I'd like to make a really special French meal, but I'm so pressed for time these days. I'd love some suggestions for beautiful and delicious recipes that aren't too time consuming. I'm up for a good five or six hours in the kitchen, but I can't start by making brown veal stock, or assemble dishes with numerous components.
For dessert, I'll serve pears poached in red wine with vanilla and black pepper, and filled with sweetened mascarpone cream. It's gorgeous, and only takes about an hour to make. What are the analogues for the first course and entree?