Monday, April 4, 2011

Bon Apetit!

I heart Julia Childs - I mean, really, how can you not? The woman exudes this contagious, bubbly, effervescence and speaks in a high pitched tone that you can't resist trying to imitate when she exclaims BonJour or Bon Apetit! One evening last summer, I forced Joe to watch Julie and Julia with me and to my surprise, he really enjoyed it - blogging, cooking, food - what's not to love?! Ever since then we have both been wanting to try to make Julia's Boeuf Bourginon. This past weekend, we finally got around to it! Now, I love spending time with Joe, no matter what we are doing, but I have to say, spending time creating something together in the kitchen to share with some of our dearest friends ranks pretty darn high on my list. Don't tell him I said this, but I think Joe is kind of adorable in the kitchen :). The way he plots and plans and problem solves and steals a few sweet kisses every now and then - it all just makes me melt. I have to say, I think the true reason that the Boeuf was extra tasty was because we added our secret ingredient - a whole lot of LOVE!

Ingredients for the Boeuf - 12 oz of bacon, 4 lbs. of organic, grass fed stewing beef, more pearl onions than a single person should ever peel by hand, flour, more onions, carrots, garlic, mushrooms, parsley, beef stock and a bottle (yes a bottle) of wine.

Patting the beef dry so that it will brown -we heard you Julia!

mmmmmm Bacon.

so, so, so, so many Pearl Onions- adorable but pesky little buggers.

mmmmm....Beef browned in bacon fat.

mmmm...Beef braising in a bottle of wine.

Mushrooms and pearl onions post butter bath.

et Voila! Le Boeuf.

Joe and Julia...I mean Lindsey :)

Laura showin' off her pearls :)

Kat getting to work on her candle napkins :)

A few of my favorites :)

Post dinner games :).
I simply love sharing meals with these people.


Anonymous said...

and i love to eat them! :)

Tanner Blake's Blog for school. said...

You had me at grass-fed organic!!! :):):) I just adore you and your passion for your friends and cooking and kisses from lover boy!!! Everything looked scrumptious and it made me super excited for our photo dinner date soon!!! We will have to plan it! Typing one handed, Henry says hello!!!!