My sweetie upgraded to version 3.2 this past May. Here he is, smiling politely after I forced (gently prodded) him to pose for the camera:


His requests for party food were pretty simple: “French onion soup. Oh, and some kind of Bavarian cream!” I decided to build the menu around these items, and declared it a “French-ISH” theme. ISH.

Unsurprisingly, I ended up buying pounds upon pounds of cheese for the evening.


By the way, this does not include the cheese for the cheese plate. (!!!)

So, what to serve at a French-ISH birthday party with seven lovely and attractive guests on the way? How about seven recipes to help you out:

Virgin Peach Bellini (Yeah, yeah, I know this is Italian. I said French-ISH!)


Mark doesn’t drink, so I found a festive and tasty alternative. RECIPE HERE.

Cheese Gougères


Such an amazing, light, and satisfying appetizer. So fluffy! RECIPE HERE.

French Onion Soup


That is admittedly a stock (ha! like soup!) image, because the dish went so quickly that I didn’t have a chance to photograph it properly. I’ll replace it with an actual photo taken by me the next time I make it.

This is an incredibly simple soup, but the best results require a significant time investment. RECIPE HERE.

Sausage Cassoulet


I initially got some flack for suggesting this dish, but it turned out absolutely delicious. A surprisingly tasty and low-effort option. RECIPE HERE.



Cheesy, potato-y, bacon-y. Simply yum. RECIPE HERE.

Forty Cloves of Garlic Crockpot Chicken


A blogger favorite, as seen here, here, here, and all over the rest of the internet. Thrown into the mix because I felt there needed to be more meat. RECIPE HERE.

Mixed Berry Tart


I skipped out on Bavarian cream in favor of pastry cream, since the former requires gelatin. It still tasted divine. RECIPE HERE.

In addition to these dishes, we also served a cheese tray and a bowl of leftover berries topped with lime zest. I’m getting hungry looking back at these pictures.

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So, there you have it. A semi-French menu for an evening in. Hope you enjoy!

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Cat loves to eat tasty homemade things, yet isn’t terribly fond of the process of making them. She prefers recipes that take shortcuts when possible – without compromising flavor. Her dog, Cheeto, likes stealing her creations from the dining room table.

She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.

She is also allergic to felines.
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