Calisson d'Aix Recipe
Cakes & CookiesCook'n with ClassDessertProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Recipe for Calisson d’Aix a Traditional Sweet

Culinary references to a version of calissons lead to medieval Italy but these sweets are commonly associated with Aix-en-Provence – Calisson d’Aix. This came after 16th-century farmers planted the first almond crops in the region. These delicious calissons have been consistently made in the same way for many generations. Traditional …

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Chocolate and Raspberry Towers
DessertFlans, Puddings & OtherProvencal RecipesTasha PowellTaste: Food & Drink

Chocolate and Raspberry Towers for Dessert

This dessert recipe for Chocolate and Raspberry Towers was part of a 3-course gluten-free online class that I presented in September. The rest of the menu included panisse (chickpea fritters) served with fresh lemon, skewered grilled shrimp, roasted fennel and cherry tomatoes. In addition to recipes, I share plating techniques …

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Seafood Pot Pie
David Scott AllenFish & SeafoodMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Seafood Pot Pie Makes Every Day a Holiday

I think the healthiest thing that any of us can do is to look at each day as a holiday. Every day we have is a gift, and we should treat it as such. This recipe was posted in The New York Times around the holidays as a way to …

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Making Pain aux Raisins French Bread Pain aux Raisins Recipe
BreadsGuest PostProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

A Baker’s Secret for Making Pain aux Raisins

Reminiscence of my childhood in France, the pains aux raisins (called “escargot” sometimes) are the perfect treat to motivate you to get out of bed on cold mornings. In France, there are two different recipes for pains aux raisins, one with puff pastry (pate feuilletée) and one with dough (pate …

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Bûche de Noël Christmas
Christmas & HolidayDessertFrançois de MélogueProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Bûche de Noël a Sweet French Christmas Tradition

A French Christmas Yule Log Of all the culinary treats that grace the French Christmas table, nothing inspires more child-like joy than a rich, chocolate Bûche de Noël. Real yule logs, the kind from living trees, have had symbolic significance to the French for centuries. Until the late 1800s, it …

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festive Christmas punch
DrinksMirabeau WinesTaste: Food & Drink

Festive Christmas Punch Recipe

The month of December is a special time of the year so why not toast the season with festive Christmas punch? This recipe by Virginia Bonvalet plays with the floral notes of our Etoile rosé.

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French Almond Financiers
Cakes & CookiesDavid Scott AllenDessertProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Recipe for Financiers a Sweet French Treat

Almond and browned butter are the main ingredients of a little French pastry called a financier. Originally, these pastries were called visitandines, named after the order of French nuns who created the recipe in the Middle Ages. I’m not sure in what shape the Sisters of the Visitation made them …

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Thanksgiving Roast Chicken Rosé Mirabeau Wine
Main CourseMirabeau WinesPoultryProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Thanksgiving Roast Chicken with Rosé Cranberry Sauce

There is nothing more straightforward and satisfying than roast chicken. Turkey is the go-to for most Thanksgiving tables in North America. However, it is not practical for a small group, and it’s a challenge to find turkey in France.

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Puff Pastry Roses Apple Dessert
DessertPies & TartsProvencal RecipesTasha PowellTaste: Food & Drink

Make These Puff Pastry Apples Roses for Dessert

Combining apples, cinnamon sugar and puff pastry sound like the makings for a delicious pie. The recipe calls for apples rolled in puff pastry into the shape of roses. It is not difficult to prepare, and the presentation is beautiful. This dessert was part of a vegetarian menu that I …

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Chestnut-Pumpkin Risotto
David Scott AllenMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & DrinkVegetarian

Chestnut-Pumpkin Risotto with Hazelnuts for Fall

When fall weather has settled in, it’s an excuse to make this Chestnut-Pumpkin Risotto recipe that combines the rich, earthy flavours of the season. In Provence, from one week to the next the market shrinks in size as the seasonal vendors begin to pack-up their wares. Scarves replace multi-hued espadrilles, …

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