Free Design Friday : A Moveable Feast

4 Sep

While many of us are preparing to go away for a long weekend, I’m preparing for three blissful days at home with a few of the people I love most : Mom, Dad, N, J and T.  The last time we all got together up here, we went bowling and got crushed by Mom and Dad. Apparently, Mom used to own a bowling ball (which always implies a certain seriousness about the game), and Dad is some kind of bowling virtuoso (at the ripe – and wonderful – age of 78). This weekend is sure to be filled with card-playing, coffee, laughter and some really amazing food.

Speaking of food (everyone seems to be since Meryl portrayed Julia Child), I have two “Julias” in my life : my Mom and Ina Garten (whose Julia was, well, The Original Julia). I haven’t made every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but I have made most of Ina’s recipes in her Barefoot in Paris. When I traveled to the City of Light in 2007, it felt a little like coming home. Getting back to my French roots (which go way back – I am a Richelieu, after all), N, his parents, and I feasted on onion soup, all sorts of tartines, roast chicken and – my absolute favorite – bread (with a side of bread). Lots of it. Ina’s recipe for Lemon Chicken with Croutons still reminds me of that trip and evokes that yummy sensation that only a great meal with family and friends can stir.

An American in Paris (clockwise from upper left) : Our home in Paris, dinner on the Seine, caught eating a baguette on the Ile de la Cite, la Tour Eiffel, Poilane's famous loaves, salivating over the window at Poilane, gazing at the Med in Nice.

An American in Paris (clockwise from upper left) : Our home in Paris, dinner on the Seine, caught eating a baguette on the Ile de la Cite, la Tour Eiffel, Poilane's famous loaves, salivating over the window at Poilane, gazing at the Med in Nice.

This week’s free design is a menu, intended to be downloaded and printed on letter-sized, recycled cardstock and placed at the table for a Sunday night dinner.

A Moveable Feast : Sunday night dinner from Ina Garten's "Barefoot in Paris"

A Moveable Feast : Sunday night dinner from Ina Garten's "Barefoot in Paris"

The design is reminiscent of Paris, the menu all Barefoot, the theme ultra-Hemingway. I read his memoir, A Moveable Feast, in college, and fell in love with his descriptions of every nook and cranny of this incredible city; when I visited, I left disappointed, only because I could have stayed. Forever. Lyndsey and Patrick : I promise we’ll be back before you’re gone.

Click here for the downloadable menu and the meal’s recipes : everything from rosemary cashews to a plum crumble, perfect for a Sunday in September. Bon appetit!

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