Monday, April 26, 2010

Welcome to You've Got Recipes!

Bonjour and Hello from Cleo, Henry and Sophie! If you'd like to buy this book, please click here. For a signed copy with personalized inscription, please add your request when you order with paypal. Merci and bon appetit!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Francoise Kirkman is One Grand Grandparent!

"You've Got Recipes" co-author Francoise Dudal Kirkman was featured in, where it's great to be grand!

"It's April in Paris! So we're celebrating French culinary delights with a traditional recipe that a grandmother from France shared with us. Our reader Françoise Dudal Kirkman, who now lives in the United States, grew up in France. She is a grandmother of three, a cook, an artist, an art director, and a cookbook writer. Françoise shares with us a favorite dish, tarte aux oignons, or onion pie, made with onions, cheese, and cream in a crisp, buttery crust. It's a delicious savory pie the entire family will enjoy..." Read more about Francoise and her life in France here.

Tarte aux Oignons(Onion Pie)

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes


2 pounds white or yellow onions (about 4 large onions), or 2 pounds leeks (as a substitute for onions), finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
4 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
1 cup Swiss cheese, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of nutmeg

3/4 stick butter, cut into pieces
1 1/4 cups flour, plus some for dusting
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup of milk


1. Prepare the dough (for the crust): Put butter, flour, and salt in a food processor. Pulse a few minutes, then add milk. Continue pulsing until a ball forms. Place dough in plastic wrap and keep in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

3. Sauté onions in olive oil over low heat, about 40 minutes. Do not let them brown. Stir in flour.

4. Blend cream with egg yolks and cheese; add mixture to onions. Add salt and pepper; add nutmeg.

5. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites to a peak and fold gently into onion mixture.

6. Remove dough from refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and mold it to a 9-inch pie pan. Pour in filling.

7. Bake 10 minutes at 425 degrees F, then reduce heat to 375 degrees F; continue baking about 35 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm or cold.

Serves 6 to 8

Bon appetit!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Meet the Most Intriguing Grandparents...

"From the poet laureate of folk to a pioneering astronomer, and from two of the first ladies of fashion to the inventor of a better needle, we've gathered 21 of the country's most fascinating grandparents. Some are household names; some you've never heard of. All are doing great things. Read on for the winners of our first annual Grandy Awards..."

Jerry DiVecchio and Françoise Kirkman
A Pair of Kitchen Characters
"In 2009, storyteller Jerry Anne Di Vecchio, 74, and designer Françoise Dudal Kirkman, 71, each a grandmother of three, coauthored You've Got Recipes, a book of grandchild-tested recipes that has won the praise of Wolfgang Puck, Alice Waters, and Jacques Pépin. DiVecchio and Kirkman, former staffers at Sunset magazine, center their book on recipes exchanged via e-mail between a raccoon couple in San Francisco and a mouse living in a Paris restaurant, and key terms are defined in both English and French."

Jerry and Francois are in good company along with fellow Grandy winners Warren Buffet, Donna Karan, Peggy Fleming, Bob Dylan, and Jim Carrey to name a few. Read more here.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Royal Review from the Vanilla Queen

"...You've Got Recipes is such a special book that it deserves all the reviews it can get.

What's more, the book is filled with French words and contains a glossary at the back with both a translation and pronunciation guide. It also includes a real e-mail address where children may write to the the menagerie for assistance and tips.

...It's the perfect gift for the children in your life."

Read the entire review here.