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Happy 100th Birthday Julia Child!August 15th, 2012 at Wed, 15th, 2012 at 7:39 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY JULIA CHILD!
I decided to repost this and look forward to sharing one of her recipes that I make with you soon.
My memories of
Julia go back to when I was a child watching PBS on Saturday afternoons in Dallas. I would watch her and think about how much work she would put into making a meal. My mother worked for a specialty food store in Dallas and we learned about gourmet food back in the 80's before it became as popular as it is today. I feel very lucky to have learned as much as I did at such an early age because it really gave me an appreciation for food in a way that most kids could care less about. The only thing my friends knew was that I liked to cook and brought really cool boxed lunches to school. My brother's friends would love to come over to our house for dinner. I learned to cook for a dozen or more people at a time at a very early age. I think I was too young to be intimidated by it. My mom would be working on Saturdays and I would try to be inspired by cooking some sort of dinner for her, my brother and sister when she would come home. So I would turn on PBS at 4 PM and watch Julia. I usually made lasagna or fajitas, something really easy but at least I was giving the cooking a try. The one thing I do know is that I have never liked to use measuring cups or follow a recipe. So when I would watch her shows, I would appreciate her patience and discipline. Unlike some people I never wanted to "be" Julia, I just appreciated her for motivating me to get in the kitchen and cook. I also appreciated her for her love of creating a dinner party. So much so I gave my mom a "Surprise 40th Birthday Party ... at the end of December ... with about 40 people ... decorations and guests all dressed in black ... and I made all the food! (I will not disclose my age at the time but I was very young!)
These photos were taken by my mother in 1990 at a National Specialty Fancy Food Show, in New York and San Francisco. I was at the show in New York working for Godiva Chocolates at the time. I remember seeing crowds of people around her and wondering what it would be like to be in the kitchen with her and enjoying a meal. Now I wonder the same thing but cooking and eating a Gluten Free meal ... of course. I also think the conversation would be interesting to hear how she would plan a Gluten Free menu for party guests.
I plan on spending some time this (rainy) weekend in the kitchen watching my
"The French Chef with Julia Child"
For more Julia Child fun ... Thanks PBS for this "remix" video!
Celebrate Julia today!