I had my first French meal and I never got over it. It was just marvelous. We had oysters and a lovely dry white wine. And then we had one of those lovely scalloped dishes and the lovely, creamery buttery sauce. Then we had a roast duck and I don’t know what else.
Today would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday, one of the best chefs in the world and a great cookbook author.
Boston Restaurnat Week will take place over the next two weeks but I definitely couldn’t miss Julia Child Restaurant Week.
So there was no doubt for our family where we would celebrate my mom’s birthday tonight – chefs across the country, and also in Boston (Julia Child spent half her time here and also filmed The French Chef) were adding Julia-inspired dishes to their menu in her honor.
Finale in Harvard Square and the chef Nicole Coady added a special dessert to their menu – soufflé au chocolate with glacee a l’orange and cherry anglaise. It will be available tomorrow, Thursday the 16th, for $11.99 per person.
Grill 23 and the chef Jay Murray have their special three-course menu till Saturday the 18th – thick vichyssoise, 100 day aged ribeye and peach Tarte Tatin.
We decided to go to the South End brasserie – Gaslight (560 Harrison Avenue in Boston). Their three-course menu was based on the recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Roasted Mushroom Tartine with Fromage Fraiche and Basil Pistou, Tagliatelle with Red Wine Braised Chicken, Bacon Lardons, Pearl Onions & Cantal Fondue, and also Julia Childs Raspberry Jam Short Bread with vanilla ice cream… Is it amazing?
I always wanted to cook something from this book so it was interesting for me to try Julia Child’s dishes in the Best of Boston 2011 French Restaurant. I’m so glad I did it. Here are just three words: delicious, delightful, and French.
Happy Birthday, Julia Child!
And Happy birthday to my mom!
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