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Need menu ideas for an easy make ahead French bistro meal

mountaincachers | Mar 8, 2012 08:37 AM

I'm hosting my book club later this month. There is a group of 8 of us (all relatively adventurous eaters with no allergies or food restrictions) and we often try to pair the meal with the book that we have read. This month's book is The Paris Wife, which is a fictional account of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage while living in 1920's Paris. There aren't really any meals described in the book (though plenty of drinking), but a good amount of time is spent in Paris cafes, so I thought it would be good to do some sort of Paris bistro menu. The other factor is that I will be working that day and hosting about 1 1/2 hours after arriving home from the office. Obviously, I can have the table set, etc before, but I'm trying to think of meals that could be made the day before and reheated. Maybe French onion soup and cassoulet? Anyone have any favorite (and not too complicated) recipes? Thoughts about dessert? Tarte Tatin seems like the obvious one, though I have never made it and am a little concerned about the moment of truth when I flip the pan over. Again, any suggestions for a dessert that can be made ahead?

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