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julia would have been 100 years old today. happy birthday ol’ girl!

photographed in her cambridge, massachusetts, kitchen, june 29, 1970. by arnold newman/getty images.

i love this photo, mostly because her kitchen looks like a workshop, with all her tools on display behind her, and her plans to create something wonderful in front of her.

of course google honored her 100th birthday by having her as their theme of the day, the new york times put out a lovely piece about how she still translates into today’s cooks repertoire, and i will continue to pay homage to my muse, my inspiration and, although unbeknownst to her, my mentor every year on the day of her birth. i wish i would have known the impact she would have on my adult life when i would watch her tv show as a wee lass, or perhaps the reason cooking and food are as important to me as they are because she influenced me early on without my even knowing?

she was interested in what was in season, what tastes good, and figuring out what is the best method in which to cook food. even though some of her recipes were a bit complicated, many were pretty much back to the basics and fairly simple…good ingredients + optimal cooking methods = tasty food. all of which are right where my philosophy of cooking lands, and ultimately what this blog is about.

it is obvious that i love to cook, but i also believe as the master said,

‘cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.’ -julia child

i love that my kitchen is like a workshop to me, is filled with the tools i need to create, and that julia is always there to remind me to enter into any experience with abandon.

thank you julia, happy birthday, and bon apetite!


although ’tis the season, this idea works well really for other occasions during the year such as birthdays and showers. for a bridal or wedding shower, it’s fun to contact some friends and family of the couple and ask them to send you their favorite recipes to add to the book.

you will need:

  • 3 ring binder
  • tab dividers
  • clear sheet protectors (i prefer side loading)
  • labels
  • recipes

most office supply stores have nicer versions of the above supplies, so you can personalize it a bit.

collect some of your favorite recipes and print them out on 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper. if you are able to print in color, it’s always nice to have a pretty picture along with the recipe. slide them in the clear sheet protectors. put a two-page recipe in front to back, so it is easy to click out of the book as needed.

you can also arrange them on opposite pages so when the book lies open it is spread out or able to be put in a cookbook holder. the plastic has the added benefit of easy clean up to those chefs that tend to splatter about when cooking.

label the tab dividers with categories such as main courses, sides, desserts, or beef, poultry, fish…however you want to separate the divisions.

make sure to leave some of the sheet protectors empty so the receiver can add some of their own favorites.

label the front, or if the binder has a slot to add a sheet of paper on the front, perhaps print out a pretty picture of food or get creative with a personal design.

wishing you a very merry christmas, happy hanukkah, fantastic festivus, kickass kwanza, sunny solstice, and most of all a wild, fresh + tasty 2012!

as my inspiration, julia child was my inaugural post back in april when i decided to start this blog, mostly because i have always admired her adventure in cooking. she would have been 99 years old today, may she rest in peace.

photo by paul child.

“the only stumbling block is fear of failure. in cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” -julia child

exactly julia. exactly. bon appetite!

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