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Wine pairing herby pork?

I'm tasting a Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands with that combination. But I'd leave out the coriander (I'm guessing you mean cilantro?) from the dressing. Doesn't sound like it compliments the rest of the flavors.

about 15 hours ago
ChefJune in Wine

What knives do I need!!!

You don't need all those knives unless you do those specific things. I'd start with a chef's knife - find one that feels like an extension of your arm - a 3 1/2 inch paring knife and a bread (serrated) knife. If you are going to buy a stone, you need to learn how to use it correctly. Most places that offer knife sharpening use those machines that basically ruin your knives. A sharpening steel doesn't really sharpen the knife, it maintains the edge it already has.

I use and prefer Wusthof knives, but those may not be the best ones for you. You need to go my feel. If you are looking for a good bargain, many chefs use Victorinox knives -- especially in the restaurant kitchens.

1 day ago
ChefJune in Cookware

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Especially since you don't speak French, I would arrange tastings through the BIVB (Burgundy Wine Bureau) as I mentioned above, They have bilingual guides who will take you around and translate for you where necessary. Many winemakers these days are fluent in English as well as French. But unless you know specifically where you want to taste, they have great contacts. I have met several excellent producers as a result of their tours.

I would also arrange negociant tours (Jadot, Drouhin, Bouchard - one of these is really enough) through my wine merchant at home. I've never tried a walk-in in this case, and wouldn't in Burgundy... altho we did in '11 at the Chateau de Pommard and had a fabulous tasting with the Director of the Winery. As I said above, I've found the Jadot tour to be superb on several occasions. They've offered my groups extensive cellar tastings. Not sure that happens for a walk-in.

Apr 24, 2015
ChefJune in France

Shirley Corriher's biscuits

That should work just fine.

Apr 24, 2015
ChefJune in Home Cooking

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

I would definitely stay in/near Beaune. We loved Le Home (www.lehome.fr) the site is also in English.

Beaune, being in the middle of the area, situates you closer to the wonderful white wines of the area. In Dijon you'd be quite a distance from Meursault and Montrachet...

You will need a car OR you will need to hire a car and driver.

I would recommend you ask your wine merchant to help you get some appointments at wineries. the tour of Louis Jadot is superb if you go through a pro. Otherwise, I'm not so sure.

The Burgundy Wine Bureau (BIVB) has great seminars and wine tours. They'll do something private for you, or you can join a larger group.

Apr 21, 2015
ChefJune in France

Jardin des Plumes, Giverny -- tranquility after the crowds in Monet's Gardens

Wow, that sounds like a great destination place! You're making me hungry.

Apr 17, 2015
ChefJune in France

Favorite Bacon brand

I only buy bacon without added nitrites. My favorite is Nueske's I buy mail order from www.nueskes.com

Apr 17, 2015
ChefJune in General Topics

Chez Denise...Joséphine Chez Dumonet...La Tour de Montlhéry ou chez Denise...Moissonnier

I'm going to recommend Josephine, Chez Dumonet for two reasons.
1. It's just about my favorite bistro in Paris. I LOVE the ambiance and the food.
2. With a good sized group, you will be able to sample a whole bunch of their menu. Never had anything here I didn't love.

Apr 15, 2015
ChefJune in France
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Sunday Lunch near Louvre

Me, I'd probably go to Willi's Wine Bar 13 rue des Petits Champs in the 1er. It's a couple of blocks behind the Palais Royale, and not that far from the Louvre. It's casual, the food is really good, folks are friendly, everyone speaks English as well as French. And yes, the owner is my good, long-time friend. But I don't know anyone who hasn't had a good time when they went to Willi's. And it's open on Sunday. ;)

Apr 14, 2015
ChefJune in France

First time in Paris--only three days

Willi's is now open every day. Macéo is open Mondays, not Sundays.

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in France

Did Pollyo riccota contain the same additives before it was kraft?

I think Philadelphia Cream Cheese was created by Kraft. That has been their product since back when Kraft was only about cheese -- and when Mr. Kraft was alive.

PollyO was a recent acquisition -- long after Kraft was nothing but a name...

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in Cheese

Relatively late reservations in Paris?

If you're in Montparnasse, you're not far from La Cagouille. Long one of my favorite seafood restaurants, we had a really lovely lunch there in October [despite having heard disparaging things from others].

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in France

First time in Paris--only three days

Macéo (15 rue des Petits Champs, 1er) rather specializes in vegetarian, altho they certainly do serve meat and fish. There will likely be several veggie selections. Disclaimer: owner Mark Williamson (also of Willi's Wine Bar next door) is a good friend.

Since the renovation/enlargement, Willi's Wine Bar always has at least one vegetarian selection per course, and the same, wonderful long-time chef. :)

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in France

Did Pollyo riccota contain the same additives before it was kraft?

Interesting you asked that question. The answer is NO.

I worked for the Pollio family doing demos with their lovely ricotta and mozzarella when it was a family owned company. My dear friend Anna Teresa Callen wrote several recipe books for them for pr (which I still have).

The original also had quite a short shelf life, as you might imagine. And it was really delicious.

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in Cheese

Trip Report (was Another Paris planning post)

Sounds like a delicious trip -- well balanced with all the art. :)

Apr 11, 2015
ChefJune in France

A short list of Parisian establishments - any feedback??

I love Chez Denise, and also Josephine, Chez Dumonet. I'm not familiar with the names you've listed, even tho I've spent quite a lot of time in Paris...

We also had great steak frites at Au Tonneaux des Halles on the rue Montorgueil. Touristy area, but nothing touristy about the resto.

Apr 10, 2015
ChefJune in France

Raw Bar/Seafood

I've really enjoyed the oysters at l'Écume St. Honoré. I love the place and the simplicity of the offerings. The seafood is so fresh it could slap your face!

Apr 10, 2015
ChefJune in France

Top 10 wine brands 2015

Just a guess, but I don't think those "wineries" are patronized by too many of those who post on this forum... ;)

Apr 09, 2015
ChefJune in Wine
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birthday lunch or dinner in Paris next *Monday*

Sounds to me like Macéo fits your requirements to a "T". Disclaimer: yes, the owner is a good friend, but the restaurant is top quality at a great price, and in a beautiful historic location at 15 rue des Petits Champs, behind the Palais Royale.

And if you ask ahead, they will do a special birthday dessert.

Apr 09, 2015
ChefJune in France

Anne-Claude Leflaive dies

no comments? really! Sadder than sad news. :(

Apr 09, 2015
ChefJune in Wine

A month in Paris. Looking for critiques on my list!

There are so many great places you haven't mentioned. Macéo in the 1er, Le Taxi Jaune in the 3me, Bélisaire in the 15me, and for sure, Chez Denise (aka La Tour de Montlhéry), and Josephine, Chez Dumonet - my favorite. :)

I do hope you are renting an apartment so you can enjoy all the great food Paris has to offer. Dining in is not just for saving euros.

Apr 03, 2015
ChefJune in France

Am I achieving my goals? Quick trip to Paris!

My fave for picnic stuff for le Jardin de Luxembourg is Oteiza, the Basque charcuterie place on Blvd. St. Michel (not far from Blvd. St. Germain). They also have great take-home goodies.

Apr 03, 2015
ChefJune in France

Marché St.-Antoine vs Croix-Rousse Market Lyon

The two markets are quite different. Croix Rousse is the larger, and is covered. The market along the quays is stretched out -- long and narrow. Very picturesque. The earlier in the am you go there, the better the selection. It rather clears out after lunch.

Depends upon why you are going to one or the other. For real shopping for food, the Croix Rousse market is better. Cannot remember what days it's open. Lucy Vanel - www.plumlyon.com - would have the most up to date info.

Apr 03, 2015
ChefJune in France

Casual dining in Lyon with a 4 year old: Any advice ChefJune and others?

I know I responded to this. What happened to it?

Mar 27, 2015
ChefJune in France

Food Delights in Lyon

Lyon is actually quite well known as a gastronomic destination. Clearly not as famous as Paris, but it's no secret, eatdrinksleep. You will find a large number of posts in this France forum about food and wine in Lyon.

Historically, it is the 2nd oldest city in France. the Romans called Lugdunum.

Mar 18, 2015
ChefJune in France

Are You a Heretic: Do You Find Mozzarella and Provolone Flavorless?

opinionated... did you know you can order from Salumeria Italiana on line and they'll deliver to your door? No need to go down to Richmond Street. www,salumeriaitaliana.com [FWIW, Modern Pastry also is available on line.]

Mar 14, 2015
ChefJune in Cheese

Are You a Heretic: Do You Find Mozzarella and Provolone Flavorless?

What kind of mozzarella are you referring to? If you're talking about that plastic-y stuff that comes in shrink-wrapped lumps, I'd agree. But the fresh stuff, when it is fresh, has a lovely light flavor. Certainly doesn't take well to melting or a dish like Eggplant Parm... the flavor is lost.

Mar 14, 2015
ChefJune in Cheese

Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

That's a bit of an overstatement John, but Lucy does have great recos and is a wonderful teacher.

Mar 08, 2015
ChefJune in France

Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

I was about to suggest you contact Lucy for a class. Either a market tour or a cooking class or a combo. She is excellent as both a teacher and a tour guide.

Mar 05, 2015
ChefJune in France

Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

Are you in Lyon now? There's a lot of good bread in Lyon. I wish I could remember the place we got ours in October while staying at 20 rue Joseph Serlin in the 1er. It was about 2 blocks away, straight through from our apartment.

Not a lot of "not French food" in Lyon. Isn't that what we go to France for? I've come to really love having an apartment enabling us to cook some of our own meals. Saves on money and calories.

Boulangerie/Patisserie St. Vincent (aka Bob's) near the Quai St. Vincent has lovely bread, and also fine tarts and plain macarons.

Mar 05, 2015
ChefJune in France