Truffle Hunting in Provence

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That’s Mirabelle. She rocks at hunting truffles.

I didn’t want to put this in last week’s post because, let’s be honest here, black winter truffle deserve their own post. When we were planning our Thanksgiving week trip to Avignon I remembered one of the people/places I follow on Twitter is Les Pastras, a farm in Provence. But not just any farm. One with truffles. And truffle hunts. Once we booked our place to stay I sent a request regarding joining a truffle hunt if they had any scheduled. They did!Continue reading “Truffle Hunting in Provence”

Avignon – Thanksgiving Week Abroad

View from the rear of the flat
View from the flat

I promised you some photos from our trip to Avignon in Provence and here they are!  Too short a trip as always but that’s ok, because it just means we’ll have to go back. Over the past few years we’ve discovered traveling internationally over the Thanksgiving holiday/early December can be quite reasonable and enjoyable. Yeah, the weather may be a little drizzly and damp depending where you go (in Europe at least), but since it’s the off-season you don’t have to fight the crowds of tourists. And you save a little money too since you’re not paying high-season prices. Continue reading “Avignon – Thanksgiving Week Abroad”

Joyeaux Thanksgiving from Provence!

avignon2Happy Thanksgiving everyone! That’s right, we’re abroad in Avignon, France for the week and will be settling in for our own Thanksgiving dinner (duck breast) as soon as I make it. Much smaller affair than if we were back home and it was very easy to do all of the shopping this morning. Warmer than Chicago too. Some very fun posts coming in the next weeks. Cheers!

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Autumn Delight!

autumn-delightIt’s the week before Thanksgiving and as luck would have it, we’re getting ready to head out of town. Yup, we’re going to be on vacation for Thanksgiving which means I won’t be getting my favorite sausage stuffing this year. Well at least not ON Thanksgiving. Trust me it’s getting made. Anyway, I had some apples I needed to use up before leaving tomorrow so I looked in my mom’s recipe books. Sure enough there was something called Autumn Delight which looked relatively simple and quick.Continue reading “Autumn Delight!”

Beef and Farro Soup

beef-and-farro-soupTuesday was election day and since neither of us were very enthusiastic about watching the returns I thought the least we could do for ourselves was to have a nice dinner. Unfortunately, I started too late and didn’t braise the beef long enough. Not quite as tender as it should have been. So I did what all enterprising cooks do: turned the leftovers into a soup du jour!Continue reading “Beef and Farro Soup”

Ducketta – Elevating My Charcuterie Game

duckettaWhat’s a ducketta? I knew you’d ask. It’s my version of farce meat stuffed into or wrapped up in skin and cooked. Actually, it’s more like a zampone (stuffed pig’s trotter) or roulade (farce meat wrapped up in skin) than porchetta but duckpone and duckade just don’t sound as good.Continue reading “Ducketta – Elevating My Charcuterie Game”

Zuppa Valle d’Aosta: A Leftover Bread Recipe

val-d-aosta-soup2 Waayyyyyyy back when I had just moved to Washington, DC and didn’t have cable I spent a lot of time watching the cooking shows on PBS. There was one show in particular which had this older Italian guy who basically traveled around Italy making something from the region. To this day I can’t remember the show or the guy (who was some sort of chef) but I remember this ‘soup’ from his stop in Valle d’Aosta.Continue reading “Zuppa Valle d’Aosta: A Leftover Bread Recipe”

Special Event: Frühschoppen at Dovetail Brewery!

sk-fruhschoppenThis week’s post isn’t a recipe for something we’ve had this week. It’s about an upcoming event this Sunday we’re part of at one of our local breweries here in Chicago: Frühschoppen at Dovetail Brewery!Continue reading “Special Event: Frühschoppen at Dovetail Brewery!”

Homemade Hazelnut Syrup For Your Coffee

hazelnut-syrup for coffeeI was in our local Savory Spice Shop yesterday picking up some supplies and I overheard Dave (the owner) talking to a customer about flavoring coffee with an extract she was purchasing. I went over and saw there were a lot of different flavors on the shelf. They’re always adding cool stuff. The extract which caught my eye though was hazelnut.

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Endive Gratin

endive-gratinI can’t say it enough, I love cooking during this season. During last week’s dramatic cool-down, I had a craving for some good old French onion soup. We went for French on date night and I got some. Made me very happy. It also got my creative juices flowing to make something French, and what’s a good fall French dish? Pretty much anything ending in gratin or gratiné. The endives looked nice at the grocery store so that’s what was getting gratin’d this week.  Continue reading “Endive Gratin”