Welcome! Thanks for joining us as we recap a fabulous mid summer night’s dinner. As part of the hubub around the release of Julie & Julia, a few friends gathered on a weeknight to celebrate fresh from the garden ingredients transformed with Julia Child’s simple and classic French cuisine.
Meet your hosts: Betsy, our gracious host and gardener, Julia, the lead chef, and Allison, our splendid photographer.
It all started in the garden… inspired by the bounty of summer and determined to capture the fruits of the summer at their peak, we built a menu around the ingredients growing in Betsy’s backyard.
Searching Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, we discovered that a ratatouille would highlight the fresh eggplants, tomatoes, and herbs in season.
Though when we went to harvest we realized that some of the promised bounty was not quite ready… and some veggies though were ready to jump into the pot. These zucchini grew over night!
We learned from Julia that sautéing each ingredient separately gives the ratatouille its signature texture and flavor.
We prepped our dessert, Peches Cardinal (poached peaches with a raspberry purée), a chilled desert that would be perfect on a hot summer night.
Sitting down to savor our meal.
Our menu for the evening: Fresh greens from the garden with a lemon vinaigrette, ratatouille, Grilled Halibut with Beurre a la maitre d’hotel, showcasing Betsy’s homegrown parsley, and Peches Cardinal.
Toasting a night of delicious recipes a la Julia Child. Bon Appétit!