Julia Child would have been 100 on August 15, 2012. She did so much for American home cooks. Back in the day, in my neighborhood anyway, no one used fresh garlic. I don't even remember a supermarket that sold it. Everything was canned, frozen or processed. Julia encouraged home cooks to use fresh ingredients and brought French cooking techniques into our homes and lives. Thank you! As a kid, I watched Julia on WGBH in Boston - in black and white, happily hacking away at chickens and fish. Julia and I share the same birthday and when I was 10 I was given a copy of The French Chef Cookbook for a present. I treasure it to this day.
In honor of Julia, I created a special cake for her - Almond Lace Cream Cake - Sponge Cake filled with Almond Diplomat Cream and covered with Chocolate Ganache and Almond Lace Cookies. Bon Appetit Julia.
For Julia's birthday dinner, I'm making Steak Diane, Gallettes de Pommes Duchesse, and Haricots Verts a la Maitre d’Hotel, served with a nice red wine.
Anyone else making something special?
Bon Appétit Julia.
Photo: Almond Lace Cream Cake