Tapenade (Provençal Black Olive Spread)

Tape­nade is a spe­cial­i­ty from Provence. It is essen­tial­ly pureed dark olives with capers, anchovies, and olive oil. You can serve it with slices of bread as a great appe­tiz­er dip, or spread it on lit­tle toasts. Tape­nade is also used in many tart fill­ings (toma­to tart for exam­ple) or savory puff pas­tries. Though you […]

Nicoise Salad (Easy)

Healthy and deli­cious, the Nicoise Sal­ad is a spe­cial­i­ty from the city of Nice, on the French Riv­iera. Hence the name nicoise (mean­ing “from Nice”, actu­al­ly spelled “niçoise” in French). This sal­ad comes in dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions. At a min­i­mum, it con­tains tuna and/or anchovies, toma­toes, olives, hard-boiled eggs, and olive oil in the dress­ing. It […]

Chicken à la Provençale

I love chick­en à la provençale (in the man­ner of Provence) with toma­toes, gar­lic and olives. It is a healthy and light way to cook chick­en. It also makes for a very moist chick­en, which is great because chick­en has a ten­den­cy to get dry. I have a won­der­ful fam­i­ly recipe that is very easy […]