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Hot Tomato Consommé

Consomme is a clear, strong broth often served as the first course of French-style meals. Consomme is made from meat or poultry bones or even vegetables, but is clarified by straining the stock instead of leaving it full of chunky vegetables like in regular soup. The true process is long, but rewarding, and all true chefs learn to make it. But a lovely mock consomme can be made with tomato juice and canned broth in the slow cooker. This is an unusual, light bodied soup adapted from one of my favorite phamplets called Home for The Holidays by Irena Chalmers’ Potpourri Press (1980). Don’t skip the avocado garnish; it is delicious as it is lovely to look at.

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Herbes De Provence New Potatoes


HERBES DE PROVENCE is a traditional housewife’s mixture of dried herbs from the Provence region in Southwest France, an area known for its fragrant cooking. Each herb adds its own unique characteristic to the blend. The LAVENDER and BASIL are…

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A Glass for the Pot: Cooking with Wine

Wine is the world’s most common beverage, along with beer, these days. It is remarkably compatible with food, not only as an accompaniment, but as as a highly versatile ingredient as well since it blends so nicely with a myriad of foods. It has become a staple and can be added at the beginning of the cooking process, or at the end.

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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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Farmhouse Butter Churned the Food Processor

Any type of milk produces enough cream to be churned into a full fat butter. Homemade butter is easily made with a food processor in a fast, clean, and very efficient manner. Because making butter is so simple, it makes a great project for kids as well as adults. It’s a remarkably fast and easy process that lets you see for yourself where this ever-so-basic and familiar food comes from.

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Culinary Traveler: Lentil and Brown Rice Salad

When Chez Panisse restaurant opened a café upstairs from the main dining room, it quickly became one of my watering holes whenever I went to shop or visit friends in Berkeley. Since it was always so jammed, it was best to show up for lunch just after the doors opened at 11 a.m.

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Chez Dining Room: Mount Athos Monastery and Spanakopita

The food of Greece is wholesome regional and seasonal peasant food. One of the main foods is the pitta, or savory pie. Vegetables of all types, olive oil, herbs, grains, the famous thick yogurt, feta cheese are wrapped in phyllo, Greek for leaf. Greek cuisine, influenced by both Eastern and Western cuisines is considered one of the healthiest on the planet.

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The Legend, The Lore, and How to Make the Ultimate Buckwheat Crêpe

Ti Couz (“the old house” in Gaelic) is a popular San Francisco crêperie bretonne conceived, owned, and run by my friend Sylvie Le Mer, who was born and raised in Quimper in Lower Brittany, France. Once a staple in the diet of both the rich and the poor, savory buckwheat crêpes, known as krampouz, are traditional in this area of France.

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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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