Tag: Gourmet

Seasonal Offerings at Touch of Europe

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        Ah, Fall! The leaves are turning and the weather is chilling. The spirit of the holidays is making its way into the air and many of our favorite seasonal items are making their way to our warehouse. While the majority of our items can be enjoyed all year-round – others are […]

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Easter will be here before you know it!

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        I looked at my calendar this morning and thought—wow, is it REALLY March 12th? …Seems like just yesterday I was bringing in the New Year. Then another thought crossed my mind. Do we REALLY only have t-minus 19 days until Easter?  Talk about time getting away from you. [Insert guilt of […]

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Summer Cooking and Entertaining

We just got back from a 2 week vacation in Italy and it’s amazing how a few weeks outside of our usual environment can recharge and re-energize. Of course being in Italy is always helpful…. Between amazing sites and cities, the always wonderful ambiance and charm and of course the food, we’re in a state […]

French Gourmet Mustard

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Introduction Mustard grains were known in Antiquity, the Chinese grew mustard over 3,000 years ago! Ancient Mediterranean cultures used mustard. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used it to enhance meats and fish. Grains were crushed and mixed with the good. Apparently the Romans brought mustard with them when they colonized Gaul, present day France (and Belgium, […]

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Fleur de Sel, French Gourmet Salt

The flower of salts Fleur de Sel literally translates as Flower of Salt and is hand harvested sea salt. The name ‘Fleur’ arose because the salt has a slight scent of violets as it dries. ; Traditional harvesting, time and labor consuming Workers (known as Paludiers) collect or scrape only the top layer before it […]