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Eggplant Caviar

Go to Recipe Go to Video Unhealthy? In Italian, the eggplant is called “melanzana,” which was incorrectly translated in France on its arrival from the Middle East as early as the 8th century to “mal saine” which means, literally, “unhealthy”.  This evoked suspicion in the French cook and eater, which wasn’t helped by the eggplant’s …

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The Best Appetizer You Can Make, with Piment d’Espelette

pastry, piment d'Espelette, butter, flour, water

Go to Recipe Go to Video I love appetizers, …because I love the moment of the day they fit into.  For me, that is evening before dinner, long after the sun has set in the winter; as shadows lengthen in the summer. The workday is done, I’ve been preparing a meal and all the while …

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Some Do Like It Hot – Everyone’s Favorite Amuse-Bouche

Go to Recipe Go to Video It’s olive season!!  Not here north of the Rhône, but south, YES!  There, the olive oil mills are creaking open, those with olive trees are sitting at the edge of their chairs. Just waiting for the word. For it’s the mills that determine the appropriate moment to get out …

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Amuse Your Mouth – Tickle Your Palate

Go to Recipe Go to Video The very opening of the meal, those first tastes as people arrive, is my favorite moment.   In France we call this moment the “apéritif” or, more colloquially, the “apéro” though technically this refers just to the drink. The food is called “amuse bouche” or amuse the mouth. And this …

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