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Fraises au basilic et vinaigre balsamique

Strawberries with basil and balsamic vinegar, aka strawberry carpaccio, appeared relatively recently on Paris bistro menus. The combination makes a refreshing dessert on warm summer evenings — light, tangy and sophisticated. And the real magic is that it takes about … Continue reading

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Meringues aux fruits des bois

What do the French mean, exactly, by fruits des bois? ‘Fruits of the forest’, yes, but then? Originally the term meant wild berries, but today it encompasses strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and perhaps the occasional red or black currant — … Continue reading

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Crêpes aux fraises

I spent years looking for a good crepe recipe until my daughter finally presented me with one. She found it in a French children’s cookbook — and indeed, once you get the hang of it, preparing crepes is child’s play. … Continue reading

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Mousse aux fraises

Who would have thought that something like strawberry mousse could spark a sex war? But that’s what happened the other day when, experimenting with this recipe, I took two versions of it to a friend’s place for a lunchtime dessert. … Continue reading

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Soupe de rhubarbe aux fraises

Full disclosure: I first tasted this fresh spring dessert at the home of a French ambassador. His chef whipped it up one morning while we were visiting. When I brought the spoon to my lips, there was a surprising burst … Continue reading

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Salade d’épinards aux fraises et pignons de pin

This is a salad I dreamt up the other day after meeting two cool French guys in a Paris café. It combines baby spinach, red onion, pine nuts and strawberries, dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette, for a light starter with … Continue reading

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Gateau aux noix avec fraises

The blush of red, the burst of sweetness: with strawberries in season, it’s tempting to make them part of every dessert. And why not? They add that little je-ne-sais-quoi to whatever you may be serving, for example a simple but … Continue reading

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Fraises et framboises à la crème

At last it’s strawberry season! The Paris markets are overflowing with red ripe berries. First came the large and rather flavorless strawberries trucked up from Spain, and now the homegrown gariguettes, a highly prized French variety that’s bursting with sweet … Continue reading

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