Three caramel pear tarts on a wooden board.

Caramel Pear Tarts

Nothing says sassy like swapping pears for apples in the classic French tarte tatin. What can we say? We like to live on the edge.

A ceramic soup bowl filled with French onion soup, and topped with melted cheese which is dripping down the side of the bowl.

French Onion Soup

A slightly heretical take on a French classic, this riff involves onion soup, bread, and cheese, but not quite like you’ve experienced it before.

4 delicate tumblers filled with St. Germain Cocktail with a little ice and a lemon twist, sitting on a silver tray on a marble table.

St. Germain Cocktail

St. Germain, sparkling wine, and soda water. Lightly effervescent, slightly inebriating, and thoroughly enjoyable.

An apple tart Tatin with a shortcrust pastry bottom, sitting on a piece of parchment paper with drips of caramel

Tarte Tatin

A tarte Tatin is nothing more than a tart turned upside down, nothing less than pastry perfection. It’s a lot of caramely apple goodness atop a buttery crust.

A stainless steel pot, filled with steaming, bubbling easy béchamel sauce with a large spoon and a whisk.

Easy Béchamel Sauce

Who knew that baking legend Jim Lahey’s brilliance extended not just to bread and pizza maverick but also to béchamel whisperer?

A wire rack on a piece of parchment, with 3 croquettes madame muffins sitting on top.

Croque Madame Muffins

A nifty little ooh- and aah-inducing riff on the classic croque madame that’s perfect to assemble ahead of time for big batch brunches.

A green and white platter with wilted kale, raisins, olives, and a pile of sliced pork.

Pork Chops with Kale

A pleasing riff on French cooking, apricot preserves give pork and kale a sweet twist, while olives add a briny touch.

A cedar plank with 3 eggs Florentine, one with spinach, one with tomato, one with ham.

Eggs Florentine

Eggs Florentine, Benedict, and Arnold. Sorta sounds more like a network of Revolutionary War spies than a brunch menu, yes?

A cooked apricot galette on a piece of parchment paper with a metal spatula beside it.

Apricot Galette

A rustic galette can be charmingly misshapen yet loses none of its appeal—and is unspeakably easier to make than pie. And it’s still impressive. Pretty easy math.