Christmas Dinner: Lamb Provencal, Celery Root Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, & Linzer Torte

We traveled to Boston this year for Christmas to visit Philippe’s family. Of course a serious amount of cooking and baking ensued (that’s what the holidays are for right?) There was a significant amount of debate on what the main meal should be, and our Christmas dinner ended up beingย a group effort that involvedย lots of… Continue reading Christmas Dinner: Lamb Provencal, Celery Root Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, & Linzer Torte

Braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes

After a busy Christmas week, we elected stay in this year for NYE and cook ourselves up a feast. We don’t usually have the time for making dishes that require hours of cooking, so we decided to make ourselves an wintery dinner of braised short ribs. We started at about 5pm, took our time with… Continue reading Braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes

Seared Scallops with Potato-Celery Root Puree, Campari Orange Spritzer, and Balsamic Strawberries

With a new cookbook always comes lots of new recipes to try! We recently picked up Barefoot Contessa’s “Back to Basics” and this recipe for scallops with a celery root puree caught our eye. Valentines Day was the first occasion to try something a little fancier and it seemed perfect for the occasion. A gourmet… Continue reading Seared Scallops with Potato-Celery Root Puree, Campari Orange Spritzer, and Balsamic Strawberries

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes with Endive, Orange, & Roquefort Salad

For our second meal of Philippe’s visit in January, we picked another set of recipes from the Barefoot Contessa and after much cajoling, Julia was convinced to try this meatloaf. Although this meatloaf usually calls for equal parts beef, pork, and veal, we had to do with just beef and pork based on supermarket availability.… Continue reading Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes with Endive, Orange, & Roquefort Salad