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Viviane Bauquet Farre
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Viviane Bauquet Farre is a chef, food and wine writer and photographer. She publishes, showcasing exuberant, modern, gourmet-yet-simple recipes that are grounded in a deep love for seasonal ingredients, which she buys from local farmers or harvests from her own vegetable garden. Her passion for ingredients extends to wine as well. The recipient of an advanced certificate from the WSET, Viviane frequently pairs unique wines with her dishes.

Viviane’s philosophy can be summarized in two simple sentences: Flavor first! And, most of all… Food is love.

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Peach Upside-Down Cake With Cognac Caramel

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 5:06 PM

This cake is perfection when made with the kind of fragrant peaches you can only get in mid-summer from a local farm.

To bring out the fruits' delightful flavors, the slices are pan-roasted and then drizzled with a buttery caramel spiked with Cognac. Moreover, the cake batter that...

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Corn on the Cob With Sumac Butter

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Corn on the cob is one of the best things about the summer season -- especially when the corn is super-sweet and juicy. And to get that kind of corn, I make a biweekly trip to a local farm where the corn is picked several times a day -- thus...

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Chilled Sweet Corn Soup With Coconut Milk

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 4:18 PM

This chilled soup captures the essence of sweet summer corn in the most magnificent way -- it's as pure as can be, and all about the corn. And the coconut milk, which is the base for the soup, accentuates the sweetness of the corn even more and makes the soup...

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Grilled Potatoes With Rosemary, Garlic and Coarse Sea Salt

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Potatoes and rosemary -- a marriage made in food heaven, for sure! And although I love making the classic dish in the oven all year long, come summer I turn to the grill. One twist, though: here, the potatoes are marinated with the rosemary and garlic for 30 minutes before...

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Sour Beer and Cherry Punch

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 2:28 PM

I discovered sour beer while on vacation in Sonoma. We were dining at Woodfour, a brewery and restaurant in the charming town of Sebastopol. Not only do they serve some of the finest food in town, but they also make fantastic beers, right on the premises. Needless to...

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Sautéed Haricots Verts With Fresh Corn and Chives

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 2:52 PM

This is the ultimate summer side dish! It's quick and easy to make, amazingly fresh-tasting and, of course, delicious! Plus, it makes a great addition to all the summer meals you already know and love.

The only thing you have to watch out for is overcooking the veggies. We want...

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Apricot Smoothie With Almond Milk and Lemon Balm

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:33 PM

This smoothie is all about the marvelous flavor of ripe apricots. The roasted almonds and almond milk add a nutty flavor to the drink, without making it rich... and the lemon balm infuses it with its delicate herbal essence.

The smoothie is refreshing, light and incredibly delicious -- perfect for...

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Lemon Souffle Pancakes With Strawberries

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:11 PM

When you feel like having a luxurious breakfast at home, give these soufflé pancakes a try. They're deliciously lemony and as fluffy as can be, thanks to the beaten egg whites that are gently folded in. Served with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup, the warm cakes make...

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Strawberry Cosmopolitan With Ginger Liqueur and Rhubarb Bitters

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Locally grown strawberries, whether from your own backyard or a small farm, bear no resemblance to their commercial counterparts. They're usually small and imbued with a dense crimson color through their core -- and they're tiny bombshells of flavor! No wonder children and adults alike get addicted to the fetching...

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Ramp Pesto

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 2:49 PM

Because ramps are only available for a few short weeks at the beginning of spring, you have to relish them while you can. Today, the dainty wild leeks find their way into a truly delicious pesto.

When consumed raw, ramps are just as pungent, spicy and overwhelming to the taste...

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Homemade Cultured Butter

(2) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 12:07 PM


My love affair with making my own dairy products started with my first batch of ricotta -- an event that changed my cooking life. Until then, I just hadn't realized how effortless it is to make fresh cheeses, crème...

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Olive Oil-Thyme Bundt Cake With Candied Meyer Lemon Peels and Citrus Compote

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 3:28 PM


Who doesn't love the look of a Bundt cake? They're so dramatic and elegant that they make your mouth water in an instant! But this Bundt cake is not just about its looks. It delivers on flavor too... in spades!

Here, extra virgin...

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Salted Marcona Almond and Black Sesame Brittle With Coriander

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 8:57 PM


If you're a fan of brittle, you'll fall in love with this recipe. The flavor-packed, crunchy bites are utterly addictive... even if you don't have a sweet tooth!

Pan-roasted coriander seeds and black sesame seeds are tossed in a luscious syrup with salted...

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Popcorn With Rosemary Butter and Parmesan

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:50 PM


Movie night is a big event in our house, especially after a busy workweek. And the evening is never complete without a bowl of homemade popcorn!

This recipe is my husband Marc's favorite... The savory Parmesan and the aromatic rosemary, briefly pan-fried in...

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Meyer Lemon Mousse With Candied Lemon Peels

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 5:25 PM


This Meyer lemon mousse is the kind of dessert that will make your taste buds come alive -- full of delicious tanginess, dreamily aromatic and as light as a cloud. The base for the mousse is a lemony egg custard. It's the only...

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Root Vegetable Hash Browns With Scallions

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 4:57 PM


Potatoes might be the most popular vegetable to make hash browns, but other root veggies lend themselves marvelously to this beloved comfort food. Here, baby potatoes are mixed with sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips -- giving these hash browns heaps of texture, color...

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Open-faced Avocado Hummus Sandwich With Pickled Shallots and Baby Spinach

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 8:39 PM


Here's a sandwich that's easy to assemble, healthy and quite spunky! Indeed, the pickled shallots bring a marvelous contrast to the creamy avocado hummus and the hefty whole-wheat pitas (which I love to use for this sandwich). Drizzled with avocado oil...

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Avocado Hummus With Toasted Coriander and Avocado Oil

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:13 PM


Hummus has been a staple of the Middle Eastern diet for centuries, but it's not until the end of the 1900s that it made its mark in the United States. Today, just about every household in America consumes hummus, whether made...

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Portobello Mushroom Wraps With Buffalo Mozzarella, Piquillo Peppers and Pimentón Mayonnaise

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:24 PM


Peppers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and flavors. They are truly some of Mother Nature's most succulent little gifts. Piquillo peppers prove the point to perfection!

These lipstick-red Spanish peppers are a specialty of Lodosa, in northern Spain. They're harvested...

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Kale Chopped Salad With Pan-Roasted Portobello and Parmesan-Sesame Crisps

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 5:04 PM


Kale leaves are a bit tough to eat raw, but chop them up and they suddenly become tender! Here the chopped kale is tossed with pan-roasted Portobello mushrooms that have also been cut in small pieces -- thus infusing every forkful...

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