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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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Le Beurre: Why Butter is Better in France

Why does French butter taste so good?

Frédéric BISSON

I hated butter when I was a kid, unless it was melted in mashed potatoes. Fast forward 20 years and here I am, living in France, regularly licking butter off my fingers while making tart crust or smooshing fat slices onto naked hunks of bread in the morning. Somewhere along the line, someone slipped me a sliver of Echiré and changed my world. There’s no going back once you’ve experienced the tender melt of cultured-cream butter on the tip of your tongue. But I wondered: what exactly makes this ubiquitous ingredient so good here?

Why does French butter taste so good?

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According to Luisa Weiss, author of My Berlin Kitchen and founder of the blog The Wednesday Chef, the easy answer is fat. “The main difference between American and European butter is that European butter has a higher percentage of fat than American butter,” she explained over the telephone from her home in Berlin. American butter averages 80 percent fat, while European standards hover around 85 and 87 percent, with the legal French minimum being 82 percent. It’s not a huge difference – we’re talking 5 to 7 percent – but it’s enough to give European butter a deeper, richer flavor than its American counterpart.

Why does French butter taste so good?

Luca Cerabona

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L’Hydromel de Paris: A Catacombs-Fermented Cult Beverage in the Making

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Locals and tourists alike are well acquainted with Paris’ Catacombs. But there is something sitting beneath Place Denfert-Rochereau besides the famed bones of the departed.

A cult beverage in Paris: Hydromel de Paris

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Heidi Swanson’s 10 Days in Paris

Food blogger, photographer, and world traveler Heidi Swanson reflects on 10 idyllic days in Paris. From the flea markets at Clignancourt to the gelato at Pozzetto to dinner at Le Verre Volé, she hit a number of our favorite spots.

Ten Days in Paris

Text and photos by Heidi Swanson, 101 Cookbooks

It’s 5:45 in the morning, the sky is starting to glow ever so slightly near the horizon, and all is still and quiet outside. I’m sitting on my sofa wide awake. My body thinks it’s the middle of the day, and there is no way around it – I’m in for a couple more early mornings before I can shake this jet lag. So. I thought I’d make myself some tea, watch the sun come up, and take a bit of time to share my notes on Paris, before the details of this adventure start to slip my mind. Continue Reading »

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