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25 Traditional French Dishes You Need to Try Once

25 Traditional French Dishes You Need to Try Once

France—the magical land of art, history, fashion and mighty fine foods. Living in France will make you slightly addicted to elaborate dishes, unusual combinations of ingredients and having a glass of wine during lunch. Whether you are planning a trip to France or practicing your culinary skills, you need to try these 25 traditional French dishes at once. Believe me, your life won’t stay the same!

1. Coquilles Saint-Jacques

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    You know nothing about how scallops taste till you’ve tried this dish! Poached in white wine, scallops are placed atop of mushroom pue in shell, then generously covered with another layer of delicious sauce.

    2. Salade Lyonnais

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      Quoting Stendhal, “I know of only one thing that you can do well in Lyon, and that’s eat.” Indeed, the local cuisine earned the city a proud title of French gastronomy capital. Start your gourmet adventure with this rich-flavored salad of curly lettuce, tomato, smoked bacon, egg and crunchy croutons all under insanely delicious vinegar-based dressing.

      3. Moules Marinières

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        Mussels are among the traditional foods you probably most associate with France. However, this dish originated in Belgium. The French popularized it and added a few spicy twists to the original recipes. There are numerous ways to cook and serve mussels. One of the best ways is to marinate them in white wine broth with parsley and shallots. Tastes great with a glass of chilled white in a terrace café at Montmartre.

        4. Coq au Vin Jaune

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          Traditional dish from the easternmost province, Franche-Comté. Soft Bresse chicken thighs cooked and served under wine sauce with morel mushrooms. Vin Jaune is a strong white wine with nutty aftertaste, made in the Jura wine region of Savagnin grapes.

           5. Soupe à L’oignon

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            Gooey, rich-flavored soup with a thick golden crust on top—the most delicious part of the dish! Meat broth is generously flavored with onions, grated cheese and crusty croutons. This recipe is really easy to cook at home and your guests would be more then merely impressed.

            6. Blanquette de Veau

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              There isn’t a more quintessentially French dish then this meat ragout. Delicate pieces of veal, soaked in crème fraîche sauce, often garnished with pilau rice, onions and mushrooms. Buy a bottle of red Bordeaux to accompany the meal.

              7. Socca 

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                Crusty chickpea pancakes popular all along the Ligurian Sea coast, and Nice in particular. Flat rounds of chickpea dough, sprinkled with olive oil and baked in oven or on a huge round pans. Seasoned with black pepper and eaten while still hot with the fingers. Often served with veggie or cheese filling.

                8. Steak Tartare

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                  Evoke your primal instincts and eat meat the way it is supposed to be eaten: raw. Beef is finely chopped, mixed with onions, seasoned well, and served with egg yolk and rye bread. You need extremely fine fresh meat to cook the dish at home.

                  9. Salade Comtoise 

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                    Iconic rustic salad from Franche-Comté of smoked Montbéliard sausage, Comté cheese, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, nuts, and crusty croutons—all served under a delicious seasoning. A fast and easy-to-cook lunch snack.

                    10. Ratatouille

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                      This dish is already world-famous after a Pixar movie, but I couldn’t help mentioning it anyway. Originating from Nice, ratatouille is made of onions, zucchini, garlic, eggplant, bell peppers, basil, or bay leaf and thyme with more Provençal herbs added as seasoning. Can be eaten as a side dish or main course at lunch, dinner or breakfast. I see nothing wrong with eating it thrice a day.

                      11. Piperade

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                        Piperade is very similar to ratatouille, traditionally cooked in the French Basque country. A ragout of red and green papers, tomatoes, onions and fresh eggs. Usually served as a garnish to meat and fish dishes. Spicy, rich-flavored, and pretty easy to cook at home.

                        12. Pan Bagnat

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                          Another insanely tasty food specialty from Nice. A circle round of pain de campagne is generously filled with Salade Niçoise of raw vegetables, eggs, anchovies and/or tuna, seasoned with olive oil. Classy and easy-to-make snack that should be on your healthy lunch menu.

                          13. Cassoulet

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                            Cassoulet is one of those warm, comforting foods to cheer you up after an exhausting day. White beans and duck (also pork sausages, goose, or mutton) slowly stewed in big round pan. The dish originates from Southern France and is incredibly popular in Toulouse, Carcassonne, and Castelnaudary. The last claim to be the first to cook this magnificent, rich-flavored meal. If you are absolutely into casseroles, you should check these 11 recipes!

                            14. Bouillabaisse

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                              Fragrant stew from the city of Marseille. Traditionally, made with at least three kinds of fish: red rascasse, sea robin, and European conger. Bouillabaisse can also include gilt-head bream, monkfish, mullet, or European hake. French chefs add a variety of shells and other seafood like mussels, crabs, small octopuses and more. Everything’s seasoned with Provençal herbs and served hot in a pot. The dish may not be easy to cook, but definitely worth all the efforts.

                              15. Escargots

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                                The most traditional of all French appetizers to be eaten with a glass of fine white wine. Specially bred land snails cooked with tasty garlic butter and parsley, wine sauce and sometimes chicken stock.

                                16. Confit de Canard

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                                  Crispy duck legs, salted and then cooked in their own fat. Warm comforting dish originating from Gascony region takes up to a few days to cook as the meat should to be marinated in salt, garlic and herbs for 36 hours to taste best. That is one of the 7 main secrets of the French kitchen.

                                  17. Gratin Dauphinois

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                                    Gratin Dauphinois is one of the most authentic French dishes that you can easily cook home. Potatoes are thinly sliced and covered with crème fraîche, add some butter and a clove of garlic, et voilà—your dinner’s  ready. Variations include adding cheese.

                                    18. Soupe au Pistou

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                                      My favorite Provençal dish, fragrant and flavorful. Made of summer vegetables, pasta and a French version of pesto—an appetizing mix of pounded garlic, olive oil, and basil.

                                      19. Oeufs en meurette 

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                                        Burgundy is famous not only for fine reds, but mighty good local cuisine, as well. Oeufs en meurette is a classic dish of poached eggs in divine meurette sauce: red wine mixed with onions and/or shallots, seasoned with thyme, parsley and bay leaf and mixed with a few drops of espagnole sauce. Sometimes mushrooms added to enrich the flavor. Served with toasted garlic bread and pieces of bacon.

                                        20. Baeckeoffe

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                                          Splendid Alsatian dish that can be literary translated as “baker’s oven”. Sliced potatoes, onions, a variety of meat (mutton, pork and beef) is left to marinate in white wine for the night, then seasoned with herbs, juniper berries and carrots. Back in the old days dames of Alsace started to cook it late Saturday, left the casserole at the nearest bakery to slow-cook during Sunday morning, and picked it up when returning from the church.

                                          21. Soupe de Poisson à la Rouille

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                                            Traditional fishermen’s soup born in Marseille. You can use any type of fish for the soup as the secret of the dish is “rouille”—a clump of garlicky and saffrony mayonnaise placed on top.

                                            22. Quiche Lorraine

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                                              The classiest savory pie of all time. Quiche Lorraine is a perfect lunch snack and an excellent dinner dish as it’s pretty simple to cook. Mix up the buttery dough, add smoky bacon or lardon and cover it all in cheese.

                                              23. Pissaladière

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                                                Maybe you think Italy is pizza-lovers’ mecca, yet France has a few seriously great pizzas of its own! Pissaladière—a thin crusty layer of dough covered with anchovies, onions and olive, served on nearly every corner in the South. Enjoy it with a glass of local rosé.

                                                24. Tarte flambée

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                                                  Another incredibly delicious pizza originating from Alsace. Thick layer of crème fraîche, bacon and onions, all baked in an open oven till the crust is crunchy. Pair it with a glass of white Riesling or glass of cold beer.

                                                  25. Quenelles de brochet 

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                                                    You haven’t been to Lyon unless you’ve eaten at least one portion of pike quenelles. The fish is mixed with breadcrumbs and generously coated with cream sauce. You many need some practice if you plan to cook the dish at home, but it’s all worth it.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Erik Totten via flickr.com

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                                                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                    Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                    By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                    Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                    83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                      84 write random letter

                                                        85 use a rubberband

                                                          86 dorm smell bad

                                                            87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                              89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                  91 iron inside out

                                                                    92 old newspaper

                                                                      93 tumble try shoes

                                                                        keep a card like this

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                                                                            94 soap bar

                                                                              95 make a hole

                                                                                96 drop the battery

                                                                                  97 use a coozie

                                                                                    98 when taking a picture

                                                                                      use a clean dust pan

                                                                                        try a pants hanger

                                                                                          use your cellphone light

                                                                                            use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                              quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                user binder clips

                                                                                                  wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                    put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                      clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                        use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                          doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                            use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                              use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                  use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                    almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                      sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                        unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                          cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                            remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                              turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                  how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                    tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                      place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                        ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                            take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                              how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                  How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                    user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                      good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                        turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                          50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                            the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                              add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                  hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                    stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                      the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                        how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                          the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                            use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                              to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                  a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                    rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                      use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                                        50

                                                                                                                                                                                          51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                            52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                              rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                        60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                          hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                              hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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