Family Time in The Kitchen

My daughter is taking French this semester as part of her elective rotation.  For the past few weeks they have learned specifically about the food.  I remember when I was in junior high our French class had a big feast that we all had to bring a French dish to.  My friend and I made French silk pie to bring, and so began mu love of the pie.  Is French silk pie even French?  Somehow I doubt it.  Anyway, my daughter’s teacher has sent her home with recipes for crepes, Quiche Lorraine, croque monsieur etc..  She has been really excited to get in the kitchen and make some of the recipes.  I was too, I haven’t been cooking much lately and I feel like all we do is eat leftovers.

cooking croque monsieur

We started with the croque monsieur

grilled ham and cheese

Essentially a fancy grilled ham and cheese…

bechamel croque monsieur

Delicious!  But who the heck came up with this combination of Béchamel sauce on top of a grilled sandwich, then topped with more cheese?

croque monsieur

The finished product served up with French green beans.  We had a fun evening in the kitchen making dinner together. We need to do that more often.


  1. Biz says:

    There is no such thing is too much cheese! Looks delicious and a great way to spend time with your daughter!

  2. Kiri W. says:

    What a great way to spend time together 🙂 Some of my fondest memories are cooking with my dad, so you are doing a wonderful thing!

  3. Anita at Hungry Couple says:

    What a lovely way to spend time with your daughter. It was also my mother who first taught me how to cook…although not in a kitchen anywhere near as gorgeous as yours! I’m having kitchen envy. 🙂

  4. Aimee says:

    Wow that looks heavenly! What a fun school project. I don’t remember doing anything that creative for Spanish class back in the day.

    You have a beautiful kitchen by the way. Looks like a great set up for cooking.

  5. Couscous & Consciousness says:

    I remember learning French at school, and I loved the lessons which were labelled “French culture” in which we learned about the food (though I don’t recall that we actually cooked or ate anything), lifestyle, sang songs, etc.

    As for croque monsieur – you have to admit the French really have a great knack for taking something very simple and turning it into something sublimely decadent & wonderful.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

    Sue 🙂

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