Published on December 30th, 2023 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


Cream Varieties in America: Navigating the Dairy Aisles

When it comes to creams in America, while there might not be an exact match for every French cream type, familiar terms like heavy cream, light cream, and whipping cream take center stage. These widely recognized categories make it easier for home cooks and professional chefs alike to select the right cream for their culinary endeavors. However, it’s crucial to note that the specific varieties on the shelves can vary based on your geographical location.

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Custard Creations in the U.S.: Decoding the Sweet Treats

In the United States, custard takes on a delightful role as a dessert crafted from a blend of eggs, sugar, and milk. Unlike the intricacies of French cream variations, American custard is often a lusciously sweet affair, adorning countless pies, tarts, and baked goods. When we dip into the realm of French-inspired delights, crème anglaise emerges as a star. This French-style custard sauce gracefully weaves its way into the heart of American desserts, adding a touch of sophistication to every spoonful.

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Président Cream: A Touch of French Elegance in America

Enter Président, a distinguished brand renowned for its butter, cheese, and dairy offerings. While it holds a place of honor in many American kitchens, the availability of Président Cream can be subject to regional nuances. Whether you’re in bustling urban centers or quaint countryside locales, the journey to find this touch of French elegance might lead you on a delightful exploration.

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Savoring French Indulgences in American Cities: Specialty Stores

For those residing in American cities with a thriving French population, the culinary adventure doesn’t end at the cream aisle of your local supermarket. Specialty French stores, like hidden treasures, beckon with an array of authentic French products. Here, cream enthusiasts can revel in the diversity of creams sourced from different regions of France. From the silky indulgence of Alsace to the rich offerings of Bresse, these specialty stores paint a canvas of flavors that transcends borders.

Echiré Butter: A French Culinary Jewel in American Restaurants

Echiré butter, a true gem in French gastronomy, has found its way into many kitchens across the United States. Renowned for its exceptional quality and distinct flavor profile, Echiré butter graces the menus of numerous French restaurants, bringing a touch of authenticity and indulgence to American diners. Its creamy richness and nuanced taste elevate dishes to a level of culinary artistry, creating a bridge between the culinary traditions of France and the vibrant gastronomic scene in the U.S.


Escoffier’s Culinary Legacy: Shaping American Gastronomy

The influence of Auguste Escoffier, a luminary in the world of French cuisine, extends far beyond the borders of France. As culinary practices globalized, Escoffier’s impact reached the shores of America, leaving an indelible mark on its gastronomic landscape. While the tale of transforming “French cream” into the iconic “crème anglaise” may be shrouded in anecdote, Escoffier’s teachings undoubtedly contributed to shaping the art of cooking in America. Today, his legacy lives on in kitchens across the nation, where chefs and enthusiasts alike draw inspiration from the master himself.

As you navigate the creamy realms of American culinary traditions, whether you’re whisking up custards, seeking the perfect cream, or savoring the nuances of Echiré butter in a fine dining experience, remember that the journey is as enriching as the destination. The melting pot of flavors and influences creates a tapestry of tastes that reflects the diversity and shared love for exceptional cuisine on both sides of the Atlantic.

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About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. Isabelle harbored a lifelong fascination with exploring the world. Her journey began at 17 when she seized the opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain, igniting a passion for travel that took her across continents. From vibrant Hong Kong to picturesque Ireland, from the historic streets of Italy to the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, she embraced diverse cultures and experiences, truly embodying the spirit of a global citizen. After several years of exploration, Isabelle found a sense of home in Los Angeles, where she immersed herself in the vibrant cultural scene while working at the French Consulate. With a deep-seated love for the arts and history, she pursued her academic endeavors, earning a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Furthering her dedication to education, she has studied to pursue a Master's program in teaching at the University of Southern California, eventually sharing her knowledge and passion as a French instructor for aspiring students at UNLV and CSN in Nevada. Driven by her passion for storytelling and cultural exchange, Isabelle founded French Quarter Magazine, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In this role, she orchestrates the publication's diverse content, from conducting interviews and pitching story ideas to capturing captivating moments through photography. Currently, she is channeling her creative energies into her first English-language work, a novel that delves into the compelling life of Coco Chanel. Filled with adventure, intrigue, and a touch of romance, her debut novel promises to captivate readers with its rich tapestry of history and emotion.

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