Per Nana ~
In 1996, we were celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary, so hubby
and I decided to rent an apartment in Paris. We found a place in the
Montmartre section, a 4th floor (walk-up) and we were in seventh heaven.
Surprisingly, the Montmartre is more than just a tourist section of Paris.
It is a neighborhood of lovely food markets, restaurants and every day living.
Each morning we went to the boulangerie for our fresh baguette
or croissant, had our cafe au laite, and planned our day. Life was good.
We toured Paris in our rental car, and visited the food markets in the area.
One day I just had to have fresh flowers for the apartment and since there
was a florist at the corner, we bought a lovely mixed bouquet of autumn
colors. When we arrived home, we realized we did not have a vase ,
so we improvised with a wine bottle. As I said, life was good.
We learned how to pay a parking violation, and how to beat the parking
meters before they expired. (Obviously a car is not necessary in Paris)
Found the local church, St. Jean de Montmartre, and the local
liquor store, Nicholas, and lived the dream.
Each day at "happy hour" we went to the various wine bars. I have written
of this before but our favorite is Le Rubis, near the rue de Rivoli, for our
daily " kir royale" or "pastis". A wonderful way to enjoy our retirement.
FYI, every year in the numbered years (even) the first Saturday in October,
there is a wine/champagne tasting going on to celebrate the harvesting of
the grape. Montmartre has one of the oldest vineyards in Paris, Many stands
were set up on the Place Du Tertre, offering glasses of champagne, etc.
We were so lucky to have witnessed this event.
Point of interest, if you do not want to ride the funicular down from the
Basilique Sacré Coeur, there are more than 300 steps to the bottom.
I know, I counted them on the way down.
This brings me to this week's recipe.
One night we were out to dinner near the apartment, and after dinner
we normally finish our wine with a plat du fromage. That night I wanted
something sweet so I ordered creme caramel, hubby went for the fromage.
On the menu was fromage blanc. (White cheese, right?) Out came this bowl
of what looked like sour cream. Absolutely tasteless.
I was so happy that for my sweet tooth because I really enjoyed it.
I do not share well. Ha! Ha! When I saw this week's recipe I had
to laughed thinking of our experience. I decided that Wegman's
was the best choice to find fromage blanc, but it was not to be,
so I settled for ricotta cheese and it worked beautifully.
Dorie suggests that you drain the ricotta, but I don't think this is necessary
with the type that is sold today. I believe the draining is for very fresh
ricotta cheese, the type that is made daily.
This is a really great herb cheese that can be used with chips or spread on
a cracker. I used some with an avocado, and also with tomato.
It is a recipe that will definitely replace my sour cream dips for a while.
Let me just add that all of this month's recipes were winners and hubby
and I enjoyed each and every one of them. Looking forward to June~
I am taking a bye this week as my older son graduates from High School
on Saturday and I am enjoying the festivities and the moment. Soon enough
I will have lots of time for "Dorie food", even if I am shy a taste tester :)
Happy French Friday
and Congrats to everyone celebrating Graduations ~
(PS- this October Nana will celebrate her 58th anniversary !)