Monthly Archives: December 2013


Coulibiac — it’s a French dish, right? The first time I made this succulent layered fish pie was back in the 1970s, with a Julia Child recipe. But wait. It’s also Russian, isn’t it? They call it kulebiaka and fill … Continue reading

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Joyeuses fêtes!

Better late than never. As it’s not quite the night before Christmas, I’m posting some holiday menus for fabulous feasts with a French touch. They each feature a first course, and sometimes a second, before a spectacular main dish and … Continue reading

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Charlotte glacée aux framboises

Here’s a holiday dessert that’s fun to prepare and makes a light change from fruitcake or mince pies or yule log. Three layers of ice cream and sorbet are encased in ladyfingers (boudoirs in French), inverted onto a lovely plate, … Continue reading

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Perdreaux aux poires

This could be the start of something big. This year, as an idea for your Christmas dinner, I give you a partridge in a pear tree. Well, to be more specific, roast partridge surrounded by succulent sautéed pear slices on … Continue reading

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Gratin savoyard

I had a surprise this morning when I sat down to write this post. I thought today’s recipe for a festive potato dish was gratin dauphinois, but discovered that what I’ve been calling dauphinois all these years is actually gratin … Continue reading

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