Sunday, August 19, 2012

Happy Birthday to Julia

By Lois Jamieson I recently read that Julia Child would have turned 100 on August 15. Julia Child was a remarkable woman, who, perhaps, was best known for bringing the art of mastering French cooking to America. I believe that at least 100 chefs in America celebrated her birthday by serving some of her wonderful recipes. One of my very favorite movies, “Julie and Julia” came out in 2009. It was a great story and perked my interest in Julia Child and French cooking. I was discussing the movie with a good friend, and she told me she had the original recipe for Julia’s Boeuf Bourguignon. My friend shared the recipe with me. A few weeks later, my husband and I were expecting guests for dinner, and I decided to surprise everyone with this famous recipe. Two days in advance of the dinner party, I rolled up my sleeves in anticipation of making the Boeuf Bourguignon. Nine hours later I finished preparing the dish. I was almost too exhausted to entertain our guests. Everyone said it was wonderful, but I honestly thought I could have thrown the ingredients and a bottle of good red wine, in my crock pot and it would have tasted the same. Plus, I could have had a long nap. I have decided I am never going to cook anything I can’t pronounce.

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