Thursday, July 14, 2011

Happy Bastille Day!

How about a Croque Monsieur for lunch?

(*photo taken in Paris cafe last August --it was delicious!*)

Croque Monsieur recipe from: The Barefoot Contessa


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups hot milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg
12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
Dijon mustard
8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.

To toast the bread, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.

Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.

C'est si bon!

Ciao Bella's! (or would that be "chow"?) ;o)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday, KAZA!!

Can you believe it's been 4 years, already?!

I have met such amazing people since being here 4 years ago. Not know 1 single person in Concord, you all have been such an incredible & loving support system.

Looking forward to what opportunities & fun stuff lie ahead for KAZA!

This day would never have been possible without y'all!

Avec beaucoup d'amour, MERCI! xox

Ciao Bella's!