July 9, 2012
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I See France - Parisian Flair at Rue Cler
Ask yourself... Why do Americans celebrate Bastille Day? Answer: In one word... Food. This Saturday, July 14th is Bastille Day; just another excuse to eat some wonderful French food. No need to jump a plane, just head to Rue Cler in Durham for authentic French cuisine.
Rue Cler is a Parisian-style restaurant, bakery, and café in downtown Durham. Their food is inspired by French tradition and seasonal, local produce. The owners, John Vandergrift and Chris Stinnett, (also owners of Pop's Restaurant in Brightleaf Square), direct a crew of chefs, cooks and wait-staff to provide a relaxed, warm & inviting atmosphere serving fabulous French cuisines since 2006.
The Bakery Café is directly next door to the restaurant. You can get in on the action by stopping by for breakfast or lunch serving fresh coffees, espressos, and choosing from a selection of home-made pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and their famous beignets.
Ah... the beignets: Available only at lunch and weekend brunch, these warm, chewy, sugar-dusted spheres of dough, served fresh from the fryer, are an essential element and a perfect ending or beginning to any meal at Rue Cler.
Rue Cler's dinner menu changes daily depending on what's fresh. Each course is created and selected by the culinary team focusing on the wonderful local ingredients they receive from around NC. There is a prix fixe menu but also a bistro and brasserie-style classic dishes available in the a la carte portion of our menu.
Rue Cler serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, lunch on Mondays through Fridays, and dinners Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Rue Cler -401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, 27701, Reservations accepted: (919) 682-8844, Website.
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 2pm
Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday 5:30pm - until
Bakery Café Hours:
Monday: 7:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday - Friday: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Saturdays: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Breakfast: 7:30am - 10:30am
A Squeal Deal: Quail Ridge Books & Music presents Bob Garner's Book of Barbecue with Samples from The Pit - July 12
Hush Puppy Heritage: Bob Garner's Book of Barbecue: North Carolina's Favorite Food is the ultimate reference guide to North Carolina barbecue; a bible of the heritage and tradition of a disappearing rural lifestyle. On Thursday, July 12 at 7:30pm, Raleigh's Quail Ridge Books & Music will host a book signing with Bob Garner and serve BBQ samples from The Pit restaurant.
Beyond 'Nana Pudding: Both of Bob Garner's two previous books are combined, updated, and expanded into one volume. It is packed full of recipes for barbecue and popular side dishes (above and beyond the traditional hush puppies, slaw, and 'nana pudding). Sidebars include useful tips, barbecue-related news, and profiles of past and present influential pit masters and barbecue aficionados. It also shows how barbeque continues to evolve. This tome is the definitive guide to anything and everything pertaining to North Carolina's favorite food and a must for your recipe library.
Can't Make It? To request a signed or personalized copy, call 919-828-1588 or 1-800-672-6789 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (at least 48 hours in advance) to check availability.
Quail Ridge Books & Music: 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh; Contact: 919-828-1588; Website
To Bee or Not to Bee
Pardon My French - Macarons & Macaroons
Americans.... so unreefahned...so unsofistique. Zay have zees tings called - how you say? - Macaroon? You know, from how you zay coconut? Zay look so tak-ee. When will zey learn to make a real pastray macaron? Ooh la la...Si bon et si français!
Before the French blow a beret we'll explain the difference between macarons and macaroons? No, they are not the same thing. While both recipes are gluten free by default, they're entirely different cookies. The sandwich-like French macaron is more of a meringue cookie, getting its light, airy texture from egg whites. The Southern coconut macaroon, on the other hand, is a hearty lump of confectionery made of shredded coconut and condensed milk. While you can prepare coconut macaroons in about ten minutes, French macarons are generally more difficult to make - though not so impossible that they elude the home cook.
French macarons, as you may have noticed, are newly trendy partout (everywhere). Macarons, which were made popular by the Paris pâtisserie Ladurée, are basically little round meringues made with ground almonds which are filled, like a sandwich cookie. Their appeal is a light airy shell with a sinful, rich filling inside, crunchy and creamy in each delectable bite. In pâtisseries you can get them in every conceivable flavor: chocolate, coffee, lemon, raspberry, pistachio, and more. The meringues are often rather garishly colored to match their parfum. Click Here for Recipe..
Coconut macaroons are generally dense, moist and sweet, and often dipped in chocolate. Homemade macaroons and varieties produced by smaller bakeries are commonly light and fluffy. Macaroons principal ingredients are egg whites, sugar and shredded dried coconut. It is closer to a soft cookie than its meringue cousin, and is equally sweet. Many varieties of coconut macaroons are dipped in chocolate, typically milk chocolate. Versions dipped in dark chocolate or white chocolate are also becoming more commonly available. Nuts are often added to coconut macaroons, typically almond slivers. Click Here for Recipe.
After just a taste of macarons or macaroons, even the staunchest of anti-American gastronomes will eat his words. And enjoy every last bite! C'est bon! No matter how you say it!
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