Archive | August, 2010

Cassoulet

In the words of Julia Child, “Cassoulet, that best of bean feasts, is everyday fare for a peasant but ambrosia for a gastronome, though its ideal consumer is a 300-pound blocking back who has been splitting firewood nonstop for the last twelve hours on a subzero day in Manitoba.”  Cassoulet is a French dish of […]

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Duck Leg Confit

A couple of years ago we chose to serve a hearty cassoulet for a dinner we were hosting for a few friends.  All of the ingredients were readily available in local markets except one, duck leg confit, or confit de canard.  After exhausting all of the prospective local resources I ordered a tin containing six […]

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Gateau Noix

With origins on Central Asia’s mountain slopes almonds, which are part of the plum family, once grew wild along the famed Silk Road connecting China with the West.  They became popular among early traders and explorers because of their high nutritional value and long storage life… and that popularity most certainly aided the expansion of almonds […]

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Asian Style Spicy Noodles

My flight from Narita International Airport outside of Tokyo to Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport had been pleasant and uneventful.  I arrived at 5:00 PM on a Sunday afternoon and, following my journey through customs and baggage claim, was met by the distributors who were going to be my hosts during my days of business in Thailand.  It […]

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