Julia Child taught us all to love French food. I remember watching her TV show with my mom when I was a kid. Mom would take notes and follow along in one of her Julia cookbooks. Mom loved Julia’s recipes, and often turned to them when entertaining. Over the years, mom found that sometimes she just didn’t have the time to prepare some of Julia’s more detailed recipes – like her Boeuf Bourguignon. So, mom created her own, less time consuming but equally delicious version. I have put it at the center of this menu, pairing it together with other French-inspired recipes of ours. So, treat your friends and family to a taste of France in your home with this dinner. Bon appétit!

Smoked Trout Canapés

Tomato Basil Bisque (p. 57, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen)

Boeuf Bourguignon (p. 114, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen)

Mashed Potatoes with Parsley and Chives

Spinach Salad with Lemon-Pine Nut Dressing

Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart (p. 226, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen)

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I haves provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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