Au Revoir Summer: Menu with Recipes

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Fall temperatures have arrived finally in Lyon signaling the end of summer. We took advantage of the weather this weekend and hosted a dinner on our terrace on Friday night for a few friends. Check out my “end of summer” menu utilizing the bbq and the last of the season’s tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and fresh herbs, along with what’s become my favorite go-to dessert.

End of Summer Menu

Aperitif

Tuna Rillettes – rillettes of all types (pork, salmon duck, etc…) are popular in France and this recipe didn’t disappoint our French friends

Entrée

Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Stack with Feta

Main

Grilled Salmon with Mint Cream Sauce – we grilled our salmon on the bbq instead of searing it in the pan

Side

Pan Roasted Zucchini with Basil & Mint

Dessert

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting – if you love hazelnuts as much as I do then mixing them with chocolate is just the icing on the cake. I tend to cut the frosting recipe in half, as I like my cakes lightly frosted. I’ve made this cake three times and it’s a winner each time!

Here’s to a wonderful summer and what’s sure to be an exciting fall with our little one on the way.

Bon appétit!

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