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Julie & Julia

Okay, I’ll admit it. I went to see the new movie, Julie & Julia, TWICE this weekend! It was such a sweet movie, a tale of an era gone by. Right before I left for the movie, I finished reading My Life in France by Julia Child. What a lovely book it was! By the way, I abandoned Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia. (A group of teachers in Humble ISD told me I could let it go when I told them I just couldn’t get into the book!)

On a note of a text-to-text connection: Nora Ephron, the producer of the new movie, did a beautiful job of melding the two stories. One of Ephron’s books, I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, is one of my all-time faves! It’s a hoot!

So first, I saw the movie with my friend, Jamila. Then my daughter, Jessica, came home for the weekend and I had to see it with her, too. Jess and I both love to cook. Every time I saw our favorite red Le Creuset Dutch oven in the movie (in both Julia and Julie’s kitchen), I thought of Jessica. You can’t make anything bad in that pot!

After watching the movie, I had to go home and cook. A true “response to literature!” This time it had to recipes from Julia. I tried her Roast Chicken, stuffed with thinly sliced lemon, quartered onion, and fresh herbs.  It was the best roast chicken I’ve ever made! Accompanied by Julia’s Grated Zucchin Sauteed in Butter and Shallots.  Yum! And as Julia would say, “Bon Appetit!”

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Cupcakes!

My daughter, Jessica

My daughter, Jessica

Last weekend our daughter, Jessica, came home from her job in the Piney Woods of East Texas where she’s working for the National Park Service. I was so excited and went into “Mom Mode.”

I had just finished reading House Beautiful, one of my favorite magazines, and found a from-scratch recipe from the Barefoot Contessa herself! Before I knew it, I’d dusted out my cupcake tins and was baking up a batch of German Chocolate Cupcakes. Yum!

The best thing is that Jess could take the leftovers back to camp– and I wouldn’t eat them all myself.  One tip: Put the frosting in the fridge to help it set up. Then frost the cupcakes (14 huge delights!) and store in the fridge, especially in Houston where the topping kind of just melted right off.

Shouldn’t I be writing that math book? Creativity takes so many forms!

 

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