Provence Summer Dinner Party Menu
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSeasonal MenusTaste

Tastes of Provence a Summer Dinner Party Menu

It sounds, so cliché to talk about the abundant produce and fabulous markets in Provence, but the region is an absolute gift to culinary types. A present where no is wrapping required just a shopping basket and some inspiration. The seasons in Provence are marked by two things the variety …

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Saffron Harvest Provence #TastesofProvence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food ProducersTaste

Farm Visit to le Moulin de Jarjayes Understanding Saffron in Provence

In October, the Provencal sun takes its time rising above the horizon, like an old dog mentally weighing the effort of its next move. In the Jabron Valley, at 600 meters, about 10 kilometres from Sisteron, autumn mornings can be particularly frosty with single-digit temperatures. However, the saffron harvest at …

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Apricots #CookingClasses #Provence @venisenprovence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel Tips

Provence Local’s Tips by Chef Giuseppina Mabilia

Italian by birth, Giuseppina Mabilia first visited Provence in 2004, and now she calls the Luberon village of Goult home. The years in between have allowed Giuseppina to establish herself as a private chef in the region, and more recently launch her cooking school Venise en Provence.  Although the geographic distance …

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Figs Cuisine de Provence
French Cooking ClassesTaste

Cooking Classes at Cuisine de Provence

Barbara Schuerenberg says, “I always joke that I learned to cook out of self-defence as our mother was a terrible cook.”  Clearly, she was successful in that pursuit as she enters into her sixth year of running her cooking school Cuisine de Provence in Vaison la Romaine. German-born Barbara’s journey …

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Patricia Wells The Cookbook @MaryJaneDeeb
Books on ProvenceInspireMary Jane Deeb

Review of Patricia Wells’ The Provence Cookbook

Book review of Patricia Wells’ The Provence Cookbook: 175 Recipes and a Select Guide to the Markets, Shops, & Restaurants of France’s Sunny South, Harper Collins Publishers, First Edition, New York, 2004. When I was a college professor, I used to tell my students that early on in their lives …

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Sunflowers Provencal Landscape @ShutrsSunflowrs
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore

Shutters and Sunflowers the Provencal Landscape

Admittedly, it would be a tough choice for anyone to pick between, between the lush gardens of the UK, the sunny skies of California and postcard perfect Provence. Caroline Longstaffe’s solution was to start writing a blog Shutters and Sunflowers her artistic outlet for west coast beauty, British heritage and …

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Fig Almond Tart by Patricia Wells #PatriciaWells credit Jeff Kauck
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Cooking ClassesTaste

Patricia Wells a Provence Kitchen

James Beard Foundation Award winner Patricia Wells knows a thing or two about excellent food. If Michelin awarded stars to cooking schools, cookbook writers, and restaurant critics there would be a galaxy named Wells. Wells, who hails from Milwaukee, has lived in France with her husband Walter since 1980. Their …

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Domaine-de-la-Vallongue #Provence #Wines #Saffron
Ginger and NutmegLocal Food ProducersTaste

Understanding The Cost of Saffron in Provence

Nutmeg had a few items on her to-do list; number one was to replenish the wine stock before Ginger arrived. The challenge was making a decision in the Alpilles given the number of vineyards nearby. On this particular occasion, she chose Domaine de la Vallongue as they had reopened their boutique after …

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Taking Root in Provence Book cover #Provence #Books
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Christmas in Provence

Dutch-born Anne-Marie Simons is a traveller. She studied in Paris, worked in Brussels and then moved to the United States where for a long time she worked only to support her travel-bug. Today, Anne-Marie and her husband Oscar reside in Aix-en-Provence where she continues to hone her writing. The following …

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