French Flavor Profile

French Flavor Profile

Flavor Profile Table
carrots, celery and onion
bay leaf, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne, chervil, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel seed, garlic, ginger, laurel, lavender, marjoram, mustard, nutmeg, paprika, saffron, salt, savory, white pepper
basil, chives, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme
almonds, bacon, baguette, brie, butter, camembert, chicken, dry sausage, eggs, figs, green beans, ham, leeks, lemon zest, mustard (dijon and grainy), orange zest, pears, plums, potatoes, red wine vinegar, Roquefort, shallots, strawberries, vanilla, white wine vinegar, wine

three, Two, One

A French-inspired dish begins with this simple 3|2|1 cooking method:

3 base ingredients + 2 (or more) spices + 1 (or more) herb + trademarks (optional)

Five Signature French Dishes
beef burgundy
brie en croûte
french onion soup
niçoise salad
quiche lorraine

Noble Suggestions
  • Serving fresh crêpes is one of my favorite ways to entertain guests. Preparations are minimal and basic. You need only assemble the batter and a couple platters of provisions. I gladly assume the role as the crêpe maker for the evening. As fresh shells become available, guests can assemble their crêpe to their liking. Adults love them. Kids love them. They can be gourmet or traditional; the main entree and dessert. Pair this with a relish tray, fresh fruit, chopped salad, assorted nuts, olives and wine {mais oui}.
  • Want to take the guesswork out of which spices to pair?  Just lean on the old reliables: bouquet garni and herbes de provence. Bouquet garni consists of bay, sage and thyme. It is used to flavor soups, stews and stocks. Herbes de provence combinations can vary but it typically contains savory, marjoram, rosemary and oregano. Use herbes de provence on salads, poultry, seafood, beef and pork.
  • Thanks to Julia Childs, French cooking is rather mainstream in the United States. I would consider the French Flavor Profile to be “home base” for my kitchen. It just feels comfortable. If you are looking for a place to start in this giant world of cooking, consider mastering the French flavors first.

Brag and bloopers

Lets be honest. Sometimes brilliance happens in the kitchen and other times it is a complete fiasco. We want to hear it all. Brag about new cooking skills or let us share in the frustration. Please reply to this post.

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