Apparently we have moved into the French cuisine portion of this site, as we are featuring yet another meal from the south of France. I’m not an expert in French cooking by any means, but I have gathered that southern French cooking is heavy on beans, gamey meats and seafood. I mean, I’m guessing here. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
At any rate, classic cassoulet is a very rich, slow-cooked bean dish. But I don’t have time to let dinner cook for hours, let alone days. And while a French version might call for any number of smoked meats, I’m going to need to cut back on the calories as well.
Having never had an authentic cassoulet, I can’t say how this one measures up. I can tell you that it will make your house smell incredible, will fill you for hours and makes plenty of leftovers. Interested?
It's inspired by a southern French staple.
Just one trip to the Weyerbacher brewery on Easton’s Southside is enough to convince anyone of how passionate these people are about their beer.
Granted, it’s not a whole lot to look at and you would probably miss it if you drove by the facility. But once you’re inside, you know this is a place where good beer is born.
Those who enjoy fine beers know Easton, Pa. as the place where Weyerbacher beer is brewed. Weyerbacher has put the town on the map for a reason other than Crayola (and the second reading of the Declaration of Independence).
It's sorta like the Wonka Chocolate factory of beer.
Need something quick? Need it to be healthy? Tired of the same old salad?
Done, done and done.
While there isn’t a whole lot to this salad (is there ever?) it really packs a lot of flavor and has some distinct French Riviera flair.
You are going to want to use BELGIAN ENDIVES.
When you want some dinner food fast, you can’t beat pasta. It’s cheap, delicious and not entirely bad for you (as opposed to say, a Big Mac).
But then there’s the problem of sauce. Most of the glop that comes in a jar is loaded with sodium, and some are downright awful in terms of flavor. Sure, we have our favorites, but a nice, fresh sauce can take your same ol’ pasta dish to a whole new level.
Like, say, this one:
It's frozen pasta with a fancy homemade sauce.
We. Love. Quesadillas.
We like vegetable quesadillas. We like chicken quesadillas. Beef quesadillas are OK.
But tonight, we are having one of the quesadillas that WE LOVE: Black Bean (the other is plain cheese).
This is topped simply with Goya brand salsa. Why? That's all we had.
This was quite a fruity little tart-tasting beer. Floris Framboise was part of a sensational New Year’s gift that was courtesy of Dave Brooks.
It tastes like raspberries. It smells like raspberries. That’s because ….. it’s made with raspberries.
This beer didn’t pull any punches and was quite pleasing. I personally wouldn’t drink more than one.