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Merry Christmas!

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We saw quite the Christmas Tree in Frankfurt earlier this month. O Tannenbaum indeed!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Return to Provence! (Pt. Un)

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In what is now an established Thanksgiving tradition for us, we journeyed abroad on vacation. Over the years we’ve found it is fairly easy to travel internationally during this time. Flying domestically can be quite a hassle with packed airports, but flights headed to Europe can be half-empty.  We like traveling in the off-season and since we promised ourselves a long trip after the farmer market season ended, we headed back to Provence. (more…)

I’m ba-ack! Smoked Boudin and Polenta to Celebrate a Good Summer

Smoked Boudin and Creamy Polenta

I know, I know, it’s been a while since I last posted waaaaaay back in March. Sorry, things all of sudden became very busy with our sausage business. It was right about then Cheryl and I were applying to local farmers markets for the summer. As delicious as they are, the sausages don’t sell themselves! (more…)

Gnocchi Parisienne with Walnut & Gorgonzola Sauce

Wayyyy back in January I made some gnocchi Parisienne for Cheryl’s birthday dinner. Well one of them. It was much more decadent than this dish since there were copious amounts of black truffles shaved on them. Cheryl remarked that it would be ok if I made gnocchi Parisienne more often. I was flipping through Michael White’s Classico e Moderno trying to figure out what to make for Sunday dinner a couple of weeks ago and saw a recipe for gnocchi with walnut and gorgozola cream sauce. I wasn’t in the mood to do the whole potato thing and I also didn’t want to use pre-made, so, remembering  Cheryl’s words I decided it would be a good time to make the gnocchi Parisienne again. And she says I don’t listen! (more…)

Grilling With a Salt Block: Happy Birthday to Me!

ribeye-on-the-salt-blockAs mentioned last week, we were supposed to be out of town for my birthday but it didn’t work out. That’s ok, but it left us with a big question: what to do? Normally it’s dinner at one of my favorite restaurants but I didn’t feel like that. Instead, I decided we’d get a really nice cut of beef and a good bottle of wine and just grill for Sunday/birthday dinner. (more…)

Cooking Easter Lamb in a Work Zone

Easter dinnerWe’re a little more than a week into our kitchen work and it’s going really well. In fact, the kitchen really looks like a kitchen again and it feels good. Lots of the anxiousness from last week has melted away. Mostly because the sink finally showed up, but also because our stove got hooked up in time to roast my Easter leg of lamb. (more…)