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.
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  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!

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

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  3. Liz Berg says:

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

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  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.

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  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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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  14. Cakelaw says:

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

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  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 🙂

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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 🙂

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  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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