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Gourmande in the Kitchen

 


What would we do without the influence and inspiration of French culture on American cuisine? Well for one, we would not have the pleasure of featuring this week’s beautiful, personality-driven blog. 

Sylvie Shirazi’s Gourmande in the Kitchen is chock full of simple, healthy and delicious recipes that will help you find confidence in your own kitchen. Just take a look at the Spinach Herb Omelette and picture serving it as a healthy and filling Sunday brunch. Not convinced? There's more.

Thanks to the way Sylvie incorporates seasonal ingredients into her recipes makes, it's hard not to smile with delight and run into your kitchen to whip up something delicious. The Sugar Snap Pea and Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Viniagrette is a prime example, perfect for welcoming spring. Speaking of spring, how could you resist sitting outside on a warm evening, spooning bites of Raspberry Lychee Sorbet with Champagne? The color alone is enough to make me swoon, but add in the Champagne and the deal is sealed.

This Gourmande categorizes her recipe index into Sweet, Savory, Drinks and Other, which includes her musings on ideas such as How to Plan a Cheese Party. Not only this, but all of the beautiful photography on the site is her own. We love the look of the bright chartreuse and savory deliciousness of Creamy Broccoli Spinach Soup – a perfect way to get your soup in as the window to winter cooking begins to close. Looking for something a little more filling? Toss up Zucchini Quinoa Salad with Micro Greens and serve it with some vibrant Marinated Vegetables with Garlic and Thyme.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Sylvie is a hostess with the mostest given the array of appetizer recipes perfect for outdoor entertaining – a classic summer pastime! She makes it as easy as putting out some Marinated Olives with Garlic, Rosemary and Thyme and tossing together some Truffle Butter, Parmesan and Thyme with fresh popcorn. The Lemon Raspberry Tart is a perfect way to end your summer soiree on a sweet note.

If you are ready for spring weather, summer entertaining and unique and healithy recipes, Gourmande in the Kitchen is your ticket.

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