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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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Oysters and bubbles!

Wow, its oyster season and still warm enough to enjoy them outside on the terrace!  Fall has been unusually warm in the SW of France (the new normal?) so I have waited to try my first oysters of the season until the water is cooler – usually I start thinking of oysters in early October. 

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Wow, its oyster season and still warm enough to enjoy them outside on the terrace!  Fall has been unusually warm in the SW of France (the new normal?) so I have waited to try my first oysters of the season until the water is cooler – usually I start thinking of oysters in early October. 

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October, terrace of Bar Tabac “Chez Lamiche”, Orthez

In general, a Bar-Tabac in France does not serve any food, so bringing your own snacks is welcomed.  Taking advantage of that fact. This sausage is a “chipo sèche” meaning a dry chipolata, from the excellent Basque artisan pork producer and charcutier La Ferme Elizaldia, who have a truck at the Tuesday market here.

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In general, a Bar-Tabac in France does not serve any food, so bringing your own snacks is welcomed.  Taking advantage of that fact. This sausage is a “chipo sèche” meaning a dry chipolata, from the excellent Basque artisan pork producer and charcutier La Ferme Elizaldia, who have a truck at the Tuesday market here.

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Fall radishes

Wow, it has been a warm start to the fall here in the Southwest of France.  Record breaking even.  On Saturday, it hit 32 C, and last week it hit 37 C, which broke the record for October high temperature in the area. As the summer heat tempered in September, we planted a fall crop

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Wow, it has been a warm start to the fall here in the Southwest of France.  Record breaking even.  On Saturday, it hit 32 C, and last week it hit 37 C, which broke the record for October high temperature in the area. As the summer heat tempered in September, we planted a fall crop

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Rosé, late summer, place d’Armes, Orthez

The end of September has been unseasonably warm in the southwest of France.  What better reason to enjoy an outside table and a glass of rosé ? This particular pour is from AOC Béarn, where the rosé is mostly made from the tannat grape, as are the full bodied reds.  Explains the juicy color!

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The end of September has been unseasonably warm in the southwest of France.  What better reason to enjoy an outside table and a glass of rosé ? This particular pour is from AOC Béarn, where the rosé is mostly made from the tannat grape, as are the full bodied reds.  Explains the juicy color!

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P’tit déjeuner in Biarritz

Petit déjeuner, Basque-style, one recent morning at a table outside the covered market in Biarritz.  A good strong noisette (we would call that a macchiatto I think), plus a warm slice of tortilla espagnole, the famous egg and potato frittata that is often served as a pintxo in the Pays Basque.

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Petit déjeuner, Basque-style, one recent morning at a table outside the covered market in Biarritz.  A good strong noisette (we would call that a macchiatto I think), plus a warm slice of tortilla espagnole, the famous egg and potato frittata that is often served as a pintxo in the Pays Basque.

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August evening, Toulouse, France

Thanks to Doug McDonnal for this great photo of the Pont-Neuf in Toulouse on a very hot August evening.  On the quai near the bridge, you can see the Grand Roue (Great Wheel) and the Racines X Guingette, a sort of pop-up summer bar and restaurant where people gather to savor the cool breezes off

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Thanks to Doug McDonnal for this great photo of the Pont-Neuf in Toulouse on a very hot August evening.  On the quai near the bridge, you can see the Grand Roue (Great Wheel) and the Racines X Guingette, a sort of pop-up summer bar and restaurant where people gather to savor the cool breezes off

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Radish sprouts

About a week ago, we planted one of our vegetable plots (we call them potager 1 and potager 2) with a few veggies that have a short time to harvest, hoping for a mild fall and a last harvest before winter.  We planted two kinds of radishes, turnips, scallions and mixed in a few wildflowers

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About a week ago, we planted one of our vegetable plots (we call them potager 1 and potager 2) with a few veggies that have a short time to harvest, hoping for a mild fall and a last harvest before winter.  We planted two kinds of radishes, turnips, scallions and mixed in a few wildflowers

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