How to…


Making a salad is easy!  All you need is a pair of scissors, an exacto knife…


…some seasonal fruits and vegetables…


…and a plate.

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Cut out your favorite fruit and veg, including their tabs.

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Fold over the tabs.




Using an exacto knife, cut out the lines on the plate.


Poke the tabs into the lines on the plate to attach the salad.

Toss accordingly and garnish to your taste.

Bon appetit!

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A few weeks ago, I introduced mon mari to the crucial foods of my upbringing, his first Thanksgiving included. We made a long overdue trip to my hometown, Chicago, Illinois.  It was a walk down memory lane regaining my Midwestern appetite. There was the the vital deep-dish slice at Lou Malnati’s, cookie pizza included.  My all-time favorite Clark Street omelet at Salt & Pepper Diner, including a Chicago celebrity siting of Ronnie Woo Woo.  (You try explaining that to mon mari) And I shan’t forget the fine institution of Margie’s Candies.  Eating 3 scoops of ice cream out of a shell with a gravy boat of hot fudge will one day be folklore for my 1/2 French children.

But our last night in Chicago deemed unparallelled kitsch.  We took the fateful drive up to Superdawg®.  Mon mari had his first Chicago hotdog under the watchful eyes of two life size winking hotdogs.

Superdawg® drive-in 6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

*This drawing was made by Paper | FiftyThree

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at work

Jessie Kanelos Weiner-Cuisine-thefrancofly.comJessie Kanelos Weiner Studio is a stretch.  It happens to be my kitchen.  Most days when I can look beyond the sink full of dirty dishes (paging mon mari!), the lighting is the most optimistic and my narrow marble table limits my bordel at arm’s length.  But collage poses its own domestic mark. I am still discovering tiny paper limes slices all over the kitchen.  And life imitating art, most of the food I prepared this summer was peppered with tiny paper pieces.

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L’Etudiant Trendy

Jessie Kanelos Weiner-operation detox

A recent commission from L’Etudiant Magazine’s kid sister magazine L’Etudiant Trendy!

Don’t forget! 24 hours left to win a francofly original watercolor, shipped to one lucky super fan anywhere in the world. Enter to win here.  The winner will be announced tomorrow…

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brb-les vacances

Jessie Kanelos Weiner illustration

Greetings from les vacances! I would love to bore you with a beach view and a half full and sweaty glass of rosé.  However, thanks to a recent discovery by mon mari, I will never be guilty of HotDog Legs again.  Sharing all leisure-induced self-indulgence must wait till la rentree

P.S.  Hop over to Lost In Cheeseland to discover this illustration in its original context.

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les parisiens


Right when I am relaxed, my to-do listing begins for the week. Alas, another weekend has come and gone.  Notably, this weekend included the season’s first, much-anticipated barbecue.  Nothing satisfies more than the pending promise of sunshine and a grilled merguez on baguette!  But more on the French BBQ very soon…

Whenever I meet new people, once I get outed for my accent and asked what exactly a styliste culinaire does, the question of how I like France is still posed.  My life in France is verging on its 5-year mark.  And frankly, my life in France has humbly become just my life and a string of habitudes.  When one nibbles macarons everyday, the thrills in life are far fewer.  (joke!)   I’ve tweeted it before, but being a food stylist is one part prep and two parts schlep.  I’ve got the toned arms and arched back to prove it.  When the weekend rolls around, it is all about traveling light!

Speaking of which, once the sun is shiny (in the words of mon mari), our ceremonious sauercraut Sundays transform into Rue Sainte-Anne Saturdays.  We grab a late Japanese lunch (a bento box at You or noodles at NaniwaYa) followed by a caffeine kick at TÉLESCOPE and a bubble tea at ZEN ZOO.  I can confess I haven’t indulged in a bubble tea since my teeth were in braces, but mon mari‘s obsession is of teenage proportions.  Bubble teas in hand, a stroll through Palais-Royal or a walk through the Marais tops off our Saturday afternoon thing.

Happy Monday!

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