Here in Novelle France, the winter holidays are almost over. Tomorrow, January 6th, is L'Épiphanie--12th Night.
In the northeast on the frozen shores of Lake Ontario, Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY, this Saturday, January 8th, hosts an "Officers Ball" which encompass's 12th night with the traditional King/Queen Cake and dancing with the "great" Jerry Brubaker as Dance Master. There also is a light evening "re-past" provided with many treats & drink! 11:00pm will have the finest 18th Century Pyro-Technics also! You can contact the Fort at 716-745-7611 for last minute tickets.
Farther inland along the Mississippi in the Pays Illinois, January 8th, the 12th Night Colonial Ball (French Colonial costume not required but encouraged) will open the pre-Lent Mardi Gras season. Music for dancing by Cousin Curtis & the Cash Rebates with some dances called. Located at the American Legion Hall in Prairie du Rocher, IL at 8:00pm, just off Illinois Hwy 3 approx 1.5 hrs south of St. Louis. Doors open at 6:00pm, music at 8:00pm. Cover is $10. Contact Jerry Franklin 618 284-7300.
Two French bloggers have posted recipes and photos of the traditional French 12th Night or Epiphany cake, also known as King/Queen Cake. Pascale, at C'est moi qui la fait!, and Benoit, at de gourmandises, have both made the traditional almond-frangipane and puff pastry la galette des rois, inside of which is a bean for the king or queen of the night. Enjoy the recipes and pictures, both of which are very well done.