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

No, really. I can explain.

Hi, there. Remember me? I used to have this little blog in the far reaches of cyberspace where I would recount my various adventures in the kitchen. You used to read it and laugh out loud at my hilarious wit. We had great fun together. Ring a bell? 

So…*insert awkward pause here*…here’s the thing. I needed a break. December is a crazy busy month for my family, and as much as I love working alongside Julia Child and cranking out gourmet French cuisine day in and day out, that plan coupled with the holidays was really stressing me out. So I skipped a day. And then I skipped the next day. And then I had a bunch of holiday singing engagements so I skipped those days. And the next thing I knew, I was curled up on the couch in my jammies cuddling a bowl of homemade chili and cornbread muffins saying, “Julia who?” And life was good. 

Don’t get me wrong, I still did some things in the kitchen over the holidays – I was ecstatic when the company holiday luncheon called for glazed carrots (I made these again and had zero leftovers!) – but I also spent a lot of time with family and friends. It was a great holiday season (despite the fact that I may or may not have turned 30 just before Christmas), and through it all, my husband didn’t mention this project (or my lack of attention thereof) once.  

But somewhere along week four of our Julia void, we began looking at each other and smacking our lips, eyeing the kitchen where a certain blue paperback cookbook was poking out from behind our spice rack. We both knew it was time to get back to it.

So here I am! And boy, do I have some goodies to share with you! Let’s just say Santa was good to me this year, and my kitchen is bursting at the seams with new toys. I’ll share more about those later, but as a reward for your undying loyalty (hey, after a four-week hiatus, you’re here, right?), here’s a little teaser… Santa brought me THIS for Christmas:

This is exactly what it looks like ... a truly awesome WonderWoman apron!

I hope you’re not too bummed out by the lapse on this blog, but something tells me it didn’t ruin your holiday and you’ll understand. Besides, as my friend Celeste pointed out, “Who wants to think about cow tongue on Christmas?” I couldn’t agree more. 

This Sunday I reunite with my favorite grocery store to stock up on supplies for next week’s meals. (Think they’ll throw me a Welcome Home party?) I just hope I remember how to get there. Monday marks the official return of the “A Year With Julia” project, so mark your new calendars! In 2011, with time ticking away, I’m attacking this thing with vigor. And a plan.

Fasten your apron strings and hang on tight. It’s going to be a wild ride!

Happy New Year! And welcome back.

– Jessica

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5 Responses to “No, really. I can explain.”

  1. Jessica says:

    Yay! You’re back! I was wondering where you went but figured you got caught up in the holidays (and worried that you’d give up on this all together). Welcome back and I can’t wait to start living/eating vicariously through you again. :)

    • Jessica says:

      Ha! Jessica Edwards doesn’t know the meaning of “give up”! 😉 Thanks for the feedback – it’s great to know that someone out there is reading along and enjoying this thing. Hope you had a great holiday with your family!

  2. Gwen Frazier says:

    I am so glad you are back – I did not want to have to cook the tripe, brains and cow tongue I am getting for you! LOL We should have these for you in February!

    • Jessica says:

      HA!! Don’t worry…I’ll gladly take them off your hands. I’ll be sure to send you a list this week of the “items” Julia calls for. Thanks again!!

  3. Mom says:

    Once upon a time a beautiful girl in a Wonder Woman apron ventured into the kitchen, and 3 bad things did not happen. Can’t wait to see what you cook up next! xoxo!

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