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October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Soup Recipe & Giveaway Winner

Hello Lovely Friends,

I've finally taken a minute away from the busy-ness of this week to announce the giveaway winner here at My Petite Maison.  Thank you for being patient with me!

My husband and I have planned day trips to antique hunt for the next 10 days starting this Friday and, of course... when you have plans, you get very busy and there's more to do than expected, right?  

On that same note, I'd like to thank all my new customers & friends to My Petite Maison's store and to our new Facebook Fan Page too.  Also, our repeat customers & friends mean THE WORLD to us and touch this petite heart!  


The winner of the giveaway is Mikey of Shabby French Cottage
Mikey, please email me your info and I'll get your Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine, Romantic Country Magazine, Antique Mercury Heart from My Petite Maison's store and Jeanne d'Arc Marseille tag to you.

Thank you for everyone that joined in here and also all the people that liked My Petite Maison on FB too!

Farmers Market • French Breakfast Radishes • Good Served w/Salted Butter

I wanted to post one of my very favorite soup recipes for you before we take off on our buying trip too.  I've posted it before and people seem to love it as much as we do here...

I'm going to make it while we're here enjoying our day trips and in between trying some new gourmet restaurants in Wine Country.  Here's the recipe:

Soupe de Potiron
(Pumpkin Soup)
3 c water
1 onion, diced
1/2 T sugar
2 tsp salt
10 ounce can pumpkin puree
(no flavor... just pumpkin)
1 c milk
salt & freshly ground pepper
creme fraiche (if desired)

Bring water, onion, sugar, salt to boil
Cover & simmer 10 min
Whisk in pumpkin & bring to boil
Simmer uncovered for 5 min, stirring constantly

Puree mixture in food processor or blender
until smooth

Pour back into saucepan and whisk in milk

Heat back to high simmer & season
with salt & pepper to taste

Serve with small dollop of creme fraiche
and light drizzle of olive oil if desired

Serves 4
 Hope you give it a try & enjoy!

We're off to enjoy some lovely times here in Wine Country...
Searching for store goods,
Enjoying good food
and celebrating our anniversary!
I will post photos of beautiful things
while we're out and about
and playing tourist all around
Wine Country.

Just a few goods
currently in My Petite Maison

My Petite Maison
Time Worn • Time Loved Items from France
That Romance Your Home

October 21, 2011

It's a Wrap... Curried Chicken Salad w/Mangoes

Happy Friday!

I want to share a great recipe that I've used for quite a few years now from the Epicurious site.  Their food recipes are amazing.  Do you go there for great recipes too?

I'm sharing the recipe for my favorite Curried Chicken Salad today in time for the weekend.

You can find the recipe HERE

I also love to replace the cashews with toasted almonds too,
and add roasted peanuts, as I did this time... 
give it a try, your favorite nut of choice!

I also change it up and sometimes add the grapes
to the salad and also serve them "on the side"

What person doesn't like items
on the side? :)

Have a great weekend!

I'll be back to announce the winner of the magazine
and antique mercury heart giveaway

If you haven't entered already, the giveaway
is open until Saturday, Oct 22nd at Midnight
(see post below)

Back in the next few days...
as always,
Happiness to you!

New in Store • Palest of Pales, St. Therese

My Petite Maison
Time Worn • Time Loved Items from France
That Romance Your Home

October 12, 2011

October is our Favorite Month Giveaway

It's true....  

October is one of our very favorite months in the year.  
So we're having a giveaway to celebrate.  

Short and sweet.

October days will be celebrated with birthdays & anniversaries here
with much fun and love.

Our October Giveaway offers you:

Two of our favorite magazines:  Jeanne d'Arc Living Autumn and Romantic Country Style, Winter 2011

A beautiful piece:  True Vintage French Mercury Heart from our romantic French vintage store, My Petite Maison

Vintage French inspired tag from Jeanne d'Arc Living that's stamped Marseille (one of our favorite French cities where the best passionfruit gelato can be found and lovely French antique & vintage treasures too).

Just follow My Petite Maison's blog and like our Facebook Page in order to qualify.

That's it!  

Giveaway runs now through October 22nd.

We're off to celebrate...
Bonne Chance • Good Luck!

My Petite Maison
Time Worn • Time Loved Items from France
That Romance Your Home

October 6, 2011

Fall Soup Recipe from My Petite Maison

Hello • Bonjour, Friends!

I wanted to share one of very favorite soup recipes now it's Fall and the weather is changing to cooler (for the moment) and we've had a bit of rain this week.  

I don't know about you, but I've got the nesting bug big time this week.  I am savoring this time of year and always have... it's a favorite time of year for moi!  

I love October!

So.... here goes:  My Petite Maison's recipe for Potato Cheese Soup with Fresh Dill from our tiny Paris Apartment sized kitchen!   My husband, daughter and I have refined this recipe to the way WE like it... Right down to the types of potatoes, cheeses and herbes we care for the best!

We hope you will try and enjoy as much as we do.  It's a tradition in our Maison.
 Here's what you'll need... I've taken photos of everything to make it easier!

Everything we use is organic and is processed safely for vegetarians, even the cheese :)

3 medium sized potatoes partially peeled and quartered (we like it rustic & French country style)
3 carrots, sliced
5 T butter or margarine (we use Smart Balance)
1 good sized yellow onion, chopped coursely
1 1/2 cups grated very sharp cheddar cheese 
(we use Collier's Welsh Cheddar from Great Britain)
1 1/2 cups grated mild cheddar cheese (we use Humboldt Gold from Eureka, CA)
 5 1/2 cups vegetable broth (we use Better than Bouillion, organic veggie base and use 2 1/2 tsp added to 5 1/2 C water).  It's an amazing base.
 4 tbsp fresh dill
 1 tsp Beau Monde seasoning  (if you can't find Beau Monde, you could add a tiny dash of celery salt in its place)
 Freshly crushed white peppercorns to taste
 Optional:  1 crushed Thai Red Chili or a few red pepper flakes if you like a bit of a bite to your soups.

That's it!  Here are the photos of the ingredients for you:

 Our partially peeled 3 organic Yukon Gold potatoes

 Better than Bouillion.  Outstanding, organic.  We use the vegetable base.  My husband's a vegetarian and we started using it many years ago.  Now, I would much rather have this than any kind of meat broth.  Superior Touch does make all kinds though... I have tried the mushroom base and the seafood base as well and they are delicious too.  You can find their product HERE (Better Than Bouillion).

Thai Bird Eye Chilies

A word of warning... Only add the Thai Bird Eye Chilies if you like  

A LOT of bite.

We love peppers and chilies here.  Did you know that eating chilies can help your mood?  

It's true... endorphins.  Stimulates them, like exercise... happy food!

Beau Monde is an excellent seasoning and contains bits of celery seed, salt & onion.  It is amazing with dill.  My French friend, Jeannette makes an outstanding dip with fresh dill with it... look for that recipe around Thanksgiving.

 Next... can you say fromage?  Cheese!!

Humboldt Gold is amazing.  A cross between Cheddar and Monterey Jack

Collier's from Great Britain.  Amazing!  Add it to a piece of apple pie and you've got a happy marriage.

 Yummy white peppercorns.  We use lots of white pepper here and only freshly ground.  I picked up the white peppercorn habit from my friends that own a French/Vietnamese restaurant in Los Altos many years ago.  There's nothing quite like the crushed peppercorn and a ripe tomato meeting for the first time (in my opinion).

And the star of the show!

Fresh dill.  I buy bunches of organic dill just to keep in the kitchen in a container of water.  It makes the kitchen smell heavenly and lasts that way for days if we're having cool weather.

Now we can start our prep and since it's raining lightly, we open the door to enjoy!

This is my little work area which I love.  By now, you know me... I'd rather be outdoors than indoors any time and this is where I prep when I cook here at My Petite Maison.  I usually sit at a bistro chair or my little white French stool while the cats and Zeke watch.  Whoops, I mean beg for food (Zeke actually doesn't beg, he always looks the opposite way but always knows when we're finished ~ smart guy!).  We taught him early on that it pays not to beg.

Oh... I get so many requests about my French pot rack.  Here's another photo, I'm sorry it's taken me this long to get it up for you!

Pot Rack • French Finds • Stickers courtesy of our daughter and friends... Love it!

Potato Cheese with Fresh Dill
Recipe Steps:

Melt butter in large soup pot
Add onion & carrots.  Cook on medium heat covered for approx. 10 - 15 min. until veggies are soft.

Add veggie (or chicken) stock and add potatoes and bring to a boil.  Next lower heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender.  

Lightly smash veggies within the broth with a potato masher (we like rustic French soups).  You can use a food processor for this step, but it's just one more dirty dish to clean in the end and we like to avoid that with a French sized kitchen!

Add grated cheese and lower heat to low.  

Once cheeses have melted and blended in within soup base, add Beau Monde seasoning, white pepper and chilies (if desired).  

Stir in seasonings and add fresh dill.  Remove from heat immediately and cover for 5 minutes to allow the dill flavor to be incorporated until soup.

That's it... serve with a crusty French bread and dip!

Potato Cheese Soup, Fresh Dill • Figues et Tomatoes from our Garden

What are you waiting for?  It's time to enjoy.

And for the perfect Mediterranean dessert, try serving figues with a few toasted almonds ~ perfect!
I'm so pleased to have saved a
Noire de Barbentaine tree in the Summer of 2010 with our daughter and we're reaping the rewards!

Home Grown • Noire de Barbentaine Figues  in French transferware


We'd love to announce some of the good news we've savored
in the last few months...

It's with great thanks • merci 
Romantic Country Magazine


My Petite Maison is featured
in Winter 2011 in
The Blog Spot

A Gathering of the Best Online Resources 

We ARE Honored.

Us arriving early at Flea Market... searching goods for clients!

So... please visit with us here at our blog
and take a look at our store
specializing in French-Nordic Items
that speak of romance
There are a lot of new (old)
romantic French-Nordic goods!

Oyster Crate from France in the Store
and many more to come too.

Time Worn • Time Loved Items from France