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Recipe: Chesnut Cream and Pear Yule Log

It's the perfect French holiday dessert. Made with sponge cake or fruit mousse, topped with chocolate, coffee, or chestnut cream, the yule loge will bring a nice final touch to your Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Eve dinner! For this occasion, France-Amérique recommends this recipe by Parisian pastry chef Sébastien Gaudard, which was recently published in François-Régis Gaudry's coffee-table book Let's...

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The Invention of Santa Claus: From Thomas Nast to Coca-Cola

Père Janvier, Father Christmas, Christkindl, Santa Claus… Whatever name you happen to give him, Father Christmas and his origins still spur controversy. Coca-Cola may have claimed ownership of the symbol and widely circulated the image of a bearded and smiling Father Christmas, yet the brand didn’t actually invent anything. Much earlier, the American cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) fashioned Father Christmas’s...

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How Skinny Saint-Nicolas Became Jolly Santa Claus

Before Santa Claus, there was Saint-Nicolas. The tall, skinny bishop the people of Lorraine honor as their patron saint on December 6th eventually became the pot-bellied fellow we know today. An American writer, a German-born cartoonist, and a famous brand of soft drinks are each partially responsible for his transformation. Remember Asterix and his band of indomitable Gauls holding out against an ever-impending...

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Yule Log, a French Dessert Devoured Abroad

Yule logs are a French culinary tradition par excellence, and abound in American pastry shops and supermarkets during the holiday season. The yule log was originally part of Celtic culture. During the Winter Solstice — the shortest day of the year — the Celts would keep a wooden log burning throughout the night to celebrate the rebirth of the sun....

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Recipe: Coffee Yule Log

French pastry chef Eric Kayser has sold yule logs since he opened his first store in the United States in 2012. For the holidays, he shared with us a recipe for a traditional French Christmas dessert, the coffee yule log. Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Yield: 6 to 8 servings Ingredients For the coffee syrup: 1⁄2 cup...

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Recipe: Crispy Capon with Chestnuts

To celebrate a Christmas the French way, France-Amérique prepared for you a delicious forest-themed holiday menu: a crispy capon with chestnuts, gingerbread, and foie gras, and a chestnut mousse with vanilla cream custard. Serves 6 PREPARATION The stuffing (30 minutes) should be prepared the day before. Cooking time on the day: 2 hours USTENSILS 1 paintbrush INGREDIENTS Poultry: 1 capon For...

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Recipe: Chestnut Mousse and Vanilla Cream Custard

To celebrate a Christmas the French way, France-Amérique prepared for you a delicious forest-themed holiday menu: a crispy capon with chestnuts, gingerbread, and foie gras, and a chestnut mousse with vanilla cream custard. Serves 6 PREPARATION Mousse: 20 minutes (the day before) Cream custard: 20 minutes (the day before) USTENSILS 1 mixer 1 big bowl 1 ice box 1 measuring glass...