My dear Julia, you would have turned 100 today!
Most of my inspirational women have been ladies of the Faith. But you were my lady of the Kitchen!
How I remember as a teenager and as a young bride, tuning in to PBS and watching you make cooking a form of Art on The French Chef. I was smitten with your first baked chicken and chocolate mousse.
You taught me it was okay to brush off the food I dropped and to smoosh the cake into the pan if it fell apart.
You showed me it was okay to laugh at my mistakes and that sometimes they can be turned into wonderful dishes! Kinda' like life.
|The chef teaching our cooking class at Colonial Williamsburg|
You sparked a love of learning all about cooking and baking which has lasted a lifetime.
You taught me good kitchen equipment is essential but simple food can be the best.
You reminded women of my generation that it was okay to love our kitchens despite what feminists were teaching at the time.
That tying on an apron and standing in front of the stove was still the place to create good stuff for our friends and families.
Here's to you, Julia... on this day which would have been your Century mark.
So... I will do a little cooking and stirring and baking and tasting and lift a glass in your honor... as thousands and thousands will do today as we honor your birthday.