Confit de canard – preserved duck legs

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Confit de canard, or preserved duck, is an indispensable dish of southwestern France and a warm, comforting dish on a cold winter evening. Its origin lies in the culture of duck farming that has shaped the entire region, from the Pays Basque in far southwest, north to Gascony and east to the area around Toulouse. …

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February Chef’s Dinner photos

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Our Quarterly Chef’s Dinner took place at Cafe Presse last evening and frankly it was a blast. The theme for February’s dinner was  “Celebrate Sparkles” and  it offered a great opportunity both to try some of the lesser-known sparking wine of the French countryside and to also see how well these wines pair with food …

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Bringing back the Salmis

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The February Chef’s Dinner at Cafe Presse is all about sparkling wine from the French countryside. Although many people think of sparkling wine for a toast, it can often be a struggle to find a place for bubbles during the actual meal.  With that in mind, I wanted to design a menu that highlights all …

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“Celebrate Sparkles” Dinner Menu

Tuesday February 26, 2019  Menu Les amuse bouches Mimolette and bacon gougères warm from the oven Black cod tartare, pink grapefruit, chervil, shallots on house-made buckwheat baguette ~ Potage aux légumes d’hiver et son consommé aux crevettes Shellfish consommé with leeks, spinach and celery root, smoked prawns and Brittany sea-salt butter ~ Salmis de canard …

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Another French Holiday classic

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In France, it wouldn’t be the Holidays without foie gras. So throughout December, Le Pichet Chef de Cuisine Dave Cooper is making his terrine of whole duck foie gras, made with humanely-raised Hudson Valley foie gras, marinated with sweet wine and pimente d’Espelette. Right now he is serving this terrine with spiced apple compote and …

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