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View From Your Table

Paris, France [1]

Paris, France

Fred, our Paris bureau chief, sends this from his Bastille Day dinner in a Chinese restaurant near St-Eustache. I arrived at the end of the evening shocked that I had forgotten to take any photos of the dinner Julie and I made for our guests. We had baked goat cheese on salad, pan-fried chicken in a red wine vinegar and herb sauce, carrots in pesto, tomatoes Provençal, asparagus in sage butter, and baguettes. We drank French rosé, and then an Alsatian Riesling. For dessert, coffee, Mariage Frères tea, and a Breton cake with a sauce made of figs picked today from our tree in the backyard and cooked down in Meyer lemon syrup Julie made earlier this year from a friend’s harvest.

It was a good dinner, and Fred was remembered fondly, as was dear old Gaul.

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5 Comments To "View From Your Table"

#1 Comment By The Sicilian Woman On July 15, 2013 @ 10:39 am

How do you bake goat cheese without it melting? I tried to make it once, and was not successful.

The dinner sounded amazing!

#2 Comment By Mike On July 15, 2013 @ 10:51 am

Perhaps if you tire of the journalism gig you can become a chef or purveyor of fine comestibles. Your dinner sounds lovely & I’m glad a good time was had by all.

#3 Comment By Annek On July 15, 2013 @ 11:28 am

Your meal sounds fantastic. It must have taken all day to prepare it (or at least it would have taken me that long)!

#4 Comment By David J. White On July 15, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

In a world where if often seems that if a child does something dangerous and gets hurt, too many parents grab the video camera to record it before they grab the phone to call the paramedics, I find it refreshing that you were enjoying your dinner and your company so much that you forgot to pull out the camera. Too many people — and I have too often been in their number — focus so much on taking pictures of things that they forget to take the time to enjoy them.

#5 Comment By J DeSales On July 15, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

Alsatian Rieslings and Gewürztraminer are some of the wines I’ve most enjoyed in my short life. Since I’m no longer in Franche-Comte, but in America, they’re too expensive to enjoy. I must say I envy you, Mr. Dreher.