What makes the holiday special, for me, is anything Paris… or French. The following French recipes are classics, many by renowned chefs like Julia Child, Jacques Pépin and others.
If you want to make dinner even more authentically French, these 4 easy ideas will help bring that French flair home.
4 Easy Ways to Create a French Inspired Valentine’s Day
For a dreamy, French Valentine’s Day, here are some easy ideas to bring France home.
1. Send a French Themed Note: – Send your loved one a hand-written note on French stationery.
2. Listen to French Tunes: Set the tone by playing classical French music during dinner. Here is a French music playlist we made on YouTube.
And — an Amazon French music playlist here:
3. Create a French Mood: – Transport yourself to France by adding fresh or dried lavender, fresh flowers, and scented candles. The French cuisine you’ll be making will do a masterful job of bringing the essence of France home too.
4. Set a French Table: Use your best china or create a French bistro-type setting. Make it intimate and small with linen and cloth napkins. And by all means, light candles and dim overhead lights.
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French Recipes for Valentine's Day
If Paris isn't in the budget, create a beautiful dinner with these quintessential French Recipes, easy to make at home.
"This version is attributed to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, this type of stew is cooked all over France and has long been a staple in households throughout the country. Made with beef, vegetables and red wine and traditionally served with pasta it is a delicious and filling main course."
"Julia Child's Coq Au Vin is undeniably the best. This recipe sticks very much to the original, only minorly changing the ingredients and cooking method to bring it in line with the times. While Coq au Vin (or chicken in wine) might sound fancy, it is really just a simple French chicken stew that anyone can master."
When it comes to French patisserie, this is always my first choice, whether I'm in France or at home. But making your own is simpler than you might think. Make them ahead up to 24 hours in advance and bake when you're ready.
"Palmiers are a classic French cookie/pastry made from puff pastry. Sometimes called palm leaves (palmier is “palm tree” in French), French hearts, pig ears, or elephant ears, palmiers can be served as a breakfast pastry, afternoon snack, or dessert."
"Quality ingredients are the showcase of this dreamy, velvety custard that's actually pretty easy to make at home. The best part? There are endless ways to experiment with the garnishes and flavorings. Pair it with seasonal fruit, like chopped raspberries, or toppings like pistachio, coconut flakes, or chocolate shavings."