Beecher’s Cheddar Mac and Cheese

When we all get together for lunch at Art Culinaire, we often choose comfort foods to cook and share. For me, that means elevated and locally sourced versions of some of our family favorites, like whole roasted organic free-range chicken done simply, yet delicious; or scratch mac and cheese made with local Pacific Northwest cheddar in a decidedly French way. Below is my recipe and method for a fairly easy version of homemade macaroni and cheese.

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

We love warm breakfast goodies on a cold, snowy day. These are quick and simple to make, if you have a few key ingredients on hand. I like to keep some citrus extracts in the pantry, and frozen blueberries and cherries in the freezer. Feel free to substitute the blueberries for another fruit and the lemon extract with vanilla or orange. (Cherry Orange Muffins are delicious, too!) (more…)

Homemade Granola in the Warming Cupboard

One of the truly wonderful things about choosing a Lacanche range that suits your individual cooking style and entertaining needs is all of the versatile options available. Since my husband is a winemaker, we like to host small dinners in our home and open up lots of great wines from different regions. We recently remodeled our kitchen and the warming cupboard seemed like an obvious choice for our new Lacanche range. I use the warming cupboard for all sorts of things – more than I expected even – including proofing bread and pizza dough, making low temperature dishes or warming things slowly, and of course, keeping food and plates warm for service.

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Pancakes on the Plancha

This week I decided to try making pancakes on the plancha on my Chagny 1400 Lacanche range. I started out by grabbing a recipe out of “Big Bad Breakfast” by James Beard Award winning Chef John Currence – “Silver Dollar and Short Stack Buttermilk Pancakes.” The recipe is perfect for super light and fluffy pancakes and can be found online on the James Beard website (though I highly recommend getting the cookbook).

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Cooking Classes on a Lacanche!

Our motto here at Art Culinaire is “Bringing Your Family Back to the Table,”  and what better way to do that than to visit a cooking school that allows you to learn new skills, while cooking on a Lacanche Range!

We know of several different opportunities for doing just that. For example:

AA Cooks – Houston, Texas – Amy Anton
Ackerman House – Napa, California – Various Chefs
Weekend Kitchen – Essex, Connecticut – Various Chefs
Paris on the Eastside – Seattle, Washington – Muriel Foucher
Cook’s Atelier – Beaune, France – Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini

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