Provencal Winter Menu Friends 2018
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Provencal Winter Menu for Cold Nights and Good Friends

Provencal Winter Menu Winter. Part of me wants to hide under a woollen blanket in the early evening darkness and consume copious amounts of heavy food. Bring on the butter, cream, fat, and carbs… put on the pounds and brace myself against the cold winds and inevitable rains and blizzards. …

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Buying Criteria Rosé
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Decision Time Buying Criteria for Rosé Wine

Buying Rosé Numerous studies have been conducted in the food industry on what influences shoppers’ buying decisions. I came across several such studies during my printing equipment sales career, as print quality of the package can have an enormous impact, positive or negative, at the moment of selection. …Continue reading …

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Pink Elephant Martini Cocktail
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Pink Elephant Martini Cocktail Recipe it’s La Vie en Rose

I recently threw a birthday luncheon for my good friend, Claire, and served Pink Elephant Martini Cocktails as the welcome drink! This was a huge success. Claire loves the color pink and is very elegant.

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3 Quick Appetizers
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3 Quick Appetizers for Holiday Entertaining

Amuse bouche roughly translates into tempt your taste buds. These three appetizers are easy to make and can be prepared in advance of your guests’ arrival. Enjoy Smoked Salmon Rolls with Horseradish and Granny Smith Apple, Crab and Avocado Spoons and Chicken Satays with your favourite cocktail.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate
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Make Ultimate Hot Chocolate and a Sweet Gift Idea

Hot chocolate is one of those drinks that makes you feel like a kid. On a cold, blustery, why not drink something sweet and delicious? This recipe is so quick to prepare that we hope you never resort to packaged hot cocoa again.

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Vinsobres Southern Rhône Wine
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Vinsobres Southern Rhône Wine and Spicy Lamb Shanks

By David Scott Allen Once again, I think I was very lucky with this pairing. I was serving Persian-spiced Lamb Shanks to friends who drink only red wine. And only red wine from France. Picky, picky. We had just returned from three glorious weeks in Sicily (stay tuned for a …

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Citrus Almond Cake
Cakes & CookiesDavid Scott AllenDessertProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

A Citrus Almond Cake Everyone will Love

Almonds, olives, tomatoes, and citrus fruit are some of the culinary signatures of the Mediterranean climate. In Provence, the citrus groves are found on the Côte d’Azur near Menton. There is no question that a visit Menton one year during the Fête du Citron is on my travel bucket list. However, …

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Sacristains Sweet Easy Recipe Finished
Agathe ForestBreadsProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Sacristains Sweet and Decadently Easy Recipe

sacristains (French word) is a little harder to classify, and the origins are equally mysterious. Made with puff pastry (pâte feuilletée) layers of sugar and almonds and a quick trip to the oven make this crispy treat…heavenly

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Mulled Wine Vin Chaud
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Warm-up the Holidays with Mulled Wine – Vin Chaud

What’s a Christmas market in France be without some mulled wine? In fact, what is winter without mulled wine? As one of our followers pointed out, it also adds such a delicious smell to your house. Enjoy (in moderation of course). The advantage to making it yourself is that you …

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Stuffed Poached Pears
David Scott AllenDessertFlans, Puddings & OtherProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Stuffed Poached Pears with Berry Purée

It’s sad to see the end of the summer stone fruit – plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots. However, in their place, a variety of apples and pears indicate the start of new dessert opportunities. This recipe for Stuffed Poached Pears includes an element of surprise.  The dessert is easy to …

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