Our Thanksgiving Holiday hours are: 
Sunday, November 22, open 11 AM – 5 PM
Monday-Wednesday (November 23-25)  Open 10 AM – 6 PM
Closed Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day)
Open Friday, Nov. 27 from 10 AM – 6 PM

Beaujolais NouveauLe Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé!   A case of Vignobles Builliat’s Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 ($16.99) arrived today.  Made from 100% Gamay fermented for just a few weeks, Beaujolais Nouveau is released each year on November 19 in France. Typically served by the pitcher in local bars and restaurants, it’s a wine that celebrates the end of harvest.  As the release of this vin de primeur (early wine) dovetails perfectly with our Thanksgiving holiday and also pairs wonderfully with rich appetizers, stuffing, and gravy, it’s a fun way to celebrate both French and American traditions!   But not all Beaujolais Nouveau is equally tasty, so avoid the mass-market bottlings.  Vignoble Builliat is a small family vigneron with 26 hectares, who converted to organic farming in 2010.  Their Nouveau grapes come from 30-year-old vines grown on granite soils; the wine is unfiltered and contains no added sulfites.  Very fruity, the red berry notes have soft tannins and bright acidity.  Drink this wine and celebrate the new vintage release!

marcona almonds, figs, cheeseSumptuous Holiday Cheese Plates:   We have a tremendous selection of French, Spanish and Portuguese cheeses.  We can help assemble a special assortment of cheeses, complemented by jams, honey, nuts, dried figs, apricots, and crackers.   Some recommended combinations are:
The Spanish plate:     Aged Manchego, Mahon Reserva & Monte Enebro cheeses with herbed almonds, Pajero figs, sun-dried apricots & picos.
The French plate:   Basque Ardi Gasna, Beaufort d’Ete, & Delice de Bourgogne triple cream with Bonne Maman honey, dates, raisins, chesnut spread & Rustic Bakery sourdough crackers.
The Flavorful Mixta:   Serra de Estrela, Truffle Gouda, & Leonara cheeses with roasted Marcona almonds, black olive tapenade, pumpkin jam, fig bread.

HOLIDAY RECIPES:    Part of the fun of Thanksgiving is menu planning, even if it’s just for a small group.  Take a look at our ideas:
Stuffed Piquillo Peppers – All kinds of deliciousness can be stuffed into these versatile and tangy roasted peppers, including cheese or chopped, jarred artichoke hearts.  We recommend using Ferrer brand Piquillo Peppers as they are sturdy.  Use a small spoon to carefully place the stuffing into the pepper to keep it from splitting.

Crab Stufffed Piquillo PeppersPIQUILLO PEPPERS FILLED WITH DUNGENESS CRAB    2 servings/6 tapas

1 tablespoons  Butter*
1 tablespoons  Flour
1/2 cup  Whole milk
¼ tsp  Salt*
2 tablespoons Amontillado Sherry*
¼ pound  Dungeness Crab meat
6  Piquillo peppers*
½ cup Dry White wine, such as Barbadillo Palomina Fina*
1 tablespoon   Minced parsley, split

First, make a basic white sauce.  Melt butter in a saucepan, whisk in flour.  Slowly add milk, heating until it thickens and the flour is cooked. Add salt to taste.
Divide the white sauce into two equal portions, reserving half for sauce.

Filling:  Whisk sherry into the 1/4 cup of the white sauce and heat until fully incorporated.  Remove from heat and fold in the crab.  Let cool while you make the sauce.
Combine the reserved 1/4 cup of white sauce with the white wine, heat, and then whisk in half the parsley.

Holding the Piquillo peppers suspended between your thumb and forefinger, spoon the stuffing into them.
Place the peppers in a 10-inch cazuela, the points toward the center so they form a “rose.”
Spoon sauce over stuffed peppers and heat in 350º oven until peppers are hot to center (20 minutes).
Sprinkle reserved minced parsley across the top.

MigasMIGAS DRESSING WITH PUMPKIN AND FINO   Serves 8   From The Spanish Table Cookbook by Steve Winston
Migas are pieces of dried bread or bread crumbs, typically cooked with scraps of Jamon Serrano.   In Salamanca, they sometimes slip a little pumpkin into the migas.  Adding either pumpkin or squash cubes makes this a seasonal and festive dish.

2 tablespoons  Fino sherry*
1 pinch  Saffron*
1 cup  Aneto Chicken stock*
1 pound Pumpkin or squash meat, cubed
¼ cup   Olive Oil*
½ cup   Jamón trimmings, the fattier the better, diced*
1 package  Doña Juana 2-pack mini chorizos, diced*
1   Onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon  Smoked paprika*
4 cups   Stale bread, cubed

Preheat oven to 350º.  Put the saffron in a medium saucepan with sherry and heat just to a boil.   Add chicken stock and let simmer.
Heat the oil in a 10-inch cazuela con tapa. Sauté the pumpkin cubes slowly in olive oil until they soften or, alternatively, put them in the microwave and cook for a couple minutes until they pierce easily with a fork but are still firm.
Add the jamón and cook until fat is rendered.  Add the chorizo.  When chorizo is sizzling hot, add onion and paprika; cook until translucent.
Add bread cubes and toss to distribute ingredients evenly.  Press the bread down to form an even surface.  Pour hot saffron-sherry-chicken stock over the bread mix.
Cover (if using a regular cazuela without a top, cover with foil) and bake in the oven for ten minutes.  Remove and bake uncovered an additional ten minutes.  Serve as a side dish or alongside the turkey.

turron blandoTURRÓN AND CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING  Serves 10     From The Spanish Table Cookbook by Steve Winston

½ cup Raisins*
½ cup Cream Sherry*
7 oz bar Turrón blando (Jijona)*
Valrhona chocolate Feves6 oz Valrhona Dark Chocolate Feves*
2 cups Milk
1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
1 finely diced candied Orange peel*
¼ teaspoon Fine sea salt*
5 Eggs
8 cups Stale bread, cubed.

Pour the sherry over the raisins and set aside.
Chop up the turrón bar and the chocolate.
Heat milk to scalding (I use the microwave) and pour over chopped candies.
Stir to dissolve.
Add vanilla, candied orange peel and salt.
Beat eggs and whisk them into the mix.
Pour over bread cubes and let sit for an hour while bread absorbs moisture.

Heat oven to 350º

Put the mix in a ten-inch cazuela or in individual 4-inch cazuelas and bake pudding until it browns on top. It should be firm but still wiggly
This will take 30 to 45 minutes depending on which pan size you elect to use and your oven.

*These ingredients are available at Paris-Madrid Grocery.

The white machines scattered around the shop are our new Blue Air Purifiers which clean and filter out particles in the air as small as .1 micron, the same as an N95 mask. (Covid-19 air particles are .12 microns).  Purified air will help to keep customers, staff, and vendors healthy and safe while inside our shop, along with wearing masks (required) and keeping hands clean and sanitized.