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Violet Figs from the Var (+ Fig and Almond Gratins)

Well, it’s been hot, hot, hot in the South of France as we ride out what the French call a canicule – heatwave. And as I’ve just had my first day back to work after the traditional August vacation period, it’s hard not to want to escape to the beaches with the rest of the […]

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Carpentras’ Strawberries & Tiramisu aux Fraises

If you glance at the kiosks around this time of year in France, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a food magazine that isn’t offering dessert recipes for “fruits rouge“.  All berries are put on display this time of year, but only one plump beauty really holds center stage:  the strawberry. And really, not just any […]

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Market Cooking…Poivrons-Mozzarella au Basilic

It’s been said that one of the best things about living / visiting the South of France is the chance to experience the Provençal markets. Fresh, colorful, and always full of interesting locals, sometimes more colorful than the produce itself, markets serve as the heart / gathering point of many southern towns. Plus, they’re just […]

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Apple Clafoutis de la Belle Mère

Hello dear readers.  Well, winter is really here as we were rained-in all weekend… which gave me a great excuse to try-out a few new recipes, sweet & savory, but has also given us the hint of a curious event on the horizon.  I speak of nothing less than… snow! Can you imagine?  A colleague […]

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Winter Comforts… Les Soldes & Savory Clafoutis

Bonjour dear readers.  It’s chills-ville in the South of France, and I found myself chasing the winter blues away at les soldes (the sales!) for the better part of last week.  And well, let’s just say I’m a convert. Big time. Even though I had to brave a few well-placed elbow nudges and many more women who seemed […]

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Salade de Riz en Ratatouille

This is a simple salad to make and especially good in the summer months as it is light but can easily be turned into an entire meal. The recipe calls for only one yellow pepper, but I often add red and green as well.  I usually simmer everything for a bit longer than 5 minutes […]

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