'Chiffonade' Chicken-in-the-Garden Soup and How to Barter

In summer, which gardener hasn’t struggled to keep on top of the harvest and found the lettuces grown tall and inedible? The French have a soup called ‘chiffonade’ which is made with lettuce, and my mother-in-law let me in on a secret: she makes it with bolted lettuce. It may sound a little strange to cook lettuce, but don’t be discouraged, it is wonderful in this soup.

Pesto Three Ways

Every summer, I make sure that I get plenty of pesto made and put up in little tubs in the freezer — enough to get me through the winter. There are three different kinds I like to have on hand for use in various dishes: Italian Pesto, French Pistou, and Hatch Pesto. They’re easy to make, freeze well, and make an ordinary meal into something special.

First Day WWOOFing on a French Farm

Follow my first day on a French organic farm as I meet my WWOOF hosts, see the farm, and experience an incredible meal of escargot harvested from the wild!

DIY French Press Terrarium

This unique terrarium is a great way to repurpose a French press that has seen better days. Small terrarium plants or mosses are perfect for this tiny terrarium.

French Shallot Soup Recipe

Cooking with shallots is easy when you substitute them for onions. Our French Shallot Soup Recipe has a mild, garlicky twist that’s milder than the traditional version of this classic soup.

An Adventure With French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup au Gratin is a delicious, elegant soup, hearty enough for a meal in itself. Using your own homemade beef broth, you can create this soup for your family to enjoy at home.