Fig Buttermilk Tart
David Scott AllenDessertPies & TartsProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Fig Buttermilk Tart Made Easy

Sometimes you have to wonder why great chefs don’t cut corners. I suppose that is why I am a cook and not a chef because occasionally it just makes sense to skip a step for the same taste result. The recipe for this Fig and Buttermilk Custard Tart is a …

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Pork Tenderloin Porcini Demiglace
David Scott AllenMain CoursePorkProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Pork Tenderloin en Croûte with Porcini Demiglace

The inspiration for this pork tenderloin recipe comes from a few 1950s classics which included Waldorf Salad, Green Bean Casserole, and Pigs in Blankets. The ingredients for the original version of Pigs in Blankets included hot dogs and puff pastry. So, I like to think of Pork Tenderloin en Croûte …

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Citrus Almond Valentine's Cookies
Cakes & CookiesDessertMirabeau WinesProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Heart-Shaped Citrus Almond Valentine’s Cookies

Maybe it’s a bit cliché to bake pink, citrus, almond heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day…but then again why not? And, while you are at it pop the cork on a bottle of pink bubbly from Provence like our La Folie sparkling rosé.

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Artichokes Barigoule Provencal Bistro
François de MélogueProvencal RecipesRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceSide DishTaste: Food & Drink

Artichokes Barigoule a Provencal Bistro Classic

Provencal Bistro Classic We stumbled across the Bistrot du Paradou quite by hazard, on one of our drives around the Alpilles villages. It turns out that we were quite naive with regards to this restaurant’s gastronomic reputation and its loyal fan base. We now understand just how lucky we were …

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Steak Chocolat Sauce Recipe Steak au Chocolate
BeefDavid Scott AllenMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Steak au Chocolat a Sauce Recipe for Friends

This chocolate-based sauce for the steak adds a slightly decadent finish to the grilled meat. The sauce worked well in a pairing with the Hermitage La Petite Chapelle (2012) from Paul Jaboulet-Aîné, a red wine from the Northern Rhône Valley.

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Veal Cordon Bleu Recipe
BeefDavid Scott AllenMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Veal Cordon Bleu Recipe and a History Lesson

Veal Cordon Bleu sounds French right? Of course, cordon bleu is French but we only recently discovered the origin of the term. According to Larousse Gastronomique, the cordon bleu was originally a wide blue ribbon worn by members of the highest order of knighthood,

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Grilled Steak Sandwich Recipe
David Scott AllenLunchtime MealsProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Grilled Steak Sandwich Recipe

This grilled steak sandwich is something that we tend to eat in the summer months, or perhaps on a warm fall day. I decide to prepare this sandwich with my homemade focaccia

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Dinner Party Apple Tarts
David Scott AllenDessertPies & TartsProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Dinner Party: Apple Tarts – Tartes aux Pommes

Admittedly not everyone can manage a weekday dinner party with an hour (maximum) to prepare the meal before your guests arrive…but I like that sort of challenge. However, to be able to pull it off you need to be organized. After many years of entertaining, there are several tips I can …

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Roast Pheasant Marsala Sauce
David Scott AllenMain CoursePoultryProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Roast Pheasant with Marsala Sauce

The good news is now many farmer’s markets like the one close to us in Tuscon have wonderful farm-raised birds. Enjoy this recipe for roast pheasant with a tasty orange and marsala sauce.

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Saffron Spaghetti Buttery Scallops
David Scott AllenFish & SeafoodMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Saffron Spaghetti with Buttery Scallops Comfort Food

This pasta dish – saffron spaghetti with buttery scallops – was created out of what I found in Susan and Towny’s fridge when we visited recently. Now in fairness, she had some lovely East Coast scallops on hand, but it was all about the butter.

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