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Mar 20 2013

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Hummmm… ça sent bon !

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Dear Willamette Community,

The French Happy Hour today was a great success with around 30 people attending to French cheese tasting, baguettes and home-made food such as ratatouille and Provence cakes! Thank you all for coming and making of this event a great moment, hope you had a nice time!

As a matter of fact, students and professors asked me for the recipes of the ratatouille and the cakes, so here they go 🙂


* 2 onions

* 4 bell peppers (green, orange, red, yellow)

* 2 zucchinis

* 1 eggplant (peeled)

* 10 to 12 tomatoes

* parsley

* garlic

* olive oil

* salt

* pepper

* herbes de Provence

1. Wash and cut all the vegetables except the tomatoes.

2. Put some olive oil in a large pan and when hot enough toss the onions until they become transparent.

3. Toss the rest of the vegetables until they are cooked evenly.

4. In a blender, put parsley, 4 garlic cloves, the tomatoes, salt and pepper and mix altogether.

5. Pour the tomato sauce over the vegetables and leaves the pan on middle heat until the sauce reduced. Add the herbs of Provence.

6. Try and season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Bon appétit!

Gâteau de Provence (Provence’s cake)

* 3 eggs

* 1 cup of sugar

* 2 spoons of honey

* 1 cup of milk

* 1 cup of canola oil

* 2 cups of flour

* 1 tea spoon of baking powder

* 1/2 organic lemon

* 1/2 organic orange

1. Grate the lemon’s and orange’s zest. Squeeze both and keep the juice. In a pan with a bit of water and honey, toss the zest and leave it on medium heat until it absorbs the liquid.

2. Beat the eggs with the sugar, add the honey, the milk, the canola oil, the lemon and orange juice and finally add the flour, the baking powder and the glazed zests.

3. Toss in a buttered mould and put in the oven fro 30min at 300°F

4. Enjoy!

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Mar 19 2013

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French Happy Hour! Vive la France !!!

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Dear Willamette Community,
The French Department invites to a French Happy Hour with cheese tasting, a bit of sunny Provence brought to you through a home-made “ratatouille“, check the recipe here: and baguette.
Come enjoy French games and French music around nice and tasty food!
Wednesday, March 19 from 4 to 5.30pm we’ll wait for you in Kremer’s Room in Ford Building, come along and bring your friends along to enjoy French culture!
Here is the poster!
Hope to see you there,

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Mar 10 2013

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In the name of all the Teaching Assistants at Willamette University, Gabriela and Ivan (Spanish Department), Isabelle (German Departement), Wenwen (Chinese Department), Rie (Japanese Department) and Maria (French Department):

We would like to thank all the members and students of Willamette University for making of our International Karaoke Night a huge success with more than 50 people attending! Thank you for coming and singing in French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and English and sharing our cultures together! We had a great time!

Watch out for our next International event… it’s gonna rock!

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Mar 04 2013

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Les reines du karaoké… Karaoke’s Queens!

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Dear Willamette Community,

The Language Assistants’ team: Isabelle (German), Gabriela (Spanish), Rie (Japanese), Wenwen (Chinese) and myself (French) are inviting you all to an amazing multicultural gathering event around a karaoke night where we will listen and sing along songs from all over the world! If you have special requests, please send them to <hernandm>. The karaoke night will take place:

March Friday 8th in Kremer Board Room, Ford Building from 7pm

until the end of the night! We will provide drinks and food such as snacks and candies 🙂

In order to warm up and get ready, here are a few Youtube links to songs with their lyrics which are must-haves during French karaoke nights:

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