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It was a present for our one year anniversary, the most romantic gift I’d ever been given. A weekend in Pareeee. Did I remember any of my junior high school French? More importantly, what would I wear??? He told me about a week in advance, and when I asked why he didn’t just tell me en route to the airport, he said “because your Mom warned me.” I laughed.
By the time I decided to throw a French dinner party for Mother's Day, I had about 5 days to prepare everything. I didn't want to spend an exorbitant amount of money, and I was tight on time to run around. Enter: Amazon Prime. I ordered a few items that really added a Parisian pizazz to my party, simply, affordably and efficiently.
I chose chicken with mustard sauce for my Parisian dinner because I love the complexity of the thick mustard sauce, and the subtle tartness that crème fraîche provides. When planning parties, I limit the time-consuming dishes to one or two, max. I want the evening to feel special, but I don't want to be so exhausted by the time people come over that I'm ready for bed. And while this chicken require a few extra steps, you will be repaid handsomely for your efforts.
As young children, we are taught to believe that hard work will be rewarded in the long run. Reap, and you shall sow. Put all of your effort into what you're doing, and somehow, someway you will succeed. I believe this principle with all of my heart. However, when planning a party this excellent life philosophy can be gently set aside.
Typically, when I make salads at home, they are busy. They have many ingredients, textures, and complex dressings. But not this guy, oh no. This salad is a lesson in simplicity.
When thinking about the guests at my party, I recognized that it was a diverse bunch. My brother's friend Jakob was coming, who is a vegan. My mom is a cheese-lover, and my father adores salami. So I figured this was the perfect chance to create a trio of "boards" if you will. I love setting these up on my living room coffee table so that as guests come in, they can nibble. It also buys you (the host) some time to put together finishing touches.
While I'm not French by origin, my mother truly believes that she was French in a past life. So genetically speaking, I may be at least 25% French. That's how genetics work, right??