This section is dedicated to recipes tried and tasted chez nous (our house). Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

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here is an example of a French soup that is easy to prepare and delicious to eat:

Soupe de Bonne Femme or Old Wives Soup

Soupe de Bonne Femme or Old Wives Soup


from cookbook Françoise Bernard, ma cuisine d’aujourd’hui

If you like easy French cooking, here is a cookbook by Françoise Bernard. This one is translated to English and I have the French version below.

And some of my all time favorites!

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  1. Anna Kay Bourg March 7, 2011 at 15:14 Reply

    Hi Mary and everyone,
    Sounds yummy. I will definitely try this. But wait… don’t throw away the green part of the leeks!!
    Cut off the tattered ends and discard the outer leaf/blade too if it’s a bit beat up. Rinse the remaining greens well and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Peel and chop up some carrots and potatoes. Boil in water until soft and put through the food mill. My lovely mother-in-law raised her 7 children on this soup (“poireaux-pommes-de-terre-carrottes”) and I raised my 3 on it as well. It was served most school nights (usually before a vegetable dish like a gratin, or an egg or omelet)in our home for 20 years. Olive oil is added at the table along with slivers of Gruyere or Emmental. Soup is easy to eat, even for very young children and is very filling. If they finish their soup, you know they’re getting at least 1 green, 1 orange and 1 white vegetable.
    If you’ve got no leeks at hand, any green vegetable will do–beans, spinach, even lettuce. Throw in a turnip for a bit more excitement.

    • Anna Kay! Great ideas….thanks for sharing, keep them coming…! Can I post your sundried tomato pesto over soft goat cheese recipe too? Another quick & delish dish…? Merci,

  2. Love your site, going to make the soup today…thank you so much for sharing….

    • Hi Adele, Thanks for your support. Let me know how the soup comes out. Don’t forget the secret touch :-) …Toasted bread with salty butter laid in bottom of bowl. As a foodie yourself , you may also find this delicious too! Bon Appetit!

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  4. Bonjour Vincent, will check it out! Merci! Mary

  5. Mary – tried this soup tonight with some tweeks (thyme, smoked gruyere melted on toasts.) Going to blog about it too with credit to your site/post. Love “meeting” you through Recipe Redux and so glad to have you on board with us (we’ll live vicariously through you over there in France :)

    • Great suggestions on the tweaks. WIll try those too. We love melted gruyere on our onion soup here too. Mmmmm. :) Excited to be part of the Recipe Redux challenge.

  6. Umm – forgot to mention the soup was DIVINE! What a wonderful aroma and flavor from such simple ingredients, eh?

    • Merci, Thank you! Great you tried the recipe. Sometimes the most simple foods can be the most delicious. Like this soup…cold autumn night, nothing like a warm yummy soup to warm up the soul :)


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