Why Duck & Orange?

According to no less an authority that Julia Child, roast duck with orange sauce (Caneton à l’Orange in her iconic book) is “one of the most well known of all the duck dishes.” That ubiquity also makes it one of the most derided. Duck à l’orange had its heyday in the 1960s, when every French restaurant…

Go Grass-Fed on National Filet Mignon Day!

Today is National Filet Mignon Day, so let’s have a steak… more specifically, a grass-fed filet mignon. This is a new addition to our website, and an uncommon thing. These barrel-cut steaks are from the thick end of the tenderloin, and offer superb texture and flavor. With all the health benefits of grass-fed beef and all…

Seeing Stars: What is the Michelin Guide?

Have you ever wondered about the Michelin Guide and its stars? The Guide (pronounced geed in French) gives out stars from 1 to 3 when it reviews restaurants; this is the most prestigious rating that a restaurant can get. The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. See the…

A Saucy Series, Part III: Sauce Chasseur

Welcome to guest blogger Deana Sidney of Lost Past Remembered, a blog dedicated to discovering, replicating and adapting historic recipes. In this saucy series she demystifies one of the cornerstones of classic French cuisine: the mother sauces. Sauce Chasseur When the Kennedys came into the White House the quality of the food served there went…