Dorie’s Virtual Surprise Birthday Party!

by Holly on October 24, 2010

As Dorie is currently still on tour with her new book, several of us decided to be stealthy and put together a super secret project for today, October 24th, which just so happens to be Dorie’s birthday! We wanted to throw a little surprise birthday party for her while she is out on the road by putting together a party menu from each section of ‘Around My French Table’.  We hope you like what we’ve come up with and that it encourages you to pick up a copy of the book.

We would all just like to wish Dorie a very, very happy birthday and all our best wishes! I know we all appreciate the work, time, care, thought and heart that she puts in to her work. Thank you Dorie!


Nibbles and hors d’oeuvres


Hummus and Cheez-it-ish Crackers, made by Katrina at Baking and Boys
Saint-Germaine-de-Pres Onion Biscuits, made by Jaime at Good Eats ‘n Sweet Treats
Savory Cheese and Chive Bread, made by Lynne at Honey Muffin


Corn Soup, made by Holly at PheMOMenon
Spiced Squash, Fennel & Pear Soup, made by Steph at A Whisk and A Spoon
Salads, Starters and Small Plates

Tomato-Cheese Tartlets, made by Jessica at My Baking Heart
Spinach and Bacon Quiche, made by Di at Di’s Kitchen Notebook
Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella and Basil Pizza, made by Leslie at Lethally Delicious
Pumpkin-Gorgonzola Flan, made by Jessica at Cookbook Habit
Chicken and Duck


Duck Breasts with Fresh Figs, made by Nancy at The Dogs Eat the Crumbs
Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux, made by Susan at Doughmesstic
Curried Chicken, Peppers & Peas en Papillote, made by Marthe at Culinary Delights (not pictured)
Beef,Veal, Pork and Lamb


Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steak with Bacon, Mushrooms and Frites, made by Holly at PheMOMenon
Fresh Orange Pork Tenderloin, made by Holly at PheMOMenon
Fish and Shellfish


Mussels and Chorizo with Pasta, made by Spike at Spike Bakes
Almond Flounder Meuniere, made by Monica at SweetBites
Vegetables and Grains


Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli, made by Mary at Popsicles and Sandy Feet
Brown-Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts, made by Katya at Second Dinner
Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good, made by Natalia at gatti fili e farina


Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake, made by Amy at AmyRuth Bakes
Beurre Noisette Visitandine with Nutella and Toasted Hazelnuts, made by Holly at PheMOMenon
Crepes with Strawberries, Bananas and Nutella, made by Linda at A Tender Crumb
Quatre-Quarts, made by Laurie at Slush
Special thanks to everyone who participated in making this party happen,
and especially to Laurie for helping put it all together!


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Katrina October 24, 2010 at 6:08 am

This looks fantastic, Holly. You did a wonderful job. Thanks so much!
Happy Birthday, Dorie!

Nancy/n.o.e October 24, 2010 at 6:17 am

Wonderful roundup, Holly! Thanks for organizing the dinner party and bringing so many fabulous dishes. I can't wait to check out all of the posts.

Happy Birthday Dorie!!

natalia October 24, 2010 at 7:01 am

Ciao Holly ! Thank you for the wonderful idea , I'm sorry I posted late I hope it's not too much of a problem for you !!Love

Leslie October 24, 2010 at 9:54 am

What a fabulous round up! I had so much fun with it and I'm glad we all got to do it together. My post went up a little late-we're on vacation and I wasn't sure what time my computer "thought" it was.

Nickki October 24, 2010 at 11:01 am

What a wonderful & thoughtful idea! Happy Birthday Dorie, hope you day is filled with all things amazing! xxxx

Di October 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I love the way you did the round-up, Holly! Thanks for coming up with this great idea. Everything looks wonderful! Too bad we can't get together in person to eat all of it. =)

Katya October 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

What a beautiful roundup, Holly.
And an impressive dinner party. We should do more of these, I kind of love the format. Happy Birthday, Dorie.

Now, Dorie's book doesn't include cocktails, but I've always thought the coolest thing to bring to a park potluck or a progressive dinner would be a few thermoses of a signature cocktail–perhaps everyone brings two servings of theirs and passes to the right…

Marthe October 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

What a great roundup! All of the dishes look so appealing!

The Food Librarian October 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Great round up! What a great surprise for Dorie. I'm sure she'll be so excited with this! – mary

slush October 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Gorgeous Holly! You did a beautiful job. Thanks again for pulling this all together. xo

slush October 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Gorgeous Holly! You did a beautiful job. Thanks again for pulling this all together. xo

Dorie October 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I am totally and completely overwhelmed! And so very, very surprised! And deeply touched.

I'm sitting in my hotel room in Dallas and I have tears rolling down my cheeks. This is the loveliest birthday present from the loveliest people.

Thank you Holly and Laurie and everyone who cooked and baked and commented and sent me birthday wishes.

You've made my birthday incredibly sweet … and now I'm going to go get the box of tissues!


AmyRuth October 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Fabulous! I love it! What fun to know the birthday girl has opened her present….. Joy. So glad you could pull this off and of course so deliciously. I agree with Di that it would be so amazing to all be together. I think we should drum up a trip to Dorie's beloved Paris together. Wouldn't that be amazing?
Thank you again so much.

steph- whisk/spoon October 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

great round-up, holly! i love how you put this together. thanks for coordinating, and the comment dorie left you is so sweet!

Linda October 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm

You did an amazing job assembling everyone's beautiful dishes Holly!

I'm so happy that Dorie saw the post, and I'm so glad that we were able to wish her well.


Jaime October 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm

great round up, thanks so much for all your hard work on this! 🙂

Vicki October 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Fantastic idea!!! Beautiful food.
Happy Birthday to Dorie.

Jules Someone October 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm

What a gorgeous round-up! This is lovely!

Mary October 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm

This was so much fun….thanks so much for organizing this for us.

Jess October 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

What a meal! Thanks so much for organizing and putting together that beautiful roundup.

The Urban Baker October 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I wish I had known about this virtual bday party as I would have loved to have particpated! Next time, I am in! Looks fantastic and oh what fun it looks as though you had!

Monica October 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Thanks so much for letting me participate, it was wonderful to do so and surprise her!

mikejdunlap October 25, 2010 at 12:27 am

Incredible post – so impressed with everyone's talent. I'm sure Dorie appreciated such a wonderful birthday surprise – and I love your layout!

TWD blog:

Dorie October 25, 2010 at 3:54 am

Holly, it's now the end of the day and I'm still as moved by everyone's generosity and sweetness as I was at the start. This has been the most special birthday and I can't thank you and your merry band of fabulous cooks and bakers enough for it. Much love and boundless thanks to all — Dorie

Amanda October 25, 2010 at 10:57 am

What a beautiful gesture and absolutely brilliant idea!! I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Dorie at a book signing on this tour and she is everything I knew she would be. You totally deserve this Dorie, happy birthday!

abby jenkins October 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm

How much fun! Looks like almost as much work as the real thing.
I love sending photos of filled champagne glasses and/or bouquets of flowers to friends, nice way to show you care.
Now I'll include food!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ November 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Awww, this is so so cuteeee , and adorable, i love these kinda cute gestures!!
I so so wish i were a part of this too but nobody told me:-((
I had similiar suprises for 2 of my pals,virtually , and boy it was so exciting to see the fantastic response!!
AM sure Dorie was so so touched by this absolutely sweetest of suprise!!

Flourchild November 7, 2010 at 3:38 am

Dorie deserves this and more!What a great idea..I so wish I could have been a part of this. My dad was having surgery during this time and I was helping my mom ..if that wasn't going on I would have been all over this!!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] November 11, 2010 at 8:09 am

This is a fantastic round-up, Holly! You did an awesome job. Happy Birthday Dorie. Her comment was so sweet 🙂

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