French Apple Tart (Tarte aux Pommes)

Few things say “autumn” more than apples. Well, maybe pumpkins—but they’re not as much fun to pick or as easy to eat. A few weeks ago we went to Grim’s Orchard and Family Farms in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania.   It was wonderful to see my daughters having so much fun picking apples and walking the hills of…

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a Mediterranean vegetable stew from the southern region of Provence in France. The secret to a perfect ratatouille is sun-ripened vegetables, good quality olive oil with a rich and robust flavor and plenty of time.  

How to make crème pâtissière (French pastry cream)

Crème pâtissière (also known as pastry cream) is a rich, creamy custard made of milk, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. While not an item in itself,  it is a key ingredient of many French desserts such as éclairs, fruit tarts, soufflés and mille-feuille. It is usually flavored with vanilla, but it can be easily refined…