Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, and chef Michael Hutchings welcomes Jim Buckley to the kitchen at the Crossroads Estate in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Jim publishes the Montecito Journal, a well respected weekly publication that covers the business and social scene in and around Montecito, California.
"In the summer of 1995, a new and unusual community newspaper made its first appearance. That first issue of 'Gold Coast Journal, Montecito's hometown newspaper' featured 16 pages and no advertising, but was chockfull of local news, something that Montecito had been without for over a year. The second issue, we became 'Montecito Journal', and have enjoyed 20 years (and counting) of publishing success. Beginning with 5,000 copies once a month, the Journal has grown to 12,000 every week: remarkable in a community with only 10,000 residents."
Jim is quite the Francophile. especially since his wife is from France. Jim related a dish he had enjoyed some 30 years ago at the L'Auberge de Pére Bise restaurant in France. L'Auberge is a top rated (three star Michelin) restaurant at Lac Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of France. The dish he enjoyed there is called a Quenelle de Brochet,pike fish mousse. That set the tone for this episodes menu.
The first course is a puff pastry case filled with a medley of farmers market vegetables and a "light" butter sauce. For the main course, I revived the Quenelle de Brochet recipe for this episode. The dish is a warm fish pate served with a cream based fish sauce called a velouté. Dessert is a fresh raspberry tart in a light, buttery dough called pâte sucrée.
"Auberge du Père Bise is settled in a unique location that takes all its magnificence with lights' reflections over the lake. No one could have imagined a better place... More than a splendid location, your eyes and your taste buds will be taken to a new world of pleasure with the cuisine of Sophie Bise."
Put on your apron, grab your food processor and hang on to your whisk. We have 30 episodes coming to you this year. I'll provide the recipes, the rest is up to you. See you in the kitchen.
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