Restaurant-style French Dishes You Can Replicate

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    If there is one cuisine that has been able to inspire much of the Western world more than others, that would probably be French. This, in addition to the reputation of French cuisine as fancy and grand, can sometimes turn home cooks off. However, in reality, there are a lot of simple French meals that people can actually replicate at home. That said, here are some that you can try cooking from the comforts of your home:

Cheater’s Bouillabaisse

     When we speak of famous French stews, one of the things that come to mind is Bouillabaisse. However, following the recipe to the dot can be a bit too overwhelming, pricey and time-consuming. If you want to try a steaming bowl of this seafood stew but without the hassle, try following Purewow’s One-Pot Cheater’s Bouillabaisse. To prepare this dish, all you have to do is combine olive oil, leeks, fennel, salt, pepper, garlic, tomatoes, seafood stock, orange, saffron, bay leaf, shrimp, cod, mussels and fresh parsley in a casserole dish.

    If you don’t have one at home and are planning to invest in one, we highly suggest going for ones that have great heat retention. Some of the best casserole dishes available in the market allow cooks to lock in the meal’s heat for hours and even have a hard enamel interior that can help improve your dish over time.

Slow-Cooker Coq Au Vin

     Believe it or not, even novice home cooks can try their hand at French cooking. A great testament to that statement is Delish’s Slow-Cooker Coq Au Vin. This hearty dish is perfect for those who would like to create a delicious entree but aren’t quite equipped with the cooking skills. The ingredients you’d need to make this dish are bacon, chicken, carrots, yellow onion, garlic, red wine, chicken stock, thyme, bay leaves, tomato paste and cremini mushrooms.

     Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, all you have to do is pour everything in a slow cooker and leave it all for seven hours on a low setting. If you do not have a slow cooker at home, you can use a rice cooker instead. After all, many of the best small rice cookers these days also can also double as other kitchen appliances such as food warmers, steamers, pressure cookers and slow cookers. Some of the newer models even have turbo convection that can cook your food evenly and at a much faster rate than older models.

Pistachio Financiers

     If you want to add a twist to your tea parties, try baking some of Food and Wine’s Pistachio Financiers. This one is so absurdly easy to make that you can even do this with your little ones. As for the ingredients, all that you’d need are whole blanched almonds, sugar, eggs, unsalted butter, all-purpose flour and pistachios.

     To make sure that the nuts are well incorporated into your dough, grind the almonds and pistachios into a fine powder using a food processor. When it comes to food processors, it is best to stick with ones that boast an impressive number of slicing settings. This feature will not only help you prepare a wide array of meals but also allow you to have perfectly diced and minced vegetables.

Here’s How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Venue

Wedding VenueWhile almost all aspects of a wedding are optional, from forgoing the wedding cake to ditching the flowers and wearing a suit instead of a wedding dress, there’s one thing that you can never skip: the wedding venue. You need to choose a place where your guests, family, and friends can gather and celebrate.

However, it’s not easy to find the perfect wedding venue. There are countless options to choose from ranging from a quiet beach, cozy restaurant like The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro, to an elegant ballroom. With the help from some wedding planners, we’ve rounded up some tips to help you find your dream wedding venue.

Finding Your Dream Wedding Venue

Consult A Wedding Planner First

You should talk to a wedding planner first before you begin looking at wedding venues Myrtle Beach. These experts are familiar with the layout, capabilities of the space, items and time needed to transform it. Your planner also knows how to creatively make your space unique or a quirk about it that and make your vision difficult to achieve.

Pick A Venue That Is Aligned With Your Vision

This may appear obvious, but find venues that will match the aesthetic that you have in mind. If you want to have a modern wedding, check restaurant spaces that are well designed, art galleries, or even warehouses. On the other hand, a wedding that incorporates more natural elements will work really well with outdoor wedding venues like ranches, backyards, and parks. Selecting a venue that will fit in with your chosen theme will make your wedding feel much more connected to the chosen space.

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Ghost & Gourmet

The fifth year of this popular dinner event, which always sells out! Celebrate the time of the Veil Between being its Thinnest. This is a fun, positive event but profound experience of the sixth sense & the Other Side. Each guest receives a one-on-one personal channeling & reading with professional psychic and Medium, Margo Ross Sears, connecting to your passed loved ones to translate any messages they share. You also witness firsthand this happening to 9 others… just inches away! The energy and thrill is amazing! Also any message you witness for others, also has something for you too! FYI: Margo works for attorneys, police, politicians, CEO’

This unique evening is never scary, always fun, also features an intense culinary experience! French gourmet 4-course dinner at the haunted Brentwood Restaurant (Coastal Iron Chef winner, Eric Masson). Chef suggested wines and alcohol also available for purchase. Brentwood is on national TV: Haunted A&E, the Biography Channel Haunted Places, Nat Geo and many more. Chef Eric will step in for a visit too!

SEQUENCE: in our private dining room, each person will witness and receive information from your guardian spirits and passed loved ones with Margo. Meal and dessert served intermittently. Also, when the mood strikes him, enjoy uplifting, wooden flute serenades by David Sears during the evening.

Over age 18 only please. Singles, groups, or couples welcome! Come join the fun with like-minds! $99 fee includes appetizer, salad, gourmet meal, dessert, soft drink, tax, tip and entertainment. Flat $99/person, payable online, debit or credit, or Paypal.

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