I wanted to do something special for Valentine’s day, so I searched through my pantry for amazing ingredients to serve as inspiration. I saw my reserves of Porcini mushrooms and started thinking of something to pair it with. Remembering a beautiful Rabbit and Porcini Bourgignon I created last year, I decided to mushrooms with rabbit, but to go in the white wine direction. I purchased a big hunk of prosciutto from the market and I had a plan! A delicious slow cooked stew of rabbit and mushroom flavored by white wine and prosciutto would fit the bill!
Mushroom Stew with Porcini and Chanterelle
We have been planning a lot of soups and stews here to get through a rather chilly January, and I have been looking forward to making a stew with some of the beautiful dried mushrooms I brought back from the open air markets in Barcelona. I wanted something healthy and hearty and full of earthy flavors, and decided to use Porcini and Chanterelle mushrooms for my stew.
Escargot is quintessentially French, isn’t it! You say snail’s in reference to anything else, and the most common retort is “ew”. But escargot is a delicacy! The snail itself is mostly a vehicle for a delicious garlicky butter sauce.
I found many recipes for escargot and it felt like all of them were lacking in garlic, but I went with the flow, afraid to over-season. In the end, I wish I added more garlic, so I am doubling the amount of garlic in my recipe for your use.
Asparagus – or Celery – Velouté with Bacon Croutons
Velouté means velvet, and that defines this soup perfectly! I have made several versions of this soup and each time, everyone loves it! This soup can serve as a starter for a heartier dish like Boeuf or Lapin Bourguignon, or serve a larger portion for a full meal. This dish seems really impressive, but it…
Lemon and Leek Risotto served with Sea Scallops with Brown Butter, Caper, and Lemon
I was walking down the aisle at the grocery and found sea scallops on sale, I couldn’t not buy them! Similarly, at the farmer’s market, my favorite vendor was selling leeks for 50 cents a piece. Butter, capers, and lemons are constant ingredients in my home, so this recipe came about out of what I…
Quick Leek and Onion Pasta with Anchovies
This is a really great weeknight dinner option. It takes only 20 minutes or so to make and is really satisfying with a crusty piece of bread or by itself. I really like the look of perciatelli pasta so when I do not feel like making homemade pasta, I reach for it on my shelf….
Lemon and Herb Fingerling Salad
This is a really simple and quick potato salad. I take it on picnics with cold meats and biscuits. In fact, the leftovers would be great on a picnic with a few slices of pork and some leftover biscuits if you have any! We took it rock climbing the next day. The potatoes get more…