Monday, February 8, 2010

Tallahassee Cooking Club, January 2010

This month's theme was Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julia's recipes are amazing but can be complicated and tedious.  However, don't let that sway your enthusiasm to open her cookbook and take the plunge into her recipes. If you have the time to prepare you will not be disappointed.

I must have been enjoying the French wine because I did not take many photos of our evening.

Our evening menu included:

A French Cheese board that included a creamy Port Salut, Brie and Comte


Roasted Pear Salad with Goat Cheese and Spring Greens with a French Vinaigrette


Did I mention the wine?


The main course was Filet Mignon wrapped in bacon served with a Mushroom Gravy Sauce.  As side dishes Spinach Timbale and Potatoes Dauphine were served.



We enjoyed a wonderful molded dessert called Charlotte Malakoff Aux Fraises or Almond Cream with Strawberries. I wish I would have gotten a photo because the dessert was beautiful.

Thank you for letting me share our evening with you.
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45 comments:

lakegirl said...

Looks like a wonderful evening! I'd love to hear more about the Cooking Club. How does it work? How did you get started? I'd love to do something like that here in Omaha.

Susan Fields said...

What a lovely meal - thanks so much for sharing the photos. That Spinach Timbale really caught my eye - I absolutely love cooked spinach dishes. It all looks delicious!

Cathy said...

What a great meal! I'd love the pear/goat cheese salad.

Vrinda said...

Lovely and filling meal....

suzicate said...

lovely(wine), yes and the food, too!

buffalodick said...

Nice plate of food there! Good wine to match..

5 Star Foodie said...

A wonderful feast and excellent wine choice!

Hungry Dog said...

What a fabulous-looking dinner! Every single thing looks amazing.

Angie's Recipes said...

Saint Julien! That's a great choice.

Fimère said...

un bon repas pour une excellente soirée bravo
bonne soirée

Mimi said...

Good food, good wine, sounds like the perfect evening.
Mimi

Bridgett said...

What a gorgeous meal! Your photos make it look all the more stellar. Can you believe i do not own Julia's book? I think I am the only one out there without it!

Sook said...

What a fun and great evening you had. All the food looks fantastic.

teresa said...

such a gorgeous spread! i'm in love with that cheese tray, i could eat the whole thing up!

TKW said...

I could just dive into those potatoes. And eat them ALL. No sharing.

Gracey said...

I am drooling right now!

A Year on the Grill said...

Julia does have great gravy doesn't she???

And love the cheese tray!

And, come check what i did with your pecans today... but bring a towel, drooling will commence

Chef E said...

Nice Velva, wish I could have been there! A hunk of cheese and wine right now would be good too...

Rita said...

You already had me at the 'Cheese Tray!" Bravo everything looks fabulous! Rita

Jen_from_NJ said...

Everything looks fabulous! What a nice evening!

Bob said...

Sounds amazing. I've always loved reading JC's cookbooks, but I don't think I've ever actually made something from one.

Gina said...

That all loos delicious! Pass the cheese tray please!

Sandi said...

really great Velva....love the pictures

Lea Ann said...

::: bowing
This all looks fabulous. I got the cookbook for Christmas and haven't had much of a chance to look through it. Are those Depression Glass plates? They look antique and very cool.

Faith said...

This sounds like so much fun! I would love to be in a Cooking Club! Your meal looks absolutely perfect!

Julie said...

What a beautiful meal! Wish I could have been there..although it would be a rather long drive.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Looks fantastic, I love cheeses and those fruits look amazing... Actually it all looks fabulous!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Wish I could have been there to sample it. ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Mary said...

What a fantastic meal! It looks and sounds amazing. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Peanutts said...

Thats quite a feast

Katy ~ said...

I would say a good time was had by all. How could you not with all that wonderful wood and wine!

Debbie said...

What a delicious plate of food!!! I know if I had been there I would have started with that dessert! Sounds terrific! I have one of Julia's cookbooks and have cooked from it but I have to be really motivated. Her recipes are long and time consuming but worth the effort!

Claudia said...

Os so scrumptious. The thing about Julia is - the recipes are worth the trouble. They rise above everyday cooking and she never disappoints. I would have loved to have shared that dinner.

Anncoo said...

This is so beautiful! How I wish can join you for dinner :)

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

sigh....this looks delectable.

Barbara said...

Sometimes you're having so much fun you just can't remember to take photos! Happens to us all. I love this meal and I love Julia's book. The recipes may take time, but are they ever worth every second!

The wine along with the cheese tray would be the perfect start to a stellar meal.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Sounds like a lovely get-together with friends. The wine. Yes, I saw and heard about the wine. :-)

My Little Space said...

Such a wonderful meal! Everythings look perfectly prepared and the cheese platter looks great too. Yummm.... Btw, where's the dessert?

Chris said...

Ohhhh the spinach timbale has ideas spinning in my mind, so many ideas.

Tangled Noodle said...

While the filet mignon wrapped in bacon is hard to ignore, I could eat bowls of the roasted pear and goat cheese salad!

figtree said...

What a wonderful meal to share with friends!

Miss High Heels said...

Your pear salad looks delicious.

Kathleen said...

Wow! This sounds like a great meal! Bet you had a great time!

Sophie said...

Waw!! Another GRAND meal, Velva!! The wine looks equally tasty too!

Pierce said...

OK, where did you get the Chaumes cheese?! I have had to take 3 wedges back to two different Publix stores because they were bad.

Fresh Market is out too. Did you go to Clusters and Hops?

Your meal looks absolutely wonderful!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Wow......I love your cooking club....and I am excited cause I may be joining one soon.....but we''ll see!!!!!

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