Thursday, September 13, 2012

Happy Birthday, Julia!

I missed an important date in August.

I usually write my posts 3 weeks or more in advance. Just the other day I 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. Later, a friend and I were discussing the movie and she told me that 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.  In addition, I could have had a long nap.

I have decided I am never going to cook anything I can’t pronounce.