52 Dinners - Week 43: A French Feast Fit For My Mother

52 Dinners - Week 43: A French Feast Fit For My Mother
The day after my sister’s wedding was my mother’s birthday. We were originally planning on all going out somewhere to celebrate, but the nearest nice restaurant is more than an hour away, plus most places are closed on Mondays. 
So we created this fall fantasy pumpkin party tablescape in our dining room and 11 of us had a French-inspired dinner using a bunch of Dorie Greenspan recipes on our new Lenox china gifted to us by some of our favorite farmers’ market customers.
To start, I made a crusty loaf of savory quick bread with olive, sundried tomato, and cheese, served with olives & cornichons in my favorite rhombus compotes, and some Vermont Salumi salami with cloves and orange.
In the magical dining room we began with a honeynut, pear, and fennel soup topped with Vermont Creamery créme fraîche, thyme, and fennel.
Then we enjoyed seared Flatlander duck breast with orange, maple, and arugula. After that, I fried up some Ardelia Farm pork chops in rosemary butter and served them atop a celeriac and shallot purée. 
For dessert I served an apple cake with honey, almond brittle, cinnamon pink peppercorn ice cream, and crystallized rosemary.
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how I managed to pull this off after having just hosted a wedding all weekend. I guess I was fueled by my love and adoration of my fabulous mother.  She has prepared and served countless special meals over the years, so I always enjoy the opportunity to do it for her. 
 
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