A French American Thanksgiving holiday

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Celeriac, red cabbage and apple tabbouleh with grapes and hazelnuts

I know that I am lucky to live in New England. I am lucky because we have gorgeous distinct seasons, and most particularly, we have pretty colors during the fall.

Regarde maman, cet arbre est tout rouge ! ” (Look maman, this tree is all red!) Lulu exclaimed one day as she and I were driving back from school. It was impossible not to notice. She noticed. I noticed. We were feeling excited and warm inside from just looking at the display of the cheerful colors lining up the road. It looked so happy! Secretly, I wanted for this everyday scene to last for weeks. Until Thanksgiving at least, I thought.

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We are actually not far from it happening for real. Beside our unexpected snow storm, the weather in Boston has been mild and beautiful. The farmer’s markets have offered amazingly pretty and tasty fall produce: from winter squashes, radishes, apples, fresh ginger, cranberries, sprouts to colorful root vegetables.

It’s colorful.

It’s inspiring.

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Cranberry picking in New England

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Copley Square farmer’s market in Boston

I’ve not grown up with the Thanksgiving tradition but I’ve learned to love it. For years, we’ve been invited to friends’ houses who cooked amazing meals. It’s during one of these dinners that I most likely ate my first pecan pie ever, wondering why I had never eaten one before.

This year, however, I am hosting the holiday with P.’s parents in the comfort of our own home. And I am really excited about what we will be cooking together.

Sharing and blending different food cultures.

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New England in the fall-
A collage to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday

I’ve been thinking about it a lot.

A month ago, an editor from Cooking Channel asked that, amongst a group of food writers, I shared my Thanksgiving ideas with a photo collage and a story. I liked the thought. So I said yes.

My Thanksgiving menu is not set in stone yet–still thinking and rethinking, something I’m rather skilled at–but I already know that there will be turkey. Perhaps traditional. And I will prepare a kabocha squash and apple soup, using a favorite recipe of mine that I’ve made over and over during the years.

This year, our soup will have aromas of ginger, lemongrass, mace and coriander, and I will round the taste with a dash of cream, freshly sliced apples and toasted hazelnuts. We tested it. We loved it.

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Kabocha squash and apple soup with hazelnuts

I will bake a potato, celeriac, apple and butternut squash gratin. Because a root vegetable gratin celebrates the fall like no other dish does.

Potato, celeriac, butternut squash and apple gratin

We will eat chocolate, with individual ramekins filled with cardamom-flavored pear and chocolate clafoutis.

gluten free chocolate pear clafoutis

Chocolate and pear clafoutis

And we’ll eat salad. A fun colorful salad full of crunch. The first time I made it, I loved it even before trying it.

The thought for this salad came last week after I visited one of my local farmer’s markets where I found delicious-looking young heads of celeriac. I knew they had to go in a salad.

What about if I added red cabbage, radishes and apples? I thought while adding a few pieces of each to my basket.

I looked for a name to qualify my newly imagined salad, and because of its finely chopped texture, somehow the word taboulé (tabbouleh) came to my mind. So I dressed the salad with exactly what I would have for a taboulé: loads of aromatic fresh herbs, lemon juice, hazelnut oil and a rich fragrant extra virgin olive oil (I actually used one recently offered to me by California Olive Ranch which I’m enjoying a lot.)

Yum!” P. said when we sat down at the table to eat lunch. “I love it!

Really? Enough to include it to our Thanksgiving dinner?” I asked.

Sure. It’s really surprising and different.

I looked at him and realized it was. And at the same time it wasn’t since the French often eat raw celeriac in a salad.

But what I understood was that my unusual tabbouleh would be a wonderful addition to our menu to celebrate gorgeous local fall produce, the Thanksgiving holiday, and my French roots.

Next week, we will feel American. French. Irish. Together.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What will you be cooking, I wonder?

Does anyone know the name of this beautiful purple berry I found at the Botanical garden a few weeks ago?

Just when I was telling you that colors are simply magical around here at this time of year…

Celeriac, red cabbage and apple tabbouleh recipe with grapes and hazelnuts

(For 4 people)

For the vinaigrette:

  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon moutarde forte de Dijon
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons hazelnut oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed parsley, coriander and mint

For the salad:

  • 6.5 oz (180 g) cleaned and peeled celeriac
  • 7 oz (200 g) red cabbage
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 red apple, cored and cut in thin sticks (choose one with a lot of crunch and firm texture)
  • 10 red grapes, halved
  • 2 oz (60 g) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 radishes, finely sliced

To serve:

  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped


  • In a small bowl, combine the sea salt, pepper and mustard. Add the white wine vinegar and then the two oils. Whisk to emulsify. Stir in the herbs; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the celeriac and red cabbage. Use the pulse option to chop the vegetables finely. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with the lemon juice.
  • Add the apple sticks, feta, grapes and radishes. Add the dressing and toss gently.
  • Top with the toasted hazelnuts and serve.
Le coin français
Taboulé au céléri rave, chou rouge, pommes et noisettes

(Pour 4 personnes)

Pour la vinaigrette :

  • Sel de mer et poivre du moulin
  • 1 càc de moutarde forte de Dijon
  • 2 càs de vinaigre de vin blanc
  • 3 càs d’huile de noisettes
  • 3 càs d’huile d’olive
  • 2 càs de mélange de persil, coriandre et menthe hachées finement

Pour la salade :

  • 180 g de céléri rave pelé et nettoyé
  • 200 g de chou rouge
  • Jus d’un demi citron
  • 1 pomme rouge, coupée en fin båtonnets
  • 10 raisins rouges, coupés en deux
  • 60 g de feta émietté
  • 6 radis, coupés en tranches fines

Pour servir :

  • 40 g de noisettes grillées à sec et hachées grossièrement

Etapes :

  • Dans un petit bol, mélangez le sel, le poivre et la moutarde. Ajoutez le vinaigre de vin blanc et les huiles. Fouettez pour émulsionner la vinaigrette. Ajoutez les herbes et mettez de côté.
  • Dans le bol de votre mixeur, mélangez le céléri rave et le chou rouge. Utilisez la fonction o Pulser pour hacher les légumes finement. Transférez dans une jatte et arrosez avec le jus de citron.
  • Ajoutez les båatonnets de pommes, la feta, les raisins et les radish. Ajoutez la vinaigrette et mélangez.
  • Servez avec les noisettes grillées.


  1. Oh the pinks and purples are so pretty! The photos of cranberries, apples, radishes, and radicchio inspire me to see autumn in a new way. Love the pear clafoutis too. I’ve been thinking lately that a mish mash Thanksgiving menu inspired by different cuisines is the best kind.

  2. What a beautiful post! I’m an American expat in Australia … so I understand the integration of traditions. Australia doesn’t have Thanksgiving (and it’s *so* hot here in November) so I do my own traditional meal in the autumn down-under – April. And it’s definitely an integration of my former lives, so to speak.

    But damn. Looking at your photos, I miss the red leaves. I miss building up piles of them to run through. And I love that picture of your daughter most of all – how you captured one of the *joys* of childhood, right there. It makes me happy to look at it 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving, Bea!

  3. Oh, I have to do a gratin tonight! it looks so delicious! Thanks for your inspiration once again.

  4. I miss fall in New England! My mouth starts to water seeing and reading about these wonderfull dishes! F. loves red cabbage salad, so I’m sure we will try it soon. Tonight I’m making radicciosalad with orange juice (recipe from our weekly biofarmer-package. Happy thanksgiving! xxx

  5. Je fais à peu près la même chose mais avec une betterave rouge que je mixe en taboulé. C’est excellent avec des noix de cajou. En voyant la photo j’ai pensé que c’était aussi de la betterave, mais le problème de cette dernière, c’est qu’elle déteint sur les autres légumes. Tout prend alors une couleur rose très girly…Je sais qu’on peut faire aussi du taboulé de choux fleurs (avec des raisins secs ou pourquoi pas des cranberries). Ici en Bretagne, et sans doute ailleurs, on trouve maintenant des choux-fleurs de toutes les couleurs : blancs, verts, violets. Voilà que cela me donne une idée….Et voilà où m’aura amenée ce joli post….

  6. Your photos always make me want to go for a very long walk with my camera. Thank you for that.

  7. you have the most amazing, beautiful photos ever! EVER!
    this blog is inspiring for even someone who doesnt like to eat!
    love it- love it- love it!

  8. The soup sounds delightful! Sounds like you will have a lovely Thanksgiving. Blessings to you and your family. By the way–where did you find those adorable flowery spoons?? I’m loving all your props, as usual!!! On a different not–I finally found a moment to order your book and I’m counting the days until it arrives!!

  9. Miam miam! I’m planning my own French American Thanksgiving fête à Paris, but it will certainly be less beautiful and delicious than yours!
    J’ADORE your site! I just launched a new healthy cooking video website — I’m the reverse of you, une Américaine à Paris — and would LOVE to incorporate your recipes (and link to your blog, bien sûr 🙂 Where can I find the apple kombucha soup recipe for example? If you have any other gluten and dairy-free recipes you think might be great for Fall that I can use and cite you, would be formidable, merci! Looking forward to reading more about your Franco-American aventures en cuisine and Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Oh, your Thanksgiving sounds like it will be delicious! I’ve seen those little purple berries around my home here in the NW, I have no idea what they are either, but they are such a great color!

  11. What a beautiful post…full of great ideas, nostalgia, love and inspiration… Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Wanted to comment on your cookbook Bea. It is spectacular. I’ve made 2 chocolate cakes, risotto and a tart. They were all delish! Two mentions, we love BI, too. We have a house there and feel you captured it beautifully. Second, where can I find quinoa flakes? I don’t see them at WFs. Thank you for such inspiration. Kat.

  13. What a beautiful post, Bea! I’m getting hungry thinking about all the delicious ideas. 🙂

  14. Un repas de thanksgiving qui promet d’être haut en couleurs et saveurs ! Et vive le mélange des cultures !

  15. The purple berry is called [murasaki-shikibu] in japanese which is same name of the first female author who written [Genji-monogatari].

  16. Bonjour,
    J’ai découvert votre blog, il y a peu de temps et je me régale de vos images. J’aime beaucoup les couleurs. Où trouvez-vous tous ces beaux tissus?
    Nous sommes dans le Rhode Island et je suis contente d’avoir trouvé vos recettes avec des produits que l’on trouve dans le New England. Bonne continuation.

  17. Beautiful, inspiring post, Bea!
    I’d love to try the pear and chocolate clafoutis.
    Happy Fall!

  18. I made your celeriac red cabbage salad, and it was absolutely delicious. The first night it was all pink, and leftovers the second night were purple, surprising colors, yet it was so refreshing and crunchy, we loved it. It was the first time I had ever tried to use celeriac. Thank you for your inspiration through stories, photos, and recipes.

  19. Great post – I HAVE to know where you gt that gorgeous cutlery with the flowery pattern?? I’ve never seen cutlery patterned like that on more than the handle!

  20. Thank your for again a beautiful post.
    The berries are probably Callicarpa bodinieri var. garaldii. You see these shrubs in many gardens in continental Europe, as the birds do not like the berries and you keep the lovely berries well into winter.

  21. The weather has been so odd here. I’m ready for it to just be cold… it’s inevitable, so why doesn’t it just hit us already? 🙂

    Beautiful post, darling! I have to say, the cranberry harvest is my favorite picture. We pass by a bog on the Cape when we’re down there and I always love gazing at the massive amounts of cranberries.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. Where is the recipe for your pumpkin and apple soup? you talked so much about it, the pics lookes great, it left me hanging…

  23. Thank you so much everyone, and for those who told me the name of these berries. I feel better now that I know.

    Wendy, so pleased you enjoyed the salad. Makes me happy to read!

    Mounia, I will post the soup recipe soon. Thank you for your patience.

    The spoons are from the French company Sabre.

    Kathleen, *so* pleased you made recipes from the book and liked them. Needless to say I am super happy to know that. As to quinoa flakes, my Whole Foods carries them but if you cannot find them, check this link

  24. Pretty salad! and it just so happens I have almost everything already (bits and pieces from recipe testing can be challenging to use up!). I will be eating this on Thursday with my family and thinking of you and yours. A little crunch is necessary with all the rest of the dinner!

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  26. I don’t know what they are called, but I used to see those purple berries when I lived in Quimper, France!

  27. What a lovely post! As we get ready for our thanksgiving meal made from produce at our farmer’s market—they did a special Tuesday market for TG and the weather has been in the 70s—we’re thinking of you and wishing we were cooking together! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  30. Dear Béa,

    Your blog is beautiful, thank you for sharing your wonderful photos, they always brighten my day.
    I would love to make the squash soup for Christmas, could you please post your recipe ? It would be much appreciated.
    Many thanks

  31. I love the colorful spoons in this post. Are they made of plastic and disposable? Where did you get them? 🙂

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  34. Hi there!

    I love your gratin idea but I’m not seeing your recipe. Would you be willing to share it? Thanks so much!
    Also, I believe that is a beauty berry bush. They are stunning!


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