Sunday, October 6, 2013

Oignons Farcis Au Riz

   Definitely not the prettiest plate I've ever photographed, but very delicious nonetheless. Easing back into my Sunday with Julia actually took place on Saturday. I was just in "one of those moods". I figured, "Let's start with something simple". 'Someone' was wanting a steak so I started looking for a side dish, and came upon this! How perfect to go with steak! A stuffed onion baked in butter and wine! Sounds like Julia to me!

   Imagine French Onion Soup x 10. Al thought it was a very complicated process just to make some stuffed onions. I didn't. Rather cathartic in a way. My main suggestion if you were to attempt this recipe, as I found out, the bottom of your onion tends to fall out when you blanch it. Save a piece when you are scooping it out to plug that hole so the filling doesn't come out the bottom. That's what I did and it worked just fine. Julia would be so proud of my ingenuity.

   So I was left with a half pan of wine / onion juice after the baking was done. You will NEVER see me dump that much wine down the drain. So .... Al was grilling the steak - wine and mushroom sauce! Really that's all I did. I wish I could say it was something far more complicated but it didn't need to be. Sauteed mushrooms, basil (cause that was already in the dish), the leftover pan juices of wine and onion, mounted with a pat of butter, et voila!

   You can ignore the little basil leaf on the onion. Al asked if that was the only reason I needed basil from the store. No - there is basil in the stuffing. The dish just looked too brown so I wanted some color on top of it. LOL!

   I hope this post turns out okay. They seem to have reformatted blogger since I've last posted. Fingers crossed. "Sunday's With Julia" is reborn! :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday with Julia - Roast Leg of Lamb

I think at several moments today it was mentioned that we should probably just leave the house rather than stick our heads into the oven to sniff all the yummy smell that was emanating from there.

I cannot say that I made this Sunday all about Julia and I. I did not. For today was Easter Sunday. I brought Julia along with me on a mission of thanks and praise of all I have in this world.

ALL I have I owe to him. He is risen. Happy Easter.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Roast Chicken

There is something to be said for Sunday Chicken Dinner. Maybe a bit of nostalgia, a childhood memory.... who knows. At the suggestion of my friend Martha (and due to an imposed dietary regime) this week's "Sunday with Julia" left me a little fixated with a simpler time - my childhood and Sunday dinners at my grandparents' house.

There were only ever two things on the menu. Flat iron steaks with mushroon pan gravy and peas OR - chicken dinner.

I decided against the full bird today. I just refuse to pay 3.99/lb for carcass when I can have .99/lb quarters (I like the dark meat anyways).

Having inherited a bush of rosemary this past week, roasted veggies seemed the logical choice to accompany my chicken.

Winner winner chicken dinner! LOL! Bon Appetite!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Quiche Aux Fruits De Mer -Shrimp Quiche (or Lobster or Crab for that Matter ;))

A "nice light supper" is what I thought. 1/2 stick of butter and a pint of heavy whipping cream later? We have Julia's Shrimp Quiche! Sounds light enough right? LOL!

The only thing I can think of to describe this is "my seafood chowder in a pie". Of course you'd have had to have tasted my seafood chowder to appreciate that.

Sinfully rich and full of shrimp yumminess. My crust got a little darker than I would have liked before the filling set and it's not quite as pretty as some that I've seen photographed... There's only a half pan left for someone going back for seconds and thirds. :)

Success! :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Steak au Poivre avec Tomates à la Provençale

I think I decided a few days ago after seeing sirloins on sale in my Publix flyer that THAT was going to incorporate into my Julia Sunday.
First off - black and white peppercorns do not crack equally easily. I suspect my next cup of freshly ground coffee will have interesting flavor.

The steak was excellent, the flamed sauce divine. I had concerns as I researched that it was going to be some dish that was ALL about the sauce. It wasn't. And even though it pooled a bit in my plate? A perfect compliment to the steak. Not overtaking the dish.

Now - My biggest surprise of this day's cooking was the side dish I chose to make. The tomatoes!

Fresh and delicious! I've always been a fan of roasting fresh produce - I guess Julia was way ahead of me. ;)

I had to do the haricot vert just because I don't know how to make "squash" sound French.

A success. :) Bon Appetite!

p.s. I don't know if Julia had any feelings about the Dutch. I do know that the lady at the check out line today handing out samples of Dutch apple pie suggested French vanilla icecream to go with it. Who was i to argue?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Casserole-Sauteed Pork Chops

Well? Having had "date night" last night I was looking for something 1 - that I had most of the ingredients on hand and 2 - was easy. I LOVE a challenge but just wasn't up for one today. So my inspiration was the leftover half of pork tenderloin I found in the freezer. Voila! Who says Julia has to be expensive! I went to work with what I had on hand. :)

I have to say, the more I cook of Julia's recipes one truth holds - method. Always method. the simplest of ingredients transformed through method. I felt a bit of a failure for not taking on something more complicated today when I started. By the time I finished? Food is art in it's simplest form. I love it. :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011


My first Julia dish made without an ounce of butter or wine. *Gasp!*
Having been out of town all weekend I wondered if I shouldn't just give my blog a rest this Sunday. I guess I just have a need for it. It's part of "me". So I decided my fix this Sunday would be a side dish - Ratatouille.
Ratatouille is an eggplant casserole of sorts with zuchinni, tomatoe, green peppers, onions..... etc. My first dilemma presented at the store late afternoon where the produce clerk informed me that they had been out of eggplant for weeks as I was attempting to locate my last ingredient on the way to check out. Usually I'd have gone out in search of my missing ingredient but having a late start on my project I decided to improvise. "Be Unafraid!" I marginally increased the quantities of the rest of my ingredients in hopes that method would carry the deliciousness of the dish.
Layers of flavor. Sauted zuchinni, peppers and onions, garlic, peeling tomatoes, basteing.... layering.......
It did! I know the eggplant would have lended more complexity and depth to the dish but really? It was fantastically yummy. Julia suggests serving as a side to a meat course (boiled meat was suggested. Sounds delish.) I thought it hearty enough to stand on it's own served simply with some crusty bread and dipping oil. I might have served it with some cheese though as well (afterthought).
Of course at some point I'm going to want to prepare this again once the national eggplant crisis has eased. (Seriously - to hear the clerk tell it? Wow)
I think Julia would approve. :)