We recall when Julia was cooking with Jacques Pepin, and they would each cook the same ingredient his/her own way. The ingredient was spinach, and Jacques did not remove the stems from the spinach (for a saute).
(hear her voice, horrified)
"STEMS!?! You don't remove the STEMS?!?!"
(then in disbelief and obvious disappointment with Jacques for this Cordon Bleu heresy) "Ooooohhhhhh, Jacques!"
Jacques was his usual smiling good natured self, "Yes, Julia...the stems are fine."
My husband and I always laugh when we are making spinach -- and in high -pitched voices shriek "STEMS?!?!" at each other. God rest her soul!