Vegetable Tian

This is not a ratatouille, it is a “tian!” I often have to correct my guests when they ask me if this is a ratatouille. 😉

Tian is a french recipe of baked vegetables made with alternating rows of sliced eggplant, tomato, onion and zucchini. A tian itself is an earthenware dish that goes from the oven to table. Everything baked in this dish is called tian.

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Vegetable Tian
To make the tian look more appealing, use vegetables with similar widths.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the onion into half moons. Peel and cut the garlic into 2-4 pieces.
  2. In a medium skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil until hot, add onion and sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spread the cooked onion on the bottom of a baking dish.
  4. Cut zucchini and summer squash into 1/4 inch slices.
  5. Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.
  6. Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  7. Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes in alternating rows. Continue until the baking dish is filled.
  8. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
  9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and golden. If the vegetables are not ready, but the top is starting to burn, cover the tian with aluminum foil.

French Buckwheat Crepes with Mushrooms

Prepare buckwheat crepes and garnish them with this delicious, simple mushroom and sour cream combination. A French favorite!

Find other recipes on this site: the buckwheat crepes or the version with ham and cheese.

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French Buckwheat Crepes with Mushrooms
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
galettes
Ingredients
Buckwheat Crepes (for 12 galettes)
Filling (4 servings)
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
galettes
Ingredients
Buckwheat Crepes (for 12 galettes)
Filling (4 servings)
Instructions
  1. Mix buckwheat flour with salt, milk, water, and eggs together. Add melted butter and whisk until you get a smooth batter. Cover with plastic and and let rest for at least 2 hours. When you are ready to cook the crepes, stir the batter before frying each crepe.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the oil add onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the sour cream, mix well, and cook for another few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  5. Heat a lightly buttered nonstick skillet. Add 1/4 cupful batter to skillet and immediately tilt to fully cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer. Cook for a few seconds until the surface isn't liquid.
  6. Without flipping the crepe, place 2-3 Tbsps of mushroom's filling in the center. A 10-15 seconds later, as the crepe seems to be ready, carefully lift the sides with a spatula and fold them to form a square, or triangle.
  7. Carrefully transfer the crepe from the pan to tha plate, and serve quickly.

Seasonal Radishes Salad

Even with it’s simplicity, this salad will look good on any table arrangement. All that is needed for this recipe are fresh radishes and fresh herbs. These thinly sliced radishes create a colorful and delicious entree that will please any veggie-lover. Add your favorite fresh herbs, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with vinegar and olive oil. You can use any vinegar you like: white, apple or balsamic. I like to make this salad with white vinegar. This salad looks amazing if served in a white salad bowl.

 

 


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Seasonal Radishes Salad

If prefer it, you can replace the vinegar and oil with a tablespoon of sour cream or Greek yogurt .

Course Salads

Prep Time 10 minutes

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Course Salads

Prep Time 10 minutes

Servings
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Instructions
  1. Wash and cut off roots from the radishes, slice thinly. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.

Creamy Zucchini Soup

This deliciuos Creamy Zucchini Soup is extremely easy to cook. Only three main ingredients: zucchinis, onions and milk.

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Creamy Zucchini Soup
If you like Maggi broth cubes, add one to the soup while it is being boiled. By doing so, it is no longer needed to add salt, pepper, or herbs.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop onions.
  2. Peel and chop garlic.
  3. Cut the zucchinis.
  4. In a large pot, heat the olive oil, add onions and garlic. Cook until golden, while stirring constantly.
  5. Add zucchinis, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Add water, milk and heavy cream. The level of liquid should just cover the veggies. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the herbs of Provence and simmer about 20 minutes.
  7. Puree the soup with blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some milk or heavy cream. Bring to a boil once again and remove the pan from the heat. Taste the soup, and add salt and pepper accordingly.
  8. Serve the creamy soup and don't forget to sprinkle with paprika or decorate with fresh herbs.

Easy Walnut Cake

There are quite a few nut cake recipes; but this one, which my mother-in-law is preparing is a little different. With that easy walnut cake, you can really taste the taste of nuts thanks to the small pieces that crunch under your teeth!

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Easy Walnut Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Grease and flour a round cake pan or line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using a mixer, beat eggs with sugar.
  3. Add milk, olive oil, flour, and baking powder. Mix well.
  4. Place the walnuts in the zip-lock and cruch them using a pastry pin.
  5. Pour the batter in the cake pan (mould). Lay walnuts halves on top of the cake.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. The cake should be well raised with a thin crust but not fully baked. Place the pieces of butter on top of the cake.
  7. Continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven, allow to cool before removing it from the mold.
  8. Dust it with powdered sugar before serving.

Cabbage and Carrot Slaw

This cabbage and carrot slaw is simple, healthy and nutritious. It is super easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. A perfect side dish to literally anything.


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Cabbage and carrot slaw

It tastes even better the next day.

Course Salads

Prep Time 15 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Course Salads

Prep Time 15 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients


Instructions
  1. Cut the cabbage in half and peel of a few of the thin outer layers. Cut each half into quarters, then cut out the tough core in the middle. Slice each quarter crosswise into thin shreds. Add salt and squeeze the shredded cabbage with your hands.

  2. Peel the carrots and shred them.

  3. Transfer the shredded carrots and cabbage into the mixing bowl. Add sugar, white vinegar and olive oil. Gently toss everything together. Taste and add some more salt if needed. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.

Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner

Pasta and ground beef is nothing new, but when you add feta cheese, onion and fresh dill to it, it takes your pasta to a whole different level.

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Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner
You might seriously consider making a double batch of this Beef and feta pasta dinner because your family will definitely ask you for more.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop the onion.
  2. Coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil. Add onion and sauté until softened and brown, stirring once in a while.
  3. While the onion is cooking, cook pasta, according to the package directions. Drain pasta and set aside.
  4. Fully cook the ground beef. Drain grease. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Use your hands or the tines of a fork to crumble the feta cheese.
  6. Add onion, ground beef and crumbled feta to cooked pasta. Shower on a generous dusting of fresh dill and using two spoons, toss the pasta well.

Homemade Olive Tapenade

The tapenade is a dip or paste made with olives (black or green), anchovies and capers. This appetizer comes from Provence, France and is great with fresh bread or toast. With the help of a food processor, or blender, this hors d’oeuvre is ready within 5 minutes.


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Homemade Olive Tapenade

The anchovies are very salty. If you find your tapenade too salty, add more olives or olive oil.

Course Appetizers

Prep Time 5 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Course Appetizers

Prep Time 5 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients


Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in an electric blender. Pulse a few times until finely chopped. The tapenade should have small pieces of olives. Do not over blend!

  2. Serve with crackers or fresh baguette slices.

Cowboy caviar

Cowboy caviar (or Texas caviar) is a simple, healthy, colorful, and delicious appetizer, salad, side-dish, or dip. Using canned beans and corn is a quicker alternative to cooking dry beans. Spend less time in the kitchen but don’t forget to prepare in advance to allow the different flavors to blend together before serving.

 

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Cowboy caviar
The jalapeño can be replaced by a few pinches of chili powder.
Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl, mix, cover, and let chill for about one hour in the fridge.

Whole Roast Duck With Apple And Cranberry Stuffing

Impress your holiday guests this year with crisp, delicious and full of juices roasted duck. This recipe is very simple and easy to make. The best way to serve it is with mashed potatoes.

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Whole Roast Duck With Apples And Cranberry Stuffing
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry duck with paper towels. Season inside and outside with salt and pepper.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  3. Cut celery into thin slices.
  4. Peel, core and cut apples into small cubes.
  5. Heat olive oil or butter in a frying pan. Add onion and celery and sauté for 3-4 minutes until golden. Season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Add apples and cranberries. Remove from the heat.
  7. Add bread crumbs and mix well.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Stuff duck with prepared stuffing. Secure skin underneath with skewer or toothpicks.
  9. Rub the skin with olive oil and place it into the roasting pan with the breast side down. Roast for one hour.
  10. Baste all over every 15-20 minutes with juices from the bottom of the pan.
  11. Flip the duck over and continue to roast for another 20-30 minutes. Cover wings and legs with foil if it gets too brown.
  12. The duck is done if the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted in the thickest part of the leg. Remove from the oven and cover the duck with aluminum foil for at least 10 minutes.
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