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Between Mediterranean and Pyrenees the Aude Cathar Country boasts a wide variety of landscapes, and prestigious sites: In spectacular locations, discover the medieval castles of the Cathar Country, the Romanesque abbeys, and the 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites : the Canal du Midi (houseboats), and the City of Carcassonne, biggest medieval fortress in Europe.
We also offer open air activities in the mountain or on the sea side, and our local gastronomy and great wines of the Aude
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Planeta Dunia: Saissac, al abrigo de la Montaña Negra

Planeta Dunia: Saissac, al abrigo de la Montaña Negra | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
Saissac es una de las pequeñas poblaciones francesas que pueden visitarse en el País Cátaro y que conservan el esplendor de la Edad Media
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A mamá le gusta viajar: CARCASONA, la gran ciudad amurallada detenida en el tiempo.

A mamá le gusta viajar: CARCASONA, la gran ciudad amurallada detenida en el tiempo. | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
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The French Fairytale City of Carcassonne

The French Fairytale City of Carcassonne | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
The city of Carcassonne is like a fairy tale come to life. This medieval French city positively shimmers on the landscape, it's a brilliant place to visit.
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This French dish is so delicious, it has its own festival

This French dish is so delicious, it has its own festival | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
Cassoulet, to quote Julia Child, may be everyday fare for a peasant, but it’s “ambrosia for a gastronome.” And in midwinter, there’s very little that’s as satisfying, as comforting or as warming as this French bean stew, slow-cooked with lots of fat and hunks of meat and a carrot or two.

“It’s cheap, it’s great comfort food, and [the weather] just got cold, so it’s the perfect time of year for it,” says Cathy Erway, author of the popular blog Not Eating Out in New York.

And it’s getting more popular, says Jimmy Carbone, owner of Jimmy’s No. 43, which plays host to an annual cassoulet cook-off taking place this year on Sunday. There you can sample 10 or more different cassoulets.

“Eight years ago, when we had our first cook-off, it was people over 50 who were nostalgic for the days when French bistros were all the rage,” he says. But with hot gastro-teques like Dirty French popping up, the crowd has gotten considerably younger. “Cassoulet is trendy,” says Carbone. “It’s the new ramen.”

Cassoulet, at its core, is beans — traditionally white beans, but you can use any dried beans — simmered with whatever meat scraps and leftovers you have lying around, then baked in an oven at low heat, with browned duck confit, sausage or bacon fat. But Erway recommends playing around with different ingredients: She’s made vegetarian cassoulet, subbing in a rich chestnut roux for the duck fat. “That’s the beauty of cassoulet,” she says. “It’s so easy to adapt.”

“It’s beans cooked in fat,” says Carbone when asked why the renewed interest. “That’s what good food is. Fat.”

Cassoulet Cook-off, Sunday, noon to 3 p.m., $30. 43 E. Seventh St., between Second and Third avenues; 212-982-3006, jimmysno43.com/events


Apartment-kitchen cassoulet
Cassoulet is the ultimate winter comfort food. Chef Annette Tomei has simplified this sometimes-complex French dish down to its essence — “beans and pork products baked to perfection” — so anyone can make it, even in the tiniest apartment kitchen. “Still, this is not a 30-minute meal,” says Tomei. “Allow a leisurely afternoon for the complete preparation: It’s worth it.”

Prepare the beans (can be done up to one day in advance):
1 package navy beans soaked overnight, drained
1 ham hock
Bouquet garni: 2 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon black peppercorns and 2 branches of thyme all tied in a cheesecloth with butcher’s twine
1 large onion, quartered

In a large pot, place the beans, hock, bouquet garni and onion. Simmer on medium heat until the beans are tender but not too soft.

Drain, reserving 1 quart of the liquid, discard the onion pieces and the bouquet garni, use the ham hock in the cassoulet.

Prepare the cassoulet:
Presoaked and cooked beans
1-2 celery stalks, diced
1-2 carrots, diced
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup white wine
2-3 branches fresh thyme and/or rosemary
14-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juices
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 pound kielbasa or other smoky sausage, cut in 1-inch chunks
Ham hock from the beans
2 smoked or fresh pork chops
1 pound good-quality bacon
1½ cups breadcrumbs (panko is great)
2 tablespoons bacon fat, duck fat or butter
Salt and pepper

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients except the meats. Check seasoning.

Layer half the mixture in a Dutch oven or deep casserole dish that can be covered, then top with meats, reserving half the bacon for the top. Top with remaining bean mixture. Layer the top with the remaining bacon. Cover.

Bake for at least 1 hour before checking. If after 1 hour there is a lot of liquid, remove lid and cook down if needed. If there is not enough liquid and the mixture is getting too dry, add a bit of the reserved bean-cooking liquid.

Prepare the crust: Mix the breadcrumbs with melted fat and season.

When the cassoulet is bubbling and the beans are tender and bacon rendered, uncover and top with bread crumbs. Increase the heat to 375 and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the breadcrumbs begin to toast.

Allow to rest 15 to 30 minutes before serving with a simple salad and crusty bread.
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Le Boat Canal du Midi

Le Boat cruise down the Canal du Midi!

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O'Vineyards Carcassonne, France

We visit O'Vineyards in Carcassonne for a tour of the vineyards and cellars by Joe the winemaker, and then a tasting and lunch by Liz. Background music is Fa...

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Narbonne abbaye de Fontfroide

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WEEK-END DE LA PURISIMA – AUDE PAIS CATARO – SUR de FRANCIA

WEEK-END DE LA PURISIMA – AUDE PAIS CATARO  – SUR de FRANCIA | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
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Cité de Carcassonne Top # 11 Facts

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Why Languedoc is currently one of the world's best creative wine-making regions - Ham&High

Why Languedoc is currently one of the world's best creative wine-making regions - Ham&High | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
Liz Sagues picks out some top wines to showcase the French area’s quality.
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Bienvenidos en el País Cátaro

Bienvenidos en el País Cátaro | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
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Tout nouveau le site audetourisme en version espagnole !

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Viaje al país de los Cátaros - El Hedonista - El Hedonista

Viaje al país de los Cátaros - El Hedonista - El Hedonista | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
Viaje al país de los Cátaros. Salimos a visitar castillos, a caminar por la montaña y a tomar un vino al sol. No lejos de aquí.
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Els cartògrafs hi han estat... i t'ho recomanen: Villelongue Cote Jardin i Montoliu, Occitània

Els cartògrafs hi han estat... i t'ho recomanen: Villelongue Cote Jardin i Montoliu, Occitània | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
Avui encetem aquesta nova secció on, cada dijous, us recomanarem un lloc dels Països Catalans (i de vegades també països veïns) on hem estat i que us volem recomanar. Us recomanarem, no només un paisatge que ens ha agradat, sinó un restaurant, una casa d'hostes, una festa, un personatge o un celler o botiga on…
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Gruissan Plage and the Salt Flats

Gruissan Plage, where Betty Blue was filmed, with music by Charles Trenet - La Mer. Read more and follow my travels in an RV with my Great Dane - http://www....

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PEBBLE SOUP: Meet a Truffle Expert: Interview with Monsieur Truffe, Philippe Barrière

PEBBLE SOUP: Meet a Truffle Expert: Interview with Monsieur Truffe, Philippe Barrière | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
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Deliclass : Gastronomía y Viajes : TRUFAS Y TRUFAS EN CARCASSONNE.... DIÓS, QUÉ ESCÁNDALO!

Deliclass : Gastronomía y Viajes : TRUFAS Y TRUFAS EN CARCASSONNE.... DIÓS, QUÉ ESCÁNDALO! | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
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Canal du Midi

Documentary film about a historic canal in the Languedoc region of the South West of France

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Sentiere Sculpturel de Mayronnes, Hautes-Corbières in France

Sentiere Sculpturel de Mayronnes is a 2.5hr walk through the Hautes-Corbières in France. There are many metal, stone and timber sculptures along the walk as ...

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Capture the flavor and comfort of cassoulet in a healthy way

Capture the flavor and comfort of cassoulet in a healthy way | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it

If you’ve ever spent any winter time in France, you’ve undoubtedly indulged in what I consider the ultimate comfort food of the French — cassoulet.

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Vin en Vacances' tour on the Canal du Midi

Wine tours on the Canal du Midi.
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Narbona y su buffet prodigioso | europa | Ocholeguas | elmundo.es

Narbona y su buffet prodigioso | europa | Ocholeguas | elmundo.es | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
Noticias y actualidad sobre viajes y destinos en Ocholeguas, el portal de viajes de elmundo.es
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Across France by le boat - The Sunshine Coast Daily

Across France by le boat - The Sunshine Coast Daily | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
A WORK colleague told me a few years ago about a holiday he experienced in southern France. It took me three years to get organised, but i had to try it for myself.
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Canal du Midi: Traumtörn im Hausboot - Mein Frankreich

Canal du Midi: Traumtörn im Hausboot - Mein Frankreich | Aude Cathar Country | Scoop.it
Unterwegs auf dem Canal du Midi - eine Reportage mit Hintergrund von einer Dreimädelstours, die in Castelnaudary begann. Und unfreiwillig endete.
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