Luscious Duck Breast Inspiration from Gascony

In this classic dish from Languedoc and Gascony in France the duck breast is sliced thinly and cooked rare.   Most ducks sold in supermarkets are sold frozen and whole, so you’ll have to first defrost the whole duck, then you’ll have to cut the duck into pieces.  The parts you don’t use can be reserved […]

Potato Gratin with Swiss Chard is for Wintertime

Potato gratin is one of those preparations that speaks to people.  When a gratin comes out of the oven it is one of the most inviting foods.  It’s also a dish perfect for winter. Swiss chard developed from the beet and was first mentioned in a book about plants published in Basel, Switzerland in 1596. […]

Old French Recipe for Veal Rump Stew, A Cold Weather Delight

This nineteenth-century recipe is from Anjou, the capital of which, Angers, sits in the middle of fertile land and excellent vineyards in the Loire valley. The traditional home cooking of Anjou was simple and not ostentatious. This recipe is adapted from the book Recettes des provinces de France that was produced in honor of Curnonsky, […]

Luscious Winter Braise from Provence

Winter isn’t over yet and if your culinary sensibilities are like mine you’re still in the “fire-up-the-oven” mode. There’s nothing cozier than a winter braise wafting through the house when the chill of the end of winter still lingers. Many people think warmth when they think of the Mediterranean, but the Mediterranean can be surprisingly […]

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