From the category archives:


Crepinettes & Oysters = Autumn.

September 4, 2012 Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie

  It starts here. Fall. Autumn. L’Automne. The season changes the minute the brochettes disappear and the crepinettes appear. It’s Autumn in Gascony, friends. Here, a complex seasonal shift of Gallic precision happens as the days shorten. The night markets stop abruptly, the kitchen gets serious again, and an army of tractors clog up the roads as […]

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Projet Cochon- the Butcher & the Kids

November 30, 2009 Autumn

The white blackboard read: Project- “dans le cochon tout est bon” . And so it was. This week, twenty-four French lycée students between 16-20 years old and their professors M. Franck LAPIERRE and M. Jean Marc BOUILLY allowed three American kitchen-crashers to look over their shoulders as Dominique Chapolard, artisan butcher and pork producer, demonstrated […]

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Day two… this Gascony, this terroir.

November 19, 2009 Autumn

Driving to the Chateau St. Loup en Albret this morning was like flying between cloud and earth- rows of golden vines turning in sunshine alternated with blankets of fog concealing house and farm. Montagnac’s church spire floated above the mist. First stop after gathering Melissa, Robert, Tag, Porter and Nick was the morning market at […]

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Camont’s New Beekeeper- Narcisse the Sweet

November 15, 2009 a petite farm

When shopping the Le Passage d’Agen market on a Wednesday, I whisper to students and guests that “This man sells the best honey in Gascony!”. I get little patronizing nods, the cameras click away; they love his trim mustaches, the flowing gray locks,  his black Stetson hat. He flirts and poses and sells a few […]

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Could this be your Perfect Pig on an October morning?

October 29, 2009 Autumn

The Agen market is full of surprises on a perfect fall morning. Today, shopping for quince, cress, and cilantro I ran into a drove of pigs. Free-range, pasture-raised French pigs. Like a stage setting, simplicity itself- one knife, a cleaver, a wooden block, & a smile. Julien Veyrac of Tournon d’Agenais No one was more […]

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