Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Choucroute Garnie

choucroute garnieOne of the most impressive dishes I’ve eaten at Le Commerce in Autun (and a classic winter recipe of the French kitchen) was their choucroute garnie. I first had it on a cold afternoon in late February, and it was an experience I’ll never forget. The dish was substantial enough to easily serve two. Besides sauerkraut and boiled potatoes, it included three different kinds of sausage as well as a thick, succulent slice of pork belly.
Here is my version of that unforgettable dish. Not as heavy as the original, but certainly very good.

Surviving Winter with a Hearty Cassoulet

cassouletThe best way to survive the winter is with a diet of French country dishes that begin with lots of goose fat, carry on with lots of wine and end with lots of laughter. Cassoulet is, of course, one of the most perfect winter dishes. It is warming, delicious and has enough calories to keep you going for at least aweek. If not more.
Now before I give you my recipe, let me remind you once again that this is one of those typical French recipes that can be rather complicated… should you want it to be.

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