The most traditional of French New Year's food is le Reveillon, which includes foie gras, oysters, and plenty of wine and Champagne, among other indulgences. Most often, it's an elaborate meal, yet with a little preparation and careful planning, the same flavors and ingredients can be enjoyed in a more streamlined, modern fashion.
This oyster stew recipe uses simple ingredients, allowing the fresh, pure sea flavor of the oysters to shine through. A heart, warming stew, it's perfect for a night when a chill is hanging in the air and one wants to warm up at the kitchen table. The preparation is easy and fast, making this a wonderful dish for special occasion dinners when oysters are typically served, but a casual presentation is desired.
If anything can be said about chocolate mousse, it's that it fits deftly into every menu plan and has very few enemies at the dinner table. Tuck into this triple chocolate mousse recipe, prettily layered with homemade white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate mousses, for your next cocoa craving. Just add coffee or cappuccino for a show-stopping dessert course to impress your guests.
Full of rich mascarpone cream and juicy berries, this tarte aux fruits rouges recipe, also known as red fruits tart, is a popular choice for brunches and special occasions. Layer it with any combination of raspberries, cherries, and strawberries. Black currants, blackberries, and blueberries, although not technically red, are traditionally served in this soft fruits tart, as well.