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Friday, September 26, 2014

Vanilla Vegetable Salad

The heat wave is gone, the marine layer is back and my oven is back on.  But for this week on French Fridays with Dorie we did not need our ovens.  Vanilla vegetable salad (page 114) only needed a vegetable peeler, carrots, yellow summer squash, olive oil, lemon and a dash of vanilla extract.

I served my vegetables with some red lettuce I had and tossed it all together.

For our main entree I made chicken tagine with sweet potatoes and prunes (page 212).  We loved this one.  I did not have time to make couscous or rice but next time I will.  Such a delicious meal and was so happy to be able to turn my oven back on.


For dessert I made salted butter break-ups (page 400).  I have been wanting to make this cookie for a while.  I loved that I could roll it out all in one cookie.  I served it as Dorie suggested and let the family break off their own pieces.  This was a great day of cooking and looking forward to more!

For vanilla vegetable salad go here.
For chicken tagine with sweet potatoes and prunes go here.
For salted butter break-ups go here.
These recipes are part of an international cooking group working our way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. 

13 comments:

  1. Those break ups were fun to make (and eat) - I remember my family liking them.

    I am a little sad about saying goodbye to summer, but getting back to baking does make me happy :-)

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  2. The tagine and salted butter breakups were winners for us as well. The jury is split with the vanilla vegetable salad, but I enjoyed it and probably would make it again.

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  3. Everything looks fantastic, you have been cooking up a storm. It's nice when the
    weather is cooler, makes cooking so much more fun. Those salted butter break-ups
    were good, we enjoyed them when I made them.

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  4. I've always wanted to make the salted bread break up looks amazing and the chicken dish is fab I remember that... the salad not for us; but your meal together,truly wonderful.

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  5. Love your make up dishes, must get to the salted bread soon!

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  6. Great make ups, Diane! I especially liked being reminded of the salted butter breakups. Those were so good and are worth revisiting. Glad the weather is cooler for you.

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  7. I love how quickly you're making your way through the catch ups. I agree with Betsy - always good to be reminded of the salted butter break ups. They have been a hit with everyone I've fed them to.

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  8. Great choice of recipes, Diane! I still have to make the tagine…I missed that one! It does look delish! The salted butter break-ups was one of our favorites!
    I happened to enjoy the vanilla dressing. I was definitely in the minority!

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  9. You definitely had a productive week! I always love to see the make up recipes...so many I'd forgotten about :)

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  10. Yeah, the salad wasn't great. You know what I'd really like - some of your delish looking tagine. That's my kind of food.

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  11. You had quite the make up week! I should have one of those soon! The chicken was one of my favorite recipes. I can't say as much for this salad or actually the cookie either. Yours look tasty though!

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  12. I've heard the apple comment a few times, mine didn't have much an apple taste at all. It must really depend on the apples you use. I haven't made the break up yet, looks terrrific.

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