French-Inspired Valentine’s Dinner

This post is almost 2 months overdue… if you can’t tell, we are horrible at keeping up to date on our posts! To rejoice and celebrate the idea of our upcoming trip to France, we cooked a French style Valentines Day dinner at home. All recipes were closely adapted from Julia Child’s famous book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Unfortunately we didn’t actually take down any notes on the recipes… so this is more of a make-you-hungry-with-pictures type of post! We borrowed Julia’s book from the library, but now I’m itching to buy it – check it out if you want the recipes!


Vin: Bouchard Aine & Fils, Macon-Villages Chardonnay from the Burgundy region (we chose this because we’re going to stay a night in Beaune in Burgundy)

Hors D’oeuvre: Swiss Cheese and Spinach Canapes (crunchy crouton-like pieces of bread)

Salade: Artichoke with Warm Butter Sauce

Plat Principal: Fricassee De Poulet a L’ancienne (Chicken Fricassee with White-Braised Onions and Stewed Mushrooms) with Fresh Buttered Peas

Dessert: White Chocolate Souffle served with Vanilla Ice Cream (I had eaten my first souffle in December 2011 in SoCal for a business trip – it was unreal. So this was my first attempt at baking them, Shaun’s first time eating them, and actually turned out pretty comparable to the one I had at the French restaurant. Go me!)

This whole ordeal took us probably 5 hours from start to our weary last bite of souffle. We definitely won’t be attempting anything like this again on a worknight… but at least we had enough leftovers for the next night and boy-oh-boy was that the best no-prep meal I’ve ever had!! :)

Anyway, we are so excited to indulge in French food & wine during our trip… And we’re looking for more great French recipes to try out in the mean-time!


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