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red tomato pizza-pie & green pepper pizza-pie
red tomato pizza-pie & green pepper pizza-pie

In 1953, Dean Martin sang : “when the moon hits your eye like a big(ga)-pizza-pie, that’s amore . . .” I don’t know if Mr. Dean Martin was talking about this kind of pizza-pie or not. But I do know that I don’t often write the funniest or most clever stories. Those usually require a particularly well-developed...

25.06.2017
bacon & egg & cheese filo pie
bacon & egg & cheese filo pie

“FILO” isn’t just for making GREEK STUFF you know (or Turkish or Armenian or Lebanese stuff for that matter) ! And I think it was also time that I publish some very quick & easy recipes after all my complicated and/or time-consuming recipes, that may scare some of you or perhaps just make you roll your eyes back at me,...

31.03.2017
spicy green hot pepper & vegetable & herb beef sausages
spicy green hot pepper & vegetable & herb beef sausages

I’m going to try to keep it short and simple this time: “HAPPY FIRE ROOSTER CHINESE NEW YEAR” ! . . .  and yes, I’m amazed to know that. It’s interesting how CHINA and the CHINESE CULTURE play such important roles in our lives or at least that we’re so aware of when the Chinese New Year is...

27.01.2017
spicy chicken noodle soup – when east meets west
spicy chicken noodle soup – when east meets west

SNOW  in Paris on Monday, November 7th between 8:15 and 8:45 am . . . okay it melted right away but anyways it’s really rare here and it made me nostalgic. As my friend Nicole once funnily said many years ago : “all the little snows get together and make snow . . .” (so cute, she was talking about the...

18.11.2016
beefy macaroni & cheese casserole
beefy macaroni & cheese casserole

The 'timing' for this recipe is just ‘right’ . . . The 1st reason is that it’s getting so much colder so  it’s time for some homey-hot-heavy comfort food. The 2nd reason is that the culinary mind that imagined and transformed this initial recipe and presented it in the 90’s to the American public is...

14.10.2016
all-white four-cheeses pizza : part 4 of the ‘pizza series’
all-white four-cheeses pizza : part 4 of the ‘pizza series’

1, 2, 3, 4 - cheeses white pizza to wrap up part 4 of the ‘pizza series’. I’m not gonna lie to you, an all-white cheesy pizza is good, but a reddish tomato-sauce all-dressed pizza with all the toppings is better, but this is a nice & easy & quick recipe option and thus ‘deserving’ of being...

12.05.2017
mixed vegetables and cheeses ravioli & easy homemade pasta dough
mixed vegetables and cheeses ravioli & easy homemade pasta dough

Get yourself a KITCHEN SCALE (digital and precise if possible please) ! A PASTA-MAKING MACHINE would also be lovely, but I must admit that I broke my cheap model after using it twice and finally ended up using a ROLLING-PIN and  ELBOW GREASE (everything is possible, especially ‘old school’ methods) … Making RAVIOLI...

04.03.2017
greek green beans & beef stew
greek green beans & beef stew

This dish is called “FASOLAKIA ME KREAS” in Greek and is usually prepared in just one casserole, gently simmering for several hours until so tender that it melts in your mouth and actually becomes a liittle too mushy (if you’re not attentive during the long & gentle simmering) . . . In the summertime, we often make it...

13.01.2017
braised endives & ham au gratin : so northern frenchy &  belgian
braised endives & ham au gratin : so northern frenchy & belgian

. . . the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month : Remembrance Day - Armistice Day (symbolized by a red poppy in the United Kingdom, the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, while in France, it’s the blue cornflower). The First World War means so much for so many countries that participated, whether directly in their own...

11.11.2016
bare essentials : naked roast turkey legs & potatoes & its herb salad
bare essentials : naked roast turkey legs & potatoes & its herb salad

NO PEPPER, NO GARLIC, NO ONION, NO LEMON, NO SPICES, NO DRIED HERBS, NO NOTHING (or almost) . . . but why ? Because it’s easy to appreciate and be grateful & thankful for fancy & wonderful & complex things, but how about the simpler things, or even the SIMPLEST THINGS ?! It all began with HERBS, many, many, many...

07.10.2016
montreal-style all-dressed pizza : part 3 of the 'pizza series'
montreal-style all-dressed pizza : part 3 of the 'pizza series'

MAYBE you’ll understand and MAYBE YOU WON'T ?! I’m obsessed with the pizza of my childhood, my teenage years and my younger to older adult life . . . It’s all memory-related. Ordering an XL PIZZA from our favorite neighborhood pizzeria was always a moment of joy and homey comfort. To this day, the first thing that my...

05.05.2017
big & easy ‘potée’ stew (for 8) with mini vegetables
big & easy ‘potée’ stew (for 8) with mini vegetables

A 'POTEE' is a huge french-style winter brothy stew usually made with a whole green cabbage, potatoes, carrots, turnips, some onions and various pork meats and many variations of this dish exist throughout France. It’s also usually a quite large dish because a cabbage is a big thing and you have to slice it up into at least 8...

17.02.2017
chicken (or whatever meats) pot pie – a holiday meal leftovers solution
chicken (or whatever meats) pot pie – a holiday meal leftovers solution

I really-really-really WISHED I could show you all the stuff I’ll be preparing for the holiday meals like : salt-cured foie gras (not ready yet) & salt-cured dried beef (still drying & curing) &  roasted leg of lamb with baby potatoes, onions, mushrooms and maybe chestnuts (the lamb is marinating...

23.12.2016
spicy roasted red pepper & tomato soup : i miss summer already
spicy roasted red pepper & tomato soup : i miss summer already

This CHILLY-COLD-COLDER weather needs a WARM-HOTTER-SPICY soup . . .  and in my part of the world, the cold is just beginning . . .  (and I’m not quite ready to deal with it yet) ! It’s quite surprising when we realize the importance and/or obsession most of us have with weather. It obviously affects our mood but...

21.10.2016
for the love of italy : pork & fennel sausages
for the love of italy : pork & fennel sausages

"CURIOSITY is my prime motivator. MEMORY is my second. EVENTS are my third. It seems that the past 20 months have been punctuated by more events than I care to admit to, mostly tragic and man-made, sometimes naturally catastrophic . . ." My cooking inspirations are sensitive to these events and launch a tumult and churning in my mind,...

02.09.2016