For the best results, short ribs should be browned and then cooked slowly in a flavorful liquid at a low temperature until fork-tender. The ribs are part of a festive menu of roasted beets, mashed potatoes and panna cotta with candied orange relish.
New cocktails, special bottlings and marketing strategies are boosting cognac's sales and popularity. The U.S. is the largest market for the French brandy, with more than 60 million bottles consumed in 2007.
Croissant shops in France sell two types of croissants: croissant au beurre, which are always made with butter, and others, most often made with margarine. The imposter is surprisingly popular because it holds its shape better when dunked in coffee.