On the Menu: Boston Meets Provence

Boston Meets Provence Housed in the former setting of the storied Charles Street Jail, Clink is one joint to which serious diners would happily be sentenced. Executive chef Joseph Margate—an Eleven Madison Park alum—has developed a modern French approach to seasonal cooking that has made him one of Boston’s breakout culinary stars. At tonight's Beard House dinner, chef Margate will be joined by vintner Valérie Rousselle-Riboud for an evening of contemporary cuisine française and Provençal wines. If you're tempted by the menu below, click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Pickled Island Creek Oysters Grilled Quail with Rosemary and Boston Honey Blue Ledge Farm

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Eat this Word: Madeleine

madeleinesWHAT? Sweet seashells. These delicate, scallop-shaped cookies have a history that long predates Proust's memory stimulant. Culinaria France recounts what sounds like a legend to us, that the cookies first became popular back in the 18th-century, when the Duke of Lorraine, a consummate party host, found himself short a pastry chef while entertaining one night. With no time to spare, the Duke was forced to turn to his chambermaid Madeleine to create sweets for his guests. She whipped up her grandmother's airy, bite-sized cakes and, thus, the madeleine was born. Chances are her grandmother, if she existed, came from Commercy, the town whose bakers have been known for centuries throughout France for their delicate, hump-back madeleines. The batter is a simple mixture of eggs, sugar, and flour; it is a molded pan that gives madeleines their distinct appearance. When fresh from the oven, the cakey cookies have a moist and light interior and crisp outer

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Recipe: Joseph Margate’s Goat Cheese Popovers

Joseph Margate's Goat Cheese Popovers We're daydreaming about baking some of these puffy goat cheese and herb–filled popovers for this weekend's brunch. Chef Joseph Magrate of Boston's Clink makes them with cheese from Blue Ledge Farm, a family-owned goat farm in Vermont's Champlain Valley. You can order their products here, or use your own favorite goat cheese.

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