Herbs de Provence, Cooking with Herbs and Olive Oil
Roast lamb chops with garlic baked with  rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf.
In the markets you find bunches of bay leaf, thyme and rosemary, the traditional herbs of Provence that are harvested in the wild.  . After placing two of these together in a steel roasting pan surrounding several heads of garlic and moistening with olive oil, you place a layer of rosemary over that and then place the lamb on top of the rosemary after first smearing it with olive oil and herbs de Provence dry spice mix.
Serve Camargue sea salt at the table for individual tastes.
Bake in a 350 over for 12 minutes per pound, turn three times to bake evenly. Remove the lamb and cover with foil while continuing to roast the garlic if necessary until it is soft. Place the garlic and lamb on a serving platter and keep this warm while making  a sauce in the pan with the left over juices. Spoon off excess oil and strain the sauce to remove the sprigs of Thyme and Rosemary. Serve on the side with the lamb.
Roasted Provence Lamb and Garlic with Herbs of Provence
The garlic should bake in the skin until soft
The Herbes de Provence mix varies with the regions and packagers but  Thyme, Rosemary,  and savory are key and grow wild and abundantly in the hills of Provence . Marjoram is also often in the mix which could also include Basil, Bay Leaf,  and Oregano.
Culinary Vacation in Provence
Rain Rodolph's low-fat salad dressing: Provence inspired recipe

herbs de provence     pinch
extra virgin  oil    2 ozs
rice vinegar           1 oz
lemon juice               1/2 teaspoon
honey                        1/2 teaspoon
*orange/ginger/sugar syrup   2 tablespoons (*mix one to one of OJ and sugar, add sliced ginger, heat for about 10-15 minutes until a light syrup forms. Strain and use reserved sauce.
Fresh chopped basil       1  teaspoon
mix all ingredients together and alter the balance of sweet and sour to your taste. Drizzle over salads or serve on the side.
Provence style
and dessert
Restaurants to write home about:
In Mouries    the Valon de Gayet,          in
Apt,  La  Manade,          in Avignon,  La Fourchette.
Do You need an International Driving Permit to Drive in Europe.
In France and Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers license    Italian law, however,  requires that.....  see Article
No Passing for commercial vehicles
No Passing zone ends
with yield to traffic in rotary
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns.  Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations..
Information for those renting a vehicle in Provence
The name Herbes de Provence is a recent creation of a spice company.  
The mix is based on the wild herbs found in the hills of Provence and sold in the markets, particularly rosemary and thyme
Herbs of Provence cooking refers to Provence cooking with the wild herbs found in the Provence hills.  The herb  mix is based on the wild herbs rosemary and thyme, and could include marjoram, bay leaf, basil, and oregano.
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