Celebration Week #1: The AHA Moment

French Fridays with Dorie will be spending the next 4 weeks reflecting about our time with the group. This week’s topic our top 5 favorites list.  I cooked my first recipe with the group on 4/4/14 and it was the Visitandine cake, a sweet start to a wonderful group.  I think creating this top 5 list was probably easier for me since I did not have 4 years of posts to go through but none the less I had a hard time choosing. In no particular order these are my top 5 favorites.

Quiche Maraichere.  One of the few recipes I have made twice once for Mother’s Day.
Gateau Basque.  The other recipe I have made more than once.  My husband’s favorite.
Twenty-Minute Honey-Glazed Duck Breasts.  This recipe turned me into a fan of duck.  Now that peaches are in season I can make Duck Breasts with Fresh Peaches.
Beggar’s Linguine.  This was the most unique dish and biggest surprise hit.  Which reminds me I should make this again.
Shrimp and Double Carrots.  This simple dish was well liked by everyone.  Which reminds me I should make this again:)
I am saving my “favorite, loved the most, best recipe” for week # 3 Celebration week.  I have made a point to not make recipes more than once since I joined the group so late and had make-ups to do.  I will be reviewing the groups top 5 list closely so I will know what to cook next.

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Susan Lester says:

    The Beggar's Linguine was SUCH a surprise! We were so skeptical when we make it, but we both had seconds & we've made it again.It was so lovely to meet you & I'm sure we'll think of a reason to gather together, again. Your son is delightful & we really enjoyed meeting your husband, too!


  2. I also chose Gateau Basque and the Duck! Great minds!


  3. Liz Berg says:

    Terrific list! I forgot about the beggar's linguine—yum!


  4. Adriana says:

    Great picks Diane! The duck was fabulous and if I could make it more often it would have definitely made my list.


  5. Dorie says:

    It's so much fun to see this list Diane! Like some other FFwDers, I'd forgotten the Beggar's Linguine. I know, I know, how could I? And I love the way your Gateau Basque looks – xoDorie


  6. Ei says:

    Mmmmm…I loved the beggar's linguine. My husband didn't, so I haven't made it again. I should remind myself to make it some night when he's away for work.


  7. Diane Balch says:

    I'm with you I haven't cooked as many recipes so it was a little easier to choose. I really love how light the Quiche Maraichere is and the simplicity of Gateau Basque.


  8. Nana says:

    Great choices, this was not easy. I had forgotten the beggar's linguine too, but it was delicious. Have a great weekend.


  9. Anonymous says:

    You're right that it might be easier to pick from a smaller set. Great choices! I love the duck and will have more to say about that in a future week. I think after reading everyone's posts this week, I'm going to want to remake every recipe in the book.


  10. Great list! I ended up turning that linguini into a dessert. My most rogue Dorista moment. I do want to go back and do it correctly though since its such a favorite.


  11. Anonymous says:

    What a great list! You are right about it being difficult to choose. The gateau Basque is wonderful and I've especially loved all the quiches I've made from the book.


  12. Kathy says:

    I loved the Beggars Linguini…so good! Great list! The Gateau Basque was one of my favorites…even though it didn’t make my list! Have a great weekend, Diane!


  13. Anonymous says:

    Your list looks great. I thought about including the Gateau Basque. It was certainly a favorite of some around here. I did choose the double-carrots. So many yummy dishes, so little time!! Well done!


  14. Cakelaw says:

    The honey glazed duck breasts were excellent, and I enjoyed cooking with duck – not something I normally do.


  15. tricia s. says:

    Love your list- funny how popular that Beggar's Linguine was no ? We often spoke (amongst our posts with fellow Doristas) of how often expectations played into the results. I don't think anyone expected THAT combo to be so brilliant because most of us simply could't guess at what it would even taste like – LOL. So fun to be on this adventure with you and looking forward to these celebration weeks 🙂


  16. Jora says:

    The quiche and duck were on my short lists too. This has been such a fun week–I love seeing everyone's choices. I'm jealous that you still have so many great recipes to try.


  17. Anonymous says:

    Great list! I might have to try the shrimp and double carrots (I originally made mine with monkfish, but I bet I would love it with shrimp). It is so much fun seeing the variety of top picks!


  18. Mary Hirsch says:

    The duck with (Colorado) fresh peaches is one of my favorites, Diane, along with the moules, a roulade and M-H's apple cake, to name a few. I didn't realize you had only been with us for little more than a year. You seem like an old timer. I sorta envy you for having so many delicious recipes shead of you to make for the first time. You and your family will enjoy the experience.


  19. The linguini was on my top \”five\” (yeah, let's just pretend it was five) list too. I agree with Mary – it definitely feels like you have been with us much longer than a year 🙂


  20. Arisuchan says:

    I still haven't made the beggar's linguine…. a little too jarring for me still – but I'll make it at some point! 🙂


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