Wines of Provence Rhone Valley
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Provence Wine Regions and Wineries Essentials Reference List

Provence’s Mediterranean climate includes warm, dry summers, mild winters, and soil well-suited for vineyards. It’s no wonder that the wine regions of Provence are well known for producing some of the best wines in France – and around the world. The following article overviews the Provence wine regions, wineries and …

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Fresh Spring Menu Ideas Collection Tastes of Provence
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Looking for Fresh Spring Menu Ideas? Download Our Provence Collection Now!

Spring in Provence is a delightful experience with the promise of warmer days ahead and market stalls brimming with just-picked ingredients. As the daylight hours get longer and the temperatures rise, shifting from hearty winter meals to lighter seasonal options suits the local produce. We have been fortunate to collaborate …

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Atelier Laurel Cooking Class in Provence
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A Great Cooking Class in Provence and Lunch with Recipes at Atelier Laurel

The six of us were gathered around the island in Stephanie Villegas’ kitchen wearing olive green Laurel aprons. It was time for our group to stop the banter and pay attention to the chef; otherwise, we might not eat lunch. We were at Atelier Laurel for a hands-on cooking class …

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Stephanie Villegas Private Chef Cooking classes
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Mastering French Cuisine and Language: Cooking Classes in the Charming Alpilles

We are thrilled to introduce our new and exciting service – Cooking and Conversation classes in my village of Fontvieille in the Alpilles. French Language Cooking Classes: In collaboration with Catherine, a certified French teacher with over 25 years of experience, our two-hour class provides a unique blend of culinary …

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Provence's Spring Delights Menu
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Get a Taste of Provence’s Spring Delights Menu with Seasonal Produce

Private chef and cooking school owner Stephanie Villegas created the delicious 2024 spring menu that follows. This 3-course meal includes seasonal produce – peas, artichokes and berries – and mouthwatering roast chicken. Enjoy the taste of Provence this spring. Spring Delights Menu As the vibrant hues of spring bloom around …

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Fresh Berry Shortcake with Verbena cream
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Fresh Berry Shortcakes a Dessert Recipe for Berry Season

Indulging in these fresh berry shortcakes with lemon verbena cream is a delightful experience. The texture of the spongy cake contrasts nicely with the smooth, flavourful cream. The sweet and slightly tart taste of the berries, coupled with the citrusy and aromatic notes from the lemon verbena, bursts with freshness …

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Fresh Garlic Provence Markets
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Aioli Provencal a Garlic Mayonnaise Recipe to Master

Making mayonnaise at home may seem daunting, but it is a right of passage for a Provencal cook. However, after you have seen it made, you will realize that it’s just a matter of fresh eggs and a good whisk. Aioli is an excellent condiment with fries, of course, with …

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Recipe Starter Course pea hummus jambon tartine
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Open-faced Sandwich Recipe a Tartine with Pea Hummus and Cured Ham

This delightful tartine with pea hummus and cured ham seamlessly blends the fresh spring flavour of shelled peas and green onions with the rich, savoury notes of ham. Each component of this open-faced sandwich contributes to a harmonious blend of flavours, creating a mouthwatering experience that transcends the ordinary. The …

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grenache blanc cake
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Make this Easy Cake with Grenache Blanc Wine from Scratch

Last year, I celebrated International Grenache Day (September 15) by sharing a delicious cake created by Sue Tipton, owner and vintner of Acquiesce Winery, for which she doctors a box cake mix to make her Acquiesce Grenache Blanc Cake. Well, you know me — I love cooking too much to …

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Soup Recipes for Every Season in Provence

In Provence, recipes change in concert with the seasons, matching available ingredients and the temperatures. In larger centres like Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Marseille, the daily markets inspire professional chefs and anyone cooking dinner at home. The classic French onion might spring to mind when you think of French soups, but …

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