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Garlic Soup With Poached Eggs

Ingredients 1 head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled 2 teaspoons kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon dried sage ¼ teaspoon dried thyme 1 bay leaf 4 parsley sprigs 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 6 eggs, as needed Chopped parsley, for garnish Freshly grated Parmesan cheese Crusty bread, optional Nutritional Information Nutritional analysis…

Classic Leeks Vinaigrette

For leeks vinaigrette, look for smallish leeks, which are more tender and more closely resemble asparagus spears, for the French call this dish “asperges du pauvre,” the poor man’s asparagus. This is important; a crunchy leek is unpleasant. Drain the leeks and hold at room temperature for up to several hours, but do not refrigerate…

Creamy Chicken Liver Pâté

French pâté is in fact easier to make than my grandmother’s chopped liver, which called for rendering chicken fat. Here, you just soften onions in butter, cook the livers, cool, purée and refrigerate. You don’t have to bother with soaking the livers in milk, a step found in many recipes. Season aggressively: you want to…

Fennel Gratin

This rich, elegant gratin, adapted from the chef Naomi Pomeroy’s book “Taste and Technique,” brings together braised fennel, Gruyère sauce and crisp bread crumbs, with outrageously delicious results. As with many recipes in this highly instructive book, this gratin is more labor intensive than what you may expect — coarse bread crumbs are toasted and…

Classic Bacon and Egg Quiche

This is a classic bacon and egg quiche in the Alsatian manner (cheese or stewed onions are sometimes added, though not traditional). It is baked in a nine-and-a-half-inch fluted French tart pan, the sort with the removable bottom. The resulting quiche, as opposed to those baked in a deeper pie pan, stands only one inch…

Coq au Riesling

The chicken stew here does have an authentic origin, but I have lightened it a little by dispensing with the cream that would be added luxuriously in its country of origin. And you can cheerfully use a dry or semi-dry from anywhere in the world. I have nothing against the regular coq au vin, but…

French Lasagne

Nigella Lawson’s recipe for savory baked croissant pudding, which goes by the name of French lasagne in her house, uses up stale croissants by having the cook split and stuff them with ham and cheese, sprinkle more cheese over the top and douse them in eggs beaten with garlic-infused milk. Your croissants need not be…

Cold Chickpea-Tahini Soup

Chickpeas have an irresistibly robust and nutty flavor, and a texture that can run from crunchy to tender. Dried chickpeas take longer to cook than other beans (two hours is a likely cooking time); use enough water, and the process is stress-free. One major benefit to cooking chickpeas yourself — aside from the superior flavor…

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