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Today we travel to Provence, for a guest post. Designer Alix Rico walks around her beautiful village with her much-photogrphed dog in tow, to share what a day is like there, interacting with the locals. Plus, a delicious recipe for summer "apéros". Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Fried French
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Why the artists have all the best French country houses; a big party; the easiest summer dessert; and the state of French food Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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Take a peek, at peak season in Burgundy. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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"Back in the Day" in Burgundy : sometimes that means now. Like buying your underwear from the back of a truck... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Southern Fried French
In response to Mary-James: Aha! Perhaps it is a regional thing. The French folks I asked here in Burgundy said they had never heard of pain perdu made in a skillet, only in the oven. But it seems that your amis Provençal have a different technique. Must try it!
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...in which we explore the origin of French toast, and other misnamed dishes. Then we French-up some French toast. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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Julie, in response to your comment--shipping is WAY expensive. Best to tuck your suitcase inside a larger one, and pay the $100 to bring an extra suitcase back on the plane, for serious shopping. Put heavier items in your carry-on, and pack lighter ones in the suitcase, so you won't go over the weight limit. It's way cheaper than shipping. Also I sometimes carry an extra large market basket as my purse on the plane, and tuck my purse inside of that. None of this makes for light and easy traveling, but hey, we flea market shoppers have our priorities!
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If you are a dedicated flea market/antique lover and a francophile to boot, stop reading NOW unless you are able to jump on a plane immediately. Because, in case you don’t know about it already, I’m am about to tell you about antique nirvana. My Charleston friends Sandi and Darlene are fellow antique addicts. We once had a small antique business together in Charleston, called Antiques du Jour (in which we mostly bought wonderful things which we then couldn’t bear to part with, so we took things from our homes that we weren’t so fond of, and sold those. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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by email, from Kim Defforge of the blog 24/7 in France: I will be visiting this lovely area again, as well, but home, for me, is being near the sea & sandy beaches of the Mediterranean.
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I'm charged with taking my American girlfriends on a trip to Provence. So much to see, so little time: how to choose? Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Southern Fried French
Hi Julie, I think any kind of fresh sweet cherry will do. I use Nestle noir dessert chocolate, which is sort of like Baker's semi-sweet in the states, but better. Just any 'cooking' chocolate will do, it will say 'dessert' on the label. Condensed milk in my supermarché isin the section with the flour and sugar. Lait sucré condensé I think, it's the same stuff, same sized can. The marscapone comes in little plastic tubs, 250gr, you'll find it in the Italian packaged cheese section with the packaged mozzarella, the feta, stuff like that. Happy cooking!
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The French cherries are ripe, and we are trying to beat the cherry thieves. Plus lots of good cherry recipes, French and otherwise. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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A crunchy pastry crust makes any dish something special, and the French know how to do it right. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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Even if you don't speak French, your can try your hand at guessing the meaning of these colorful French idioms. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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Escargots à la Bourguignonne are a classic dish in our neighborhood. Who doesn't love sizzling garlic butter with lots of parsley---but can we just skip the slimy snails? Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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What's a city girl to do in the French countryside, when nature gets a little too close for comfort? Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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Dogs have completely different personalities in France. How is it possible? We're looking for answers. Plus: here's where to stay if you go to the Nice area, and some travel books as well. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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If you're already dreaming of summer tomatoes, try this recipe now from my neighbor, for an endlessly versatile Mediterranean treat. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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Today, a tale of a boat baby, a beautiful peninsula on the French coast, and a bittersweet transition. Plus a couple of new books on France, and a lovely Burgundy garden. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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Before we move on to the light fare of summer, let's cook up some very traditional French comfort food, which will make you happy there's still a chill in the air. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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We’re off on a side-trip to Italy this week. On many shopping streets in Venice, you will encounter artists’ boutiques featuring hand-made masks, fanciful or strange or downright scary. What are the Venetian’s hiding? Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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This week we are in search of the creator of an iconic egg dish. Which takes us on an international journey. And leads, bien sûr, to a recipe. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Southern Fried French
Hi Ken, Good question, and I hope some of our other readers will weigh in on this too. I personally find that the accents can be different, but not so different that it's an issue. After a few days in the south I get used to the 'angue' ending they tend to tack on everything, and then I'm fine. I would not worry about that as a criteria. What I would worry about, if tuning up your French is a problem, is buying in an area that is overrun with expats! And they do exist, esp. in the southwest, I've heard. I've also heard, by the way, that the Burgundy accent is the most neutral or pure, the best accent for radio or TV folks, for example. But that may just be the Burgundians telling me that! Best of luck with the search, very exciting.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2014 on How to Buy a French House at Southern Fried French
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There's a lot to learn, but we start with the basics: how to deal with the French Realtor, who will mysteriously try to keep you from finding houses. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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We mash it, melt it, blend it, roll it, even deep fry it. Would the French be alarmed? Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Southern Fried French
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