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Eggplant Provencal

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When I visited Provence last year, and landed in Avignon, I made a bee-line to the covered market, Les Halles.  There, I had the best mix of French-Italian food I ever had.  Actually it reminded me more of the Italian food that I would get growing up in Brooklyn.  The marinated stuffed eggplant, marinated artichokes, stuffed hot peppers….  I don’t see much of this type of “salumeria” food in San Francisco.  If you have never been to Provence, you need to go for the food.  We ate one night at the Chef’s table at La Mirande.  We dined with 12 other people we didn’t know and the Chef was the host and entertainer, telling us what ingredients were used to make each dish. The meal was simple and incredible — white asparagus soup, monkfish with basil grapefruit sauce (that I will try to re-create in another blog post), and duck with artichokes in a sauce of white wine and liver… yes liver, and it was great. Continue reading