I’m continuing to cook with the three French Hens, Chickadee and several other food bloggers in Weekends In a French Kitchen. http://weekendinafrenchkitchen.com/about/
This weekend from Daniel Boulud and Dorie Greenspan’s Cafe Boulod Bookbook is Andrew Carmellini’s Bow Tie Pasta with Tomato, Arugula, and Mozzarella.
Daughter, son and I enjoyed this dish tremendously. Loved that both cooked and raw tomatoes were in this. I didn’t bother to peel the cherry tomatoes since it seemed like a lot of work and I don’t mind the skins. I got my tomatoes at our local farmers market. The basil and garlic infused olive oil was amazing and added so much to the pasta sauce. I used fresh mozzarella. The argula and parmesan went great with the other ingredients. I will definitely be making this one again.
Up this weekend From a Kitchen In France is Mimi Thorisson’s Cherry Clafoutis
I couldn’t find orange flower water and after searching on line found that orange liqueur was a good substitute. Since I had some blue Curaco orange liqueur on hand I used that. Also vanilla beans are so out of my budget at the moment I used pure vanilla extract instead. I did opt to leave in the pits as suggested by Mimi. First thought was to pit the cherries, but I told my husband what Mimi said in the book about adding flavor to the dish. He asked me why I wanted to remove them then. I said it would be hard to eat having to spit out the seeds. He replied, that when we eat them raw we have to do that, so as long as you warn anyone what’s the big deal. Sometimes he comes up with some good ideas. I couldn’t locate my cake pan when I started this dish so I decided to use a pie dish. The sides puffed up really nice and look pretty to serve in the dish. I sprinkled with confectioners sugar after cooling.
Hopefully I’ll be back next week with more from Weekends in a French Kitchen. In the meantime if you’d like to see the others thoughts on the dishes from this week check out the links here: http://weekendinafrenchkitchen.com/
If you’d like to try the Cherry Clafoutis the recipe is on Mimi’s blog here – http://mimithorisson.com/2013/07/16/duck-burger-cherry-clafoutis/