Tag Archives: Béarn

Domaine les Pentes de Barène

If these bottles look familiar to you, it may be because you have ordered one before at Le Pichet or Cafe Presse, where this white wine from the Tursan region in  southwest France is one of our favorites.  I have … Continue reading

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Pâté de campagne

In anticipation of a number or social engagements at our place in Orthez, I though I would make a little pâté.  A fat terrine full of county-style pâté is the perfect thing to have on hand to go with aperitifs. 

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Poule au pot

Here is a photo of a very simple dinner we recently enjoyed:  poule au pot.  Not only is this one of the archetypical dishes of the southwest (remember the story of King Henry who promised “a chicken in every pot”?  … Continue reading

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Still a few places left for January Classes

What:  “Garbure Béarnaise Workshop” Cooking Class and Supper presented by Chef James Drohman (each session limited to 16 students)  When: Three different sessions of this class will be offered:   Saturday January 24, 2015, 12:noon to 3:30pm or Tuesday January … Continue reading

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Garbure Béarnaise at Café Presse

Special at Cafe Presse today:  Garbure Béarnaise One of the iconic dishes of the cooking of southwestern France, a garbure is, at its base, a peasant stew of white beans and winter vegetables.  Regional variations abound (Landaise?  Gasconne?) but in … Continue reading

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January 2015 Cooking Class: Garbure Béarnaise Workshop

What:  “Garbure Béarnaise Workshop” Cooking Class and Supper presented by Chef James Drohman (each session limited to 16 students)  When: Three different sessions of this class will be offered:   Saturday January 24, 2015, 12:noon to 3:30pm or Tuesday January … Continue reading

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“La Belle Auberge”, Castegnede, France

Having grown up reading Elisabeth David, I have always been enchanted with her descriptions of the auberges that populated the countryside of France when she first visited in the 1940’s.  The kind of place that one happens across when driving … Continue reading

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Pigeon des Landes roti en poele et sa salade verte

A quick supper dish that really was an inspiration du marché as the French say…an inspiration from a farm stand at the Sunday market at Amou, a short drive north of Orthez in the adjacent region of Les Landes  Pigeon breast, … Continue reading

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Its Spring in the Béarn

While Seattle waits for the Spring produce, spring arrived a few weeks ago in the Béarn.  Asparagus, both white and green and as thick as my thumb mark the apex of the season.  Strawberries (strawberries!  We will be waiting  weeks … Continue reading

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Foie gras terrine: why not keep one around the house?

On the lookout for Foie Gras On a Tuesday in November, the display of foie gras at the market in Orthez is an impressive sight.  Not that the market at Orthez is uniquely gifted with foie gras; at this time … Continue reading

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