Saint Catherine’s wheel turning

25Nov2005
3

Tim Clinch on the job As a ‘Catherine’ in more ways than one, I celebrate this remembrance day in a typically French way, by planting something. “Tout bois prend racine !” All wood takes root as I celebrate my name…

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Finding France

18Oct2005
4

I sweep wisteria leaves from the terrace table, knowing the last of the French Kitchen classes for Fall are over. Winter sessions begin again in December just in time for foie gras-laden fetes, but now a call to culinary arms…

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Slowing the spinning globe

3Oct2005
1

Autumn days shorten and condense, a sort of intense reduction sauce of summer’s French Kitchen activities. The keyboard is abandoned to the last garden tomatoes frenzy. Fall market tables crowd deep orange squash between dark, crinkled green Savoy cabbage. Color…

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Retour de la Marche’

20Sep2005
4

This Saturday table is typical- too much food bought by hungry eyes at the weekly market at Nerac. Tricia Robinson (Taste of Provence) trains over from Nice for a Gascon weekend and we celebrate the first fall oysters, cheese from…

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Gascon Alarm clocks- ‘coin, coin’

12Sep2005
2

A series of taps on the steel side of this old boat. The morning alarm clock on the Julia Hoyt floats by in the guise of a flotilla of ducks cleaning the moss off of the hull. September waits for…

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Grassroots movements a foot

3Sep2005
1

Pilgrims on foot to Santiago de Compostello in western Spain stretch across many roads and paths here in southwest France. These are their last steps across gentle hills before arriving at the Pyrenees passes and the long stretch of one…

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A French Odyssey

17Aug2005
11

in the french kitchen at Camont Cooks and their Kitchens marry in different ways just as basic ingredients do—sometimes with surprising results. Think of the magic combination of Prunes and Armagnac, Ripe Tomatoes and heady Red Wine Vinegar, Tart Lemons…

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Blackberry Summer

4Aug2005
0

August descends like a nap… even this quiet Gascon countryside feels sleepier. While most of France (and Europe) heads to the beaches leaving the inland open spaces nicely vacant, my good friends know that this is the time to leave…

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Slow Food.Slow Dance.Slow France

22Jul2005
4

Summer: This is a slow world where grapes ripen day by day in tidy vineyards, armagnac ages for decades in quiet chais and good food grows deliciously slow in market gardens under this slow French blue skies. Now imagine yourself…

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Pick & Cook

21Jul2005
1

I always say “If weeding is gardening, then shopping is cooking.” So today I join the tomato blog wars and add my two summer cents to shopping in the garden. Weather Report: It has been hot here, really hot. The…

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