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Hands Down, the Best Macaroons in the World are in Aix-en-Provence

Hands Down, the Best Macaroons in the World are in Aix-en-Provence

Best Macaroons in the World are in Aix-en-Provence No need for competitions, judges, or debate. It’s over and the verdict is unanimous. The best macaroons in the world can be found right here in Aix-en-Provence, in the Place des Precheurs market, at a little stand called “Les Macarons de Caroline.”  When we first tasted these, we were [...]

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More moules, s’il vous plaît!

More moules, s’il vous plaît!

We are mad for mussels at the moment! The French love a piping pot of moules with pommes frites and now you can enjoy it too. Here is our recipe for these succulent shellfish. Choose a mineral, crisp wine, such as a bottle of Sancerre, a Pouilly-Fumé, or a Cassis white for pairing. Avoid an [...]

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Drops of Gold: Olive Oil Tasting

Drops of Gold: Olive Oil Tasting

Last week, Brian and I had a “null” with an unexpected twist. As always, we started off by exploring the lively, Provencal market for our fresh produce to make a delicious lunch. On this day, however, our friendly French chef, Caroline, led us to a local olive oil shop, Oliviers & Co. on the nearby [...]

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Ladies Lunch: Vanilla Salmon Tartar

Ladies Lunch: Vanilla Salmon Tartar

This past week, I had a group of women who decided to leave their men at the hotel and join me for our Market Day Cooking Class. It worked out perfectly because Brian was out of the country for the week, making it truly an all female affair. One of the most exciting things about [...]

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Obsession With Crepes

Obsession With Crepes

We know it’s a stereotype and a cliche of French culture, but they are just so darn good and fun to make. This summer, crepes have been one of the most requested desserts by our Market Day Cooking Class guests. Recently we had the Segal family from Vancouver, Canada join us. The trip was an 80th [...]

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Upside-Down Caramelized Apricot Tart

Upside-Down Caramelized Apricot Tart

My husband, Dominic, recently got a new camera and I borrowed it during our Market Day Cooking Class (as you’ll see, I went a little crazy =). The following photos are the making of an an Upside-Down Caramelized Apricot Tart from beginning to end. Our clients were an American couple living and working in The [...]

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