French Bistro & Provençal Specialties

I began my love affair with French cooking as a 16-year old au pair, living with a family just outside of Paris. Our family has close ties with France; with one son living in Paris, I am a frequent visitor and always updating my repertoire of French recipes! (scroll down to see additional menu selections following the sample menu).

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Zucchini-Tomato Verrine

 

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ENTREE SECTIONS

(FIRST COURSE)

Leeks with Bacon: Hard-boiled Eggs/ Vinaigrette

Coquille St. Jacques

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Endive & French Country Ham Au Gratin

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Mushrooms Duxelle Tartin

Onion / Goat Cheese Tartin

photo by Ruth Hartnup

Smoked Salmon / Dill-Mustard Sauce

Caviar de Aubergine: Eggplant Caviar / Toast Points

Beet Hummus

photo by katie hargrave

Pissaladiere

French Onion Tart / Anchovies and Olives

French Tomato Tart with Goat Cheese

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LES POTAGES

(SOUPS)

Potage Parmentier: chilled Bodega Bay Potato-leek Soup

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photo by mari

(option to serve hot and add bacon for a Soupe Poireux)

French Onion Soup

LE PLAT PRINCIPAL

(MAIN COURSE)

Bouillabaisse

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Cassoulet au Canard

photo by David Blaine
photo by David Blaine

Rancho Gordo cannellini beans / lamb sausage / duck leg

Sous Vide Steak Frites with Red-Wine Shallot Sauce

Filet Mignon Bordelais

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Bordeaux wine / thyme / shallot sauce

Pot au Feu

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photo by stu spivak

Beef shank / rump roast / root vegetables

French Country Ham

Beef Bourguignon with Haricots Verts

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Coq au Vin

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Homard a L’Americane / Cayenne / Garlic / Tarragon / Tomato / Cognac / White Wine

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Filet de Sole a la Bretonne: Pan-sauteed / Caper-Mushroom-Shrimp-Vermouth Reduction

photo by Jeremy Keith
photo by Jeremy Keith

PALATE CLEANSER

Sorbet 

OR

SALAD

Arugula / Bruléed Ruby Red Grapefruit / Toasted Pine Nuts

Citrus/Agave Dressing

Organic Bay Spring Greens / Jicama / Mango
Raspberry Vinaigrette

Shaved Asparagus / Baby Carrots

Shaved Asparagus SaladRicotta salata / lemon / almonds

CHEESE PLATE

individual cheese plate (not mine)
photo by Larry Hoffman

DESSERT

Creme Brulée

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Chocolate Mousse

Rose whipped cream / pistachios

photo by jamieanne
photo by jamieanne

Cherry Clafoutis

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photo by Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin

Pomme Bonne Femme/ Cinnamon Mascarpone/ Coffee Salted Carmel Dulce de LecheIMG_1938 (2)

 SAMPLE MENU

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