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Thanksgiving in Paris: How to Prepare and Shop Like a Chef

hipparis blog - thanksgiving montage 2 Jennifer Pallian |  Gunel Farhadli

As a chef, Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. An entire day centered around food and subsequent left-over sandwiches of tasty turkey, cranberry relish, and roasted vegetables? Yes, please! 

In the States, my family gathers with all our kin, neighbors, and friends on the Chesapeake Bay for Thanksgiving. Our numbers fluctuate but we are typically a flock of twenty to thirty.  Everyone’s got their own way of cooking a certain dish and that’s exactly what we do.  This often results in multiple renditions of the same dish, but hey, who are we to complain? The most famous Thanksgiving multiple at the house is the turkey: one roasted, one fried, and I can say with all sincerity that they are equally delicious.

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Knife Shopping and Sharpening in Paris: Recommendations From a Chef

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best knife stores in ParisKaspar Metz

A trusty knife is the best accessory a cook could ask for. Without a good knife, our handiwork is useless. Sharpening your knife is absolutely essential and even if you buy the most expensive, beautiful knife, it’s not going to get the job done effectively if the blade is not tip-top sharp.

As a chef, I always travel with a good knife for catering gigs and have even been known to travel with my knives on vacation. Because who wants to get stuck without a knife or, even worse, with a bad knife? Knives are an extension of our arms in professional kitchens and if you are caught with an unsharp knife or a maimed blade our work becomes ten times more challenging. Even for a home cook, a good knife will see you through the toughest of times.

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When You’re Missing Paris in November: 7 Cool Events & Classes

Seine, Paris, France

Boat ride on the Seine; photo by Maggie Battista

I’m dreaming of Paris. Again. This happens when I’m in the States.

I just returned from a month-long trip to France. I traveled up and down the south of France, exploring most of Provence while fighting the devious Mistral winds. I spent a fabulous girls weekend in Normandy, sipping cidre and finally visiting Mont Saint Michel. And I drank small cups of espressos and not-so-small glasses of red wine all over our favorite city, Paris. I’m home in cold, rainy New England, missing out on too many fun November events across the pond. Here’s a peek into what I’m missing:

1. I really wanted to learn how to make macarons in Paris, and La Cuisine Paris offers a wonderful class on the subject. I’m living through their wonderful posts on their Facebook page.

Jean-Michel-Basquiat Paris France

Basquiat artwork; photos by mauidw and Eduardo Nasi

2. I adore the artist Basquiat, and spend tons of time in his old stomping grounds, downtown New York City. I was hoping to make it to the new exhibit at the Paris Musee de Art Moderne. The show is on through January 30, 2011, so perhaps you’ll be able to see it and report back?

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Linda Donahue’s Tasty Class at La Cuisine Paris

Our friend Linda Donahue (of Parisien Salon) had the opportunity to try out a baking class at La Cuisine Paris. Below, she recounts the mouth-watering results…

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Text and Photos by Linda Donahue, Parisien Salon

Ever since Julia Child launched her famous cookbook, Paris has become a magnet for aspiring chefs. Even those not looking to make a professional foray into the culinary world find the City of Light to be the perfect place to pick up a new skill. La Cuisine Paris was created just for these people.

Tucked away in a courtyard on the boulevard St-Michel directly across from the Jardin du Luxembourg, La Cuisine Paris attracts Parisiens, expats and visitors alike with its diverse range of classes. French cuisine isn’t the only thing on the menu here. Students can learn how to make dishes from around the world, from Thai to tapas to tantalizing desserts. Continue Reading »

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