Artisan Food Tasting this Weekend! @ The French Market Chicago

AMELINE will be @ the 3rd Annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival. Join us this Saturday, April 27 from 11-3 at the @Chicago French Market. Sample our great products along with dozens of other Artisan producers at this FREE event. See you there!

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AMELINE Dijon Mustard on Kickstarter!

AMELINE Dijon Mustard on Kickstarter!

AMELINE is now on Kickstarter to help expand our line of gourmet mustards.

Please click the logo to see some of the amazing rewards you can receive.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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Artisan Food Festival this Saturday at the French Market

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine will host its second annual Artisan Producer Festival, a FREE event to meet culinary artisans from around the globe, sample their products and celebrate small batch specialty food, beer and wine on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the French Market, 131 North Clinton Street, in Chicago.

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AMELINE Recipe Contest: Poussins aux Herbes et à la Moutarde

Poussins aux Herbes et à la Moutarde  (Broiled Baby Chickens or Cornish Hens with Herbs and Mustard)
Courtesy of Richard Grausman

A poulet grillé à la diable is a grilled chicken coated with mustard and bread crumbs. I have always found the result too dry, and, in fact, classically this dish is served with a sauce (called sauce diable), which compensates for the dryness.

Instead of coating the chicken with bread crumbs, I use only mustard and a number of herbs normally found in a sauce diable, retaining much of the dish’s original character. The resulting moisture and tender chicken needs no sauce other than the simple pan juices.

A poussin is a tender and juice baby chicken weighing about one pound.. If not available, use a Cornish hen, or small broiling chicken.

Changing the herbs used or adding a touch of curry powder will lead to many variations, as will the use of Madeira or sherry in place of the white wine.

Serves 4 to 6

3 poussins or Cornish hens (about 1 pound each), split in half, rinsed, and patted dry
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon tarragon
2 teaspoons basil
2 teaspoons thyme
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup dry white wine

1. Place the chicken pieces skin side up in a roasting pan and spread half of the Dijon mustard over them.  Sprinkle with half of the herbs and season with half the salt and pepper.  Turn the pieces skin side down and repeat the seasoning process.  (This can be done up to 12 hours in advance of cooking. Cover well and refrigerate.)

2. Preheat the broiler.

3. Place the hens 3 to 4 inches below the broiler, skin side down.  When they have browned well on one side, 8 to 10 minutes, turn and broil on the other side, until well browned, about 7 minutes.

4. Deglaze the pan by adding the wine, tilting the pan, and stirring to loosen the caramelized bits on the bottom of the pan.  Baste the pieces with the liquid and broil for an additional 1 to 2 minutes; the juices of the chicken should run clear when it is pierced with a fork.  The alcohol in the wine will evaporate and may ignite, but the flames will cease in seconds.

5. Serve the chicken with some of the pan juices.

Thank You Richard!

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AMELINE Recipe Contest: Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare     (Courtesy of Michael Romano)

“The legend goes that Tartare tribes when fighting in the past didn’t even have time to stop and cook their food. They are said to have kept the meat underneath their saddles and mince it in this way. Today this dish is a gourmet classic. This dish is eaten like a pate, spread on a piece of warm toast with fresh tomato and onion rings on top. It is very important though to make sure that both the meat and the egg are very fresh because they are eaten raw.”

1 pound finely chopped/minced beef tenderloin
1 heaping teaspoon premium Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Cognac
1 pinch salt, or to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
1 egg

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the beef, mustard, Tobasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Cognac, salt, pepper and egg until well blended. Arrange the meat in a neat pile on a glass dish, and cover with aluminum foil. Refrigerate for 60 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve as a spread on crackers or toast.

Thank you Michael!

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AMELINE Dijon Mustard Recipe Contest Winners. Congratulations (in no particular order) to Angela, David, Michael, Richard, and Anne!

And a special thank you to Julie Mautner and the !

Here is the first of five recipes to come.  Enjoy!

French Potato Salad   (Courtesy of Anne Maxfield)

The Accidental Locavore loves to make this easy French potato salad with bacon and red onion. This will feed about 4 and can easily be doubled or tripled if you’re feeding a crowd.  Added bonus? It’s great to take on a picnic, and there’s no mayo or eggs to worry about.

1 pound small potatoes
3 strips bacon, cut into 1/2” strips (lardons)
1 small red onion, minced
½ cup olive oil (depending on how fatty your bacon is, you may not need this much oil)
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 shallot, minced
Salt & pepper to taste

In a medium sauce pan, cook the potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. I like a lot of surface area for the potatoes, so I usually cut them in halves or quarters. Drain and put in bowl. Add the onion to the bowl.

While the potatoes are cooking, in a small frying pan cook the bacon over medium heat, until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels. Pour the bacon fat into a small bowl. Add the shallots, thyme, vinegar, salt, pepper and mustard and mix until well blended. Taste and add the olive oil as needed, blending to emulsify the dressing. Pour the dressing over the warm potatoes and the onions. Toss to mix. Refrigerate until cool, serve and enjoy!

Thank you Anne!

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