If you know me pretty well, you know that I have a lot of respect for Mrs. Julia Child. Bret knows, and he bought me her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, for my college graduation. It was the perfect gift!
Julia Child was honest, inspiring, and such an incredible chef. I have read bits and pieces about her life and found that she was one dedicated and lovely woman. It popped out to me that this year, on August 15, 2012, Julia Child (if she were still with us) would have been her 100th birthday! I also read that the last meal she prepared herself before she passed at the age of 93 was her famous French Onion Soup. So I got an idea….
I love writing about food, cooking, and getting creative – so I thought, “I know: this year on August 15th, Julia’s real birthday, I’ll celebrate her life through food and have a “Julia Night”: a dinner party with a couple friends, make Julia’s French Onion Soup, and watch Julie & Julia snuggled up on the couch (and then blog about it, of course)! Fun!” However, my plan didn’t go as I had thought. Unfortunately, I got really sick the week of Julia Night and I had to cancel on my friends and cancel on Julia. It was a huge bummer, but I was determined to still make it happen! So, a couple of weeks ago, the husband and I had Julia Night, just us two, and it was amazing! Even though I couldn’t honor Julia on her actual birthday, I know she would understand. I see the kind of attitude she had from the following quote: “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child
So, what-the-hell, I was a month late, but Julia Night happened anyway! I cooked her famous French Onion Soup, I broiled swiss and parmesan on french bread, I made Caramel Custards, and we drank white wine. It was a celebration indeed! Here are some pictures of the ingredients, the cooking, and the movie watching:
What a wonderful night! Thank you, Julia. Happy 100th Birthday! And thank you for this truly inspiring quote: “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ― Julia Child
What Julia Child recipes have you tried, or wanted to try? I would love to hear!