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Using a whole duck to make pasta sauce is uncommon outside Italy.
I had eaten these dumplings only once, when I was 12, but boy did they make an impression! Such a rich combination of gorgeous juicy sweet prunes covered in a soft potato-based simmered dough.
A most amazing pastry based on flour, sugar and a lot of butter. A definite calorie bomb but so good you would not believe.
My painstaking preparation of homemade ricotta-filled raviolis in a honey-quince sweet white wine sauce was my first test of dessert pasta.
My gorgeous, rich, spicy apple-quince chutney from a balsamico caramel base.
A vamped-up Pierre Hermé recipe of homemade chocolate noodles in a rich bergamot-flavored chocolate sauce with thyme ice cream.
Orgeat syrup is a gorgeous almond elmulsion that will turn any water into a fragrant milky refreshing beverage.
How you can make this astonishing dessert from La Truffière, a Paris restaurant specialized in black truffle.
This quick and easy dish from the River Café will makes a lasting impression on any guest, and it takes only about 20 minutes to prepare.
I had this memorable terrine at Saprien, the restaurant in Sauternes, France, home of Château d'Yquem. See how it's done - quite spectacular!
Parmesan puff pastry can serve many purposes - here I tried simple poppy seeds crackers.
Lenôtre offers high-end non-professional pastry classes in Paris. Are they worth the time and money? Who attends? What do you actually learn? Read my account of a Brioche and Kugelhopf class at Lenôtre's school on the Champs-Elysées.
A Visit to Rungis, The World's Biggest Food Market Very Popular
Rungis, just outside Paris, is a cult place for gourmets. It is so huge you need a car to go from one hall to the next. That is where Parisian chefs buy what they cook. I was able to visit at 4h00 in the morning.
Easily the largest place on earth to buy cookware and restaurant equipment, this huge street in the Asakusa district of Toyko got me busy for an entire day.
If you are not afraid of deep-frying these gorgeous fritters are for you. They can be prepared in minutes and are great both for tea or breakfast.