Tag Archives: France

It’s Julia Child’s Birthday Today

In honor of Julia Child’s birthday, I wanted to eat.  Going off to Paris was not an option, and no French restaurants were open in the area – but Julia would want me to cook.

Channeling her joie de vivre and her courage to use whatever happened to be on the shelf, I found shallots, garlic, elbow macaroni, olive oil, fresh parsley and basil from the little pots I nurtured – and Romano Pecorino cheese.

After slicing the shallots and chopping the garlic, I heat the pan before pouring in a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil.  First – the shallots sautéed to a shimmer; then the garlic – just soft, not burnt.  In the meantime, the pasta boiled to al dente in 6 minutes.

I poured the shallots and garlic into a deep crockery bowl from my Grandmother’s era, and then remembered her cheese trick.  I grated the cheese into the now empty shallot/garlic pan – mmm, melted cheese – browning and aromatic.

Only a cup of the macaroni went into the crock (I had used only one shallot and 2 cloves of garlic – lunch for one).  Then, the chopped parsley and basil and, finally, the liquid cheese.  I gently tossed all together, and sat down to eat right out of the bowl.

A moan of pleasure out of my mouth and a toast to Julia – happy birthday!  No pictures – ate it all!

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The Burghers of Calais

Rodin describes the expressions of The Burghers of Calais to the photographer Steichen in Emily Mitchell’s The Last Summer of the World.  The Burghers agreed to offer themselves as hostages and sacrifice their lives so that the rest of the town could live.

“As a group,the figures convey emotions ranging from pain, hesitation, and doubt to conviction and determination. Rodin presents his ‘heroes’ as complex, conflicted individuals.”

The Story of the Burghers of Calais