Maddy Douglass on 05/25/2014
Le Marais Croissant | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Kitchen: Oh la la, Le Marais Bakery

What do you get when you leave a Frenchman in California for too long? A Frenchman in desperate need of a good croissant. The San Francisco Bay Area may be known for having some of the country’s best bread, but baked goods worthy of a Parisian palate continue to be the El Dorado for which […]

nora on 01/28/2014

Recipe: Lemon Cream Flag Macarons

I must admit that before I moved to New York, when I heard the word macaron my point of reference was not the delicate and airy French cookie, but the dense, heavy coconut hockey puck called the macaroon. I have since been enlightened to the heavenly world of French macarons, which are a sweet meringue-based […]

Kate on 11/22/2013
Pumpkin pie history | Abbott & West Productions

Edible History: Pumpkin Pie

When Americans (of both the US and Canada) think of the most American holiday, Thanksgiving, we don’t just think of family, friends, and all the things we’re grateful for. We also think of the meal, with its staples like roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple pie and pumpkin pie. The part […]

Maddy Douglass on 10/01/2013

Recipe: Le Marais Bakery’s Pain de Genes

To further tempt your tastebuds before revealing all – or maybe just some – of San Francisco‘s Le Marais Bakery‘s secrets in our upcoming interview with head baker Justin Brown and owner Patrick Ascaso, we have another quintessential (yet surprisingly doable) French recipe this week: Pain de Genes, a mouthwatering almond cake. Savor this light […]

Maddy Douglass on 09/27/2013
Quiche Lorraine | Le Marais Bakery | Abbott & West Productions

Recipe: Le Marais Bakery’s Quiche Lorraine

As a teaser for an upcoming feature, we’re pleased to bring you a classic French recipe from San Francisco‘s new Le Marais Bakery, one of our favorite eateries in the city. It’s surprisingly simple and straightforward; pair it with a mesclun salad and some fresh baguette and you might fool yourself into thinking you’re at […]

Kate on 09/13/2013
Socca Recipe | Abbott & West Productions

Recipe: Niçoise Socca

Since long before Julia Child, Americans have been obsessed with French cuisine, trying (and, more often than not, failing) to recreate the rich flavors of its traditional dishes. The efforts are admirable, but you’re giving up on that baguette recipe, aren’t you? Fortunately, there’s a lesser-known southern French treat that is so incredibly easy to […]

What’s the fastest way to have lunch at a Parisian…

What’s the fastest way to have lunch at a Parisian sidewalk cafe? This delicious (and easy) French lentil salad recipe…

Kate on 01/24/2013
French Lentil Salad

Recipe: French Lentil Salad

For all that they’re known for their twin culinary obsessions of butter and cream, the French have perfected the art of simple, unfussy vegetable dishes, from carrottes râpées (grated carrots) to salade de lentilles (lentil salad). It’s not surprising, really; after all, famously svelt figures aren’t born exclusively of rich foods. Don’t let the basic […]