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I was thrilled when Matt said that he and Chris mostly wanted to live like Parisians: shopping in the market and cooking at home. And indeed, our first dinner party was on Tuesday night. We went together to each of the relevant shops, then Matt cooked, Chris sous-chefed and I helped around the edges. Since it was Matt’s first time cooking in this kitchen he wanted us to invite just one extra guest. I immediately thought of my French friend Antoine. We had enjoyed several meals together during my first few years here, but our schedules hadn’t matched up during recent visits. I surmised that a tasty home-cooked meal — prepared by my delightful house guests — might tempt him to join us. And I was right!

Matt started us out with an exceptionally delicious aged goat cheese called Mimolette. I had enjoyed something very similar at L’Espalier in Boston but didn’t remember the name.

Mimolette aged goat cheese. Delish!

Mimolette aged goat cheese. Delish!

Chris and Matt preparing our first dinner party.

Chris and Matt preparing our first dinner party.

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Extraordinary vegetables from the Palais de Fruit on rue Montorgueil.

Matt with the delicious chicken main course.

Matt with the delicious chicken main course.

Antoine and Chris at our first home-cooked dinner.

Antoine and Chris at our first home-cooked dinner.

"Antoine,

In addition to the delicious dinner we drank a few bottles of wine, and I think it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all.