Archive for December, 2011

Mulled Wine (Vin Chaud)

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine, or Vin Chaud in France, has its ancient origins in medieval Europe.  “Mulled” simply means heated and spiced and it was common in colder months for wine to be warmed with basic spices such as cinnamon, cloves and citrus.  Lesser quality wines, or even wines that had taken a turn for the worse, […]

Kir Royale

Kir Royale

Kir is a cocktail born in Burgundy, France in the 19th century.  The mayor of Dijon by the name of Félix Kir helped to popularize the drink, consisting of a white Burgundy wine spiked with locally produced Crème de Cassis (a blackcurrant liqueur).  The drink eventually became known internationally as a “Kir” and typically just […]

Shallot, Mushroom and Smoked Sausage Tart

Roasted Shallot, Mushroom and Smoked Sausage Tart

You might think this tart looks more like a quiche and you’d be right.  Debates on what is considered a quiche vs. a “savory tart” abound, however what’s not debatable is the ease with which this quiche/tart can be created.  I stumbled upon this recipe browsing through all the terrific savory tart recipes on Delicious […]