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I Wish I Could Quit You


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“Chef Bugnard once said that you never forget a beautiful thing that you have made. Even after you eat it, it stays with you – always.” ― Julia Child

So you may have noticed that what began as “A Year With Julia” has now become “A Year and Two Months With Julia”. Unfortunately, I have officially fallen short of my goal to complete all of the recipes in “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and so, no trip to Paris. (Quel dommage!) But strangely enough, I’m okay with that. I still can’t believe how much I’ve learned by taking on this project, and am pretty proud of myself for having gotten as far as I did in this amount of time. And here’s the thing – I’m not done. I really do want to make all of Julia’s recipes, and I have a freezer full of interesting ingredients that have to fulfill their destiny, and so – despite its name – I’m going to keep on trucking with this project. To those of you who have been following along on this crazy culinary journey, thank you! I’m sorry I couldn’t pull off this feat after all – you might say I bit off more than I could chew – but I invite you to continue along with me to see this thing through. Because while I may be a procrastinator, I am certainly not a quitter. I don’t have a timeline in mind for when I’ll finish this thing – life is too crazy-busy for me to set those kinds of parameters at this point – but the way I figure it, it’ll be sometime between now and when I die. *shrug* At any rate, stay tuned for more recipe recaps coming to a computer near you.

This screen shot of my TV shows PW's punk wearing the shirt I made and gave her last February.

While my cooking project may have fallen a little short, I’m happy to report that my dream to appear on the Food Network has been fulfilled. Remember when I met The Pioneer Woman at her book signing in February? I had given her a small gift as a way to say, “Hi, famous lady I’ve never met. Thanks for inadvertently teaching me how to blog.” (Would you believe Hallmark doesn’t have a card for this gift-giving situation? Personally, I think they’re missing a significant target market.)  It was a t-shirt I designed with a Julia Child quote: “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” Seemed appropriate for a family of cowboys/girls, no? Last night I was watching a DVR’d episode of her cooking show on the Food Network, and what do you suppose I saw? Her younger daughter wearing said shirt!! My design was on the Food Network!! The way I see it, if my cooking skills couldn’t get me there, I’m glad to know my graphic design skills could.

I think Julia would be proud.

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2 Responses to “I Wish I Could Quit You”

  1. Kay Shepherd says:

    Hi! I’ve been wondering about you! I wanted to write to you to encourage you to press on despite the passing of the one-year mark, but circumstances got in my way. I’m SO GLAD you’ve decided to continue with your project and have relaxed your deadline on yourself – I think that is a very healthy perspective and should allow you to ENJOY this project/process much more.

    Looking forward to seeing more from you! :-)

  2. Ardeth Blood says:

    Very cool on the shirt! And glad to see you are back!
    I’m going to beg that you continue with your blog as the now infamous one by Julie Powell no longer is online.

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