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My earliest attempt at cookery began with the filleting of my sister's goldfish at age 2 and cooking my pet rabbits by age 7. Life has been downhill ever since.

Corsican Pork Stew is the perfect Fall dish to celebrate the end of your pepper and tomato growing season and the coolness in the air. Pebronata (Peh-Bro-Nah-Tah) is a Corsican daube or stew generally made from goat meat, although it is often made from beef, veal, or pork.

Corsican Pork Stew or Pebronata, photo by Francois de Melogue

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My mother’s cooking gene was unfairly split among me and my sibling. I got it and sadly my sister Anne got my father’s genes. I find it fascinating that we both grew up in the same French household, with the same food-centric lifestyle.

My mother was a free-spirited natural in…


My apple trees are completely covered with ripe fruit ready to pick. As I started pulling a few off I began thinking about how to best use them. When I was a small child my mother use to make a really simple dessert that I adored. She would peel and…


Confession Time. I planted way too many tomatoes this year and I was looking for the best, most tasty way to use them. I ended up making a Provençale Vegetable Tian — which is sort of a super healthy vegetable casserole.

Provençale Vegetable Tian by Francois de Melogue

You may remember the hit 2007 movie ‘Ratatouille” about…


One of my favorite cookbook authors is Geraldene Holt. She wrote the seminal classic on country cooking called ‘French Country Kitchen’. This is a variation of her recipe for white beans in tomato sauce.

Chickpeas stewed in tomato sauce is a popular flavor combination in Provence. I added chunks of…


Easy Olive Oil Cake

A Quick and Easy Cake that is Forgiving

It’s Sunday — Are you looking for a quick and easy dessert that will surely brighten your day? Do you like moist easy to bake cakes? The good news is you probably already have all the ingredients sitting in your cupboards. One of the things I love most about this…


A few years ago my wife, son, and I visited my cousins Andre and Lolo at their beautiful home in Six-Fours-les-Plages along the Mediterranean coast of France. …


Poulet au Vinaigre, or chicken in vinegar, is a classic French preparation that you will find braising in homes as readily in restaurants. At the onset, it sounds kind of overpowering and maybe even unappetizing. Chicken in vinegar? …


Chère Maman:

Though I know you will never read this letter I want to thank you for everything you have ever done for me. Your passion for life, food, and wine (though not necessarily always in that order) has inspired me my entire life.

You taught me the valuable lessons…


Learn how to easily make French sausages at home. They are not much different than Italian sausages other than the flavorings. In France, these sausages are called saucisses de Campagne or country sausages. They are coarse cut with a highly seasoned filling. Perfect for outdoor eating and grilling. …

Francois de Melogue

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