I am home visiting the parents this week and it so happened that I would be here for "Le 14 Juillet" or Bastille Day as non-french folk may call it. As I am never one to pass up the opportunity for a fête, I went to work planning a menu for our little 14th of July festivities.
hours. As this would be a small affair, we choose one cocktail pour tous, the French 75 with a twist. Named for the 75mm canon of WWII, this cocktail sure did pack a punch. To sweeten the drink and make it a little more patriotic, we added about 2 tblsp of cherry syrup left over from our ice cream adventures of last weekend.
My mom makes a mean mussel dish and there is nothing more french than Moules Frites. I was unfortunately a little under the weather and didn't manage to make the Frites portion, but linguine was a perfect substitution. My mom's trusty recipe comes from Charlie Palmer's restaurant Aureole.
And for the "kids" (read: me and my brother of the anti seafood persuasion) we made a truly phenomenal roast chicken with 40 cloves of garlic.
Every good french meal should end with a simple salad and this Tomato and Mozzarella salad was perfect. Using yellow and red tomatoes from the farmer's market and basil from the garden, I could have eaten the entire platter myself.
I had been itching to bake something in my parent's new oven and we settled on a version of the Perfect Party Cake using my Uncle's homemade Limoncello as a soaking syrup for the cake layers and coating the whole thing with toasted coconut.