Pie in the Sky

Thanks, indeed for a beautiful, crisp and clear fall day for the first Thanksgiving at Kate’s first home. This year’s gathering of international and food-obsessed guests was reflected in the menu that blended traditional elements with the tastes of Mexico and the British Isles. Here’s the menu:   Squash on Toast.  Amelia took this a step…

Sweet Child of Mine

Oh, what fun this will be, celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday (August 15)! The legions who loved her (and love her still) are prepping, starting with a wonderful French Chef/Guns N’ Roses mashup from WGBH (the Boston station that started it all by deciding that a 6’2″, middle-aged woman with a funny voice and no…

Le Chef en Rose

Even gardeners love Julia. In bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Three Cubed: Sauté de Bouef á la Provençale

The Book: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 Since this project is a roll of the dice, I decided to forgo my own cookbook collection and go with whatever I found in the apartment where I’ve been housesitting.  The only cookbook in the place is, remarkably, Julia Child’s masterpiece. (A boxed-set edition of…

Bon Appetit!, the Opera

The Atlanta Opera is presenting a comic operetta based on episodes of The French Chef, originally staged in 1989 with Jean Stapleton. Apparently Julia Child loved it. Who knew? Atlanta arts writer Pierre Ruhe has an interview with the creators, including this inspiration: “Julia had a very musical delivery, and I let that inform how I…

Bon Appetit!

The new Le Creuset has been officially christened in what seemed the most appropriate manner possible–with a batch of Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon. (Extra points for authenticity by using my autographed copy of From Julia’s Kitchen). Oh dear, Julia, all those years you spent testing recipes continue to pay off decades later. They always work perfectly. Probably…