Cooking · Dinner

Sunday: A Night With Jacques Pepin – or Tim and Nicole…

On Sunday night my friends Tim and Nicole invited me over for a lovely dinner and the Pixar film Ratatouille. I arrived at 4:30 with a bottle of red wine to go with dinner. We started the film promptly so that we would have time to finish it and have a nice dinner on the deck afterwards.

As some of you might know, I am not a huge fan of animated movies… but somehow I let Tim and Nicole convince me to see this movie. I am glad they did because I actually really did enjoy it, which was shocking to me. The film was cute and it revolved around one of my favorite subjects – cooking. I love cooking and cuisine, (obviously!) but rats, not so much – thank goodness they were animated. But Pixar makes their rats very realistic, so there were a few minutes where I thought there was a rat cooking in a famous French restaurant…!

Tim, Nicole and I enjoyed dinner after the film concluded. On the menu tonight was another Jacque Pepin recipe – this one however, I was a little nervous for… roasted sausage, onion, potato and garlic. Now I love garlic, potatoes and onions. But up until Sunday I had never tried a real Italian sausage. I am pretty sure that I’ve tried turkey sausage and chicken sausage… and I asked Tim if our sausages for tonight were either of these kinds. The answer was “no!”

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Doesn’t this look good!? The garnish is fresh, flat leaf parsley from the “garden” of herbs that Tim grows on the deck! I definitely enjoyed an onion, potato, and two cloves of beautifully roasted garlic (smashed over a piece or two of french bread – my favorite!) and I bravely tried half of a sweet Italian sausage. To my surprise I thought it was fantastic! After I was done with my half I went back for another quarter 🙂 It was really a great dinner.

The salad was definitely on the top of my list on Sunday night. It was a bed of green leaf lettuce mixed with romaine garnished with sliced radishes (who knew I was such a big fan of radishes???) with a homemade dressing of freshly ground pepper, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, extra virgin olive oil, and a dash of sea salt. It was a highlight, and I definitely had seconds of the salad.

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Dessert was amazing:

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An Apricot Clafoutis. As Jacques Pepin says (so correctly!) a clafoutis is somewhere between a sweet omelet and a custard. It is the first clafoutis I have ever consumed (or at least knowingly!) and I loved it. It had a light consistency but it was also rich with flavor at the same time… a great summer dessert! Here is the link to the recipe: Apricot Clafoutis. I cannot wait to make one sometime soon! If you make one, let me know how it is!

That about wraps up my awesome Sunday night dinner with Tim & Nicole. It was a lot of fun and the perfect way to end a weekend.


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2 thoughts on “Sunday: A Night With Jacques Pepin – or Tim and Nicole…

  1. that dinner looks amazing!

    and heather… no sausages? really?! you should go to fenway and get a sausage from the sausage guy with caramelized peppers and onions. MMMMMMMMMMMMM

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