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Dec 10 2016

Alone In The Kitchen With An Old Frenchman

Recently French chef Jacques Pépin turned 80 and retired. Over the years, he educated viewers of Public Television on how to cook and, something that no other cooking show host has done, techniques in the kitchen with wisdom, humor and a smattering of French lessons. As Gilad Edelman wrote in a Slate article, this man will teach you how to cook

Sweets For My Sweet

Jacques helps his daughter Claudine relinquish her fear of making pastry with his easy Tartelettes Aux Fruit Panaches. She goes on to assist her father in the kitchen as he makes his variation of the very traditional French, Tarte Tatin. Jacques then shares his mother’s recipe for Mémé’s Apple Tart using an unusual method to make the pastry. Finally his granddaughter Shorey joins him to make and taste Individual Chocolate Nut Pies.

Tartelettes Aux Fruit Panaches

Thin disks of dough are baked with a topping of lightly sugared apricot and plum wedges until the pastry is crisp and the fruit soft.

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, the famous upside-down caramelized apple tart created many years ago by the two Tatin sisters, is an example of a dish that originated in a home kitchen and eventually made its way into most of the great restaurants.

Individual Chocolate Nut Pies

The rich filling for these little pies is a mixture of bittersweet chocolate, corn syrup, eggs, and mixed nuts