This tangy French tart can be served on its own or accented with fresh berries. Be sure to make a high pastry rim to contain all of the delicious filling.
Here in New York it’s snowy and freezing cold. I know we’re all looking forward to spring, but we still have time for a hearty French beef stew. Think about making extra for weekend leftovers.
If you would rather have your potatoes extra-crispy, then return the pan to the oven while the chicken is resting.
Gardens are beginning to burst with fresh vegetables that need eating. Ratatouille is one of the very first things that I learned to make while living in France. I had never had ratatouille before and instantly fell in love with the dish. Here is the original recipe that my French chef taught me.
1 Chopped Medium Onion
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 Cups Cubed Eggplant
1 Large Sliced Zucchini
2 Medium Chopped Tomatoes
1 Chopped Medium Green Bell Pepper
4 Tablespoons Dry White Wine or Chicken or Vegetable Broth
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1Tablespoon Snipped Fresh Basil
In a large size skillet add the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic over a medium heat for 5 minutes until the onion is nice and tender. Add the eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, green pepper, wine, kosher salt and pepper. Turn the heat up and bring to a boil, but be careful not to burn the vegetables. Once you have brought to a boil turn the heat down to simmer and cover with a lid. Cook with the lid on for 15 minutes until the majority of the liquid is gone. Stir occasionally. Stir in the basil before serving. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with crusty bread. Serves 4
This spice mixture rubbed onto the pork is a classic French combination of warm spices called Quatre-Épices which literally means four spices. Once the pork begins roasting, the aroma of the Quatre-Épices will fill your kitchen and make you dream of being in France.
1 Trimmed Boneless Pork Loin Roast
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/3 Cup Dry White Wine
2/3 Cup Chicken Broth
Preheat your oven to 350º F. Pat your pork dry with paper towels. In a small size bowl combine the kosher salt, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and cloves. Mix well and then rub the spice mixture all over the pork. Put the pork roast onto a rack that fits into a roasting pan. The smaller the roasting pan the better. Place into the oven and roast for about 1 hour. The center should read 155º F when you insert a meat thermometer. Remove from the oven and transfer to a warm serving platter. Let stand for 15 minutes. This will set the juices and the meat will continue to cook a bit more and should reach 160º F. Letting it stand makes it easier to slice as well. While the pork roast is resting place the roasting pan over a burner and turn the heat up to a high heat. Add the white wine. Bring to a boil and stir until the browned bits are loosened from the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken broth and let boil for another 2 minutes. Stir constantly. Remove from the heat and skim off the fat. Pour the pan juices into a gravy boat or pitcher and serve along with the pork roast. You may want to also serve this dish with applesauce. Serves 6
I’ll bet you counted more than four spices in that ingredient line-up didn’t you? Here is a bit about Quatre-Épices:
Quatre-Épices or “Four Spices” usually includes four or five spices and are commonly used in French cuisine. In many French households the combination of spices are mixed in advance and kept on hand. This is a great idea as it gives the spice combination a chance to really meld together.
Tuna sandwiches à la française! The best way to make this very large sandwich is to make it a day in advance. This allows the delicious juices to soak into the French bread. Make sure to use olive oil packed tuna instead of tuna packed in water.
1 Large Loaf of French Bread (Round or Long)
2 Garlic Cloves Cut in Half
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
3 Medium Sliced Ripe Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Fresh Basil
1 Tablespoon Fresh Mint
6 Ounces Canned Tuna Packed in Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Pitted & Chopped Kalamata Olives
2 Chopped Green Onions
1 Tablespoon Capers
1 Large Hard Boiled Egg Sliced
Cut your bread in half horizontally. Take out some of the soft center from each half to make about a one inch shell. Rub the inside of the bread halves with the garlic. In a small sized measuring cup mix together the olive oil, vinegar, kosher salt and pepper. Drizzle 1/4 of the olive oil mixture onto both halves of the garlic rubbed bread. On the bottom half of the bread place 1/3 of the tomato slices. Drizzle about half of the remaining oil mixture onto the tomato slices. Next top with half of the basil and all of the mint. Set aside. Drain the tuna. In a small size bowl flake the tuna. Add the olives, green onions and capers. Spoon the tuna mixture over the tomato and herbs. Place the egg slices on top. Put the remaining tomato slices and basil on top of the egg slices. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil mixture. Place the top half of the bread on top all of this deliciousness. Wrap this large sandwich tightly with either foil or plastic wrap. Put in the fridge for at least 5 hours or overnight. Remove from the fridge when ready to serve and cut into 4 separate sandwiches. Makes 4 main dish servings.
It’s still tea time here at Tiny New York Kitchen. On Monday a wonderful old friend came to visit me and brought me the most delicious black and rose tea. It was absolutely delicious and I think Honey Madeleines make the perfect tasty tea time treat. If you don’t have a madeleine pan you can use tartlet pans.
1/4 Cup Softened Butter
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Honey
1/2 Cup Unbleached Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Preheat your oven to 375º F. Lightly grease a madeleine pan that holds 12 madeleines. In a large size bowl beat the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the honey. Sift the flour and baking powder onto the egg mixture and fold in. Spoon the batter into the prepared molds. Bake for 10 minutes. You will want them to be a light golden brown color. Remove from the oven and leave them sit in the molds for 2 minutes. Turn the madeleines out and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve dusted with powdered sugar or serve them plain. Makes 1 dozen.
Petite Madeleines are traditional small cakes from northeastern France. They are very small sponge cakes that are baked in special shell shaped pans. Even if you are on the customary “January diet” Petite Madeleines are a light and refreshing little treat.
2 Cups Unbleached Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons Lemon Extract
2 Tablespoons Grated Lemon Peel
Preheat your oven to 350º F. In a large size bowl beat together the eggs and sugar. Add the softened butter, vanilla and lemon extracts to the egg mixture. Beat for 2 minutes. Add the grated lemon peel and beat another minute. In a medium size bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk to the egg mixture. Continue to beat on low while add the ingredients. Grease the madeleine pans and spoon the batter into the pans. Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remember that every oven is different so check at 10 minutes. The madeleines should be golden brown, but not too dark. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Makes approximately 36 madeleines.
My Dijon Baked Pork Chops are perfect for a rainy day meal. They are simple to make and are perfect for an end of the week hearty meal.
1 Chopped Red Onion
1 Cup Dijon Mustard
6 Medium Size Pork Chops
Preheat your oven to 350° F. You will need a medium size glass baking dish. Brush the baking dish with olive oil. Spread the red onion on the bottom of the dish. Lay the pork chops on top of the onions. Spread the mustard on top of each chop and cover the baking dish with either foil or a lid. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Serves 6
Hey, it’s Bastille Day! Don a beret and some tricolor clothes and make a croquet monsieur to celebrate.
4 Slices French or Italian Loaf Bread
2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 Cup Grated Gruyère Cheese
2 Slices Ham
2 Tablespoons Butter
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Spread 1/2 teaspoon of the Dijon mustard over each slice of the bread. Place 1/2 cup of the grated Gruyère cheese on top of the two slices of bread. Next, place the ham on top of the grated cheese. Finish with the remaining cheese on top of the ham. Place the other slice of bread on top. In a large skillet heat the butter over a medium heat until the butter is foaming. Carefully add the sandwiches and fry for 2 minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Transfer the sandwiches to a baking sheet and put into the oven for 5 minutes until the cheese has fully melted. Remove from the oven and place the sandwiches on a serving plate. Slice each sandwich in half and serve immediately. Serves 2
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