Easy, delectable French cheese puff pastry filled with herbed sautéd shrimp…..one of my favorites.
1 cup of milk
5 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
¾ teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1½ cups grated Gruyère or Emmentaler cheese
1/4 lb of medium shrimp, peeled.
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of Herbs De Province
Preheat oven to 375°. Bring spices,butter and 1 cup milk to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until butter is dissolved. Remove from flame and add flour, stirring to combine.
Over a medium heat, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon, until mixture pulls away from sides of pan,is a bit dried out and forms a ball, taking about 1-2 minutes. Continue this another few minutes longer until it is no longer sticky. Allow the dough cool a bit for a few minutes. Beat eggs in one at a time, blending well with each egg. Blend in the cheese.
Use a tablespoon to place a 2 inch ball of dough 2 inches apart on baking sheets with parchment paper.Brush dough balls with egg wash and top with a bit of shredded cheese.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
As they are baking, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in one of extra virgin olive oil and herbs. Add shrimp and sauté until shrimp is done, about 3 minutes on a low-medium fire.
Cut tops off of gougère and place a few shrimp on each with herbed butter. Place top of gougère as seen in picture, partially covering.
Such a great comfort food dish that is savory and so easy!!! Impress your family with little effort and great aromas that will fill your home…
2 Lb chuck roast or steak
2 lbs of russet potatoes
2-4 large carrots chopped (use 4 if you love carrots!)
3 medium to large onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups of frozen peas
2 cups of corn
3-4 tablespoons of tomato paste (optional but adds GREAT flavor)
3 cups of beef broth
1/2 stick of butter, 1 cup of sour cream and 1/2 cup of cream to make the mashed potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all of the ingredients (except peas) in a 7 quart dutch oven or crock pot cook in a 325 oven for 4 hours, or 7-8 hours in a crock pot. Check to add more beef stock if necessary 3/4 through the cooking time.
Remove the potatoes and stir the peas in the pot and let them cook for only another 10 minutes. Add lots of fresh pepper and salt if necessary.
Mash the potatoes with sour cream, butter, cream and a few tablespoons of the beef broth from the crock pot. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve each plate with the stew topped with the mashed potatoes and a bit of broth on top.
Winter is about to strike! Warm your heart and soul with this beautiful, easy and healthy soup that can easily be this evenings dinner with a nice warm French Bread.. Bon Appétit!
2 small or 1 large buttercup squash
1 can of chopped or whole tomatoes (14-16oz)
1 3/4 cups of creme fraiche (2 cups of sour cream mixed with 1 cup of heavy cream and left covered with plastic wrap on the counter overnight).
2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
Honey to taste to counter the acidity of the tomato
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons of Herbs De Province
Quarter the squash, scoop out seeds and microwave until tender, about 10 minutes.
Scoop the buttercup flesh out of the skin and add all of the ingredients (besides salt, pepper and honey) in a 4 quart pot and simmer on a low fire for 1 1/2 hours, covered for 1/2 the cooking time, stirring occasionally. Mix the soup to a creamy consistently with an immersion blender. Add salt, pepper and honey to taste.
Thank you Mon Oncle (My Uncle) Jean for Inspiration on your award winning clam chowder recipe! This recipe reminds me of being a young boy in his famous French restaurant on Cape Cod – it was amazing, creamy and packed with great flavour and great ingredients!
~ 4 cups of chicken broth ( I make mine with chicken base so that it’s nice and tasty! )
~ 2.5 lbs of red bliss potatoes, cut into cubes. Don’t peel them!!
~ 1 LB of natural (no nitrates/nitrites) bacon
~ 2 LBS of DICED spanish or sweet onion
~ 2 Sticks of butter
~ 3 cups of heavy cream
~ 1 1/4 lbs of mushrooms (cut them in two and no smaller so that they have a visual presence)
~ 2 bottles of clam juice – 8 oz bottle (I used lobster juice for a variation)
~ 6 cans of clams (6.5 oz) I used a combination of chopped and whole
Cook 1/2 of the cubed potatoes in the 4 cups of chicken stock in a medium to large COVERED pot until the potatoes are tender on a low simmer.
~ Meanwhile cook the bacon in a large (7 quart) dutch oven.
~ When the bacon is cooked, remove from it from the pan and chop it into medium to small pieces.
~ Sauté the chopped onion on a low to medium heat in the bacon fat until it is a light golden brown. Remove from fire as the diced potatoes finish cooking.
~ When the potatoes cooking in the chicken stock are tender, remove from the heat, add one bottle of clam juice and puree using a stick / immersion blender. Add another bottle of clam juice if it is to dry to blend.
~ Add pureed potatoes to the large dutch oven containing the sautéed onion as well as 3 cups of heavy cream, the remainder of the bottled clam juice, the remainder of cubed potatoes, chopped bacon, 2 sticks of butter, mushrooms, and the juice from the canned clams (reserve the clams for the last step).
~ Cover and cook on a low simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender (about 45 minutes)
~ Add the clams and cook another 10 minutes.
Voila!! Now enjoy the most flavorful chowder that I know of, and an old family recipe!! Serve with a nice crusty, buttered French bread.
Freeze leftover for another day when you don’t have time for cooking!!
French bread is the canvas for the taste of summer. Use farm stand or garden tomatoes for real tomato flavour. You won’t believe how gorgeous the fusion of a few simple ingredients can produce. An explosion of summer flavour, French style.
One French Bread or Baguette. I used a cheese French Bread! French Blue cheese or Stilton of choice – there are so many varieties! Dried onion flakes Toasted sesame oil Fresh cracked pepper Sesame seeds Sea salt Onion powder
Pre-warm oven to 350 degrees.
Slice bread on a slight diagonal for effect.
Sprinkle slices with onion powder and top with tomato slices.
Drizzle with toasted sesame oil and sprinkle a touch of salt.
Add crumbled blue cheese to liking and sprinkle with dried onion, sesame seeds and fresh ground pepper.
Place in pre-warmed oven until cheese is slightly melted, about 10 minutes.
Roasted Beets and Carrots
3 lbs of carrots (I used purple)
3 lbs of beets (I used golden)
3 large shallots
2 large sweet onions
Extra- virgin olive oil
Fresh ground Pepper
Herbs De Province
Cut the carrots lengthwise to about the size of a thick pencil.
Quarter the beets if small, or cut thinner if they are larger (as in video)
Chop the shallots and onion into large slivers.
Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and coat with extra-virgin olive oil (about 1/4 cup) and sprinkle with sea salt (about a tablespoon), two tablespoons of Herbs De Province and lots of fresh cracked pepper. Place vegetables on one or two baking sheets lined with foil. Place in the oven at 400 degrees until roasted, about 45 minutes. Done when still a bit crisp, but browned.
2 cups of Organic Brown Basmati Rice OR 1 Cup of rice and 1 cup of Hard White Winter Wheat Berry (this is what I used)
Approximately 5-6 cups of water (use vegetable broth and delete chicken base listed below for vegetarian dish)
10 oz of chopped Tuscan Kale
3 tablespoons of Chicken Base
2 large onions, slivered.
Salt, pepper and Herbs De Province to taste.
Place 3 cups of water in a large dutch oven (about 5 quart) and bring to a boil.
Add rice, onion, and chicken base. Stir, cover and reduce to a simmer. Add Kale when most of the liquid is absorbed. Cook for approximately 1 hour total, stirring on occasion and adding additional cup of water if necessary. You may have to cook longer and add more water depending on the conditions. The rice should be a bit chewy. Season at the end with salt, pepper and Herbs De Province.