Heirloom Tomato Salad with Bocconcini and Basil

June 22, 2011.   Categories Appetizers, Chef Viviane Banquet Farre, Favorites, Salads, Seasonal Vegetables, Summer, Vegetarian.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Bocconcini and Basil

“Perfectly vine-ripened seasonal sweet tomatoes with melt-in your mouth mozzarella and a spicy olive oil command the attention of your taste buds.” This is how Chef Viviane Bauquet Farre describes one of her favorite seasonal salads she makes at least once a week when tomatoes are ripe and in season. Fresh, simple and healthy… this salad will become one of your summer favorites too. Be sure to visit Viviane’s website...

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The Best Brined Buttermilk Fried Chicken

June 15, 2011.   Categories Comfort Food, Favorites, Poultry.

The Best Brined Buttermilk Fried Chicken

I’ve made fried chicken using lots of recipes. ┬áIn recent years, the recipe that gets the most rave reviews is the one by Thomas Keller in his best-selling cookbook, Ad Hoc at Home. The recipe has become as famous as his restaurant in Yountville, California that inspired the gorgeous cookbook. Keller’s trick is a very flavorful lemon-herbed brine solution that he soaks the chicken in for 20-24 hours. It really adds a lot of...

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Roasted Asparagus Salad with Valencia Oranges and Ginger-Citrus Vinaigrette

June 8, 2011.   Categories Chef Viviane Banquet Farre, Featured, Light / Healthy, Seasonal Vegetables, Summer, Vegetarian.

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Valencia Oranges and Ginger-Citrus Vinaigrette

  Who doesn’t love asparagus this time of year? It’s one of my favorite vegetables and I love it prepared just about every way possible. However, roasting it is probably my favorite. It enhances the flavor and leaves just a little bit of that fresh, firm crunch. Chef Viviane Bauquet Farre takes the simple roasted asparagus and pairs it with a wonderful vinaigrette and Valencia oranges. I think I have a new favorite way to...

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