Yard sale score! Silver Palate & Mastering the Art of French Cooking. What do I make first?

  • Posted by: cate
  • June 15, 2015


creamtea June 16, 2015
I don't have the book, but I do have the Chicken Marbella recipe, which is perfect for summer.
Exbruxelles June 16, 2015
Silver Palate: White Coq a Vin.
Mastering: What the hell. Make a souffle, they're waaaay easier than you've been led to believe and Julia's directions are perfect. I also agree with Chef June--it's hard to go wrong.
Patricia June 15, 2015
Here goes!
Marinated Italian Vegetable Salad. And here are my notes in the margin - don't overcooked the cauliflower, it just needs a minute or two. Add strips of raw red sweet pepper. Add some oregano and celery seed. It's OK if you don't have a full cup of olives.
Nutted Wild Rice. Fabulous as a summer side.
If you like sweets that aren't tooth-achingly sweet the Cranberry Bread is perfect. Practically health food!
The Carrot Orange Soup is a classic. Make some to keep in the freezer for an easy first course at dinner parties. Try subbing tangerine for orange juice, or blood oranges in season.
Braised Short Ribs great in winter.
I still love their version of Salade Nicoise better than any other. Great summer supper.
Marinated Mushrooms w Red Wine & Fennel always gets raves. I just serve it as a veg. dish, not on bread as they suggest. Nice because you make it ahead.
Pegeen June 16, 2015
Thanks for the great reminders of some of their best recipes. And there are quite a few!
boulangere June 15, 2015
The Silver Palate's Chicken Noodle Soup is the most perfect one ever. If you begin with the first recipe in the first Julia Child book, which is her Leek and Potato soup, you'll begin to read for what she feels is important in any recipe. She even lists the pot in which to cook it as one of the ingredients. Her Mushroom Soup is the gold standard.
amysarah June 15, 2015
This brings to mind the original Julie & Julia Project blog/book - beginning at the beginning of Mastering the Art...and gradually understanding her approach.
mrslarkin June 15, 2015
I love the Silver Palate black bean soup. So good!!
Pegeen June 15, 2015
Bevi June 15, 2015
Mastering - the ratatouille just to see the perfection of it.

Silver Palate - Chicken Marbella, and yes, I love the pesto recipe too. The curried butternut squash and apple soup is delicious.
ChefJune June 15, 2015
Mastering? Close your eyes and open the book.
Original Silver Palate? Chicken Liver Pate with Green Peppercorns.
Nancy June 15, 2015
there's a great rice salad in Silver Palate.
On Mastering, does it say volume 1 or 2? if none, it's first volume. there she'll take you through basics likes soups and stews, eggs, a few meats. start where you like, are interested, want to learn. if you want a soup and have a cool night, make the leek and potato classic.
Pegeen June 15, 2015
If it's the original Silver Palate, it has a very good pesto recipe. Great for pasta, bruschetta, sandwiches, etc. Make extra and freeze it in an ice cube tray.

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Caroline L. June 15, 2015
my parents always loved the chicken marbella from silver palate!
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