A cherry clafouti in a red dish with cherry dish towels

Cherry Clafouti

A simple, old-style French dessert that’s as easy to toss together as it is to tie a scarf.

A person drizzling sauce over a steak au poivre on a white plate with sweet potato fries.

Julia Child’s Steak au Poivre

Julia Child updated the French classic with mixed peppercorns and allspice to lend a little intrigue. A surprisingly quick yet altogether swoon-worthy weeknight dinner.

A torn croissant on a plate with more croissants on a rimmed baking sheet in the background.

Flaky Croissants

When you open the oven to these obscenely buttery, flaky croissants, you’ll be relieved you didn’t settle for what’s in the grocery-store freezer case. Trust us.

A dish of classic Hollandaise sauce on a white plate with a whisk resting on the dish.

Classic Hollandaise Sauce

Some things are so simple as to seem almost plain—until you taste them. Hollandaise is one such perfectly simple staple.

A square cast iron skillet filled with sliced fried skillet potatoes for 2 on a grey oval metal platter.

Skillet Potatoes for Two

A swift stovetop version of classic pommes Anna, these sliced spuds are swaddled in butter, garlic, and Julia Child’s enthusiastic approval.

Two white plates of frisée with bacon and egg, croutons, and a dressing, glasses and fork and knife nearby

Frisée with Bacon and Egg

Take a cue from Paris bistros and make this a menu staple. Bitter greens. Classic vinaigrette. Homemade croutons. Crisped bacon. Hard-boiled eggs. Simple yet superbly satiating.

A white bowl filled with chocolate ganache and a wooden spoon resting inside.

Chocolate Ganache

Want proof that just four everyday ingredients can turn into something spectacular? Look no further than this chocolate magic.

A tray of twelve mini muffin financiers, each with two raspberries on top.

Mini-Muffin Financiers

Don’t let these delicate, diminutive cakes with the froufrou French name fool you. They’re a cinch to toss in the oven–and even easier to toss in the mouth.

Endive Roquefort salad in a blue speckled bowl, garnished with walnuts.

Endive Roquefort Salad

This endive salad with Roquefort savvily juxtaposes sweet with bitter, crunchy with creamy, and pungent with comforting as heck.

Two filletes of sole à la meunière in an oval metal dish surrounded by lemon wedges and garnished with parsley.

Sole à la Meunière

Classic bistro cooking at its best. Rustic simplicity that’s still so very elegant, sole à la meunière is complex only in taste. French cuisine at home.

Three slices of classic French toast on a white plate with a pat of butter on top and a fork on the side.

Classic French Toast

This classic manner of putting stale bread to good use seems like anything but penance in this rightfully indulgent take.

A finished croque monsieur casserole in a white baking dish with a spoon resting inside.

Croque Monsieur Casserole

One of France’s greatest innovations, the croissant, meets its match in this croque monsieur casserole filled with ham, cheese, and a milky béchamel.

Several lemon madeleines next to a madeleine pan and a bowl of lemon glaze nearby.

Lemon Madeleines

Let’s dispense with all the talk about Proust and time and just revel in these lemony little lovelies, shall we?

Oval casserole dish with spring asparagus and Asiago gratin, topped with coarse bread crumbs

Asparagus and Asiago Gratin

Our easy and elegant solution when you buy not-quite-spring spears of asparagus from the grocery store? Just add cheese and butter and bread crumbs.

A round flourless almond cake on a wooden baking paddle with almonds scattered around it

Flourless Almond Cake

A French classic that’s crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and flourless through and through.

A white bowl with a serving of blueberry clafouti, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a spoon resting in the bowl.

Blueberry Clafouti

Clafouti came into creation, we suspect, when angels got a little indulgent while making breakfast and ended up with something that veered into the realm of dessert. Our sorta divine intervention.

A sliced kugelhopf in a round metal platter

Kugelhopf

Part bread, part cake, kugelhopf is made like brioche except it’s studded with raisins, brushed with butter, and dusted with sugar.

A baked mini quiche for one on a white plate.

Mini Quiche for One

Quiche for one? It sounds a lot more ambitious than it actually is. It’s truly a cinch to make. So go on. Love yourself a little. Or a lot.

Pieces of pan roasted tarragon chicken arranged in a white serving platter with a glass measuring cup and spoon in the background.

Pan Roasted Tarragon Chicken

The unexpected combination of cider vinegar and tarragon makes this classic French chicken dinner impressively spectacular.