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Hello autumn

Archive October 2010

It feels as though autumn is finally on its way.  The days seem just a little shorter and there is that familiar chill in the morning air.  At the markets, the heirloom tomatoes have been replaced with chicories, Cinderella pumpkins and earthly wild mushrooms.  We are busy preserving the last little tastes of summer here at The Cook's Atelier.  Homemade confitures and cornichons have been on the list this past week and we are hopeful that Madame Pechoux will have some haricot verts at the Wednesday market for canning.
As cooks, the autumn months are our favorite time to be in the kitchen.  Savory stews and duck confit are always autumn favorites. We roast root vegetables with olive oil and garden herbs and braise brussels sprouts with lardons and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  Autumn desserts bring to mind, heirloom apples and pears, brown butter, and of course, more chocolate.

We have had such a wonderful summer here at The Cook's Atelier, it is hard to let it go.  We've been busy with market tours and cooking classes and have participated in the celebration of a 50th wedding anniversary and are preparing for a 50th birthday later this week.  We've enjoyed teaching little girls about fresh berry tarts and escargot and learned to make the French classic, tête de veau.  We've met like-minded cooks from across the pond and are inspired by those who seek out real food, made from scratch.  We are grateful for the new friends we've made at the long zinc top French farm table.

We have a lot of pots currently on the stove here at The Cook's Atelier.  We are working on a new project, The French Larder, our online boutique that will be coming soon. Kendall and Laurent are busy with the plans for their new home, a lovely piece of property, with a creek, a kitchen garden, and a tiny stone house that brings to mind a fairytale.  The house has been in the care of a sweet French woman for the last 30 years.  She and her husband purchased it because of a memory that she had about a special place that she and her mother found as shelter during World War II.  It is interesting to see that life continues and the love that you have for something can be passed on and entrusted to a perfect stranger.  I am so happy for them and know that their love for each other will add to the spirit of this very special place.

A big thank you to all who have visited The Cook's Atelier this summer.  It's been magical, to stay the least.  We've been blessed to meet you.