Join host Sarah Sharratt as she begins her culinary adventure in rural France. She visits a traditional festival that celebrates all things mushroom and gets put to work at her local cheese maker. With the kids away, Sarah prepares a date night menu for her husband that includes a Cream of Cepe Mushroom Soup, a Provence-inspired Roast Chicken with Lemon, Artichoke and Peppers, and mini Pear and Ginger Cakes.
Host Sarah Sharratt is invited by her local mayor to accompany him on a seasonal pigeon hunt; a tradition that dates back hundreds of years in the region. The hunters inspire Sarah to throw a dinner party featuring Pigeon Stuffed with Sausage and Fennel Seeds and Pommes Dauphinoise (potato gratin). For dessert Sarah makes an Apple and Armagnac Tresse.
Celebrating American Thanksgiving in France has its challenges. Host Sarah Sharratt pulls off a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the help of her local butcher and family members visiting from the US. Wanting to add a French twist to her meal, Sarah collects fresh vegetables from a vibrant local market to make a Ratatouille to go along with Butternut Squash Soup, Stuffed Turkey and Pumpkin Pie.
Host Sarah Sharratt visits a local walnut farm and nut oil press, using these versatile nuts to make a Walnut Ravioli in a Cream Sauce, a Rolled Leg of Lamb with Walnut and Arugula Stuffing, and a Walnut Tart with Butterscotch Sauce inspired by her local bakery.
It's the local truffle season, and host Sarah Sharratt is excited to get her hands on one of these prized fungi to see what the fuss is all about. She prepares a truffle-packed dinner featuring Truffled Brie, Champagne Risotto with Truffles, Beef Tenderloin with Perigord Truffle Sauce and Chocolate Truffles.
It's Christmastime in France and host Sarah Sharratt is adapting to what the French eat this time of year: seafood. A seafood-themed dinner starting with some local caviar and finished off with a meringue tower will make this holiday dinner extra special. While the menu is about embracing the new, Sarah tries to maintain some Christmas traditions from her childhood growing up in America. The Christmas menu includes: Caviar with Creme Fraiche Blini, Seafood Platter, Swiss Meringue Tower with Pomegranate and Passion Fruit and Mulled White Wine.
Sarah Sharratt explores the modern food scene in Paris and sets out to better understand how Parisians eat. From food markets to luxury food shops, a private dinner party to a private cooking lesson with the city's hottest chef, Sarah leaves no cocktail unmixed or pastry uneaten in her gastronomic quest.
Spring has arrived in France and host Sarah Sharratt is hosting friends for a seasonally-inspired lunch. Sarah loves to indulge her guests with French classics and the spring menu is sure to please: Benoit's Duck Pate, freshly-picked White Asparagus with Gribiche Sauce, and a Creamy Lemon Posset. Lucky for Sarah, there is a food adventure behind each dish.
Something as simple as a family picnic has an elegance in France. Host Sarah Sharratt's picnic menu consists of Egg and Goat Cheese Filo Tarts, Spaghetti Frittata, Strawberry Lemonade and Strawberry Cobblers in a Jam Jar. Sarah also visits a goat cheese maker in the famous cliffside village of Rocamadour, and helps with a strawberry harvest in a local greenhouse.
Host Sarah Sharratt visits the artisanal food producers of French Basque country, helping herd the pigs and sheep that roam the rolling Pyrenees mountains. Inspired by her trip, Sarah throws a tapas party for her friends using some of the delicious Basque ham and other fresh food sourced from the region. Her menu consists of Piperade, Ham and Cheese Bites, Patatas Bravas, Gilda Lollipops and Piment Chocolate Pudding.
Host Sarah Sharratt dives into the French love of oysters, visiting the windswept Atlantic coast. Sarah gets a hands-on lesson in oyster harvesting and places a bid at the famous fish auction in Arcachon. A stop in at St. Emilion to pick up some white wine is the last stop before Sarah heads home to prepare a sea-inspired meal of Fish Ceviche Lettuce Wraps, Raw Oysters, Grilled Oysters and Limoncello Granita.
A trip to a prehistoric cave site with drawings dating back 20,000 years gets host Sarah Sharratt thinking about the earliest hunters and gatherers. Inspired by this trip, Sarah hosts a barbecue party for her visiting family and new French friends. She prepares Dry Rubbed Bison Roast, BBQ Beef and Boar, Farro and Roasted Vegetable Salad, Bob's Chimichurra Sauce, and Cherry Clafoutis.