Bay Leaf Créme Burlée

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Makes 6 ramekins

Ingredients

2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of heavy cream
12 fresh bay leaves
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out (seeds reserved)
3 large eggs
5 large egg yolks
¾ cup of sugar (plus more)
Pinch of salt
Bay leaf sugar (1 cup sugar and 4-6 bay leaves in a jar for 1 week-shaking each day)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large saucepan combine the milk, cream, bay leaves (crack before putting in pan to release oils), vanilla bean pod and seeds and bring to a boil. Take off heat and let steep for about 20 minutes. In the meantime beat the eggs, egg yolk and ¾ cup sugar and the pinch of salt. Remove the vanilla pod and bay leaves and whisk the cream mixture into the egg yolk until thick custard is formed. Divide the custard into 6 lightly greased ramekins. Place the ramekins in a baking dish with sides and place about 1-2 inches water in the dish. Place in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Remove from the water bath and place in the refrigerator to set up for at least 3 hours. For serving place a tablespoon of sugar over the top and with a kitchen blow torch heat the sugar until it caramelizes. Allow to burlée to set for a few minutes while the caramelized sugar hardens.

Fall Herb Cassoulet

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Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ tablespoon lemon zest
2 pounds heirloom beans, pre soaked and par boiled
1 cup white wine
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
½ cup fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram leaves
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup bread crumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Fresh parsley for garnish

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a ceramic casserole pan heat the olive oil on a medium high heat, cook the onions, garlic and lemon zest for about 3-4 minutes or until semi translucent. Add the beans, white wine and stock and stir well. Cook for about 5 minutes add the herbs and seasonings and stir well. Cook about 25-30 more minutes and take off heat. Mix together, bread crumbs and cheese and season with a little salt. Sprinkle atop the mean mixture and place in a preheated oven, uncovered for about 10 minutes or until browned on the top. Take off heat and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Herbs De Provence Crispy Baked Chicken with Lemon Olive Tapenade

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Serves 6

Ingredients

6-12 pieces of chicken (wings, legs, boneless thighs and boneless breasts)
Salt & pepper
1 cup buttermilk
Zest and juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons herbs of Provence
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
½ tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves
½ tablespoon fresh savory, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
½ tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
1½ cups panko bread crumbs
½ cup whole-wheat flour
3 eggs beaten
Lemon Olive Tapenade (recipe follows)

Directions

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place it in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk, lemon zest and dried herbs de Provence. Allow to marinate for at least 8 hours. Drain and pat dry. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl mix together the fresh herbs, breadcrumbs and the whole wheat flour. Season with about 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix well. Coat with the beaten egg and then cover in the panko bread crumb herb mixture until well coated and evenly coated. Lay on a large baking tray and place in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, making sure to turn once. Drizzle some Lemon Olive Tapenade over the top.

Lemon Olive Tapenade

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and let stand at least five minutes before serving.

Lavender Lemon Pastis

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Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup sugar
2 ounces pastis (ricard)
4 ounces cold water

Directions

Make the simple syrup by adding the water, lavender, lemon zest and sugar into a medium saucepan and bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and strain, let cool. In a low ball glass place 2 ounces of pastis, 1 ounce of the simple syrup and 3-4 ounces cold water, stir and drink.

Red Onion, Apple & Brie Tart

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Makes 24 small tarts

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry, rolled out on a baking sheet and cold
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
1 cup apples, sliced
1 cup brie
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Salt/pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, and butter. Cook red onions and apples until caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, and add the brie and the herbs and mix together gently. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture over puff pastry and spread evenly and bake in oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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