New Recipe: Boeuf Bourguignon
Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy) will be the main course on two upcoming occasions: the upcoming French pop-up dinner experience on April 16 and the first French cooking class on May 30 at the Common Ground Food Co-op. This infamous classic French stew is based on Julia Child's recipe, but has been updated and streamlined to reflect today's home kitchen. But the ingredients remain the same -- tender beef is soaked in a rich red sauce and finished with a touch of cognac. Here's the recipe.
The April 16 pop-up dinner event is called "Dinner + A Movie: France" and will feature a four-course classic French dinner with champagne toast, wine pairings, aperitifs, digestifs, and of course -- Boeuf Bourguignon and Crêpes Suzette. Only eight people will be invited to join us. Details are here: cooking-with-paul.com/popups-france.html.
The May 30 cooking class is the first of a series of three classes that is part of my "deep dive" series at the Common Ground Food Co-op. All six of these classes from last fall and this spring have sold out. This summer, we'll be doing a deep dive into French cuisine as we survey all the deliciousness that France has to offer, region by region. We'll start in Burgundy wine country where we'll learn how to cook with wine. Next, we'll head south to Basque country where savory garlic-infused stews of neighboring Spain is an influence and a comforting braised lamb dish is on the menu. Lastly, we'll taste the Mediterranean-style Provençal cuisine from the south of France where bouillabaisse and ratatouille were invented. This series has not been officially announced yet, but here's a secret link if you wish to register early (the link will be made public on Monday morning).