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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Fresh from Provence

Arts editor Scott Heller was in Avignon, in the south of France, attending a theatre festival, and went on to Aix en Provence afterwards. He bought the staff a box of Provence's famous calissons.

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These candies -- they come in a diamond shape like the almonds they're made with and they're always packed in boxes of the same shape -- are all over the region, which is known for its nut trees. Some people look at calissons and think they're going to eat glazed almond paste. And yes, the candies are in the almond-paste family, but the nuts have been harvested right before the confections are made and they hardly need any sugar to become meltingly good.

I walked by the little table at work where all the food offerings of the day are set and had to smile when I saw the calissons. When I go to the South of France I immediately buy a box, and also get some of the region's other famous sweet: nougat, or nuts embedded in caramel.

Nuts and caramel is another blog for another day.

Posted by Sheryl Julian at 12:17 PM
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