Ballet Preljocaj Un Air de Danse
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Ballet Preljocaj in Aix Something’s in the Air this Summer

Aix-en-Provence’s Ballet Preljocaj celebrates the return of more “normal” times with a series of performances throughout the city from July 12th – August 8th, 2021. Artistic Director Angelin Preljocaj and his team will dance outdoors at Parc Jourdan, the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, in the Quartier Beisson, and at Pavillon Noir …

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Aix-en-Provence Fresh Produce Market
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Springtime at the Aix-en-Provence Markets

Provence takes a long time to wake up in the morning. Especially on market days in Aix-en-Provence. It may be cold, grey, and dark when the market vendors arrive, but eventually, the market starts to buzz when the sun rises. Vendors begin arriving at 5:30 am for set up. I …

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Winter Dinner Party Menu 2021
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSeasonal MenusTaste

Winter Dinner Menu from La Cuisine Provençale

Menu for a Cozy Evening Earlier this year, Jane Satow launched La Cuisine Provençale – an interactive cooking school in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Tucked away in the heart of charming St Rémy, La Cuisine Provençale is on a quiet street with a small square. After several months of renovation work, Jane gave …

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Seafood Pot Pie
David Scott AllenFish & SeafoodMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste

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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Fall Olives Season Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food ProducersTaste

Fall is Olive Season in Provence

Olives from Provence In the Alpilles, near the Vallée des Baux, there is nothing that signals that autumn has arrived more than the olive harvest. The exact timing of the récolte depends on Mother Nature’s impact on the fruit’s maturity. Like every crop, farmers hope to get the timing right …

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Pairing Spicy Food Wine Vieux-Clocher-Vacqueyras
Provence WineZineTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Pairing Spicy Food with Wine It’s Tricky

David Scott Allen for Provence WineZine: Spice and wine are not always fast friends. Admittedly I like both, so my culinary goal is to find the right combination that will showcase both the food and the wine. Hence, the recipe for Spiced Duck with Blackberry-Balsamic Reduction was a challenge to …

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French Cooking for Beginners
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How to Write a French Cookbook

A Writer’s Dream I will never forget the morning I received an email from an established cookbook publisher and immediately deleted it, convinced it was a scam. They wrote asking me to write a beginner French cookbook for sale and promotion nationwide. I quickly scanned the email, deleted it, and …

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Lunch in Gordes Restaurant le Mas Gordes
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Lunch in Gordes at Restaurant Le Mas

With confinement measures now making way for a return to normality, many of us are relishing our newly reclaimed freedom to eat out and visit favourite restaurants once more. And as part of that freedom,  I, for one, am embracing the sheer joy and novelty of not having to cook …

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Pork Rillettes Classic French Recipe
AppetizerFrançois de MélogueProvencal RecipesTaste

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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Living in Aix-en-Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Living in Aix-en-Provence and Loving it

Americans Susan and Sam Gish moved to Aix-en-Provence two years ago. It’s unlikely that this Francophile couple’s relocation to France, from Philadelphia, was a surprise to any of their food industry friends. During previous travels to France, Susan and Sam discovered the influence of terroir in the different French wine …

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