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Saturday, 28 June 2014
French Inspired!
Topic: Education and Values


My subconscious mind has been focused on France while I practice flute for next month's Bastille Day recital, and think about what menu to have. It also didn't hurt to have a facebook friend post beautiful streetscapes from her recent stay in Paris to keep the inspiration going.

So, I guess it's no surprise that I felt like a “French dinner” should be my Birthday dinner yesterday and thatI'd walk around the farm and see what other French inspirations I have incorporated.

I did make Alton Brown's recipe for Coq au Vin which takes many hours but is worth the results! You can find his recipe on the Food Network site.



And, I made this lovely Boulevardier Cocktail which is: 1.5 oz Rye Whiskey, 1 oz. Campari, 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth and



can be shaken over ice and served straight-up or over lots  of ice which is my choice.

Finally, I created a lower carb, Almond nut crust, French tart-inspired cheesecake for my “Birthday Cake”




French Tart Cheescake w/ Almond Nut Crust 

Using a prepped tart pan (8”):

Process 1 cup of sliced almonds to crumbles in a mini-food processor.

Mix with 1 Tbsp softened butter or butter-and-canola oil spread

Press into the bottom of the tart pan and bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Make the filling, using a hand mixer, combine:

12 oz softened cream cheese

½ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt

1 fresh egg

½ cup of pure cane sugar or Stevia-sugar blend

½ tsp each vanilla and almond extracts

Spoon mixture on top of the roasted nut crust, bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until set. Remove and chill until serving. Can add a squirt of whipped cream when you serve if desired. Makes 6-8 servings.


Then, I walked around outside and realized that trips to France inspired the wrought iron (actually wrought aluminum-no painting!) little garden fences and the streetlight that lights our barbeque area. But I know that real “French inspiration” is tucked into the subconscious mind and influences how I visualize many things. After all, the French have inspired our civilized society and our quests for truth, beuuty, and knowledge whether in art, music, literature, philosophy, medicine, sciences. And so I go back to practicing French Baroque flute pieces...




Posted by Karen at 15:19 CDT
Updated: Saturday, 28 June 2014 15:21 CDT
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