A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse by Mimi Thorisson

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  • My aunt Francine's fava bean soup
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    • Ingredients: fava beans; onions; potatoes; chicken stock
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  • Watercress velouté
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    • Ingredients: chicken stock; shallots; watercress; potatoes; crème fraîche; chives
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    • Ingredients: lemons; baby artichokes; shallots; thyme; parsley; all-purpose flour; butter
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    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; butter
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  • Onion tart
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    • Ingredients: bacon lardons; onions; honey; balsamic vinegar; thyme; all-purpose flour; butter
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  • Artichoke soufflé
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    • Ingredients: artichokes; milk; Gruyère cheese; eggs
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    • Ingredients: asparagus; Bayonne ham; chervil; Parmesan cheese
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    • Ingredients: Savoy cabbage; onions; carrots; ground beef; bulk pork sausage; thyme; bay leaves; canned tomatoes; Rabelais spice
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    • Ingredients: bay leaves; whole lobsters; shallots; vin jaune wine; butter; sorrel; thyme
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    • Ingredients: sole fillets; shallots; heavy cream; parsley
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  • Roast chicken with crème fraîche and herbs
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    • Ingredients: crème fraîche; garlic; shallots; parsley; thyme; whole chicken
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course; Spring; French
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; spring onions; chicken stock; vin jaune wine; chives
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  • Duck confit Parmentier
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    • Ingredients: duck legs; duck fat; bay leaves; thyme; onions; shallots; garlic; parsley; dry red wine; potatoes; crème fraîche; Parmesan cheese; butter
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    • Categories: Cooking ahead; Spring; French
    • Ingredients: duck legs; duck fat; bay leaves; thyme
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    • Ingredients: lamb shoulder; rosemary; garlic; heavy cream
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    • Ingredients: veal sweetbreads; anise seeds; shallots; dry white wine; beef stock; baby turnips; parsley
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    • Ingredients: baby turnips; beef stock; dry white wine; parsley
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  • Gâteau Basque
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    • Ingredients: milk; vanilla beans; eggs; dark rum; granulated sugar; all-purpose flour; butter
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  • Garden cake
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    • Ingredients: egg whites; superfine sugar; heavy cream; berries of your choice; edible flowers
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  • Canelés de Bordeaux
    • Categories: Cakes, small; Afternoon tea; Dessert; Spring; French
    • Ingredients: milk; vanilla beans; granulated sugar; all-purpose flour; egg yolks; dark rum
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    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; lemons; oranges; dark rum; vegetable oil
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    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; pale ale; vegetable oil; black locust blossoms
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    • Ingredients: heavy cream; dragees; all-purpose flour; butter
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    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; butter
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    • Categories: Soups; Cooking ahead; Entertaining & parties; Summer; Spanish; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: white bread; slivered almonds; seedless green grapes; cucumbers; garlic; sherry vinegar; piment d'Espelette
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  • Roasted sausages with red wine and fennel

    • Melanie on April 18, 2015

      This dish was good but not great. Needed at least an extra 20 minutes in the oven in order for the sauce to reduce and components to caramelise and therefore boost the flavour of the dish. I had sliced the fennel and onion as per the recipe, and later realised that it looked nothing like the photo which retains the vegetables as larger pieces - I think it would have helped if there were larger pieces and more time in the oven. Nonetheless, this is an easy weeknight dinner as you are simply relying on the oven to do the work. Served with the garlic mashed potatoes as suggested, which was a good match.

  • Vegetable tian

    • Melanie on April 14, 2015

      I loved this dish! Incredibly healthy (drizzled in olive oil - i.e. significantly healthier than most eggplant recipes) and tasty, even winning over my partner who normally isn't a fan of two of the key ingredients. Although the vegetables need to be thinly sliced, the slicing and layering isn't overly time consuming. The best part is that it can be made slightly ahead of time and only needs half an hour in the oven, meaning it would work well for dinner parties as it looks impressive too. Leftovers are delicious cold.

  • Garlic mashed potatoes

    • Melanie on April 18, 2015

      Delicious - no suprises to this dish, just comforting mashed potatoes that tasted great.

  • Cherry clafoutis

    • Melanie on March 08, 2015

      I thought this was a solid clafoutis recipe - not the best I've tasted but certainly nothing wrong with it. I left the cherry pits in without any harm.

  • Soupe au pistou

    • Rajcakes on January 23, 2019

      This is so simple and delicious. I would only use 8 oz of the cannellini beans and not the kidney beans next time.

  • Roast chicken with crème fraîche and herbs

    • mharriman on June 12, 2019

      This was a disappointment. I followed the directions. My baked chicken looked nothing like the photo: The cream and herb mixture, put inside the chicken, melted away and was nonexistent upon carving. The thick outer cream and herb layer melted and ran into the bottom of the roasting pan while baking. The cream under the thighs and wings didn’t produce much flavor. The result of my efforts was a layer of baked on brown crust at the bottom of my roasting pan. The 350 temperature did not produce a cooked 3 pound chicken in an hour. Instead it reached 150 degrees at 100 minutes (which makes sense based on my many 400- 450 degree / 1 hour chicken recipes). In sum, the aroma coming from the oven is heavenly but the end result for me was disappointing as I could have just skipped the cream and garnered the same result. A non-repeater. This was also the first recipe I tried from this cookbook and now I’m wondering about the remainder of the recipes.

  • Tomato salad with parsley and shallots

    • kateiscoooking on November 30, 2020

      This is now my go-to when I've got wonderful, ripe tomatoes. Last night I had three left from our summer garden that I picked when they were really green, ( As I type this, it's the week after Thanksgiving! ) and I had a small eggplant. This made a perfect tomato salad for the fried eggplant!

  • Almond mussels

    • NathalieS on November 12, 2018

      Lovely appetizer. It was a crowd pleaser

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  • ISBN 10 080418559X
  • ISBN 13 9780804185592
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  • Published Oct 28 2014
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Crown Publishing Group
  • Imprint Clarkson Potter

Publishers Text

With beguiling recipes and sumptuous photography, A Kitchen in France transports readers to the French countryside and marks the debut of a captivating new voice in cooking.

When Mimi Thorisson and her family moved from Paris to a small town in out-of-the-way Médoc, she did not quite know what was in store for them. She found wonderful ingredients—from local farmers and the neighboring woods—and, most important, time to cook. Her cookbook chronicles the family’s seasonal meals and life in an old farmhouse, all photographed by her husband, Oddur. Mimi’s convivial recipes—such as Roast Chicken with Herbs and Crème Fraîche, Cèpe and Parsley Tartlets, Winter Vegetable Cocotte, Apple Tart with Orange Flower Water, and Salted Butter Crème Caramel—will bring the warmth of rural France into your home.



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