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May Day ~ Mayday ~ M’aider: in a pickle

May 1, 2012 Camont

May Day. All is quiet this early morning but the vast aviary outside my kitchen door. In France, this first seasonal holiday, Labor Day, is the promise of Summer to be. Although it still smacks of worker’s right and labor issues, waving red flags or lily of the valley, it is just a very quiet day […]

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frontdoor foraging in the garden-at-camont

April 23, 2012 Camont

“You could plant a stone at Camont and it would grow!” I think of Vetou saying this 20+ years ago as I first started gardening at Camont. First a swath of  English-ish border plants lined the pathway to the canal: poppies, roses, lavender… Next, Jhon Corbin- artist/matelot/friend, created a wine bottle border sculpture- Camont Woman-that […]

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Cook, Shoot & Eat Gascony…in London & Paris!

April 28, 2011 kate's blog

Si tu ne viens pas à La Gascogne, La Gascogne ira à toi! / “If you don’t come to Gascony, Gascony will come to you!” Paraphrased from one of my all time favorite swashbuckling  movies- Le Bossu, it does indeed serve as our cry to arms to bring a bit of Gascon country magic to two […]

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Charcutepalooza kids in a candy store…

February 17, 2011 charcuterie

My local hardware store in Agen, Fance with all the fixing to slice, grind, crock, jar and can through Charcutepalooza.

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What’s red & white all over? Butcher Shops in Gascony.

February 8, 2011 Butcher Baker Armagnac-maker

In the tiny Market town of Lavardac, where I go to the Wednesday Market and park down the a little road by the river, I pass this small, tidy as a pin, one-window-wide butcher shop. I call it the Meat Museum. The old scale in window on the ice box, the red and white striped […]

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This Pig Earth: Whole Hog Blog Archives here!

February 3, 2011 all recipes

“A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements are connected by an and not by a but.” John Berger from Ladle-  Pig Earth For all our NEW #Charcutepalooza Friends, a […]

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