Author Archives: Rachel

“The Wine Blog” reviews Chez Nous-Bodegas Francos Espanola Wine Dinner

http://thewinehub.blogspot.com/2014/10/bodegas-franco-espanolas-is-what-rioja.html

Alchemy Initiative’s review of Chez Nous’ Gluten-Free Baking Class!

http://alchemyinitiative.org/gluten-free-baking-at-chez-nous/ Rachel Portnoy, a pastry chef, and her husband Franck Tessier, a French chef, used to eat a diet filled with gluten. But after learning that Franck’s blood glucose levels were too high and he was at risk of developing diabetes, they cut gluten from their diet. Being chefs and restaurant owners, Rachel and Franck […]

So Much to Do in the Berkshires, boston.com

http://www.boston.com/travel/new-england/much-the-berkshires/zWrq7pC6Aa1HBkEo7v5tkO/gallery.html   So Much to Do in Berkshire County PREVIEW SHARE COMMENT PRINT  Gallery Preview 1 of 15 Previous Next David Wade By Carley Thornell Boston.com Correspondent September 15, 2014 12:59 PM Massachusetts is famed for its colorful foliage — especially Berkshire County — but there’s more to do in this Western Mass. enclave than merely leaf-peep. From savoring […]

The Menu Changes Every Day!

Check out the menu displayed here online to give you as idea of what’s cooking at Chez Nous these days.  The menu changes every day to show off what’s freshest and most delicious.  Merci!

Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse Torte

Photos by Greg Nesbit Photography I have what I like to refer to as my “pastry gurus. ”  These are the recipe-writers who not only care enough to only publish recipes for things that are yummy, but also to write their recipes and edit them so that they WORK. Many people tell me that they […]

Tuscan Lemon Almond Torte

Photos by Greg Nesbit Photography Everyone knows how I feel about secret recipes: they’re against my religion!  Enjoying a dish and then requesting the recipe is just the highest compliment you can give.  And some things are just so wonderful, they have to be shared.  I received this incredible recipe from an extremely talented pastry […]

New Edible Berkshires Einkorn Article by Rachel Portnoy

DISCOVERING EINKORN: A GRAIN THAT GOES AGAINST THE GRAIN February 14, 2014 · Rachel Portnoy By Rachel Portnoy Recipe by Franck Tessier Chefs and owners of Chez Nous Bistro, Lee What is einkorn? Why should I eat it? How can I get it? How do I cook with it? These are questions that we are answering over […]

Salade Lyonnaise: Red-Wine Poached Egg & Salad

Photos by Greg Nesbit Photography We may not think as often about salad for dinner in the winter.  In summer we love to make large composed salads with hard boiled eggs, a piece of seared fish, boiled small red potatoes.  The lightness and the freshness are perfect for the season.  But what about salad for […]

Breton Buckwheat Galettes

When you hop out of your vehicle and wander through the medieval walls into the center of Saint-Malo, Britttany, it is quickly clear that there is no doubt what you are going to be eating for your next meal:  Galettes & Crepes!  Literally every other storefront is a Creperie and each follow a very similar, […]

Franck’s Bouillabaisse

I guess that part of the appeal of cooking and baking is the magic part.  Watching or assisting in transformations is really what it’s all about.  When I was a little girl I would hunt out the tv section of the newspaper to find when Julia Child’s The French Chef was going to be on.  […]