One of the Sweetest Provencal Towns

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L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is without a doubt one of the sweetest towns I have ever visited.  It’s an idyllic small community that is surrounded by the Sorgue River.

water wheels in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

The Sorgue has 14 remaining water wheels making use of the power of running water.  These wheels were originally used to power mills; first corn then wool and silk mills.  The moss-covered paddles pushing the babbling water, add real charm to the riverside.

market day in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Sunday is market day in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Fresh foods at the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market.

Shoppers can find vegetables and other food items.

Paella in the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market

Prepared foods abound, like this enormous copper pan filled to the brim with paella.

This market usually has a nice assortment of brocante for shoppers seeking treasures. Arrive early, by 8:00 as vendors start to pack up by noon.

baskets and pails in the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market.

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is an antique town and shops are open on Sundays.  A little known fact; walk down the alleys past the antique stores and you will find many of the back-doors of the establishments open creating a maze of tiny booths and tables of goodies.  If you are an antique lover, this comes highly recommended.

I found several sets of linens here that are absolute treasures.

Open window in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

I am still wondering what is behind this charming open window covered with ivy in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue…

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Variouls Spices for Chicken Marinde including soy sauce, miller lite, green chile's

Chicken Marinade 3 Ways

It’s that time of year, everyone is working to eat cleaner. Chicken breasts are a great source of high-quality protein but preparing them the same old way can became boring.

I wanted to share a technique that I have been using for many years that allows me to get dinner on the table in a hurry without sacrificing variety.

Forgive the shadowing pics, it was late on a gloomy day when I shot these. Start by slicing chicken breast in half to create meal sized portions.

Next, get out 3-gallon zip top bags and all of the ingredients to create the 3 chicken marinade recipes below.

Add chicken to the bags and marinate for 2 hours, overnight or stow in the freezer until needed!

Having trouble sticking to your plan to Eat Well in 2019 or are you out of ideas for delicious options? Join me for a cooking class filled with amazing recipes and tons of tips for helping you look and feel your BEST in 2019.

Eating Well- Friday, January 25th from 11:00. For more information Click HERE or email me to register lorie@atasteofparis.net

Chicken Marinade 3 Ways

Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

½ cup beer

1 garlic clove, pressed

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Creole seasonings

Mix all ingredients in a zip top gallon bag.  Add up to 6 chicken breasts and let marinate 2 hours-overnight or place in the freezer until ready to cook.

Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ cup beer

2 cloves garlic, pressed

¼ cup teriyaki sauce

2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

Pinch crushed red pepper

Mix all ingredients in a zip top gallon bag.  Add up to 6 chicken breasts and let marinate 2 hours-overnight or place in the freezer until ready to cook.

Green Chili Chicken Marinade

1 cup green chili enchiladas sauce

2 cloves garlic pressed

1 lime, juiced and zested

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

Mix all ingredients in a zip top gallon bag.  Add up to 6 chicken breasts and let marinate 2 hours-overnight or place in the freezer until ready to cook.

The Perfect Gift~Table for Two

Table for Two is the perfect holiday gift for that hard-to-buy for someone on your Christmas list this year. My friend Audrey Friedman of French Vintage Homes, scours the Brocante markets all over France to bring you these very special boxes.

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The beautiful gift boxes are filled with one-of-a-kind French antiques.  Exactly enough to set a table for two!  The perfect number for a quiet, romantic dinner. Of course to set a table for more, buy in sets of two for a delightfully eclectic table!

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I got to thinking about what to make for my husband on our new Table for Two, and so I thought I would share the menu with you!

We will start with a green salad packed full of fruit and nuts, next up, stuffed Chicken Roulade with a White Wine Veloute.  The chicken will be served on a glorious bed of Luxe Potatoes.  For dessert I will simply serve a pear with honey and a few almonds.  Sounds like the perfect feast for two to me!

To get your own Table for Two or to order one for your friends and family CLICK HERE.

Au revoir for now Lorie

Fig and Seed Salad for Two

2 cups spring greens

4 dried figs chopped into cubes

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

1 ounce fresh chevre

Dressing

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 shallot finely chopped

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper

To prepare dressing place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.  Assemble salad by tossing greens in the bottom of a salad bowl.  Add remaining ingredients.  Top with dressing and serve.

Chicken Roulade with White Wine Veloute 

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 teaspoon butter

1 medium shallot thinly sliced

1/2 cup mushrooms thinly slices

1 garlic clove pressed

1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach drained and firmly packed

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

pinch fresh thyme

1/2 teaspoon fresh parsley chopped

Salt and Pepper

Veloute

1 ¼ cups chicken stock

¼ cup white wine

2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

Salt and pepper

To prepare chicken, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter in a chef’s pan and cook mushrooms until they are brown, about 5 minutes.  Add shallots, garlic, thyme and parsley to the pan and cook until shallots are clear about 3 minutes.  Remove pan from heat and flake spinach into the pan toss well and add parmesan.  Prepare chicken breasts by making a slit in each breast length wise to make a larger flat piece of chicken.  Place ¼ of the filling in the center of each breast and roll up.  Secure with tooth picks and salt and pepper each breast.  Repeat with remaining breast and place them in a glass baking dish and into the oven for 35-45 minutes.  To prepare sauce, warm the stock in the microwave for 1 minute.  In a small saucepan melt the butter, add flour and cook stirring constantly until it has a golden color about 4 minutes.  Slowly whisk in the warm stock until it is all incorporated.  Add white wine and cook until sauce begins to boil and is thick, season with salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and serve sauce over chicken roulade.

Golden Luxe Potatoes

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes cut into 1 ½ inch pieces

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup heavy cream

Salt and pepper

Place potatoes in a medium sauce pan, cover with water and put on a burner set to medium high heat. Add 1 teaspoon salt to water when it is boiling and cook until tender.  In small chef’s pan heat butter until melted, continue to cook over medium heat until it begins to brown.  Mash potatoes with cream and butter and add salt and pepper to taste.

Movie Night with Provence Crew

Have you seen the darling movie A Good Year? I highly recommend it!  It’s a sweet flick starring Russell Crowe and the adorable Marion Cotillard set in Provence.  The movie details the life of workaholic Max Skinner; you guessed it, boy meets girls, there are fireworks and plenty of wine!

Much of the movie was filmed in the Luberon area of Provence.  Lush green hills and one charming French village after another and the food…don’t even get me started!

Before the craziness of the holidays insue, I invited my Provence 2018 travelers for a movie night to watch A Good Year.

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The perfect fare for the casual fete was a simple Provencal Picnic. Served with French bread of course!

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If you’re going to watch a movie, popcorn is a must.  I like to make homemade microwave popcorn in various flavors.  For the party, I made Herbs de Provence and Cayenne Parmesan.

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No picnic is complete in my book without chocolate. I served freshly made dark chocolate strawberry truffles and foil wrapped chocolate cherry cordials.

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Bubbles are always a good idea, especially fun in single serve bottles.

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Our journey to Provence really begin as we watched the movie.  Oh what fun we will have!

Provence 2018 is sold out but for more information on traveling with me to Provence OR Paris in 2019 Click HERE! Inquire TODAY seats sell out very early.

Do you have a favorite movie set in France?  There are so many to choose from, please share your fav with us.

Au revoir for now~  Lorie

 

Movie Night with Provence Crew

Have you seen the darling movie A Good Year? I highly recommend it!  It’s a sweet flick starring Russell Crowe and the adorable Marion Cotillard set in Provence.  The movie details the life of workaholic Max Skinner; you guessed it, boy meets girls, there are fireworks and plenty of wine!

Much of the movie was filmed in the Luberon area of Provence.  Lush green hills and one charming French village after another and the food…don’t even get me started!

Before the craziness of the holidays insue, I invited my Provence 2018 travelers for a movie night to watch A Good Year.

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The perfect fare for the casual fete was a simple Provencal Picnic. Served with French bread of course!

IMG_2417-3650268931-1510787780759.jpg

If you’re going to watch a movie, popcorn is a must.  I like to make homemade microwave popcorn in various flavors.  For the party, I made Herbs de Provence and Cayenne Parmesan.

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No picnic is complete in my book without chocolate. I served freshly made dark chocolate strawberry truffles and foil wrapped chocolate cherry cordials.

IMG_2391-4251424443-1510788309410.jpg

Bubbles are always a good idea, especially fun in single serve bottles.

IMG_2330

Our journey to Provence really begin as we watched the movie.  Oh what fun we will have!

Provence 2018 is sold out but for more information on traveling with me to Provence OR Paris in 2019 Click HERE! Inquire TODAY seats sell out very early.

Do you have a favorite movie set in France?  There are so many to choose from, please share your fav with us.

Au revoir for now~  Lorie