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The Spice Series – Coriander

Coriander is a wonderful spice used in both sweet and savory dishes.  It can be applied in both the whole seed or in ground form.  The whole seeds almost hold the appearance of a Chinese lantern with beautiful ridges running down … Continue reading

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The Spice Series – Ginger

Ginger comes from a tropical perennial plant and the part that we actually use is the root!   Ginger holds a very powerful aroma that is sweet and soothing. Dried ginger or ginger  powder lacks the strong aroma but maintains the wonderful … Continue reading

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Spice Series: Cumin

This is the first of a series of 5 in the Spice Series by Chef Jean-Philippe.  We hope you  enjoy it.  Read on for a bit of culinary trivia. Personally, I was not the biggest fan of cumin based on … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – THE FRENCH LAUNDRY COOKBOOK

Thomas Keller, the author of this book and owner of The French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, is a true believer that a meal is an emotional experience. He applies that philosophy to his restaurant and also to this cookbook. This cookbook provides … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – THE COMPLETE ROBUCHON

We thought it would be nice to provide our readers with some insight into some of the inspirations behind AYS. Here we are featuring an amazing cookbook written by Joel Robuchon.  Since THE COMPLETE ROBUCHON was originally written in French, … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Roquefort

The French have such a beautiful relationship with cheese.  America has certainly grown to love cheese as well!  While there are literally hundreds of cheeses, many of which are native to France, Roquefort is one prized cheese of France.  Many … Continue reading

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The Herb Series – Rosemary (the last in this series)

The last in our Herb Series is rosemary. An herb that most people are very familiar with, rosemary is native to the Mediterranean area. A very pungent herb whose leaves can be used both fresh and dried, rosemary is high … Continue reading

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The Herb Series – Tarragon

It’s time for tarragon, the fourth star in our Herb Series. Also known as Dragon’s Wort, tarragon is native to a large portion of the Northern Hemisphere including Europe, Asia and much more. When adding tarragon to your home garden … Continue reading

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The Herb Series – Thyme

A member of the mint family, thyme is the third installment in our 5 part Herb Series. Thyme is a very common herb used in dishes with meats, soups and stews. It is a great source of iron, manganese, Vitamin … Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market

I know you have heard us say this before, but we can’t stress enough the importance of quality ingredients. We say it constantly because it’s true, and that is why we do all of our shopping at our local farmers’ … Continue reading

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