Tonight was my night to host our (bi-)weekly rotating dinner party: French Night.
French Night started as a way to learn and/or brush up on French conversation skills. (After nearly ten years of studying the language, I can proudly say, “Je parle français comme une vache.” Madame would be very proud if she knew.) In all honesty, I can't remember the last time we spoke French at French Night, but I'm okay with that since it has evolved into an intimate group of young women who enjoy good company, good conversation, good food, and -- most importantly -- good wine.
It is French night after all.
This evening's wines included a 2003 red from Spain and a 2009 white from France. There was also brie, gouda, and apples. Cat brought a 2009 red made from montepulciano grapes (grown in Italy's Abruzzo region) that we'll likely enjoy later. Side note: I am no where near being an oenophile. But, I did just order $75 worth of wine from Wine Insiders thanks to a sweet Groupon.
One of the joys of French Night is that I get to cook dishes that I could never finish on my own. (You should see my freezer.) For tonight's dinner, I served eggplant parmesan lasagna with a very simple simple salad.
I'm starting to become a huge fan of lighter lasagnas. This recipe is 432 calories and has 28.3 grams of protein per serving.
And, for dessert, chocolate-dipped fruit.
I swear, this is healthy. See -- there's fruit! The chocolate sauce is very simple -- Stirring constantly, melt a bag of quality, milk chocolate chips over simmering water and mix in two tablespoons of evaporated skim milk.
Bon soir, mes amis!