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

Archive for January, 2011

Flamiche, Flamazel, Hassenpfeffer Incorporated!

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “I was really getting into the swing of things now. Over a period of six weeks, I made: terrine de lapin de garenne, quiche Lorraine, galantine de volaille, gnocchi à la Florentine, vol-au-vent financière, choucroute garni à l’Alsacienne, crème Chantilly, charlotte de pommes, soufflé Grand Marnier, risotto aux […]

I Never Was Good at Math

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “One of the things I loved about French cooking was the way that basic themes could be made in a seemingly infinite number of variations—scalloped potatoes, say, could be done with milk and cheese, with carrots and cream, with beef stock and cheese, with onions and tomatoes, and […]

Expensive Taste

  [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “Fat gives things flavor.” – Julia Child In flipping through MTAOFC while planning my meals for the week, I was in the mood to try a beef dish that used something other than a typical steak. I came across a chapter of beef sautés, and decided to give one […]

You Say Potayto, I Say Potahto

 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.” – Julia Child Last night I went to a lovely potluck holiday […]

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “When I finally got myself invited to a large ladies’ lunch, we were served canned shredded chicken in a droopy, soupy sauce, and brownies from a mix. Yuck.” – Julia Child  For the past few weeks, I’ve had a whole chicken taking up valuable real estate in my […]

No Me Gusta

 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “In any case, the soup was godawful.  I added some more water and carefully warmed it, and after that it was edible, even okay, but there is no question that it was far from the glory that I know Aïgo Bouïdo can be.” – Julie Powell Dinner last […]

The Crepes of Wrath

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “I was straightening up the kitchen before embarking upon Crepes Farcies et Roulees when Eric said, ‘You know, you haven’t thrown a fit in a long time.  Like one of those where you smack your head against the wall and scream, ‘I hate myself!  I hate myself!’ over […]

Catch Ya on the Flip Side

 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “Every French household makes use of crepes, not only as a festive dessert for Mardi Gras and Candlemas Day, but as an attractive way to turn leftovers or simple ingredients into a nourishing main-course dish.” – Julia Child I decided it was time to delve into a chapter […]

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Baaaaaad

 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “We went in and asked for a leg of lamb.  The lady behind the counter basically said, ‘You mean this leg of lamb,’ and pulled out the big honking leg of lamb that was sitting in the middle of the teeny tiny meat case.  Yup.  Seven and a […]

Soup du Jour, Aspicable Me, and a Sweet Ending

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “We decided to ‘try’ (read: get over with) the eggs in aspic.  I shook the molds out onto plates.  The things looked like very pretty paperweights…but not particularly like something you’d like to put in your mouth.  And so they weren’t.” – Julie Powell  I had grand visions […]

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