quail in sarcophagus #TastesofProvence @CocoaandLavender
David Scott AllenMain CoursePoultryProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Impress Your Friends Quail in Puff Pastry

This recipe is inspired by the movie Babette’s Feast, the entrée she served of Cailles en Sarcophages or quail in puff pastry.

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Poulet Foret aux Truffes @CocoaandLavender
David Scott AllenMain CoursePoultryProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Recipe for Chicken and Truffles

Succulent chicken cooked in rich and deep flavoured Madeira, with mushrooms and shallots in a cream sauce decadently adorned with earthy, fragrant truffles.

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truffle-risotto-recipe @Masdaugustine
Gary and Jane LangtonMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & DrinkVegetarian

Recipe for Black Truffle Risotto Provence’s Black Diamond

Creamy and rich Risotto with crème fraiche, mushrooms and parmesan and delightfully garnished with decadent truffles. If you haven’t tried truffles before then this is the dish for you.

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Black Truffles #Provence #Truffles
Local Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Provence’s Black Truffle Demystified

Have you ever considered buying black truffle plants? Truffle plants could be a fabulous gift. The black truffle, often called “the diamond of the kitchen” grows underground close to a tree’s root system. There are hundreds of truffle varieties. Learn more at Ginger and Nutmeg’s blog post: Provence’s Black Truffle Demystified   …

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Truffles Provence Truffle Markets
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste: Food & Drink

Where to find Truffle Markets in Provence

November marks the start of the black diamond season in Provence (and other parts of France). Proof that good looks are not everything the Tuber Melanosporum or black truffle looks a bit like a lump of coal that sells for 1-2000 Euros/kilogram. Intensely pungent the ‘diamond of the kitchen’ has …

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Black Diamonds Truffles
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Les Pastras Gourmet Pursuits Unearthing Truffles

Chicago might seem like a world away from the pastures of Provence, but Lisa and Johann Pepin tell me that adjusting to life in the south of France was relatively easy. They left corporate jobs (public relations and finance) in Chi-town, as only 30-yearolds can do, with the confidence that …

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Truffle Dogs #Provence #Truffles
Local Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

The Truffle Dogs in Provence and Black Gold

In both Italy and France the hunt for truffles is aided by dogs and even pigs. Often female pigs are able to smell out the “black gold” without training, where as dogs do require special training. We had the opportunity to visit some truffle experts at Truffe Noire de Haute-Provence who have …

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

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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