Creamy Guacamole

Guacamole Crémeux

Serves 2


Where Mexican and French cuisine meet…try this healthy and delicious guacamole recipe that’s always popular at home and across the globe (provided you can get your hands on the freshest ingredients)!  Soooooo good!!


2 ripe Hass avocados

1/2 lime or lemon – freshly squeezed

1 tbsp olive oil

3 tsp water

5 branches of cilantro

salt and pepper to taste

3 large carrots 

2 celery branches



•• Begin by peeling the carrots and removing the leaves from the branches of celery. •• Throughly wash the carrots and celery, taking extra care to remove any sand from the bottom portions of the celery branches. •• Using a bâtonnets culinary cutting technique, cut the carrots and celery into small short sticks of approximately 4 inches in length. •• Gently roll each avocado between your hands or on a clean kitchen surface to soften the pulp. •• Using a mini Cuisinart food processor, blend the cilantro first. •• Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. •• Fold each section of the avocado in half and squeeze the pulp over the cilantro. •• Add salt, pepper, olive oil, water and freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice. •• Blend until you observe a nice creamy texture. •• Serve with carrots, celery and corn chips of course! •• 

•• Voilà•• 


Potato Purée & Salmon

Parmentier Marguerite

Serves 4


Bruno created this special recipe in honor of a true renaissance woman…my beloved grandmother, Margaret Davey Richardson. Widowed at a young age with six children, Margaret was an accomplished woman ahead of her time; possessing extraordinary intellect, understated elegance and a flawless style. Committed to excellence in all that she did, Margaret was revered as a mother, grandmother, successful businesswoman, fine arts painter, fascinating story teller and a refined culinary creator of healthy homestyle French cuisine.  Although Bruno’s Parmentier Marguerite is not exact to “Nanny’s Fish Dish”…it’s just as wonderfully delicious in taste and memories!  ∼ Joanne ∼

Margaret Davey Richardson


3-4 fresh salmon filets without the skin

6-7 medium sized potatoes for purée •• mashed

5 fresh carrots sliced into bite sized pieces

2 pats of butter

fresh lemon zest from 1/2 lemon

light drizzle of dry white wine

2 green onions finely chopped

1/2 cup Gruyère cheese grated

2-3 sprigs parsley finely chopped

2-3 sprigs cilantro finely chopped

sea salt & pepper to taste

frisée salad greens

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•• Prepare the salmon filets by rinsing and drying thoroughly with paper towels, absorbing any excess moisture. •• Cook the potatoes by boiling with the skins in tact. •• Boil the carrots until tender then set aside to cool. •• In a buttered casserole dish, layer the entire bottom with the salmon filets. •• Sprinkle with lemon zest, green onion, parsley, cilantro, sea salt and pepper. •• Very lightly drizzle with a dry white wine that is of the same quality that you would also drink. •• Create another layer by adding the carrots and grated Gruyère cheese, noting that each layer should be balanced and not dominate the other. •• Place the casserole dish into a preheated oven of 350° and partially bake for approximately 10 minutes, then remove. •• Once your potatoes are fully cooked, remove the skins and puree or mash with a manual hand-held masher. •• Layer the potato puree on top, return to the oven and cook for approximately 45 minutes until golden brown, noting that most of the moisture has evaporated. •• Keep the dish in the oven but turned off to allow for further evaporation for another 20 minutes. •• Slice into portions and serve over a bed of frisée salad greens. ••

•• Délicieux ••

Springtime Marguerites in the Fontainebleau Forest


Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Gratin de Pâtes Sauce Béchamel

Serves 4


Comfort food and wintery weekends go together…just like macaroni and cheese. Here’s our latest culinary experiment using the French version with an American twist…gluten free penne pasta, sauce Béchamel, grated Monterey Jack and a wee bit of other healthy ingredients!


1 box of gluten-free penne pasta

1 quart of whole milk or half & half

1 cup of grated Gruyère cheese or Monterey Jack

2 carrots

2 celery branches

1/2 sweet onion

2 garlic cloves

1/2 cup of organic unbleached or spelt flour

1/2 cup of butter

1tsp of salt

pepper and nutmeg to taste


•• In a large pan or pasta pot, bring your water to a full boil before adding salt to taste along with the pasta. •• Cook the pasta to “al dente” (cooked but firm). •• Réserver (put a side) a cup of the pasta water before straining and set aside the cooked pasta in the strainer. •• While the pasta is cooking, grate the cheese and begin preparing the vegetables. •• Peel and cut your carrots into small pieces of approximately 1/8 inch. •• Remove dirt from the celery branches and cut likewise into pieces of 1/8 inch. •• In a sauté pan combine the vegetables with one tbsp of olive oil and cook for 2 – 3 minutes over a medium to high heat. •• Réserver in a small dish. •• Cut one half of the sweet onion into finely small quarters.  •• Remove the skin from the garlic and cut into fine pieces, then crunch the garlic along with a small amount of salt, using the flat side of a chef knife. •• Using the same sauté pan, place a tsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of butter and combine the chopped onion and crunched garlic. •• Let the mixture sweat (cook until tender) for 8 minutes at a low to medium heat, with the lid on. •• Add the carrots and celery back into the same pan and réserver. •• Preheat your oven at 400 degrees. ••

Preparing the Béchamel

•• Using a sauce pan over a low heat, slowly the melt butter until you see the formation of small bubbles. •• Add salt, pepper and nutmeg (optional) to taste. •• Gradually introduce the flour by mixing slowly with a whisk to create a paste. •• This is called a roux, which should not be overcooked or allowed to become brown. •• Remove the roux from the heat and then add 1 quart of milk into the roux, mix until smooth and without the formation of any lumps. ••

•• Place the sauce pan back over a low heat, mixing the roux slowly and until it becomes firm. •• If you observe that the roux is quickly becoming too firm, remove the pan from the heat, but continue to mix. •• If the roux is becoming too thick, add sparing amounts of the reserved pasta water for desired lightness. •• Your Béchamel is now ready…presenting as a beautiful smooth sauce without any lumps. •• Add to your Béchamel the vegetable mixture and 1/4 cup the grated cheese, mixing throughly. •• In a buttered baking dish, evenly arrange the pasta and cover with the Béchamel. •• Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. •• Place the dish on the upper rack of the oven and reduce the temperature to 350 degrees.  •• Cook for approximately 25 minutes and until top is nicely golden and crisp. •• For extra crispiness, broil for a few minutes, but you must stay on it or the dish will burn quickly. •• Serve piping hot. ••

•• Ooh la la!!! ••