Five Ways to Add Some France to Your Weekend

Happy Friday. Here’s the roundup of ways to add a little France to this weekend.

1. Go Shopping for Something “Spring”

It’s almost spring….and if you’re in the mood to spring up your house, check out this Printemps Green Rug at Provence Rugs, a fun little website that offers a lot more than rugs! I also really like their selection of trays and table linens. Happy shopping!

2. Learn Your French Place Prepositions 

Thanks to My French Neighbor for sharing this cute drawing!

Author Photo by Benjamin Barda

3. Parent like the French This Weekend

A few weeks back, Pamela Druckerman, author of the book “Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting,” wrote this great blog entry for the Wall Street Journal. She discussed how on weekend mornings, her children are instructed to play by themselves, and not to disturb Mom and Dad in their bedroom. It not only teaches them to cope with boredom, but, as Druckerman points out, “… kids are supposed to think that there’s a mysterious adult realm that’s off-limits to them. Otherwise, why should they bother growing up?”

Ever wonder what to serve with Beef Bourguignon? My new Menus page will tell you.

4. Check Out My Improved Menus Page

I’ve noticed that a lot of cooks come to this site looking for French menus, so day by day, I’m putting some great, do-able menu ideas up. Now you’ll know exactly what to serve with recipes on this site and from the Bonne Femme Cookbook, along with great wine pairings. Go to the page, and click on a menu to get all the info you’ll need for a great dinner.

So far, I have menus for:

Basque Chicken
Coq au Vin
Beef Bourguignon
Blanquette de Porc
Summer Dinner Party
Chicken Francese

If you’d like some menu ideas for other dishes, let me know–post a question and I’ll be happy to oblige.

5. Watch “A Very Long Engagement”

I’ve long been fascinated by World War I, a war in which 4 out of 10 Frenchmen between the ages of 18 and 40 died. It’s no surprise, then, that I love this drama that follows a young woman (Audrey Tautou) as she searches for her fiancé after the war. It includes gripping scenes of the battlefields itself, and the way in which information unfolds makes for riveting storytelling.

Other posts you might enjoy:

My thoughts on the death of the Last Living World War I Veteran
• Last Week’s “Five Ways to Put Some France into Your Weekend”
March 1st’s Ways to Put Some France into Your Weekend

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