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Joanne Weir's Plates and Places

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Joanne takes you to the spectacular castle-filled Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. She visits the Heidelberg Castle, and makes some of her favorite local dishes. Joanne also visits Rudesheim am Rhein to taste some of their famous locally-made brandy. Recipes: Herb spatzle; pork tenderloin with red onions, cabbage and apples.

Joanne visits a California fig orchard and learns about both fresh and dried figs. Back in the kitchen, she makes spiked fig jam and a fig tart. Recipes: Goat cheese tart with figs and prosciutto; Fig jam with Armagnac.

Travel with Joanne and her students to the Greek Isle of Kea where they learn how to make tomato bread, stuffed peppers, and roasted lamb. Then join her back in her home kitchen where she makes her versions of some Greek classics, including a salad Joanne remembers from her very first trip to Greece. Recipes: Stuffed peppers; roasted lamb; tomato bread; lamb sirloin; tomato breadsticks; Greek salad with caper leaves.

Join Joanne and her students as they explore Greek food and culture on the island of Kea in Greece. Cook fish in fig leaves two ways and whip up two phyllo pies, one sweet and one savory. Recipes: Aglaia's spinach and leek pie; Honey semolina custard pie-galaktoboureko; Grilled fish in fig leaves; Fish in fig leaves with fig salsa.

Joanne visits Hotel Sacher in Vienna to taste and learn about the famous Sacher Torte and then visits a modern pastry shop in Vienna to learn the secrets of Sacher Torte from an up and coming young chef. Then, she bring the wonders of Viennese pastry back to her studio kitchen as she makes her favorite Chocolate Birthday Cake inspired by her mom.

After a quick breakfast featuring traditional Msemen bread, Joanne travels to the Atlas Mountains to experience the rustic Berber Market. Back in San Francisco, she teaches her student, ballet soloist James Sofranko, how to make msemen and a Moroccan pizza in the home kitchen. Recipes: Msemmen flatbread; Moroccan "pizza" with cilantro and preserved lemons.

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