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Help me plan a (French Canadian?) Anniversary dinner!

biondanonima | Dec 1, 201312:03 PM

My parents will be celebrating 45 years this December and due to our travel plans, DH and I will be visiting them at their home on the big night. They live in a small town and dining out there is ALWAYS a disappointment, so I offered to make a special dinner for the four of us. I was trying to think of a theme, and remembered that they lived in Montreal for four years when they first got married - so I thought a French Canadian dinner might be just the ticket!

I've been looking for recipes/ideas and the pickings are somewhat slim. Right now, I'm planning to make tourtiere (from Epicurious: ) for the main course, with some type of vegetable to accompany (maybe roasted Brussels sprouts with caramelized shallots and balsamic).

For dessert, I was thinking a maple creme brulee (instead of the more traditional maple sugar pie, simply because I already have a pie on the menu and Dad loves creme brulee).

So far, so good, but I'm at a loss for a first course. My mother doesn't eat seafood and isn't a huge fan of fatty meats, so I don't want to do a pate or anything else heavy, since the tourtiere is already pretty rich. A wintery salad with citrus, radicchio, walnuts and Oka cheese (if I can find it)? A salade nicoise without the tuna? Also, I understand chutney is a traditional accompaniment to tourtiere - any favorite recipes?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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