Posted by: marthabernie | August 21, 2012

JULIA CHILD and her Cats

As reported earlier, we had a French cuisine pot luck in my office last week for the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birth.  Since she was born in Pasadena, California and that’s where most of us live and work, it seemed like the thing to do.  It was a big success, with people trying recipes they had never tried before.  There seemed also to be a more civilized air to this event that our Chinese New Year pot luck or the Cinco de Mayo celebrations have missed.  Not sure why unless it was the spirit of Julia Child smiling down on us.  I made a French Apple Cake, and I will post that recipe soon along with the trials and tribulations that went along with the process.

For photos of our pot luck go to Attorney Norman Van Treeck’s blog AstronomyandLaw.  Look for his post titled, It Didn’t Make It.  He made a terrific Ratatouille Casserole that was inhaled by the diners.  We also catered in Boeuf Bourguignon, and co-workers brought everything from French Onion Soup, Quiche Lorraine,  pate foi gras and Brie and crackers to apple galette, blueberry clafouti, Peche Kirschwasser and American Brownies!  It was a feast to make Julia proud!

I also just finished reading a recently released book by Patricia Barey and Therese Burson, Julia’s Cats: Julia Child’s Life in the Company of CatsIt’s a fast and lovely read about Julia and her affection for all cats, and there are some lovely photos.  This month also sees the release of the definitive Spitz biography of Mrs. Child’s life, Dearie. 

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