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Papillote As We Have Known It…

It was a week ago yesterday. Jack came home with dinner for us. He looked distraught, sad, quite unlike himself. I asked what was the matter. He looked at me. “Papillote as we have known it will soon be gone,” he said. I stared at him. That’s impossible, I said. They just celebrated their fourth anniversary in Savannah. They’re doing a fabulous business. How could they be closing?
They have sold the business. They are leaving Savannah. But you must promise to say not a word, don’t even think of publishing anything about it, until after they are gone. I promised Herve, he said, that I would keep it a secret.
And so I did….until today, when I discovered that it’s all over Twitter. All I can say now is that I’m as heartbroken as Jack.
I take comfort, however, in the certainty that Chef Herve would not sell his small creation to anyone unless he believed that they would maintain the standards that he set for excellence. According to Chef Herve, the new owners intend to keep the same menu, perhaps adding a few new dishes of their own. Tomorrow will be the last day for Papillote under the auspices of Chef Herve and his partner Ann-Marie. Sunday, they will be closed for the transition. The new owners will re-open next week, probably Tues. or Wed. I wish them well.

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Captured! The Elusive Quiche

I imagine most of you saw my wailing post of last week about my many attempts to land another of Chef Herve’s wonderful Quiche of smoked salmon and asparagus. Well, finally, I got one. And, yes, it was just as good as I’d remembered from that first time….light, delicate and overflowing with wondrous flavor. That smoky salmon and springtime fresh asparagus simply seem to marry into something for the angels to sing about. Plus, to top it all off, the light as air puff pastry crust is marvelous. Persistence pays!

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Mustard of Another Kind

Years ago, my sociology professor invited a few of us students out to dinner. I don’t recall the reason for this, I don’t even remember his name, but I have always remembered one thing he said during the evening. “The only things spending a lot of money on are fine Scotch, fine caviar and fine mustanrd.” I understood the scotch and the caviar, but I was baffled by the mustard part. As far as I knew, mustard was the yellow stuff you put on hotdogs at ball games. Over the years, I discovered Grey Poupon Dijon, which is the only mustard I ever use since Except, of course, for the rare hot dog. But a couple of days ago, my husband came home with a jar of Savora mustard from Papillote. Try it, he said. So I opened the jar and put a dab on a cracker. Then I put more on the cracker and ate the whole thing. Delicious! A bit of Foodie Heaven, in fact. Since then, I’ve tried it on all sorts of things–cold cuts, meat loaf, turkey, roast beef. “Since 1899 the only condiment with 11 spices and aromatics” says the jar. All I can say is that it’s lovely, with a flavor that hints of sweetness and spice, with a woodsy undertone and hints of herbs….maybe rosemary and thyme. This little potion is good on everything, including those plain crackers onto which I’m still ladling it. Try it, folks, you’ll love it!

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The Elusive Quiche of Chef Herve

Papillote’s makes a lot of good eats, including plenty of delicious quiches. Some weeks ago, however, the Daily Specials included a quiche that sounded extra wonderful to me – one with smoked salmon and asparagus. My husband did as he often does and went downtown late in the afternoon and picked up one of these quiches, plus a few other goodies. That night, it was love at first bite. The blended flavors of asparagus and smoked salmon are a mixture made in heaven. The crust of this quiche is the lightest, most delicate I’ve had in many a year.

  I vowed to keep a close eye on the Specials menu so as not to miss this one. More than a week passed before it reappeared, and I asked Jack to go and pick one up. He did. Alas, they had already sold out.  I guess I wasn’t the only one to fall in love, I said. Next time it appeared, Jack called in advance to ask them to save one for us. They had already sold out. 

It was at least two more weeks before it reappeared on the menu.  Then, yesterday, there it was again. This time, we called and called and called. The line was constantly busy. Jack was going downtown anyway, and I pushed him to go early, so he showed up by 4 pm. No more quiche. But today, the chef had made some more. The minute I saw these elusive quiches on line, I called out to Jack. “Pick up the phone and call. They have more quiche!”  Jack called. Papillote was already sold out. It was only 2 pm!  If I ever get another of these deliciously vanishing quiches into my mouth, I’ll let y’all know.

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Papillot closed for three weeks

Chef Herve and Ann-Marie are off  to his native France for a three- week vacation.  “I’m counting the minutes and seconds till we leave,” said Ann-Marie a few days ago.  We wish them a wonderful time, a wonderfully happy new year!  And we at Savannahbest are counting the minutes and seconds until Papillot’s re-opening on the 23rd of January!

 

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A Marvelous Cold Summer Soup

On a blazing hot Savannah summer’s day, nothing can beat a really good ice-cold summer soup.  I didn’t want to make one—my kitchen is running at temperatures hovering in the 100’s since the a/c system is currently non-functional and the repairmen are baffled.   And I couldn’t find a single cold soup anywhere in Savannah except for one gazpacho where they overload it with blazing hot jalapenos.  Then I thought of one of my favorite wintertime soups—Papillote’s Butternut Squash. What if I chilled it, I wondered.  I gave it a try.  After a few hours’ of refrigeration, I added a couple of ice cubes and sat down to eat.  This was pure summertime bliss!  Their slightly sweet, subtly spicey butternut flavor takes to chilling like it was a heaven-sent idea. It is perfect!

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Crepes & Burgers

‘In America, you can find a hamburer place every block or so…..in Breton, where I come from, you’ll find a creperie every block,’ says Herve, chef/owner of Papillote.  The chef makes these large and luscious delicacies exactly as his mother makes them.  They are available every Sunday  for Papillote’s all-day breakfast, filled with your choice of sweet or  savory goodies including his own marvelous fig preserves.  These are a don’t miss!

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