Ooh-La-La: A French Dinners Quiz
by Staff
You don't have to be fluent in French to love French food, but you may need an interpreter to decipher a French menu or the directions on a classic French recipe. If you're a real man who does eat quiche, or a woman with baguettes on her mind, take a moment to test your knowledge of French cooking and cuisine.

In boeuf Bourguignon, which wine variety is the most common ingredient?

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Burgundy
  • Merlot

In French cooking, what is lardon?

  • Thickened cream
  • A pad of fat used as seasoning
  • Chicken feet

What is ratatouille?

  • An adorable animated rodent
  • A vegetable stew
  • Fried potatoes

If you're at a brasserie, where are you, exactly?

  • A picnic in the park
  • An upscale but informal French restaurant
  • A French bakery

What type of onion should you use to make French onion soup?

  • Vidalia onion
  • Yellow onion
  • Shallots

What is cassoulet?

  • A type of lettuce
  • A bean casserole
  • A dessert wine

In a classic quiche, what's the ratio of eggs to cheese?

  • Four eggs for every cup of cheese
  • Two eggs for every cup of cheese
  • Four eggs for every half-cup of cheese

What is a mirepoix?

  • A duck paté
  • A seasoning blend
  • A small boiling potato

What was the name of the landmark two-volume French cookbook first published in 1961 and co-authored by Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle and Julia Child?

  • "The Recipes of France"
  • "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"
  • "Cooking in the French Style"

What are the main ingredients in Hollandaise sauce?

  • Cheddar and egg yolks
  • Butter and egg yolks
  • Cream and eggs

Auguste Escoffier named the five modern "mother" sauces in French cuisine. Which of the sauces below didn't make his list?

  • Béchamel
  • Allemande
  • Hollandaise

What is a roux in French cooking?

  • A cream substitute
  • A thickener
  • A spice packet

If you ordered an entreé in a French restaurant with "canard" in the title, what would you be eating?

  • Trout
  • Duck
  • Calf's brains

Creme bruleé is a custard dessert what unique topping?

  • Candied nuts
  • Caramelized sugar
  • Spun sugar

What is beurre noisette?

  • Cream cheese
  • Browned butter
  • Chopped nuts

Crudites are a popular French appetizer. What are they made from?

  • Stewed vegetables
  • Raw vegetables
  • Toast points

What are the three main ingredients in vichyssoise?

  • Beef, bacon and tomatoes
  • Leeks, potatoes and cream
  • Chicken, white wine and white beans

What does the term cuisine du terroir mean?

  • Organically grown
  • The flavors of a region
  • Prepared fresh

What popular secondary sauce can be made from a basic bechamel sauce?

  • White sauce
  • Mornay sauce
  • Marinara sauce

Cognac is a variety of what popular alcoholic beverage?

  • Fortified white wine
  • Brandy
  • Port