Our Foray Into French Cuisine
George & Linda Meyers
We recently journeyed to France for a few weeks as we hosted a special Cook In France cooking school vacation.
These incredible days were spent not just cooking and learning the secrets of making amazing French cuisine, but also tasting and eating the unbelievable local dishes! While one of our favorite cuisines is still Italian, we can say, without hesitation, French food comes in at a close second!
What were our favorite foods in France?
Beurre — the French word for butter! There is nothing better than French butter. It is in every recipe. And, of course, it’s even better on French bread. No one could stop eating the butter and the bread. If you want to try a sample, France’s number one butter is « President » which you can buy online at Amazon or find in your local upscale grocery store. It’s incredible.
Le Pain — For an unforgettable French experience, walk into any French bakery when they are baking the baguettes and buy one. They’ll hand it to you warm and wrapped in paper and you can just pull off little pieces of bread to nibble on as you stroll through the streets admiring the French architecture, shops, and ambiance. While we love butter, no butter is needed as the bread is just so tasty on its own when fresh and still warm.
Le Canard — The duck in France was equally amazing. While we all know Duck A La Orange from French restaurants here, it is at another level in France.
Poisson — Pretty much any fish you order in France is so tasty. French cuisine focuses on flavors and they use the most local, seasonally available ingredients, so locally caught fish is often a staple on restaurant menus.
Huître — If you love oysters, they are to die for in France. It’s no wonder they are considered an aphrodisiac – they are just amazing.
Tarte — Sweet and savory tarts were also some of our most favorite dishes. From the delicate pastry to the freshest toppings and fillings, we couldn’t pass up the tarts.
Macaron — And finally there is the Macaron! While they are pretty commonplace in the US nowadays, the Macarons in France are at an entirely different level. Baked fresh daily, the crisp exterior of the cookie and the moist inside complemented by the flavored cream filling is just unlike any other sweet we have tried.
So if you are heading to France soon, we hope we have whet your appetite for a culinary adventure. And a word to the wise: worry about your diet when you get home. This is definitely one place you don’t want to watch what you eat!
George and Linda Meyers are not only the owners of Cook In Tuscany, but they recently purchased a boutique hotel in Tuscany, La Chiusa, which has its own Michelin-star restaurant!