Comfort food Auvergne recipe

Comfort Food – Recipes from the Deep Heart of France

For me, the idea of “comfort food” evokes memories of cold, black winter nights when you huddle up with a good book and warm your hands around a bowl of Mom’s homemade macaroni and cheese. For Karen, it’s the steaming kettle of chicken and dumplings in her mother’s kitchen as the family gathered on a Sunday afternoon.  You might think of your grandmother’s cookies, still soft as they come from the oven, or your dad’s own recipe for stuffed jalapenos.  In the deep heart of France, though, it might mean something else altogether. [caption id="attachment_2260" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The Ambassade d’Auvergne in Paris serves up classic recipes from the Deep Heart of France[/caption] I’ve been surprised when I ask my French […]

An Evening Out in Moulins

[caption id="attachment_683" align="aligncenter" width="3410"] Moulins – ancient seat of the Dukes of Bourbonnais[/caption] It’s almost 8:00, the end of a long travel day, and the heat of a summer afternoon clings to the sidewalk as I walk to the restaurant.  Seen from a distance, it’s not an especially impressive place – on the ground floor of a 60-year-old hotel, a little frumpy but comfortable enough.  The Moulins train station is across the street, so people come by in waves as the trains come and go. I’m greeted by the couple I’ll call Monsieur and Madame.  They’re clearly the owners of the restaurant, and in the course of the evening they will impress me as offering the highest expression of the qualities […]