Posts made in September, 2013

Guérande sea salt

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Cooking with Karen | 0 comments

Guérande sea salt

Fruit of the ocean, sun, and wind, the salt from the Brittany Atlantic coast of Guérande is hand-harvested by “paludiers,” or salt workers, according to a traditional method dating back 1,000 years.  The Guérande salt marshes are located
on the Atlantic Coast in the northwest Loire-Atlantique Department, between the Loire and the Vilaine rivers. Two types of salt are produced and harvested during the short season of June – September:  coarse grey (sel gris or gros sel) and salt blossom flower (fleur de sel). What’s the difference? Coarse grey salt The coarse grey salt...

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Ratatouille Niçoise

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Ratatouille Niçoise

Every French cook has their own version of this classic Provençal stewed vegetable dish (which originates from the area of Nice, hence the Niçoise in the title).  Purists will tell you that each vegetable must be sautéed separately before stewing as a whole.  While it does save a little time to sauté everything together at once, my husband’s step mother, Charlotte, attests that “c’est bon, mais ce n’est pas pareil”, which means “it’s good, but it’s just not the same,” and I have to agree.  Ratatouille may be served cold, room...

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