julia child, mastering the art of french cooking, julie powell, french cuisine

Archive for September, 2010

Heart and Sole

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “Last night, by the way, we had Filets de Poisson a la Bretonne, or Fish filets in White Wine and a Julienne of Vegetables. Compared to most of this week, it was a cakewalk. I’ve begun to get used to the persnickityness of French cooking — the pureeing […]

Coming Clean

Last night when I got home from chorus rehearsal, I was faced with two dilemmas: first, I was a little hungry; second, my refrigerator was filling up with leftovers. (Just goes to show that even the best laid plans don’t always come to be.) In order to kill two birds with one stone, I decided to take […]

I’m Here All Week! Try the Veal!

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “If you don’t have an egg ring, you can use a cat food can, if you’re so fortunate as to have a pussycat.” – Julia Child Over the weekend, Ben and I decided to expand our family…we got a kitten. Four years ago we adopted Gracie the wonder […]

There’s Something Fishy About This Quiche

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “It is better to buy only as many anchovies as you need from a big can that’s been freshly opened in the store. But use them soon if you want to get the best flavor from them…Their fragility may be the reason many people just hate anchovies—they’ve been […]

Food Fight!

When I was in middle school, I was once involved in a massive food fight that resulted in the majority of the cafeteria having to stay late for clean-up duty. I’m sorry to say our experience wasn’t nearly as cool as this one:

Hidey Ho, Neighbor!

I’m happy to report that our “meet the neighbors” dinner party last night was a success!! We’ve lived in our house almost a year now, and while we’ve visited with our next door neighbor David out in the driveway several times, we’ve never really had a chance to get to know his wife Jennifer. With two young […]

A Beautiful Day for a Neighbor

 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about — enjoying things.” – Julia Child Tonight we’re having our next door neighbors over for dinner – the first time the four of us will […]

Love Me Tender(loin)

 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “I wouldn’t keep (my husband) around long if I didn’t feed him well.” – Julia Child Last night’s meal was really good…but it was also kind of confusing. To be honest, I’m surprised it turned out tasting as good as it did. One of our favorite things to […]

Knowing is Half the Battle

After Monday night’s chicken carving experience, I decided to do a little research and learn the proper way to carve a chicken. Chef Marc Bauer of the French Culinary Institute demonstrates how it’s done, and he makes it look so easy! No sense in keeping all this newfound knowledge to myself – check it out:

Nobody Calls Me Chicken!

 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “I pour cognac over the chicken and set in on fire.  Everyone gathers around to watch as I shake the pan and the flames gradually die out.  Very impressive and all that, but by now I’m far too far gone to enjoy it. ” – Julie Powell Last night […]

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