Pork Rillettes Classic French Recipe
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Pork Rillettes are a Classic French Recipe

By definition, pork rillettes are made using a preservation method similar to duck confit. The pork is seasoned, then slow-cooked submerged in fat and cooked at a grandmotherly pace for several hours. Afterward, the pork is shredded and packed into sterile containers, covered in a thin veneer of fat and …

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Easter Lunch Menu Stuffed Courgette Flowers
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Easter Lunch Menu from Provence – Stuffed Courgette Flowers

Last year, we hosted the Gemma Wade of “You Say Tomato Cooking” (meal planning, recipes, cooking classes and more) here in Cotignac. Gemma is a talented cook, turns fresh, basic ingredients into delicious dishes with ease. She was impressed by our Tuesday morning farmer’s market in Cotignac, one of five …

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Anchovy Puff Pastry Bites
AppetizerDavid Scott AllenProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Savoury Anchovy Puff Pastry Bites for Cocktail Hour

These Anchovy Puff Pastry bites are a bit of a “throw-back” appetizer from a book of retro holiday recipes. Since not everyone likes the taste of anchovy, you can change the filling – sundried tomato, basil pesto or tapenade all work well.

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Provencal Poischichade Easy Appetizers
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Provencal Poischichade and Other Easy Appetizers

This summer when we were in Provence visiting family and pre-planning for our group tour, I noticed a developing trend for appetizers. The traditional black olive tapenade is of course always present. However, there is a movement to use alternative ingredients to create hummus-like dips, I call these spreads ades. …

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Mimosa Deviled Eggs
AppetizerDorothy GarabedianProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Mimosa Deviled Eggs an Appetizer for Spring in Provence

Oeufs Mimosa (Mimosa Eggs) years ago in Marseille when my cousin placed a large, resplendent platter of Oeufs Mimosa on the dining table. The traditional recipe is unbelievably simple:

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Eggplant Cakes Pesto Sauce Papeton Aubergines
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Eggplant Cakes with a Pesto Sauce to Start the Evening

They prepared several delicious dishes for the evening, but these Eggplant Cakes in a Tomato Pesto Sauce were my favourite. You can serve this recipe as an appetizer, the first course for a dinner party or even at lunchtime with a green salad. Think of this as a savoury cake. Once the eggplant is cooked, simply combine with the rest of the ingredients and bake. The dish can be served with the pesto sauce (below), a tomato sauce or combine the two for a rich flavour experience.

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Black Truffle Brie
AppetizerPetra CarterProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Truffled Brie is Cheese Heaven

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, like a soft creamy brie cheese that oozes truffle scent. Truffled brie is practically heaven on earth, and easy to make too!

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Verrine of Cambozola Mousse, Spiced Rosé Gelée, and Crystalized Rosemary
AppetizerDavid Scott AllenProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Cambozola Mousse Verrines Appetizer a Touch of Glass

Verrines of Cambozola Mousse, Spiced Rosé Gelée & Crystallized Rosemary or Cambozola Mousse served in glassware. I’ll leave it to you to decide.  This appetizer is simple to prepare and can be made in advance (note: make the rosé gelée ahead).

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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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Petit Pâté Tarts Pastry Recipe
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Pork and Chicken Liver Pâte Tarts a Starter Course

Nimes-based chef Anne Challier adapts her recipe for pâte with pork and chicken liver pâte (pâté fois de volaille) to create a savoury pastry tart. Here, is the recipe for the meat filling. Use a muffin pan as your shape, make the pastry dough recipe

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