Octopus in Tomato Sauce La Poulpe à la Niçoise
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFish & SeafoodMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste

Octopus in Tomato Sauce La Poulpe à la Niçoise

Among Nice’s many attractions are its Mediterranean location and the fresh seafood. Octopus (la pouple) is one ingredient that often features in Niçoise dishes. La pouple à la Niçoise was a favourite of the local fisherman mentioned by Tobias Smollett in 1762. However, the recipe has likely evolved since that …

Baking French Boulangerie Croissants
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Cooking ClassesTaste

Baking Tips for French Boulangerie Favourites like Croissants

Parisians are particular about baked goods – baguettes, tarts, cakes and all viennoiseries, including croissants and pains au chocolat, must be perfect. Even when they are on holiday relaxing in Provence, there is often discussion about where to find the best example in each category. Frankly, it does come down …

Provence French Cuisine Petite Box
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Order Today! A Mother’s Day Gift Box from Provence

Are you searching for a Mother’s Day gift? We have the perfect one for the Francophile Foodie Mom. Introducing The French Cuisine Petite Box, a collaboration between food blogger Le Chef’s Wife and gifting company Best French Forever. The French Cuisine Petite Box is a curated selection of beautifully handcrafted, …

Le Best French Forever Club
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLearning French

Join a Francophile Community, hosted by a French native

Imagine if you could transport yourself to France from the comfort of your living room. You would open your computer or tablet, log into a platform and voilà. Le BFF Club was created as a virtual place to get your French language fix every week. Founded by Provence native Cynthia …

Le Chef and Anina Belle Riviera Wedding
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesTaste

A Delicious Interview with Le Chef’s Wife Anina Belle

Meeting that special someone on the French Riviera while studying in the South of France certainly sounds like a movie script base for Netflix series. Yet, that is precisely how it happened for Anina Belle and Sébastien Giannini. They met in Nice while she was on a university exchange program …

CUISINE NISSARDE Panisses Sucrées Sweet Version from Nice
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertProvencal RecipesTaste

Panisses Sucrées a Sweet Version Recipes from Nice

While panisse and socca include chickpea flour and water, the preparation and cooking for these typical Niçoise recipes are different. Like polenta, panisse starts with a dough cooked until it is thick. Then the dough is rolled or shaped and fried in a hot pan. Panisse is served hot and …

Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

5 Great Reasons to Visit Villefranche-sur-Mer

Shelley and Riccardo own nine (9) beautifully appointed rental apartments in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Both are Americans who have lived in Villefranche-sur-Mer for well over 20 years. It is easy to love the town for its location on the French Riviera. Initially, they arrived in this charming seaside town on the French …

Mont Ventoux Vines
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The Mont Ventoux Villages and Our Top Restaurant Picks

Chefs in Provence build their menus around seasonal, locally available produce, small-batch cheeses, ethically raised meats and Mediterranean seafood. However, as a visitor, knowing where to go for good value food is not always evident. So we asked the owners of Le Prieuré La Madelène for suggestions on places they …

La Tourte de Fèves a Fava Bean Tart from Nice, France
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertPies & TartsProvencal RecipesTaste

La Tourte de Fèves a Fava Bean Tart from Nice, France

Fève(s) is a French word with several meanings – a trinket in the epiphany cake, chocolate disks used by chocolatiers and in baking, and fava beans. So in this Niçoise dessert recipe, we are talking about fava beans for the tart (tourte) filling, egg, sugar, and hints of citrus. The …

Portrait Photography Raina Stinson
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspirePhotographers in Provence

Learning Photography in Provence Join Raina Stinson

In Provence, dreams can come true. Raina Stinson’s move to France in February 2018 was brave. She was on her own and spoke limited French. Nonetheless, Raina was pursuing her goal of becoming a full-time photographer, a vision she had since she was 18. Today, Raina is a professional photographer …