Friday, June 19, 2015

FFWD ~ The Grand Finale and Olive-Olive Cornish Hens

Dorista’s gathering in Seattle

This week for French Friday…we say good-bye! It's the Grand Finale! So, how do you say good-bye to a group that has been part of your life for 4 years, 7 months and 21 days! Thank you Trevor for the calculation! I haven’t quite figured that out yet!

This is our last celebration week! To mark this most momentous time, we can either choose our most loved recipe to make again, or a make-up. For me, it’s a make-up. I made the Olive-Olive Cornish Hens a long time ago, but never posted them. I think it’s time! This one was all about the technique. We learned to spatchcock a hen…WHAT?  Dorie explains that the French call this preparation en crapaudine, which translates roughly to “like a toad”. Which is what the flattened hens, with their legs splayed and their wings sticking out, resemble.

FFWD ~ Olive- Olive Cornish Hens
This was a dish we all enjoyed. I made it at the same time everyone else did…but because I was in Georgia visiting my son’s family, I never got it posted. When I look back at my photos, I cringe!  My photography has definitely improved, thanks to FFWD! The hens were delicious, even though, not so pretty. I’ve made this dish several times since then, to rave reviews.
After spending the week figuring out how many recipes I still have to make-up, I was amazed at how many wonderful recipes I have forgotten about! So many that I loved, and wanted to make again. Honestly, the number of make-ups is not as bad as I thought…but many of them are raw fish recipes, and I’m not sure if I can ever bring myself to make them! However, I am getting closer to making the dreaded Salmon in a Jar! I think Bill might like it…hehe! 

Moist and delicious game hens
I have made this dish several time to rave reviews
Saying good-bye is never easy, however this is not good-bye! Many of my FF’s group will be blogging along with Tuesdays with Dorie, as we bake our way through Dorie’s latest, "Baking Chez Moi"! Many will be cooking along with the Cottage Cooking Club. Many are my FB friends…and many I will see again because we have made much more than a virtual connection! Even though my heart is heavy, as I write this post, I know it is not good-bye! Just au revoir mes chers amis! Happy Friday Everyone!


Our first night in Seattle! Guyla, myself, Dorie, Liz, Cher and Alice

More Doristas in Seattle…Adriana, Tricia, Liz, Moi, Betsy, Mary and Patty
A mini meet-up in NYC with Cher and Gaye
Thank you Dorie for a wonderful adventure!
So as the sun sets on French Friday’s with Dorie…I get to say one last time...Happy Friday Everyone!

21 comments:

  1. Happy Final French Friday:-(

    I have very much enjoyed reading your blog week after week, in particular when you strayed into Lebanese recipes. No decent Mexican food to be found over here so I've had to fill the void with all of the amazing Middle Easter food. It's become an addiction.

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  2. I love all those photos of our Dorista friends. I hope we will have at least one more big gathering! Truly the end of a (mini) era. So glad we cooked together for all those Fridays! xo

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  3. Its been so lovely cooking with you and watching your photography skills grow. I too was startled to go back and see some of my 'early week'. So it is not goodbye dear Kathy. Only until later. (I still have make ups too!)

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  4. Love the photos of all of your Dorista meetups Kathy. Putting faces to the names and posts is half the fun. It's been a joy cooking with you and meeting you, and I hope we can keep in touch in the future. (My photos are still awful. I feel it is a personal brand now.)

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  5. Oh thank goodness we are doing the Baking Chez Moi or I would really be beside myself. Kathy, it has been utterly amazing to get to know you. I still chuckle that we finally met our "NJ neighbor" but all the way out in Seattle. What a trip indeed. And of course I now have the recent memories of our fun adventure with David Lebovitz too !! I look forward to what the future brings and I look forward to keeping in touch. I have enjoyed your posts throughout this adventure and your wonderful photography has inspired me. All the very best ~

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  6. Kathy, it's been such a pleasure to cook with you for nearly 5 years. I know this isn't goodbye. I will continue to follow your food adventures (and always improving photography), and look forward to the next time we can meet in person. I've added many of your recipes to my arsenal, so you are part of my kitchen. Plus you are one of my favorite Doristas. I know we'll keep in touch.

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  7. Beautiful photos of the meetup with all the friends! That sunset photo is so amazing.

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  8. Off into the sunset, indeed! I have to say, I'm jealous of all of your fun meet-ups! That original one in Seattle - it just didn't sink in at the time, so I missed it. :(. I am, however happy in knowing that we will stay connected as we move forward from this graduation of sorts! And hopefully I will be able to manage a few in-person meetings too! Maybe even the "big one" Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. Of course it isn't goodbye! Although for health reasons I had to drop TWD BCM, I love keeping up with everyone's delicious projects. While the sun is setting on Phase 1 of FFwD, I can't wait to start anew in the fall with our new project. It's always a joy to stop by here for your beautiful stories, pictures and recipes.

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  10. Such wonderful memories, and amazing friendships. I am sure this isn't the end...

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  11. I will miss your FFWD posts, and you sure ended with a bang! Can't wait to try the recipe.

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  12. I just love that word: spatchcock. Those hens look like us in dresses.... well, our legs weren't as white...or were they? Love all your pictures, you are so fortunate to have made so many get togethers. Hope to see you soon in NYC, it was wonderful meeting you.

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  13. It has been fun and so enjoyable to post our recipes together each week. I know this really isn't the
    end, we will be meeting somewhere, someplace soon, I hope.

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  14. Kathy, beautiful array of pictures making me all a bit jealous (in a really good way that is) of not having met one of the Doristas yet - although I am planning to meet with Rose in the fall...What a wonderful journey it has been and how wonderful that I met you and all the other lovely Doristas while cooking our way through Dorie´s amazing book - your food and baked goods always looks impeccable, your pictures are always wonderful and your stories are warm and entertaining - thank you for letting me be part of all of this.
    I am looking forward to many more kitchen adventures with all of you and to cooking up some delicious veg fare over at The Cottage Cooking Club.
    Until then,
    Andrea

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  15. This is definitely until we meet again :-) I am happy that we have had so many chances to connect over the past year - we need to continue to find ways to do so.
    Yes, my legs are as white as the hens...if not whiter!

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  16. I'm so glad to have cooked alongside you, Kathy - everything you make is beautiful and your photography has gotten more and more beautiful. I'm so glad we have more online ways to connect and follow along with each other's adventures.

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  17. I love your sunset picture Kathy! It has been quite an experience and I've enjoyed both meeting you in person and our virtual meetings each, well lots of Fridays:) You and Bill feel like people who live down the street and I will miss our weekly check ins but I know we will continue to check in with each other and I hope to see you again. I still think an east coast meet up should be planned. But who knows, maybe Gary and I can meet up with you and Bill in Florida! Now that would be a fun meet up! I enjoy our virtual friendship Kathy! Take care my friend. PS - I have my doubts about Bill and Salmon in a Jar:)

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  18. I love all the photos of you with the Doristas, Kathy, and the sunset is gorgeous! I'm so happy to have connected with you and know our paths will cross, virtually or in-person, again! Beautiful post!

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  19. A beautiful post, Kathy, and lovely final photo. Yes, your photography definitely has improved. As I recall you bought a new camera and took a photography class. Right. This is something you probably never would have done if not for FFWD. Do you realize how many pictures we have taken over the past 4 years, 7 months and 21 days? Practice may not make perfect but it does raise the bar above amateur. I also cringe and just open one eye to look at many of my early posts. Embarrassed might be the right word. I also thought of you as a wonderful cook and superb baker. You can make things happen in the kitchen with flour and sugar that I can only aspire to. I have enjoyed your stories about your family, many revolving around the kitchen and food. It was lovely to meet you and Bill in Seattle. I'm so happy we all made the effort to take that journey together. The end of FFWD has left a bit of a void in my day right now. Such an anchor to every week. I look forward to reading all your blog post and cooking and baking along with you in CCC and, sometimes, Chez Moi. I also anticipate occasional gathering in the future, hopefully soon. Thank you for being a friend, a supporter and always cheering me on in the kitchen despite my failure or two or three along the way. XOXOX

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  20. Lovely post. I'm really looking forward to continuing following your blog through TWD and CCC. You definitely have to post if you make salmon in the jar! I'd love to hear what you think.

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  21. You certainly have had a lot of fun with FF! Your hens are beautiful--it is so amazing to see them splayed out like that, I don't think you're going to get many photography critics!

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