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  1. the other Al
    December 7, 2009

    Holy Moly! That was some meal! I too have a complete weakness for French Cooking. I eat till I’m face down on the hardwood. Well done. I’m so glad I have foodie friends like you to invite to potlucks. I’m going to the you know what tomorrow morn if you care to join me.

  2. Karen
    December 7, 2009

    Sounds delicious, however, I have a problem. I am allergic to the sulphites in wine (react poorly to both the homemade or store bought varities.) So, my question is there something that can be substituted that won’t totally kill the taste of the BB? Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks.

  3. Kevin
    December 7, 2009

    I’m in preparation for a Thomas Keller(french laundry) dinner, and hope it meats the success you guys had. 3 cooking parties, 3 days minimum per dish, seems daunting, but should be amazing!

  4. Barb
    December 7, 2009

    Good for you guys! It sounds like a great party.

  5. Lauren
    December 7, 2009

    Oh wow – everything sounds fantastic! What a great party =D.

  6. CathyD
    December 7, 2009

    Drooling! DROOLING! Those potatoes. Must do. I am sooo with you on the crispy bits!

  7. Pat
    December 7, 2009

    Julia would be so proud of you all! What a wonderful way to spend time together with fellow foodies.

  8. Penny
    December 8, 2009

    Undoubtedly an awesome menu(!!!) however you miss out on an imaginative part of entertaining Julie if you don’t also savour setting your table. The table is the canvas that sets your scene! Due to cost, the best bet is either: Solid white dishes on lively colored linens with coordinating napkins in varying colors, or, patterned dishes on solid linens. (Watch for sales.) As enjoyable as creating a memorable meal in the kitchen is, it is also a pleasure to set the scene in the dining room.
    A wee tip; whisk table linens to the wash machine as soon as guests depart, you can leave them soak in the soapy water over nite to release marks. Heck I even love ironing everything the next day ’cause I think about the dinner, the wine, the evening, the laughs and great conversation we enjoyed. Sigh, just had to share…

  9. Kathy
    December 8, 2009

    Wow what a meal.

    We have a weekly get together with a group of friends and it’s always potluck, it’s great! And not in a “organized, you bring this, you bring that” kind of way; it’s truly catch as catch can!

  10. Robyn in Mountain (Ontario that is)
    December 8, 2009

    Yes that meal is amazing, but even more so is that you have your Christmas tree up already. I’m going back to bed — too overwhelmed! :-)

    I’m making the Boeuf Bourguignon tonight! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    Love the Julie & Julia theme!

  11. Heather
    December 8, 2009

    Karen – I used to work in a wine shop, so am addressing your question about wine. Sulphites occur naturally in red wine, so are impossible to eliminate, but they are also often added to act as a preservative – some people with sensitivities say they can tolerate organic red wines, which are lower in sulphites (because they don’t have any more added). Lots of countries offer organic reds now; France has lots.

    If you absolutely can’t tolerate them, I would say your next best bet is a dark beer like Guinness. It won’t taste the same as stew made with wine, but there are lots of recipes out there for beef and Guinness stew.

    There’s also a prof at UCLA who has an extensive web page on sulphites at http://waterhouse.ucdavis.edu/winecomp/so2.htm. At the bottom he tells you how to use hydrogen peroxide to kill the sulfites in wine. He doesn’t recommend it, and I don’t imagine it would be great for drinking, but might be OK for cooking?

  12. JulieVR
    December 8, 2009

    THANKS Heather! Sorry guys, falling behind on my comments here!

  13. Vivian
    December 8, 2009

    I make my own wine, both red and white. I don’t use the sulphites supplied with the kits and I understand that that is okay as long as you don’t intend to keep the wine very long before drinking it. I’ve never had a problem with anything going bad and I don’t miss the headaches that I used to get with sulphited wine.

  14. Karen
    December 8, 2009

    Heather, thanks for the tips. Unfortunately I am also allergic to beer-I had Guinness once while in the UK and it made my lips swell and face go numb…think I’ll have to just pass on this one. :(

  15. Laurie
    December 8, 2009

    Karen, I sympathise with you. I cannot drink commercial wines because of the preservatives in them. Any commerically made red wine makes my skin break out in red blotches that are maddeningly itchy. White and rose wines don’t affect me as badly, but they still make me uncomfortable. My ex makes an apricot wine that gives me no ill effects (aside from normal alcohol effects, that is) and I once had very expensive champagne that didn’t bother me. I’ve found that organic grape juice doesn’t affect me as badly as wine (and the red has the same anti-oxidents as red wine). Beer also bothers me, but in a different way. So I use other things for cooking.

  16. Jenna
    December 10, 2009

    What a neat idea to have a little party and every one bring something from Julia Child’s cookbooks. I loved the movie Julie and Julia and can’t wait to get her cook book.

  17. Lana in South Mountain (ON)
    December 11, 2009

    Just watched Julie and Julia last night and LOVED it!
    I am making the Boeuf Bourguignon on Sunday. All of these photos look yummy but, maybe it’s the Irish in me, but the potatoes made my mouth water. MMMM!

  18. Marisa
    December 15, 2009

    What a great idea for a potluck dinner. I like the idea of using a movie as theme. And of course all the food sounds droolworthy.

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