Classic French Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Classic French Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Classic French Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

This post continues my series re-creating Julia Child’s first meal in France. I previously featured her first course (oysters on the half shell) and second course (sole meunière). Her third course was salade verte (green salad) with a lightly acidic vinaigrette dressing, served alongside baguette slices. I re-created the delicious, tangy dressing by making a classic French Dijon vinaigrette and poured it over a fresh salad with kumquat slices.

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Flavorful Journeys Popular Blog Posts of 2015

Every year I like to look and see which blog posts on Flavorful Journeys were most popular with readers. It’s a fun way to reflect and reminisce on my culinary adventures and travel experiences. Without further ado, here are Flavorful Journeys top 10 posts of 2015!

1. Sashimi Seaweed Cucumber Salad

Flavorful Journeys Popular Blog Posts of 2015

This sashimi seaweed cucumber salad is one of my weeknight favorites. Since everything is served raw, preparation is a breeze. The fresh fish, roe, and seaweed transport you to the sea, while the citrusy ponzu enlivens the salad by adding acidity to the dish.

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Julia Child’s First Meal in France – Sole Meunière

Julia Child’s Sole Meunière

Julia Child’s Sole Meunière

Sole meunière is the second course, and probably the most memorable course, Julia Child had during her first meal in France. This is a classic French dish, where sole, filets or the whole fish, is lightly floured and then pan fried with butter. The sauce is finished with capers, parsley, and fresh lemon juice. It’s very similar to this pan-fried salmon dish I made a couple weeks ago.

Here’s Julia’s description of the sole meunière served to her at Restaurant La Couronne:

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Julia Child’s First Meal in France – Course #1

Oysters on the Half Shell Rye Bread Unsalted Butter

Oysters on the Half Shell with Rye Bread and Unsalted Butter

Inspired by reading Julia Child’s memoir, My Life in France, I decided to re-create the first meal she experienced with her husband in France. It was a meal that she fondly remembered: “Our first lunch together in France was absolute perfection. It was the most exciting meal of my life.”[i]

She dined at Restaurant La Couronne, France’s oldest restaurant, which dates back to 1345. The meal started with half a dozen oysters on the half shell served with pain de seigle (rye bread) and unsalted butter. This preparation of oysters was new and intriguing to me. Typically, my husband and I eat Apalachicola Bay oysters on the half shell drizzled with lemon juice and served atop a saltine cracker with cocktail sauce and horseradish.

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Salmon with Lemon-Dill Butter Sauce and Capers

Salmon with Lemon-Dill Butter Sauce and Capers

Salmon with Lemon-Dill Butter Sauce and Capers, Garlic-Roasted Asparagus and Boiled New Potatoes

Sometimes you need a flavorful meal that’s quick and easy. This salmon with lemon-dill butter sauce and capers is just that! Recently, Corey and I moved from Chicago to Atlanta; while exciting, it was also exhausting.

Despite a weekend of driving across the country, unloading and unpacking boxes, and setting up a new apartment, I was determined to break in my new kitchen with a home-cooked meal. To find a quick recipe, I turned to the Splendid Table’s Weeknight Kitchen (an excellent resource for busy cooks). This delicious salmon recipe is one-pot meal that only uses 5 ingredients (not including salt and pepper).

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