Category Archives: Julia Child

Adventures in Home Cooking: Julia Child’s Ratatouille

I just finished My Life In France by Julia Child and was inspired to create one of her dishes. Unfortunately, I don’t own Mastering the Art of French Cooking and it’s a tad pricy for me to run out and buy right now (especially if you subscribe to Regina Scrambling’s recent article in Slate about the book : Luckily, a quick google led me to a PDF excerpt from the book on Knopf-Double Day’s website ( The recipe was for her Ratatouille and looked relatively simple. I mean, Julia wouldn’t lead me down the wrong path….right? Continue reading


Sunday Night Blues Wine Pairing: The Non-Alcoholic Edition

The pairing for tonight

Well, sadly I have been sick all weekend. Nothing major, but sadly, no alcohol for me and since Tony is a gentlemen, he’s foregoing wine tonight as well. Instead, I have been chugging water and pure cranberry juice. I love Cranberry juice, but the 100% pure, no sugar kind is like drinking battery acid.

To entertain me this evening in my sickly stupor, I have two new books; My Life in France by Julia Child, because it’s high time I’ve read that, and How I Learned to Cook, which is a compilation of stories from chefs like  Ferran Adria, Ming Tsai, and Eric Ripert that detail what made them what to go into cooking. It’s fascinating and I love stories like Rick Bayless’ early adoration of  Julia Child (BTW, how about that win of his on Top Chef Masters last week?)

Here’s to feeling better, have a great Sunday night everyone!


Happy Birthday, Julia Child!


A toast to my namesake and hero:

“Learn to cook–try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
My Life In France