Category Archives: Food

Recap of 2019 Food and Wine Resolutions

December 30, 2019

Earlier this year, I set some goals related to food and wine.

I love setting goals at the beginning of the year. It pushes me to try new things and get out of my comfort zone. Plus, it’s a fun ride as long as you let go of the accomplishment aspect and focus more on what you learn along the way.

Here’s what happened as I drank lots of natural wine, baked bread at home, and tried to get that wine club started again.

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10 Essential Cooking Rules

November 4, 2019

The Bon Appétit test kitchen crew are sharing their essential cooking rules so I wanted to join the fun. Here’s what I’ve learned to be true in my years of kitchen adventures.

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2019 Food and Wine Resolutions

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

Don’t you love the beginning of the year and all the promise it holds? After weeks of celebrations, wine, and cheese (so much cheese), life slows down enough for quiet reflection and thoughts for what is ahead.

Similar to last year, I’m focusing my New Year’s resolutions on food and wine. Here’s what I’m looking forward to drinking and eating in 2019!

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Minimalist Kitchen Essentials on a Budget

November 19, 2018

Back when I was on a tight budget, it really bugged me when bloggers would list their essential items and the prices were totally out of reach. How can you shell out a few hundred dollars for one item when it’s almost half your paycheck?

When I posted my minimalist kitchen essentials a while back, I realized that I’d become that blogger and so I quickly started working on this post. All the items are from Target since it’s an affordable big box store with locations all over the US.

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Trader Joe’s Recipe: French Potato Salad

August 27, 2018

Summer in the Pacaut household means one thing and one thing only, barbecue.

Okay, it also means drinking rosé and micheladas but let’s focus here and get back to the summer grilling going down at our petite maison.

This is a time when we really let our French flag fly. Barbecues typically start with a traditional apéritif and a game of pétanque followed by many a pork product (whether cured or grilled), tons of wine and cheese, and this delicious French potato salad.

It’s funny how the simplest dishes often garner the most attention. This one was our summer darling who got all the compliments and recipe requests.

Now you too can whip up a French potato salad with ingredients from Trader Joe’s and serve it at your next outdoor shindig!

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Minimalist Kitchen Essentials

August 6, 2018

Anyone who loves to cook spends a lot of time in the kitchen. And anyone who spends a lot of the time in the kitchen eventually gets overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they have tucked away in various cupboards and drawers.

When I hit this point, I started decluttering like a madwoman and eventually whittled my kitchen stuff down to the absolute essentials. These are the 60 or so things that I use on a regular basis and that add the most value to my adventures in the kitchen.

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Minimalist Tabletop Essentials

June 18, 2018

Minimalist Tabletop Essentials | Alyssa Pacaut

One way to take the stress out of entertaining is to get your tabletop essentials in order.

Getting together the essentials for modern entertaining is similar to building a minimalist wardrobe. Look for simple, classic designs that will be in style for years to come, and then opt for solid colors in a neutral palette so it’s easy to mix and match.

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6 Great Podcasts for Foodies and Cooks

June 5, 2018

6 Great Podcasts for Foodies and Cooks | Alyssa Pacaut

What did we do before podcasts? I can’t seem to remember a time when I wasn’t listening to one on my way to work or when cooking.

You probably listen to tons of great podcasts already. But if you are a foodie and love to cook, then here are six of my favorites that you too may enjoy!
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Be the Best Dinner Party Guest

February 19, 2018

Be the Best Dinner Party Guest | Alyssa Pacaut

It’s pretty easy to be a guest at a dinner party. All you have to do is show up and eat a nice meal with your friends. Done and done.

However, some of you out there may be overachievers (like me) who want to be the best dinner party guest ever. Or maybe you’re just looking for some etiquette advice in these modern times. Either way, we’ve entertained enough to know what separates a good guest from the very best so here’s a few tips.
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The Magic of Caramelized Onions

February 6, 2018

The Magic of Caramelized Onions | Alyssa Pacaut

Here’s one way to take your dinner party to the next level: Make a big batch of caramelized onions. Not only will they make your kitchen smell delicious, but they are also a tasty addition to whatever you are serving.
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Trader Joe’s Recipe: French Fondue

January 23, 2018

How to Make French Fondue with Ingredients from Trader Joe's | Alyssa Pacaut

The first time we went back to France as a couple the family whisked us away to a little mountain town where I had my first fondue. Ever since then we make a French fondue in the wintertime. It’s one of our favorite traditions in Maison Pacaut and I hope it will become one of yours too!
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2018 Food and Wine Resolutions

January 2, 2018

2018 Food and Wine Resolutions

Though I’m not usually a fan of resolutions, setting a few goals around food and wine is definitely something I can get behind. Here are some things I have in mind for the new year!
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50 French Dishes

December 26, 2017

50 French Dishes | Alyssa Pacaut

Classic French cuisine will always have a special place in my heart. If not for the craft and tradition, then the focus on high quality ingredients and, well, all that butter.

And so, I present you with a list. A list of all lists, really. One that took a very long time to craft and cultivate. Any Francophile worth their salt is probably familiar with some of these dishes, but hopefully there are a few new ones that you can try out.
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Mexican Holiday Dinner Party Menu

December 5, 2017

Mexican Holiday Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

If you haven’t noticed, December has arrived and everyone is in full holiday party mode. It’s already a challenge to cook for a large crowd, but doing so during the busiest season of the year? Yikes.

Meet my friend Mexican food, a crowd-pleasing cuisine that everyone loves and is fairly easy to cook. Not to mention, it’s an easy way to serve a vegetarian-friendly meal without the meat eaters noticing.
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French Summer Dinner Party Menu

July 18, 2017

French Summer Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

Summertime and the living’s is easy. There’s no need to slave all day at the stove when inviting people over during the summer. The following dinner party menu requires a minimal amount of time in the kitchen and highlights the best flavors of the season including tomatoes and rosé!

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