June 12, 2015


Last day in Provence…

IMG_4692.JPG It is hard to believe that this is my last day at Chanteduc, with Patricia and all of these fabulous women. I must say it has been a truly remarkable experience that will remain unforgettable in my memory. Today it was raining and what better way to spend your time than roasting whole chickens in the hot wood burning brick oven? With a glass of Cotes du Rhone?! This is exactly what we did πŸ™‚




IMG_4673.JPG We dined inside Patricia’s old century dining room complete with stone walls, fire places and wooden beams. It was incredibly quaint and cozy. We had a feast! I was in charge of making the Pizzaladiere (on puff pastry with anchovies, caramelized onions and olives! Yum! This was our appetizer. Followed by roast chicken, fresh white beans with basil sauce, potato salad with spring onions, capers and mint… And green bean, artichoke, and asparagus salad with hazelnuts.



IMG_4693.JPG Okay…. So I got chills cooking on Julia Child’s stove. I was the only one and everyone snagged a photo. I will not forget this! Never, ever.

IMG_4679.JPG We sat around the table for gosh, another four hours. Talking about all kinds of subjects… It was a lively conversation! What I love about this cooking school is it is very, VERY luxury based. Meaning, yes we are cooking everyday but all of our ingredients are set and measured for us by Patricia’s assistants. All we have to do is enter the kitchen and actually do the cooking part… We are served wine, and it is easy and breezy. There is nothing that took me more than 20 minutes because everything was ready to go! It really makes you feel that you are truly on a culinary vacation. There is Zero stress involved. Here is my Pizzaladiere which Patricia said was “superb!

IMG_4688.JPG We were each given a recipe book that has the recipes for ALL of the meals we had over the course. I will be re-creating many. So incredibly simple and delicious!

IMG_4445.JPG As my classmate Lee quoted on her takeaway lesson

Ingredients Matter

I also learned how wonderful it is to make things ahead. For example our homemade sausage took an hour but we only spent 20 minutes a day because we did this over three days. There are ways to plan menus, especially when entertaining, that make it so easy to make things fresh. And when you say “this is my sausage recipe” people become very impressed. You become a unique person. I have so enjoyed my stay here in Vaison-la-Romaine. The locales here are the sweetest and made me feel at home in a foreign country. The town and it’s people are charming. Enchanting. I know I will be back to visit… In fact Patricia told me anytime I am in town to please contact her to meet for a meal πŸ™‚ Here are some of my favorite pictures to recap my adventure.



IMG_4609.JPG And more… Patricia’s lovely assistants.







IMG_4662.JPG I have run out of words… I am joining Lee (my classmate) and her husband Bill for dinner at their flat this evening. Then packing up and taking the train to Paris tomorrow. Thank you everyone for following my amazing journey. I will try to post from Paris! A bientot πŸ™‚


10 thoughts on “Last day in Provence…

  1. I love that you cooked and Julia Child stove what an honor the people you’re with seem absolutely fantastic the food incredible your experience your right you will never ever forget these memories I really feel like I have you in my life I love that you cooked and Julia Child stove what an honor the people you’re with seem absolutely fantastic the food incredible your experience your right you will never ever forget these memories I really feel like I have you in my life as a truly remarkable friend and also a celebrity chef I’m so honored Krista enjoy Paris sweetheart safe travels


  2. Thank you Krista for sharing your amazing adventure! I can’t wait to hear more from you in person. I can’t wait to learn from you!!! Can I be your assistant when you are home?
    Aunt Jenny


  3. This brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy you got to experience this wonderful adventure.
    xxoo Mom


  4. What a beautiful experience Krista. Now I know that part of the world. I feel like you took me back in a different place and time. I feel sad too that it is over but you will always have the beautiful memories and wonderful friendships you made.


  5. How fun for you Krista! Wow, what an amazing experience. It was so great to read your posts and share a bit in your experiences. I loved the pictures! I hope you will be recreating some of those recipes on us. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing more pictures and hearing more about your adventure soon. Praying for a safe return. Hugs and Love!
    Aunt Kathy


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