Welcome to the first annual Francophile Week here on Life With Dee! I’ve been looking forward to this for months and hope you enjoy it. And what better way to kick off the week than with a French inspired menu? If you’ve never been to France but have wondered if what they say about the food is hype, let me assure you it’s not. David and I both absolutely loved everything we ate in Paris the week we spent there. From the croissants at breakfast to the three-course dinners…every morsel was sheer perfection.
Dee’s French Menu
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When David and I went to Paris a few years ago, our first meal was lunch at a little café. We both had the Croque Monsieur which was served with a simple green salad. Light and lovely. We both have meetings this evening so a simple, light meal will be perfect when we get home.
- fruit and cheese plate
- coffee and small piece of dark chocolate for dessert
- Coq Au Vin
- Herbed Yukon Gold potatoes (pg. 108 of Barefoot in Paris)
- Browned Garlic Brussels Sprouts
- tossed green salad
- French bread and butter
David will be out of town so this is a good time for me to cook something he’s not fond of.
- Salmon with Lentils (pg. 136 of Barefoot in Paris)
- green beans
Many years ago I read the book, Scruples by Judith Krantz. The first section tells of an awkward young girl who is sent to Paris to live with a French family. The story of her transformation was my favorite part of the book and I’ve re-read that first section many times since. Her first dinner with her new French family is described in great detail. I thought it would be fun to re-create that meal. The dinner was served in several courses and I’ll serve it that way, too.
- thin vegetable soup
- soft boiled eggs in shell
- large green salad with sliced cold ham
- cheese plate, bread and butter
- fresh oranges
Boeuf Bourguignon is a bit time-consuming but perfect for a cozy at-home date night along with a nice bottle of French wine.
- Boeuf Bourguignon
- tossed green salad with classic French vinaigrette
- Asparagus with Hollandaise (pg. 144 of Barefoot in Paris)
- French bread and butter
We are holding band auditions until 6 p.m. so we’ll go out to eat afterwards. Probably Italian food because we don’t have any French restaurants around here.
I don’t usually cook on Sundays. We’ll be attending Music in the Park and they will likely have a food truck or two there.
This post is linked up on I’m an Organizing Junkie. For more menu ideas, check it out.