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Archive for August, 2010

K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple, Soup

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “Here is the mother of the family in all her simplicity. You’ll note there’s no chicken stock here, just water, leeks, potatoes, and salt in the soup base.” – Julia Child Well, folks, another weekend has come and gone where I had to miss out on yet another […]

Hungry for Self Confidence?

When I watch an old episode of “The French Chef”, I am just in awe of Julia Child’s camera presence. She’s not poised. She’s not perfect. She’s not even really beautiful (no offense, Jules). So what is it that draws me in? I think it’s the fact that she’s so REAL. She knows who she is, […]

Nothing Beats Home Cookin’

Have I mentioned that I’m in charge of a ginormous event at the local performance center this weekend? No? That’s probably because it’s all I’ve been living and breathing for the past four months and MtAoFC is my only escape. I’m staying at my mom’s house this weekend, which is conveniently located about 15 minutes […]

What’s a Pirate’s Favorite Fish?…SWORD Fish!

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “I knew that my dear husband has suffered silently lo these many years with my relative distaste for all things fishy, and though now were on a more expansive path, I thought he deserved a big thick fish steak.” – Julie Powell  One of things Julia Child urges […]

Memories, Like the Cheese Balls of My Mind

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “… my note in the kitchen made a splash – ‘Please eat my Roquefort Balls.  They’re in the fridge.’  Ah, yes, no humor like the inadvertent.” – Julie Powell   Yesterday’s post about our new knife set brought back a weird memory. In college I was a resident assistant […]

That’s Not a Knife…THIS is a Knife!

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “A knife should be as sharp as a razor or it mashes and bruises food rather than chopping or cutting it.” – Julia Child   I’ve always been a frugal shopper and try to buy things only out of necessity. Looking around my kitchen, the majority of the […]

I Don’t Truss a Chicken Any Further Than I Can Throw It

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “Some of the most glorious dishes of the French cuisine have been created for chicken…A chicken should taste like chicken and be so good in itself that it is an absolute delight to eat as a perfectly plain, buttery roast, saute, or grill.” – Julia Child   We’re […]

You Say It’s Your Birthday

Cosmic Bowling Yesterday the family got together to celebrate Ben’s birthday, and we had a blast! Everyone showed up at the house around 2:30 and we headed over to the local bowling alley – we spent a couple of hours playing cosmic  bowling, trying to adjust to the techno lights and watching creepy music videos starring nine-year-old […]

No Rats Were Harmed in the Making of This Dish

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “No wonder I associate eggplant with vegetarians.  If I was a vegetarian, I’d eat it all the time too.” – Julie Powell Happy Weekend, everyone! It is an especially happy weekend in our house – it’s Ben’s Birthday Weekend. To celebrate, we’re having a family get-together this afternoon, […]

Foiled Again!

This is who I pretend I am when I go bowling. Every Thursday night for the past 11 weeks, I’ve been the captain of my company’s bowling team for the summer league. Not because I’m particularly good, mind you, but mostly because nobody else wanted the responsibility of signing the score sheet every week. In all […]

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