Make French Fruit Tarts Seasonal Recipe Variations
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How to Make French Fruit Tarts Seasonal Recipe Variations

One of my favourite desserts is seasonal fruit tarts (tartes aux fruits). These tarts also make nice afternoon treats. So, I make them all year with local, in-season produce. In California, you find puff pastry sheets at most grocery stores (Ralphs, Gelson’s) and at French supermarkets like Carrefour or Intermarché. …

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Brush Fire Devastates Vineyards in the Var 2021
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Brush Fire Devastates Vineyards in the Var

On Monday, August 16th, a fire broke out near a motorway service station close to Gonfaron. Although the exact cause is to be confirmed, human carelessness caused the blaze. The ignition found the fuel needed with dry scrubland in the Var resulting from hot summer temperatures and near-drought conditions. The …

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Lemongrass Crème Brûlée Tasha Anne Powell and Chef Liz Thompson
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Lemongrass Crème Brûlée a Delicious Variation

Chef Liz Thompson and I had lots of fun delivering “Baking with Herbs,” an online cooking demonstration. One of the recipes was a twist on the French classic a Lemongrass Crème Brûlée. In just over an hour, we showed participants how to use fresh herbs and flowers from their garden …

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Banana Tarte Tatin with Gold Sparkle
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Banana Tarte Tatin a Variation on the Classic

The origin of the Apple Tarte Tatin aux Pommes is rooted in France’s Loire Valley in the small town of Lamotte-Beuvron. Born out of an unintended mistake in the kitchen, this tarte is the sweet result. At the time, the two Tatin sisters, Stéphanie and Caroline, owned and operated the …

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Grenache Gris Grape Varietal
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Grenache Gris a Versatile Ancient Grape Varietal

I have started to note a pattern emerging in my tasting notes during the past couple of years, which shows just how much I love Grenache Gris white wines. I love their richness, texture and structure. But I also noted how few of these wines, in their purest form, are …

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Bed and Breakfast at a Vineyard in the Var

Bastide du Clos d’Alari is a bed and breakfast in the heart of a wine estate in Saint-Antonin-du-Var. Le Domaine du Clos d’Alari has a mother and daughter team directly the estate’s winemaking. Located within the Lorgues Terre de Vins (12 wine estates and Châteaux) of the Var, this B&B …

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La Cadière-d'Azur Var
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La Cadière-d’Azur Var Village to Visit

Hilltop Village La Cadière-d’Azur is a small medieval village perched on the edge of a cliff on the hill across from Le Castellet in the south-west of the Var region. After we finished our walk-about Le Castellet, we decided that since we were in the area, we should cross the valley …

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Summer Sports Provence
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From the Var a Rosé Toast to Summer Sports in Provence

Just 10 minutes down the road from Cotignac is the charming village of Carcès, home to the stunning Lac de Carcès. The views are simply breathtaking and you don’t find many more romantic spots to watch a sunset in the area. But today I wasn’t after of romance. I wanted …

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Wine Coteaux Varois Tasting
Elizabeth GabayTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine Notes from the Coteaux Varois Tasting 2019

By Elizabeth Gabay: Tasting the wines of Provence has been a bit erratic this year. While Cotes de Provence had a stand at both WineParis (11-13 February) and Prowein (17-19 March), the 2018 vintage had often only just been bottled and were still quite young and closed. My preferred time …

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Lamb Stew Navarin d’Agneau
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Lamb Stew with Root Vegetables (Navarin d’Agneau)

Local free-range lamb is easy to find in Provence, so there are many typical dishes that you will find on menus. Navarin d’Agneau is a traditional slow-cooked stew made with root vegetables.

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