A Big Ol’ French Fridays Catch Up!

The holidays sure flew by, didn’t they?  My last post was right before Thanksgiving, and now here it it New Year’s Eve!  I hope you all enjoyed whichever holidays you celebrate.  We had a lovely time, but I am looking forward to life getting back to normal.

While I wasn’t able to find time to blog over the last 6 weeks or so, I did manage to keep up with my French Fridays with Dorie cooking.  I like the idea of closing out the year caught-up, so without further ado, I present my “Big Ol’ French Fridays Catch Up”!

Herbed Olives

Herbed Olives

We love olives so I knew we would like this one.  I had fun selecting a variety of olives from the olive bar at Whole Foods, and I rounded them out with some  leftover Niçoise olives I had on hand.  After a week marinating in olive oil with a variety of herbs and spices, the olives really had a lot of flavor.  We enjoyed dipping bread in the resulting oil too.  This is an easy one to have on hand for the holidays.  A real winner!

Beef Cheek Daube with Carrots & Elbow Macaroni

Beef Cheek Daube with Elbow Macaroni

Like pretty much everyone, I was unable to find beef cheek, so this really should be called “Beef CHUCK Daube”.  Regardless of whether you use cheek or chuck, this is a hearty, warming meal perfect for a cold winter day.  The macaroni adds a level of comfort and familiarity to this dish that is inspired.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup Sans Cream

I have to confess I didn’t manage to get a picture of this one.  I did make it.  I swear!  I just wasn’t feeling inspired by the lack of natural light the night I made it.  We liked this soup.  It was creamy and flavorful (without cream!).  I think I would like it better as a starter soup rather than as a main course, which is how I served it.   Starter soups just don’t fit in to my lifestyle, unless I’m at a restaurant.

Chicken, Apples and Cream à la Normande

Chicken, Apples and Cream à la Normande

This is an elegant, yet easy dish that my whole family enjoyed.  I love chicken dishes that include mushrooms, and the apples added an unexpected (in a good way!) touch of sweetness.  This only needs a simple side dish, such as the broccolette tossed with olive oil I served.

Cheez-it-ish Crackers

Cheese-it-ish Crackers

Yummy!  I modified the recipe slightly:  I substituted 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, and I used cheddar cheese (not one of Dorie’s suggested cheeses, but a delicious choice).  These are more like a savory cookie than a cracker, but they are quite tasty and addictive.  I love that the dough can be rolled into a log and frozen – it makes entertaining a breeze!

Go-with-Everything Celery Root Puree

Celery Root Puree

This was a fun one!  I have never cooked with or eaten celery root before (as far as I know).  I was a little unsure how to trim the knobby roots, so I just kind of chopped them off and smoothed them out with the peeler.  The resulting puree was creamy and delicious.  It was like mashed potatoes, but creamier and with a slightly different flavor.  We really liked this one!  Even my daughter who doesn’t usually eat mashed potatoes ate a decent amount.  I served it with BBQ Meatballs, but this puree really would “go with everything”.  Give this recipe a try!

I look forward to another year of FFWD cooking!  January will be an interesting month…

Best wishes to all in the New Year!



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13 responses to “A Big Ol’ French Fridays Catch Up!

  1. Justine

    I was looking forward to your ‘catching up with…’ post. Everything looks delicious! We’ll have to do our own ‘catching up’ soon… Happy New Year!!

  2. siffan

    The olives looked so good I wanted to pluck them off of the screen! I have made the crackers and also liked being able to get them out of the freezer and slice off the amount you need. Very tasty!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Thats one heck of a catch up! I’m planning one myself as I haven’t been able to keep up with posting either but still try to cook. Still trying to find a decent celery root around here for that one!

  4. Teresa

    Great catch up! We had some interesting assignments over the past few months. Have a very happy New Year!

  5. You go, Girl. This was quite a Post and it’s nice to know that you’ve been enjoying all these recipes. Thank you for posting them. I must say that meatballs with the purée is a stellar idea. I think the celery root dish needs something soupy, saucy, or gravy-like to offset the strong celery flavor (which, I do understand, is what it is!). Again, nice, ambitious Post. Happy, healthy New Year.

  6. Wow!! I am quite impressed that you got all that wonderful food into one blog post!! Everything looks perfectly delicious!! Wishing you a Happy, healthy New Year, Karen!

  7. pam

    Great catch up! Happy New Year!

  8. Happy New Year!!! I have also been MIA for the past few weeks but will be back soon with January’s recipes! Great Catch up!!!!

  9. Anonymous

    Happy New Year. Great job on the catch up post. All looks fantastic.

  10. I’m impressed! I was wimpy and skipped the puree and the olives so bravo! Happy New Year and it’s good to see you again!

  11. A grand catch up indeed!
    Happy New Year!

  12. your catch up is just delicious looking!! I love big catch-up posts! Its so nice to see that everything went over really well too! 🙂 Have a great 2013!

  13. What a great catch up post! Everything looks wonderful and is making me hungry. Happy New Year, Karen!

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