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This Is How a French Chef Warms Up Customers

Amuse's Chef C.J. Reycraft Jr. has three French comfort food favorites cooking in the kitchen of his Westfield bistro.

Chef C.J. Reycraft Jr. with his partner and fiancee Julianne Hodges at his Elm Street restaurant, Amuse. The bistro opened in mid-January.
Chef C.J. Reycraft Jr. with his partner and fiancee Julianne Hodges at his Elm Street restaurant, Amuse. The bistro opened in mid-January.
The doors have been thrown open at Westfield's new French restaurant -- but slip in quickly to warm up and get out the chill. 

The new 19-table bistro Amuse has been launched at 39 Elm Street during this month of unrelenting snow, ice and cold. Chef C.J. Reycraft Jr. is ready with a bowl of good soup, a hearty stew and hot apple pie, three favorites from his mid-priced restaurant menu

Here's Chef's recommendation for comfort food, à la Française: 

French Onion Soup, $10: 
"We use a duck stock in ours. It's like between a veal and a chicken stock -- less heavy than the traditional beef stock. We use sweet onions, like Vidalia. It is served with a baguette from Balthazar Bakery, which we have shipped in every morning. This is the bread that is most like the famous Paris bread, La Poilâne.

We serve it in a beautiful white crock. A lot of people use Provolone, Gruyere, but I like Emmanthaler. It gets nice and brown on top and the oils come out." 

Boeuf B
ourguignon / Beef Burgundy ($24)
"If you have a hearty soup, then you need to follow it with a hearty beef dish. We use boneless short ribs. We cook it four or five hours. We braise it in a combination of chicken and veal stock, and wine. I use Cabernet Sauvignon." 

Apple Crisp $8

"For dessert, I would suggest a beautiful warm Honey Apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. The crumbles are made of oatmeal, with cinnamon and sugar. It's a recipe my fiancée gave me."

Do you love French food? Tell us about your favorite dish in the comments. 






Westfield Parent January 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Awww, what a cute couple! Will definitely give it a try. Where is it exactly? Did Amuse replace another restaurant?
CJ Reycraft Jr. January 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM
@Westfield Parent Thank you! We are located at 39 Elm Street the former location of Isabella's American Bistro. We hope to see you soon!

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