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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A Lacanche Owner’s Visit to Burgundy

Lacanche owner Kerry Valentine recently traveled to France with a couple of friends for a tour of art, wine and food. The trip began in Provence, where they spent two days in the Avignon area, visiting Arles for the Van Gogh walk and then wine tasting in the Cote du Rhone region with transplanted American winemaker Douglas Graves of “Tours du Rhone.” Doug shares the scenic views and the history of the area, all while taking his guests wine tasting.

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Cleaning Your Range

When cleaning your range, it is actually possible to remove many of the parts and place them in the dishwasher for cleaning. See video below. If you have any questions regarding the cleaning or care of your range, please don’t hesitate to call our Customer Care department at 425-481-8850. You may also view cleaning instructions HERE or purchase a cleaning kit HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU SHOULD NEVER USE CLEANING PRODUCTS CONTAINING BLEACH, AS THEY WILL DISCOLOR THE METALS ON YOUR RANGE!

Cluny or Chagny – How do I choose?

Many people who are in the decision making phase of purchasing their Lacanche range ask themselves, “Cluny or Chagny – how do I choose?” All of the Lacanche ranges are very modular and are built out of the same components (aka either the Cluny-sized oven or the Sully-sized oven as the base), with the Cluny and Chagny being essentially the same range, but with one slight variance… 

In a nutshell, the Chagny is indeed the sister of the Cluny oven, however they have removed the left-side storage drawer on the Chagny, dropped the main oven down and added the petite broiling oven over top of the main oven. The petite broiling oven is a low-profile, full temperature oven which is ideal for both broiling and for low-profile items (like pizza). Otherwise, both the Cluny and Chagny have the same cooktop and are the same, overall dimensions.

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A New Hampshire Farmhouse Renovation

Photographer and blogger Sarah Kenney renovated a farmhouse in New Hampshire that was built in 1828 and owned by Governor Nehemiah Ordway from 1875 to 1907. The home is on the National Registry of Historic Places and Sarah and her husband have undertaken a loving restoration of the old homestead.

At the center of this renovation was the complete remodeling of her kitchen. She chose her Lacanche Cluny in Frangipane, and it fits in perfectly with all the warm and welcoming touches she has curated in her spacious kitchen.

When speaking about the importance of cooking in her home, she says, “our family is always talking about food, eating new foods, and camped out in the kitchen learning how to prepare many of these foods. Whether it be gumbo from Louisiana, soba noodles in Japan, biscuits in the Midwest, creamy fudge in the North, or clam chowder in the Northeast, we love it all~ and want to try recreating it all!”

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