Fall for French Cuisine

My niece was born this month and I have been preparing meals for the new little family. Thankfully, it is harvest time (even for grapes too)! Admittedly, I am excited for fall (beyond my beautiful niece’s presence).  I can’t say that I love one season more than another.  Yet when it comes to cooking, the transition from summer to fall sparks the creative in me.

Our tomato plants are ripening.  We are harvesting sweet peas as well as plotting the potential new garden for the fall. For those of you that support our local CSA’s, this is the time of year that we scratch our heads a bit and wonder what… what is this thing and what do I do with it? Well, as we saunter towards the fall season, here are some classic French cuisine recipes to guide us (maybe with a few pairings too…)

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Endive, Curly (Fresée), Arugula or Dandelion GreensSalade Lyonnaise  Pair with a Patrick Clerget Mâcon (Burgundy, France)

Kale and Greens– Hamhock Stew and Veggies | Garbure  This is a thick rich stew, yet something savory and lighter bodied pairs fantastic!  Domaine Allégret Laudun Côtes du Rhône Villages (Southern Rhône, France)

TomatoesDaube de Boeuf Provencal with Vignerons Propriétés Associés Première Réserve (Languedoc, France) or try out this Tarte Tartin with Château du Grand Caumont “Impatience” (Corbières, France)

PeppersPoulet Basquaise Roasted chicken with peppers… oh yes please: Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Classique (Southern Rhône, France)

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TurnipNavarin d’Agneau  Savory and rich lamb cooked with potatoes and turnips- Enjoy with Domaine Le Mourre Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Côtes du Rhône, France) 100% Grenache that will knock your socks off!

Herbs and PotatoesBaeckeoffe  A meat stew slow cooked with potatoes and juniper berries.  Pair with Les Couventines Gigondas (Côtes du Rhône, France)

Artichoke HeartsRed Snapper en Papillote Couscous with freshly baked Red Snapper in artichoke hearts and tomatoes would pair nicely with Domaine Jacky Marteau Touraine Gamay (Loire Valley, France)

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LeeksVichyssoise  AKA  Potato, Leek soup = Domaine Perraud Crémant de Bourgogne “Le Grand Sorbier” (Burgundy, France)

Zucchini– Soupe au Pistou  Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto- enjoy with Domaine Haut de Mourier (Languedoc, France)

SquashButternut Bisque –Robust cream based soup with a touch of carrot to boot- Enjoy with a slightly oaked Burgundian Chardonnay: Domaine Claude Nouveau Santenay “Le Chainey” (Burgundy, France)

Because it is delicious…  Cassoulet  Since it is cooked with duck confit, enjoy this recipe with Château Franc Grâce-Dieu St-Emilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux, France).

Pan Bagnat  Also  is a killer tuna based sandwich with peppers and capers.  Enjoy with La Colline aux Princes Sancerre (Loire Valley, France)

Salad Mix (Mesclun*) – Nicoise  One of my FAVORITE salads- fresh tuna, nicoise olives, capers, egg… mmmm… Enjoy this with Domaine de Herbauges Muscadet Côte du Granlieu Sur Lie (Loire Valley, France)

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Pumpkin–  Pumpkin Pot This is a traditional French country soup.  Nothing better than to enjoy with a rich and dry Alsatian wine!  Domaine Moltès Pinot Blanc Réserve (Alsace, France)

CauliflowerRoasted  with the elegant and subtly oily Chateau des Eyssards Bergerac Sec Cuvée Prestige (Bergerac, France) or as a Souffle with Paul Reitz Santenay (Burgundy, France)

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Sweet PotatoSouffle Another Souffle?  Yes please!  This is a dynamic recipe with a bit of Gruyere.  Go Bordeaux!  Château Le Caillou Pomerol (Bordeaux, France) or even La Croix Dillanges Saint-Julien (Bordeaux, France) for an extra kick.

CeleryCéleri-Rav Rémoulade– Oh yes, yes we can not ignore the rémoulade…  Château Martinot Entre-Deux-Mers (Bordeaux, France)

I hope that you are as entertained by these as I have been!  Please stop by with your fall recipes to pair- regardless of France!

Cheers!  Jaci

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