|Dieter's Tartine: Tomato Cucumber Salad over Cottage Cheese|
If you had ever told me that I would regularly eat in the summer an open faced sandwich made with cottage cheese; I would have laughed in your face. "I hate cottage cheese." "Cottage cheese is tasteless and eaten to punish one's self for having gained weight."
But after I tasted Dorie's Dieter's Tartine I was sold on cottage cheese. Now I do buy fresh cottage cheese that has flavor, but it's the combination of ingredients in this sandwich that brings me back to it time and time again. It is light, yet satisfying: tomatoes, cucumbers and chives... I eat this tartine for lunch when I have over indulged at a summer party, and I eat it for lunch when I start to feel that I am gaining some weight from too many barbecues and beer.
Who are you that loss weight in the summer? I eat and drink more than any time of year, and I am less active because the heat slows me down...
|Sable Breton Galette with Berries|
Any time I am asked to bring a dessert to a picnic I make the Sable Breton Galette with Berries. It is simple to make. It is very patriotic and impressive looking, and it doesn't get soggy sitting out in the sun. Berries are in season all summer long, and everyone tries so hard to figure out what the flavor of the jelly glaze is... red currant.
|Cafe Style Grated Carrot Salad|
I never really had "go to recipes" for the summer. Like I said it isn't my time of year. I melt like Frosty and wait to be reborn in the winter. Colorado and Vermont are the top two places my husband and I are thinking about moving to when the kids get out of school.
Thanks to Dorie I now have a salad that I can always take to a summer party: Cafe Style Grated Carrot Salad. Everyone likes carrot salad. This version is in a vinegar mustard base, so I don't have to worry about it spoiling sitting out all day... and it tastes just different enough to make it special.
|Sole with Capers, Cornichons and Brown Butter|
On a hot lazy summer day most Americans will russell up a burger or buy a pizza for a quick meal. (Both are at the bottom of my dinner list.) I think nothing of sauteing a piece of fish. I often make Dorie's: Sole with Capers, Cornichons and Brown Butter not because I love it so much, but because I always have the ingredients for it on hand. This sauce works well on any white fish. I've put it on tilapia, cod and haddock too.
|Arborio Rice Pudding|
Rice pudding used to be right up there with cottage cheese as something I would never eat. Well, I had never made homemade rice pudding before... and I never made it with arborio rice! I have altered Dorie's recipe, but Arborio Rice Pudding is now my ultimate comfort dessert. I have been using making it as an excuse to eat jars and jars of the peach preserves my husband made last summer. (They must be finished before our peach season hits in August, so I can start the process all over again!)
Having to choose recipes for this posts I now really see how Around my French Table has influence what we eat in my family. I never made any of these recipes before I joined French Fridays with Dorie, I never made any version of these recipes... it is amazing how much Dorie has broadened mine and my family's palate.
Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review.