Monday, October 12, 2009

Cooking Club: French Cooking in Honor of Julia Child

For our August Cooking Club we decided to take some cues from a master. Julia Child is an inspiration in the kitchen and now on the big screen. Our group piled in a friend's van, left the kids with the daddies and headed to the movie theater to watch "Julie & Julia."

We loved the movie - at least the first 15 minutes of - until the movie broke down. We were so disappointed that we actually got all us mamas to a movie and then we couldn't even watch the whole thing. We did score free movie tickets. Actually, Allison scored us two movie tickets each one for a refund and one for the incovenience. (That means I got to see the movie with my lover and we thoroughly enjoyed. Needless to say, I was inspired to get back to my food blogging!)

We learned that the secret to life is butter. Julia enticed us with her "bathing the thighs in butter" and we all headed back to our place to try out some of her famous recipes.

Our first dish to conquer was the famous French "ratatouille," which is comfort food at its best. Ratatouille is actually a vegetable dish made with thinly-sliced layers of vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant and onions. Next we dove into a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake called "Reine de Saba." The secret ingredient in this cake was coffee (next to butter, of course) but it doesn't have a strong coffee flavor.

We also tackled a French chicken dish, which uses Herbes de Provence (thyme, marjoram, rosemary). We felt like Julia as we diligently whisked the eggs for a fancy egg sauce to top the chicken.

Our final summer dinner party was a grand occasion. This time Allison's mom and family joined us. They have been to France and are big fans of Julia Child so it was fun to have their input. Marcy & Jeremy Pusey and clan, Mary Andrade (with Olivia), Darrel & Cori (with Micah) and Susan all took part in the French feast.

In addition to this fabulous chicken that had us all licking our chops, we also sauteed some baguette bread in olive oil and made a scrumptious bruschetta. (No, bruschetta is not French but it was in the movie and we just *had* to have it when we got home...)

The kids had fun racing through the house, playing dolls and kitchen, and, of course, digging into the fabulous chocolate dessert. Bon Appetit!

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