It's time to celebrate La Fête Nationale! Or for my English speaking lovelies, Bastille Day.
Not too long ago, I had a discussion with a foodie friend of mine about which chefs inspired us when we were growing up, and I suddenly realized just how many of the chefs that inspired me were French and/or lived in France. Jacques Pepin, Jacques Torres, and Julia Child were all instrumental in giving me the desire to cook and serve wonderful food to the people in my life. I remember being glued to the television as Julia showed me step-by-step how to
get drunk on cooking wine de-bone a chicken. Many years later, I used those skills to help me make yummilicious dishes of my own. Like this one.
That being said, I'm not much of a French food connoisseur. I'm not fond of pate or escargot, and I am most DEFINITELY not into fois gras. Who in their sane frame of mind would want to eat engorged duck livers? Eww to the goo. and yuck to the duck. Heck, I'm not even much into the stinky cheeses that are all the rage in French cuisine. I AM, however, a lover of French comfort foods like puff pastry, pate-a-choux, casseoulets and today's dish... Boeuf Bourguignon.
The dish is basically a very rich, excessively drunk-on-red-wine beef stew, but I could eat a pot full of it even in the heat of summer. It's just that good. Oh, and I have Julia Child to thank for the recipe. She really knew how to make a dish special. *SIGH* I miss you, dear lady. BON APPETIT!