Tagged: ‘Dijon mustard’

Homemade French Vinaigrette with Dijon and Shallots

Invite anyone from France to dinner and they will be horrified if you take out a bottled dressing for the salad. Ohhh mon dieu! It is part of the dinner preparation ritual to have someone at the counter mixing the vinaigrette.

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Duck Breast Salad with Blueberries, Walnuts, and Currant Vinaigrette

Main dish salads are good all year round and yet reflect seasonality by their components. There are many exceptional main dish salads and you only need to know two and you are a wiz in the kitchen. Here is a very special main dish salad with spring in mind and its source of protein is duck.

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Baked Crab Cakes with Caper-Dill Sauce and Red Pepper Coulis

Crab cakes, once down home food in seaport towns, are the darling of the restaurant scene these days. They are so very easy to whip together, especially if you keep a can of premium crab meat on your shelf, although fresh is always just that tad more tasty.

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Oven-Fried Chicken for Chicken and Waffles

Mildred Pierce move over. Here is the alternative to all that messy stovetop frying.

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The Culinary Traveler: September in the Languedoc

On my first visit to France so long ago in 1977, I was invited to dine in a 200 year old country house of hand-cut stone in a truffle-oak orchard south of Albi. I had just left Paris in August, the month Paris is virtually empty with the natives all abroad or in the country to escape the heat.

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Mint and Lemon Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mascarpone Creamed Spinach


Rack of lamb might be an extravagance, but it is also one of the easiest lamb dishes to prepare. You will look like a master chef serving it. Topping the rack with a crust is a classic preparation for this…

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