For dinner two weeks ago, we had in mind to make a French dinner, since we'd just learned that Monica liked creme brulee.
Making a dinner with meat and a dessert with cream would require putting a three-hour gap between them so that Monica could eat both, so it was important we serve promptly at 7.
We'd thought about doing a Provencal beef stew from one of Lori's French cookbooks. But we were somewhat disorganized and late about getting a meal plan and a shopping list. So we planned a "Baked Burgundy Beef Stew" from a Pillsbury Cookbook instead.
For an appetizer, we served cambazola cheese I'd bought at Giant Eagle. It was a bit on the flavorless side, unfortunately.
The Burgundy beef stew was very nice. We should have that more often.
The creme brulee came out nicely too.
I feel reasonably sure that we played some game after dinner, but I can't remember what. Ah--I think it was Merchants of Amsterdam, which Dani had brought. It was reasonably good--much better than it must have been when Dani misinterpreted the rules--but it was basically yet another German 'do a little abstract dance to score in some particular way every so often' game.
Cambazola cheese and crackers
Baked Beef Burgundy Stew
Merchants of Amsterdam