Jacques takes a stroll down memory lane as he lovingly prepares dishes once enjoyed with his dear cooking companion Julia Child. Jacques' retrospective menu begins with a shucking lesson, the first steps towards an oyster chowder with potatoes, spinach and corn. Jacques then recreates Julia's classic South of France eggplant-tomato gratin, a dish with layers of rustic flavors. He recalls going head-to-head with Julia for a winning hamburger royale using fresh ground beef and all the fixin's.
Jacques dedicates today's dishes to his wife Gloria and their many years spent together in the kitchen. He kicks off with an extravagant, yet easy and elegant PRESSED CAVIAR CANAPE. Jacques then pops the top from a bottle of beer to make a simple batter for his CORN FRITTERS topped with SMOKED SALMON. And while the oil is still hot, he browns FRIED EGGPLANT FANS to a perfect crispy crunch using a tempura batter. Next comes a quick bowl of Vietnamese HANOI CHICKEN SOUP served with zesty accoutrements.
Shorey, Jacques' granddaughter, joins him in the kitchen, bringing her petite yet progressive palate in tow! She follows along as Jacques prepares one of her favorites, escargots in baked potatoes. The two continue, creating stuffed tomatoes - a Pepin heirloom recipe passed down through several genera-tions. Jacques then shares an afterschool favorite from his childhood, appropriately named pain de quatre heures or "the four o'clock bread," filled with hazelnuts and chocolate. A crunchy bite of chocolate-pistachio brittle brings the lesson to a close and a smile to their faces.
In honor of their love, Jacques prepares a meal of his wife Gloria's favorites. First he creates a tasty herbed omelet with shrimp. He then goes on to combine cilantro with Gloria's favorite ingredient, rice, to make cilantro rice, which pairs perfectly with a stew of calamari with saffron and cucumber, onion and mint salad. The whole meal is followed with a Pepin spin on a classic dessert, rice pudding with dried cherries and blueberry sauce.
Jacques' granddaughter Shorey is back in the kitchen and she's all grown up but she's never too old for dessert! And it all starts with a little butter, freshly made for a quick tartine de confiture. Fresh fruit recipes follow with peaches marty and rhubarb-honey coupe with creamy yogurt sauce. Shorey's love of chocolate isn't forgotten with chocolate pistachio biscotti, which proves to be a perfect lesson in baking, as Jacques guides her measurements and mixtures. Finally, Shorey and Jacques shape mini chocolate truffles to round out their confectionary creations.