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Pearl onions “glacé a brun”

Pearl onions glazed in their own cooking juices are a common accompaniment to many classic French dishes – Bœuf Bourguignon, Ouefs en Meurette and  Poulet rôti Grand-mere, to name some of the most well known.  They are easy to make and delicious included with many winter stews, so I thought it might be a good […]

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Pearl onions glazed in their own cooking juices are a common accompaniment to many classic French dishes – Bœuf Bourguignon, Ouefs en Meurette and  Poulet rôti Grand-mere, to name some of the most well known.  They are easy to make and delicious included with many winter stews, so I thought it might be a good

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What a beauty!

I couldn’t resist a photo of this beautiful mid-winter oyster from the coast near Arcachon.  Now is the time for oysters, when they are sweet and firm and full fleshed.  Yum! PS  I know that the “month with an r” rule has fallen out of favor recently, but I still think treating oysters as a

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I couldn’t resist a photo of this beautiful mid-winter oyster from the coast near Arcachon.  Now is the time for oysters, when they are sweet and firm and full fleshed.  Yum! PS  I know that the “month with an r” rule has fallen out of favor recently, but I still think treating oysters as a

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Quince compote with bay leaves and vanilla

The arrival of quince on the market stands always signals the beginning of winter for me;  quince are the last tree fruits to arrive at the end of the season and, since they keep well, they are also one of the last available at the end of the year.  My grandma primarily used quince in

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The arrival of quince on the market stands always signals the beginning of winter for me;  quince are the last tree fruits to arrive at the end of the season and, since they keep well, they are also one of the last available at the end of the year.  My grandma primarily used quince in

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Still lovin’ the Salade Verte!

I have recently had a number of requests for the recipe for our  Salade Verte that became such a fixture at Le Pichet and Café Presse over the years.  Rhapsodized by the Seattle Times, the Stranger and more, it became an unlikely signature dish of both restaurants. I hope that this recent interest means that

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I have recently had a number of requests for the recipe for our  Salade Verte that became such a fixture at Le Pichet and Café Presse over the years.  Rhapsodized by the Seattle Times, the Stranger and more, it became an unlikely signature dish of both restaurants. I hope that this recent interest means that

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Chicken pot pie

A bubbly warm chicken pot pie is a perfect dish for a frosty December lunch.  It is also a perfect use for the hindquarters of a older farm chicken, which are pretty firm (not to say tough) and require long cooking.  I poached the legs and thighs in chicken stock with aromatics, then used that

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A bubbly warm chicken pot pie is a perfect dish for a frosty December lunch.  It is also a perfect use for the hindquarters of a older farm chicken, which are pretty firm (not to say tough) and require long cooking.  I poached the legs and thighs in chicken stock with aromatics, then used that

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Chickpea and butternut squash hummus

This is  a recipe that I recently cooked for a tasting at O Panier Local, the cooperative farm store here in Orthez where I work as a volunteer. The idea was to present an easy dish for the Holidays made primarily with local produce from the store. This inspired me to add local butternut squash

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This is  a recipe that I recently cooked for a tasting at O Panier Local, the cooperative farm store here in Orthez where I work as a volunteer. The idea was to present an easy dish for the Holidays made primarily with local produce from the store. This inspired me to add local butternut squash

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Pan-seared scallops with creamed fennel and leeks

Coquilles St.-Jacques, or sea scallops, are one of the delicious pleasures of the late fall French table. The season  for their fishery opens on October 1st and continues through the holidays, when they feature on many menus, especially for New Years Eve.  Careful management of the fisheries has meant an abundant supply (Monterrey Bay Seafood

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Coquilles St.-Jacques, or sea scallops, are one of the delicious pleasures of the late fall French table. The season  for their fishery opens on October 1st and continues through the holidays, when they feature on many menus, especially for New Years Eve.  Careful management of the fisheries has meant an abundant supply (Monterrey Bay Seafood

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