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  • 17 Nov 2017 5:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Source : Rose & Ivy

    At Veronique’s AWG cooking class the other day, we pooled our collective wisdom to come up with some suggestions for your Thanksgiving meal (assuming you’re brave enough to cook it at home). There was a great deal of American experience around the table, and the invaluable input of Veronique, who assembles an enormous Thanksgiving buffet every year for her American husband, friends, and family.

    Below you’ll find our collection of tips and tricks for preparing your own home-cooked Thanksgiving meal, à Paris!

    Where to Shop


    Source : Sassy Kitchen

    Our break-through suggestion from Veronique is Picard! If you haven’t discovered the frozen food store yet, it’s time to check it out. Not every product is amazing, but we have recommendations for the frozen soups, cranberries, spinach, and pumpkin puree. The pre-stuffed turkeys and other poultry that you can buy and pop in the oven for a festive dinner if making dressing isn’t your favorite way of spending time. These may not appear until December but it’s good to keep in mind for the upcoming holidays. They also have frozen croissants, pain au chocolat, and gauffres (waffles) which are great for breakfast if you’re expecting company.  

    We also recommend Marks & Spencer’s. These are scattered all over Paris and offer popular American ingredients such as brown sugar, baking powder & chocolate chips. They also have lots of cheddar cheese (in case you are missing it), as well as a fabulous variety of ready-to-cook meals and pre-made desserts at excellent prices.

    Other great places to find American products for the holidays include Thanksgiving, 20 rue Saint-Paul, 75004, or The Real McCoy, 194 rue de Grenelle, 75007 . These last two have all sorts of other American products for holiday cooking, including Jiffy Cornbread Mix, Stove Top Stuffing, French’s Fried Onions, Campbell’s soup and canned cranberry sauce, but they’re expensive. Galeries Lafayette Gourmet and l’Epicerie at Bon Marché also have American food sections. Bon Marché has baking powder, Karo light and dark, cream of whatever soups, and canned pumpkin. Also Tabasco Bloody Mary mix if your Thanksgiving party starts off that way! You can also find many of these products on and have them delivered right to your door.

    What to Cook

    Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey with White Wine Pan Gravy | @hbharvest

    Source : Half Baked Harvest

    When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, the most important is the turkey. You can order it from your butcher (un dinde) or look for it at Monoprix, but be prepared. These are not mass-produced Butterballs, and they are pricey. Ask before ordering – usually they are priced per kilo. You can also order one from Thanksgiving grocery; their turkeys are farm-raised American style delivered fresh (not frozen) the fourth week of November. If you want a French take on poultry, order a capon – it’s a neutered rooster whose vitality has been rerouted into lots of lovely, delicious fat. It is the most tender, moist bird you will ever eat. Roast it like a turkey. If your bird doesn’t quite fit your oven, Veronique advises removing all the racks and putting your pan right on the floor of the oven.

    Homemade Turkey Gravy from hands down the best gravy for Thanksgiving! (@whatsgabycookin)

    Source : What's Gaby Cooking

    For the gravy, fond de veau, found in the bouillon section of the grocery shelves, makes an excellent base – it is a much-reduced veal stock that gives a rich taste to the gravy. Thicken it with Maizena Sauceline, which does not contain flour but is a perfect last-minute addition if the gravy is too thin.

    his Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing will be a star at your Thanksgiving dinner! It's a healthier side dish that is deliciously simple, loaded with lots of flavour and is vegan! via

    Source : Jessica in the Kitchen

    To make cornbread for your dressing (that’s what Southerners call stuffing), go to (but watch out for delivery charges!). ! If you search for “cornmeal,” there are several alternatives. Or you can use polenta, which is a lot finer in texture, but still works. Naturalia, a chain of organic grocery stores, has farine de mais. If all else fails, head over to one of our recommended “American stuffs” stores above to find some good ol’ Stove Top or Jiffy Cornbread Mix.

    easy Fresh Apple Pie Recipe

    Source : EatWell101

    Frozen pie dough is also useful, and can be found at Picard, the popular French frozen food store, as well as in the refrigerated section of your local supermarket. Pâte feuilletée is puff pastry, while pâte sablée is a tender, buttery crust used for tarts. Pâte brisée is a shortcrust pastry that can be used for both sweet & savory dishes such as quiches, tarts, & pies. Fancy a traditional pumpkin or pecan pie, but don’t have the energy or oven space for it? Thanksgiving grocery store in the 3rd sells both options made to order for 29 euros each.


    Source: A Cozy Kitchen

    A note about nuts: Do NOT buy your nuts in the baking section of the grocery store. They are in small, expensive packets, and not that fresh. Most street markets have a vendor selling a variety of nuts – last year I saw that my vendor at Marché St. Honoré was selling pecans from Mississippi! And most grocery stores have an area besides the baking section where there are larger packages of nuts, generally walnuts and pine nuts at least, and dried fruits.

    Chai Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream | @hbharvest

    Source : Half Baked Harvest

    A couple of other notes: I found dark brown Waitrose sugar at on, and you can find regular brown sugar at Marks & Spencer Food. In a pinch, you can find sucre vergeoise at your local grocery store, which is a light brown sugar that also packs. Papier cuisson is waxed paper and can be found at any grocery store next to the tin foil & plastic bags. I just learned that the French word for horseradish is Raifort, which seems very odd for some reason.

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    Source: What's Gaby Cooking

    A couple of other notes: I found dark brown Waitrose sugar at on, and you can find regular brown sugar at Marks & Spencer Food. In a pinch, you can find sucre vergeoise at your local grocery store, which is a light brown sugar that also packs. Papier cuisson is waxed paper and can be found at any grocery store next to the tin foil & plastic bags. I just learned that the French word for horseradish is Raifort, which seems very odd for some reason.

    Thanks to our AWG cooks who helped contribute to this post!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 29 Oct 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gobble Gobble !

    Thanksgiving is arguably one of my most favorite holidays. The main attraction is eating, drinking, laughing, eating, and spending time with people you love. (did I mention eating?)

    However, in my charming 30sqm apartment, there isn’t much room for a Thanksgiving dinner table... not to mention it’s a little difficult to cook a turkey in a toaster oven #parisiankitchenproblems

    So if, like me, you are seeking alternatives for this year’s turkey fix, AWG has got you covered. We've rounded up some great options - and none of them involve washing dishes.

    Thanksgiving dinner at Veronique’s
    There’s still ONE SPOT left to join fellow AWG member Veronique as she welcomes you into her home for champagne, turkey and all the fixings. This promises to be a memorable evening leaving you with much to be thankful for. Click here to sign up!

    65 euros per member

    Source :  FastandFood

    Breakfast in America
    BIA offers a traditional thanksgiving dinner including Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, veggies & cranberry sauce with a choice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie for dessert. Seating is available at 5pm, 7pm & 9pm. Reservations are by email only – see instructions on the website.
    37 euros per person
    17, rue des Ecoles 75005

    Source :  The Fork

    Treize – a baker’s dozen
    Back by popular demand, Treize bakery is hosting a fixed-menu dinner both Thursday AND Friday evening. Thanksgiving grub includes roasted quail, broccoli & cauliflower gratin, sweet potato crumble and of course their famous buttermilk buscuits. Your choice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie included. Reservations need to be made in person.

    48 euros per person
    16 rue des Saints Peres 75007

    Source :  Verjus

    From November 20th through the 24th Verjus will offer a Thanksgiving-themed preset tasting menu and wine pairings. Reservations are still available so be sure to call or email to snag your spot !
    68 euros per person
    52 rue de Richelieu 75001

    Source :  Restaurant Michelin

    Joe Allen Paris
    Joe Allen serves a three course meal with your choice of turkey, ham or grilled tuna steak and eight different dessert options! Service is on Thanksgiving day, reservations by email only.
    50 euros per person
    30 rue Pierre Lescot 75001

    Source :  O Chateau

    O Chateau
    Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner steps from the Louvre at O Chateau. Dinner includes the chef’s pumpkin soup, traditional thanksgiving turkey with collard greens & beet salad followed by homemade chocolate lava cake topped with ice cream & roasted pecans. Prepayment is required. Reservations can be made directly through the website.
    45 euros per person
    68 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 75001

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