French food began its evolution into its current form in 1651, with the publication of François Pierre de la Varenne’s cook book, The French Cook (Le Cuisinier François). This book has been called one of the most influential cook books of all time, and it credited with helping develop the French cooking aesthetic. During the Middle Ages, French chefs often made dishes that were elaborate or overly fussy, and out of reach for the common person. La Varenne popularized the idea that one can take carefully selected, high-quality ingredients and, with proper technique, create spectacular dishes. His work gave us food like omelets, bisques, and ragouts, many of which can still be seen at the heart of Mediterranean cooking. Start your journey along la Varenne’s legacy with these recipes, or browse some classic French and Mediterranean herbs and spices and start making some spectacular dishes of your own.

French Vinaigrette Dressing
There’s a misconception that making homemade vinaigrette can be tedious.
Savory Lemon Sauce
Our Savory Lemon Sauce is an incredible addition to any dish you’d like to brighten up with Mediterranean or summery flavors.
Apple Pie French Toast Casserole
If you had to guess how long French Toast has been around, how long would you guess?
Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream
When you think of ice cream, there’s a chance the first thing that comes to mind are hot pink cotton candy swirls rolled in rainbow jimmies, or sprinkles for those among us who have never heard o
Lavender Cream Horns
This is a fun, creative recipe that really ignites the artistic flames in the brain. Get creative with how you shape your cookie shell.
Remoulade Mayonnaise
The French invented remoulade, but it goes well with an host of American fried-food classics. Try it on fried green tomatoes or crab cakes.
Savory Spinach and Mushroom Crepes
The filling for these crepes is so delicious you will want to be sure to roll them up nice and fat to give the spinach greens the attention they deserve.
Honey Balsamic Pork Chops
This is a quick recipe that can be made up with little effort if you are stressed out after a long day at work. Food should bring comfort, not add more stress!
Grilled Portobello and Radicchio Salad
Summertime means grilling. But grilling doesn't just mean steaks and burgers.  Portobello mushrooms are from the cremini family of mushrooms and are perfect for the grill.
Chicken Herbs de Provence
Many people are consciously adding more chicken to their diet for the health benefits. This is all fine and dandy, but sometimes we can get into a flavorless rut.
Green Peppercorn Steak
Inspired by a classic French recipe, Steak au Poivre, this steak with creamy peppercorn sauce is an easy and elegant way to prepare a grilled steak.