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Monday, May 14, 2012

French Inspired Cuisine

Lately I've been obsessed with Crème Fraiche. It all started when I was debating what to make for dinner. I was sick of my usual go to meals: Trader Joe's frozen Pesto Pizza or Shrimp Stir Fry. While lost in my head,   I found myself craving a crepe I had ordered at a small French cafe next to my house.  Instead of ordering in I decided to make the light creamy white sauce from scratch.  I quickly learned that Béchamel sauce is one of the most basic sauces used in cooking and simple to make. The recipe calls for flour, butter, milk, cayenne pepper, and mint leaves mixed together in a sauce pan. It's amazing over halibut or even swordfish. Something else I tried tonight was Crème Fraiche combined with tomato sauce, poured over Penne pasta, and lightly sprinkled with parmesan cheese. I can't wait try more recipes and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.