recipe from Cooking with Adrienne, Volume I.  If you are like me, towards the end of winter you are bored with root vegetables and the bounty of summer is a long way off.  But you can brighten […]

A day without champagne is like a day without  foie gras!

A day without champagne is like a day without foie gras!

On one of my first trips to France with Adrienne and Martin in the early Nineties, we literally had champagne and foie gras at almost every meal!   Admittedly we were in the Champagne region for the first few days and then in Aquitaine but it all […]

Simple Sea Bass with Sauce Vierge

Simple Sea Bass with Sauce Vierge

We all know we should be eating more fish.  Especially after the holidays most of us are feeling a bit over indulged.  But many people feel that cooking fish can be troublesome: there is the smell, and the bones and the not overcooking it.  And […]

Mousseline de Saumon

Mousseline de Saumon

Adrienne made these lovely menu cards for many of her dinner parties in the late Sixties and Seventies.  As I looked through them I noticed there was a dish that appeared regularly but which Adrienne and I had never made together: Mousseline de Saumon. After a bit of digging […]

Pissaladière Niçoise

Pissaladière Niçoise

I first had a Pissaladière Niçoise at the restaurant Le Nid d’Aigle, in the mountains above Nice. I loved it and not just because of the picturesque moment captured in the photo!  When I returned (solo) from my escapade I made it  for Adrienne and it became one of our favorites. […]

Fluting Mushrooms on the bidet

Fluting Mushrooms on the bidet

I had never heard of ‘fluting’ mushrooms until  Adrienne’s husband told me this story.  In the late Sixties Adrienne took a series of cooking lessons in Paris with Simca Beck, co-author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  One day she taught  Adrienne how to flute […]

Craig Claiborne

“In my next life I want to come back as Adrienne and Martin!”  Craig Claiborne was the food editor and restaurant critic for The NY Times and got to know Adrienne and her husband after repeated meetings at restaurants, on airplanes, in cooking events all […]

Ratatouille in winter

Ratatouille in winter

Making ratatouille in the winter may sound perverse but when the ingredients are seasonably available in the summer the last thing you really want to do is spend the afternoon in the kitchen standing over a hot stove.   But now as the days are shorter and the […]


My Diary

A day without champagne is like a day without  foie gras!

A day without champagne is like a day without foie gras!

On one of my first trips to France with Adrienne and Martin in the early Nineties, we literally had champagne and foie gras at almost every meal!   Admittedly we were in the Champagne region for the first few days and then in Aquitaine but it all started on the plane. I was travelling in coach in those days and they were in Business Class. Martin ferried glasses of champagne back to me so I wouldn’t feel deprived.   How deprived could I feel on my way to France???

As we progressed from Les Crayeres to Eugenie les Bain and then to Paris we were plied with champagne and foie gras every evening.  But towards the end of the trip we were facing a day without having been offered any champagne  and thus our motto was born!

‘A day without champagne is like a day without foie gras.’

 

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Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Amaze your friends with this easy and delish recipe for homemade hummus and help support the Food For Thought campaign to support those with FTD Dementia – Adrienne’s Dementia. Support Food For Thought I never knew how easy it was to make homemade hummus but […]

Summer Tomato Salad

Summer Tomato Salad

In August and September, when the tomatoes are abundant, we gorge ourselves on this Summer Tomato Salad because we know that the time for eating it at its best is finite. The salad epitomizes the best things of summer – the warmth of the sun, the […]

Michel Guerard’s Warm Tomato Tart

Michel Guerard’s Warm Tomato Tart

Michel Guerard’s recipe for a delicious and easy warm tomato tart is the perfect way to use up the last of the summer tomatoes and basil.   Adrienne loved Michel’s food and loved tomatoes – so this is a match made in heaven! I think plum […]

Tartare de Legumes or Cool Summer Vegetables

Tartare de Legumes or Cool Summer Vegetables

Adrienne gave me the recipe for Tartare de Legumes 20 years ago when I was complaining to her that I couldn’t get my kids to eat vegetables.  I didn’t make the recipe until just last night…Adrienne clearly didn’t understand what would and wouldn’t appeal to most young […]

Vinegar Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Vinegar Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This is a quickie version of the Tomate Provençal recipe from Cooking with Adrienne, Volume I.  If you are like me, towards the end of winter you are bored with root vegetables and the bounty of summer is a long way off.  But you can brighten […]