Feb 16, 2012

~ beef bourguignon

We were invited to a charming and intimate dinner party this year for Valentine's Day... Such a nice alternative to a set menu with astronomical prices on this commercialized holiday.
My dear friend Sarah is a hostess with sophistication and savoir faire. Her home is vibrant and full of energy and reflects her personality perfectly. 
Electric turquoise walls are just perfect for this handsome living room...

I love the beautiful woodwork and detail in this old home - the arched doorways are stunning...

Most noteworthy is Sarah's prowess as a cook. She made what may have been the most delicious meal I've ever had! Beef Bourguignon, Julie Child's recipe, served with fingerling potatoes, a scrumptious salad and crunchy french bread... heavenly! 
Dessert? Chocolate Souffle with a dab of vanilla ice cream. You may recall my dislike of chocolate mentioned in a previous post, however I take it all back after this. I'm sure it was the most decadent end to a meal I've ever experienced.. 

She sent each couple home with her famous homemade coffee cake. Upon arriving home, despite our "full" situation, we immediately tasted it to confirm it was still the most delicious coffee cake out there. It was. We confirmed again this morning.

My mouth is watering... I'm planning to make this Beef Bourguignon for Christmas Dinner 2012 and every year after... it's that good! Get the recipe HERE.
Thank you Sarah, for this lovely and memorable evening! 

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Veronica said...

Oooh I am thrilled to have a recipe of this delectable dish to try. I have a recipe but this one looks very good. I love the mood of her home and those turquiose walls ...pure theatre! Will pin the recipe for the forthcoming chill that is already creeping into the mornings here.


The enchanted home said...

Hi Jan...new header? Its beautiful, or you have had it awhile and I am just now picking up on it! Haven't been around quite as much but do come when I can!
This is one of my favorite dishes too and I make Julia Childs recipe as well. This is possibly my husbands absolute fave. Best to start it in the morning so its an all day affair when I make it. This has me craving it....and chocolate souffle to finish it off, yum! I would never paint my rooms turquoise but was impressed by how beautiful the room looks at night and how the art "pops" on the wall.....beautiful!

cindy said...

What a nice way to spend Valentine's Day!

I have made Beef Bourguignon at Christmas for the last few years because it takes the stress away from getting a Beef Tenderloin perfectly cooked amidst the craziness that ensues with all the extended family buzzing around me. It is my husband and both sons favorite dish. I use Ina Garten's recipe with the omission of the brandy that is called for because it overpowers the dish.

Chocolate souffle and take home coffee cake? your friend is a wonderful hostess.

BRASWELL said...

My mouth is watering + Grand images! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What a special evening! Thanks for sharing Sarah's gorgeous home with us and the recipe! :D

Ricki Jill

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What a special evening! Thanks for sharing Sarah's gorgeous home with us and the recipe! :D

Ricki Jill