Beef or Veal Tips with Mushrooms; bird bath

Beef Tips with Mushrooms

I originally made this with beef when we lived in the US. Since we’ve lived on this side of the pond, after a few failed attempts, I started using veal. Now that I’ve found a great butcher I might try beef again…. If you do use beef, use a better cut as this is not … Continue reading…

Pork Medallions with Mustard Pan Sauce; too many pics

Pork Medallions

We had the first artichokes of the season last weekend. In celebration I wanted something simple to make that required a minimum of my attention. Thus a recipe is born. I used both butter and oil in browning the shallots. Oil keeps the butter from burning and butter adds a nice flavor. I wanted them … Continue reading…

Acorn Squash with Shallots and Walnuts; Do you cruise?

Acorn Squash with Shallots and Walnuts

It’s winter squash season again. I have a feeling it’s going to last rather a long time this year as my plants were very productive. The acorn and delicata squashes are not meant to be kept a long time… Most of the experts say a few weeks, although I usually manage to keep them close … Continue reading…

Braised Lamb in Red Wine; help needed, please

Braised Lamb in Red Wine

Slow-cooking lamb in wine is typical all over France. But this is not a slow cooker recipe…. This is a stove-top recipe. One has to shake things up a bit from time to time. This uses red wine, similar to the version made in Avignon. The original recipe calls for the lamb to be  slowly … Continue reading…

Turkey Stroganoff; au revoir – to the canal

Turkey Stroganoff

We did not have turkey yesterday. In case you’re wondering, France does not celebrate Thanksgiving. Neither does the rest of Europe. We do, however, eat turkey….. Just not usually in the form of a big hulking bird that may or may not have been cooked properly. Basically – we skip right to the leftover stage. … Continue reading…

Potato and Shallot Timbales; harvest time

Potato Shallot Timbale

Harvest time in farm country…. It’s a lovely, warm, fall Sunday evening and the harvester just arrived to do the soy bean field. No need to worry about closing the windows to keep out the dust – we’ve been enduring an invasion of Asian Lady Bugs so we can’t have windows open anyway. And last … Continue reading…