isn’t it the most beautiful book you’ve ever seen? nostalgic hue of blue-green, sweet, unassuming cover with simple red font, and profound, thorough, culinary encyclopedia on the inside. “made with love” is what it should say on the front.
the hub and i are having two incredible people over for dinner next week. we owe this couple a very special dinner, for many reasons, and i wanted to do something thematic. all italian? how many courses? they deserve a real treat. i pulled all my favorite cookbooks from my cookbook shelf, including “mastering the art of french cooking”, from which i have made nothing. my awesome friend, kacey, gave me this book as a wedding gift, and, well, now is the time. i need to crack this mammoth work of art open and give it a try.
and then, i had a great idea come to me: i would make the entire meal out of julia child recipes!
so here’s the menu:
try not to have a heart attack from all the red meat, butter and cream…
cheese souffle ~ made with swiss cheese and egg whites
a simple green salad with mustard vinaigrette (not in the book, but we need some greens to cleanse us before the onslaught of the third course!)
carbonnades a la flamande. this is beef and onions braised in beer. it’s the same idea as boeuf bourguignon, only made with beer, not red wine. i always make boeuf bourguignon, so i am very excited to try this new twist.
julia recommends, “serve this with parsley potatoes, or buttered noodles, a green salad, and beer.” your wish is my command, julia.
i will definitely serve this beef dish with the parsley potatoes, which are smothered in butter. hallelujah. and the green salad: second course. the beer: up to the guest.
i left this up to my guests. i texted them today and had them choose from the following:
raspberry bavarian cream
spongecake with orange butter filling
chocolate cake with chocolate butter icing
the spongecake with orange butter filling!!! an excellent choice!!! i believe i would have chosen that myself. love, love, love orange. anything orange. the color, the smell, the taste.
i am so excited and maybe a little over my head. i’m okay with that. i was so sad today. so run down, stressed out, exhausted, beaten down by my performance/rehearsal schedule that just won’t stop for a cold. no way. but now, i have this amazingly fun menu to focus on and obsess about!!!
thank you for allowing me to indulge myself today!!!