Embracing my inner Julia

>> Friday, August 20, 2010

Did you see the movie? You mean you didn't go to Amazon a few weeks later (after unsuccessfully looking at the local thrift stores) and buy Julia Child's cookbook? Am I a total lame girl b/c I did? I love to cook but I am just a humble mama cook. Our meals are very family friendly but I dream of cooking delicious meals that people (other than my family) say they love. I have had that cookbook now since Christmas and nothing ever was done with it besides me glancing at it a few times. Last week out of sheer boredom I decided to look at it again.

You know in the movie where Julie and her guy eat an artichoke w/hollandaise? I have never ate an artichoke like that. Really. I have also never attempted to make hollandaise. Really. Tuesday night I decided to channel Julia Child and try making both. Artichokes w/hollandaise sauce. When I cut out the heart to put the hollandaise inside it sort of started to leak. Not immediately but by the time I got around to remembering to take a picture it was leaking. We ate every drop though b/c that sauce came out SO GOOD - toot toot!

I also steamed crab, some broccoli (b/c I wasn't sure my girls would eat the artichokes) and grilled a couple of filets. OMGosh. Yum. A big thank you to Piper for setting the table (minus knives). How else would we have got to dine on our 30 year old CorningWare? Matt and I used those for so many years when I took this picture I didn't even realize that they weren't our normal plates :) I still love someone else to make me a steak but this isn't so bad either.

Then Wednesday it was back to normal - chicken. Come on cooking like Julia Child takes time and I have a baby hanging on my leg during most of my supper preparation. I generally drink beer in bottles and don't keep cans in the house so there was a minor substitution in my recipe. Squirt Butt Chicken. Sounds gross huh? It was fabulous! We ate the whole thing!

I am sure that Julia Child never served Squirt Butt Chicken. I want to try another recipe in her book and I am thinking maybe once ever few weeks. Right. Next year at this time I will be writing a post about how "after a year I decided to open up Julia Child's cookbook" LOL :)

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Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds Friday, August 20, 2010  

Can you imagine her saying it? Squirt Butt Chicken! HA!

Buckeroomama Friday, August 20, 2010  

Kudos for finally taking out the cook book and actually trying out a couple of recipes. :)

Ooh, is that your RED Dutch oven I see in the first photo? I LOVE it!

Rachael Friday, August 20, 2010  

WOW, What a dinner! and too funny, we made the "Beer Can Chicken" for the first time last weekend, and it was Delicious! Just haven't sat down and updated our blog in a while.

Kimberly Friday, August 20, 2010  

I'm one up on you. I've never had artichokes period. Your photo makes me want to try though. :) That chicken looks divine! Did you grill it?

Cara Friday, August 20, 2010  

I like to read cookbooks like others read novels. Unfortunately I only make family friendly meals as well. I have that same issue, one on my leg and the other raiding the pantry before I can get the food cooked.
The artichoke looked good, it one of my husbands favorites, but I don't know how to cook them.

blueviolet Friday, August 20, 2010  

I stink at cooking! I like eating though. Can I come over?

FrugalMom Friday, August 20, 2010  

I actually never did see the movie, but it's on my rental list.

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Mama.Mommy.Mom. Friday, August 20, 2010  

It's on my Netflix list. I've been experimenting more with food lately, mostly due to my self-imposed restrictions, but I'm diggin' it!

Staci Friday, August 20, 2010  

I haven't seen the movie yet, though I can imagine being just like you and going to find the cookbook afterwards.

Your dinner sounds delish! The chicken looks yummy too, even if it's called Squirt Butt!

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My Wee View Saturday, August 21, 2010  

HAH! My Mom has those plates. It looks super yummy.

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