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tuna rillettes

I’ll make this short and sweet. I made this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe early in the week, but didn’t have a chance to write it up before I went off to spend the week with my sister in Philadelphia.

This was a simple tuna spread that makes a great appetizer or lunch. Tuna is pureed with shallots, a bit of curry powder and some quatre-├ępices, then smoothed out with heavy cream. I loved the warm flavors of the spices. Packed into ramekins, it also made a nice presentation. Tuna rillettes is company-worthy so I’ll make this again when I can show it off to some guests.

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I had a great visit with my sister Jennifer and her family. The main event was meeting my dad and other sister in Atlantic City for hoagies at White House Subs, a classic destination for my family. (We just eat hoagies, no gambling.)

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I also enjoyed visiting the Barnes Foundation, finally seeing the collection (now in its new home) after years of never managing to get there. This is the art I love. The number of Renoirs we viewed blew me away. The unusual arrangement of paintings as ensembles that focus on themes like colors or shapes rather than specific artists or time periods is different from other museums. The paintings are accented by ironwork and furniture that completed the tableaux. Though the museum’s relocation was controversial, my sister said it was a thoughtful and respectful replication of the original space, preserving much of the experience found in the collection’s original home.

A visit with Jennifer is never complete without a movie. This trip’s selection was sweet picture called The Lunchbox. I’m not sure how to characterize it. It’s not really a romantic comedy, but it’s not as heavy as a drama either. Whatever type of movie, we both recommend it.

If you want to see what the other Doristas thought of Tuna Rillettes, check out their links here. If you want to make it yourself, the recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table.

Have a great week!

ffwd: tuna-packed piquillo peppers

Tuna Salad

I’ll make this a quick one. As this gets posted by the miracles of technology, I hope to be hanging out with the Doristas that made it to Seattle.

The French Fridays with Dorie recipe for this week is Tuna-Packed Piquillo Peppers. In my bottomless pantry, I had a jar of these roasted Basque peppers (from Trader Joe’s) hanging out, waiting for the right recipe to come along.

I loved the tuna salad. The addition of olives, capers, lemon zest, shallot, and parsley dressed with olive oil and lemon juice was a lovely alternative to a more typical crunchy tuna salad with mayonnaise. For the final product, the piquillo peppers are stuffed with this Mediterranean tuna salad and heated under the broiler.

Savory Ingredients

Dorie suggests the stuffed peppers as a starter. Instead, I served a few peppers for lunch accompanied by a Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad. It was the perfect meal. I don’t know whether I’d bother stuffing the peppers again, but I’d definitely make the tuna salad again.

Tuna Lunch

To see other bloggers’ opinions about this week’s selection, check their links here. We don’t post the recipes, but if you want to try this at home, you can find it in Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table.