Monday, October 12, 2009
Cooking Club: French Cooking in Honor of Julia Child
We learned that the secret to life is butter. Julia enticed us with her "bathing the thighs in butter" and we all headed back to our place to try out some of her famous recipes.
Our first dish to conquer was the famous French "ratatouille," which is comfort food at its best. Ratatouille is actually a vegetable dish made with thinly-sliced layers of vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant and onions. Next we dove into a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake called "Reine de Saba." The secret ingredient in this cake was coffee (next to butter, of course) but it doesn't have a strong coffee flavor.
We also tackled a French chicken dish, which uses Herbes de Provence (thyme, marjoram, rosemary). We felt like Julia as we diligently whisked the eggs for a fancy egg sauce to top the chicken.
Our final summer dinner party was a grand occasion. This time Allison's mom and family joined us. They have been to France and are big fans of Julia Child so it was fun to have their input. Marcy & Jeremy Pusey and clan, Mary Andrade (with Olivia), Darrel & Cori (with Micah) and Susan all took part in the French feast.
In addition to this fabulous chicken that had us all licking our chops, we also sauteed some baguette bread in olive oil and made a scrumptious bruschetta. (No, bruschetta is not French but it was in the movie and we just *had* to have it when we got home...)
The kids had fun racing through the house, playing dolls and kitchen, and, of course, digging into the fabulous chocolate dessert. Bon Appetit!