Hi. I'm an American student living in France. Studying French. Of course. This means that I am A) poor and B) hungry. I have an ever-growing cookbook collection and if anyone wants to let me work in their restaurant for six months I will. For free.

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  • Location: Besançon, Franche-Comté, FR
  • Favorite foods: I like everything except for brussels sprouts and Christmas ham. And, by everything I mean every food that I've had the pleasure to eat so far. Oh, and I got it bad for lemons.

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@Lamora-- My brother and I like to call it Chicken Filet (Chicken-Fil-A ) instead. Ha.


@lamora- Chick Filet is how you say it.


@Perkz- Ask for the Honey Roasted BBQ Sauce, too for the sandwich.


@Lorenzo- Hey, man. Kudos to you if you feel that strongly about it. There are things that I feel that strongly about that other people think I'm crazy for abstaining from... simple things like you not eating at Chick-Fil-A. I don't agree with you, but I don't need to in order to understand from where you're coming. I've never thought about it the way you put it, and I think it's... interesting... Ha. But, for real. Like my friend H says... Keep doing you, bruh!


@Lorenzo-- I guess I see where you're coming from... I mean, I know we're not Europe, but in the Franceland (where most people agree that there is no God, but still somehow remains to be very much catholic) EVERYTHING is closed on Sundays. Are they trying to send some message that these French "heathens" should be in church? Not sure. Don't care really. That's how they do. Just gotta roll with it, yo. We keep everything open on Sundays in America... and, now I'm wondering why we don't shut everything down one day a week, too. I think it would be a good idea. I mean, why not? Frenchies still have enough time to do all their stuff.

Ps. And, maybe this whole rant was just your conscious tellin you that you need to go to Church sometime! ;) jk.


Mmm... Chick Fil A. Loooove it. Don't find a problem with the Sunday's off thing. Whatever. I don't find any religious overtones, but maybe that's b/c one of my parents best friends' owns one or whatev. If I avoided everything with "undertones" I wouldn't go anywhere. Or, I would never send my kids (when I have them) to school... due to the crap they are taught there. That I was taught, even. But, I mean, if you feel strongly about not going to a place like that, then that's your choice and good for you for staying away from something about which you feel strongly! More chicken for meeee... More waffle fries, too!

Did Ina mispronounce something.....

Paula Deen pronounced bouillabaisse "boo-luh-bayz" once. Hahaha... KILLED me. Personally I pronounce "endive" the French way, but I'm a French speaker. I speak Spanish, too... it's just a habit to pronouce Spanish things with an accent. The same with the French words. At first I wondered if it came across as being pretentious, but now I'm not so worried about it. :)

Best Farmer's Market you've been to

Every one that I've been to in the Franceland has been great.

What food(s) did you love as a kid and now can't stand?

Man, I used to BEG for brussels sprouts. HATE them now.

Red or white wine in bolognese?

@Jerz- Yeah, it's my grandmother's thing. I've suggested using cream, but she didn't like that idea... and, needless to say, if she doesn't like it, it's never gonna happen. Haha. Just wait til I'm someone's grandmother! In like... 45 years. Ha.

Red or white wine in bolognese?

@Jerz- I've seen Mario Batali put milk in his. I make it with milk, but that's how my family does it.

What is this? Double Devon Cream

Brookie, you'll be getting some sooooon! :)

Anyone ever use the Martha Stewart Cast Iron Pot?

I have a cast iron pot from that line and my mom cooked some pinto beans in it and HATED it. So, who knows. It was a steal though... literally 5 bucks. I think it might need to be seasoned, but it supposedly was pre-seasoned, so who knows. Mine isn't enameled, so I really have no answer for you.

Just disregard this entire comment. Haha. :)

I will season that pot though when I get back Stateside.

Comfort Food

Nothing like a good, comforting antibiotic. Yummy.

Okay, so what's the deal with chocolate anyway?

I like chocolate and fruit together. Fruit alone is great, chocolate alone... not so much.

Costa Rican Food

I looooved Costa Rica. Especially bartering at the markets. That was my senior trip. I'm in France now and I prefer Costa Rica to the Franceland.

Do You Love Onions?

@onepercent- Eh, I wouldn't take it that far... :)

Rescue my bolognese!

Fish sauce in your bolognese?!

Here's a video of Batali making his bolognese... @derosa and @hungrychristel-- he makes it differently from the Epicurious recipe. I haven't tried either one. But, I will when I get home!

Cuban Black Beans and Rice inspiration?

@bitchincamero- Ah, I LOVE your blog. I've been following for a while. I knew you'd jump on this thread! My best friend is Puerto Rican, but she's got this Cuban obsession. Some of her best family friends are Cuban and she's always over at their house cooking and eating. She eats Cuban food everyday practically. Needless to say, I'm always telling her to save me a plate and she does... but she "accidentally" forgets its for me...

Knife Brands

I've got a Wushtof Santoku (German) that I love. Likewise, I also have a Global Vegetable (Japanese) that I love, too. I was also given a Furi knife (Australia) which I also really like.

Those are all 7" knives. I've got a set of Wushtof which I love.

I've got it bad for knives. I looove them. There's a Shun one that will be my next buy. I don't have a favourite of the 7" knives. I like them all equally, I think.

Do You Love Onions?

@onepercent- That's the smartest thing you've said all day. ;)

Juuust kiiidding.

Do You Love Onions?

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