I am ashamed to say that this meal was from 2008 and I'm just posting it now. What can I say except.... I was severely slacking. But since this meal was one of the more monumental food nerd moments in David and my cooking career together, I had to make up for the lack of documentation until now. We were deep in the midst of our Julia Child phase when the holidays came upon us. David wanted to try our hand at consomme, cassoulet, and souffle. Noting that the three dishes all rhymed, we decided to do a dinner made up of rhyming dishes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Then after some research, we learned that the traditional French meal was a seven course affair of dishes in specific type order. Thus, the Seven Courses of Rhyming Julia Child Christmas was born. We had never cooked such a multi-course meal before so we planned out everything - when to put a course in the oven, what service ware is required for each course, etc. Take a look at our hyper planning.
David even printed out menus for our meal. Our first course was - L’Aperitif
Tanqueray but not pictured. AT made us beautiful Tanqueray red and green cocktails.
Clarified rich beef broth
French baked beans, duck confit, sausage
Sorbet de Citron Vert
Côtes du Boeuf en Jus Lié
Rib roast, natural juices
Asperges au Citron Frais
Blanched asparagus, lemon sauce
Soufflé au Fromage
Baked gruyere cheese
Buscuits de Thé
Yeah, we're ridiculous... but it was a lovely meal that Julia Child would be proud of.