Julie & Julia and What’s for dinner….

Because we’re up to the minute around here, Scott & I watched “Julie & Julia” yesterday morning.

I really liked it, as did Scott, who wondered aloud if it meant that he was actually turning into a woman, given his propensity for chick flicks.

It was, natch, Meryl Streep’s movie.  Amy Adams’ Julie, in all frankness, was just someone I wouldn’t really want to know.  Perky and narcissistic and bleh.  I also kind of hated the cloying way she referred to Child as “Julia” throughout, like she was talking to, or about a friend.  Yeah yeah – Julia Child saved her life and gave her direction.  Whatever.  It bugged me.

What I loved, though, was the love story between Paul & Julia Child, a level of passion and intimacy not often seen in films about characters of a certain age.

Also fun, playing pause the flick until Scott can identify the actress when Jane Lynch showed up.  He couldn’t do it.  I had to switch over to a recorded episode of Glee to get him to finally go “Wait!  Is that Sue Sylvester?  Wow!  I can’t see it!  I can’t see it!”

The character that really caught my imagination, though, was Child’s recipe for beef bourginon which features prominently in the movie.  It looked so good that I was excited when Scott’s service call took him out to West Chester, in the vicinity of my favorite fancy market for ingredients.  (Thus tossing all my vegetarian resolutions straight out the window).  It was good, and simple, albeit time consuming, to make.

My Christmas was fairly kitchen related, and the new enameled cast iron pot is getting quite a workout.  Scottie got me a good set of knives (my first good set ever) and I am just chopping and peeling and dicing up a storm.

Tonight it’s back to the resolutions, and for dinner it’s pan seared polenta with spicy tomato sauce for dinner.


9 responses to “Julie & Julia and What’s for dinner….

  1. The beef bourguignon sounded fabulous to me too. Can’t wait to hear how it turns out.

  2. It was like the heartiest, most excellent beef stew ever. Unfortunately, my oven thermostat is wonky, so it over cooked a bit and the beef was just a tiny bit dry. The best surprised were the tiny little carmelized onions. I’ve never tasted anything so sweet in my life. It was almost like candy.

  3. I have a test for Scott. Have him try reading “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. If he likes it, he may be a woman. If he likes it so much that he wants to read the next one in the series….. well…. he is definitely a woman. 🙂 Good for him.

  4. Holy Crap, Cheryl! I just read the description of that on Amazon. That’s like, 15 steps past chick right there…

  5. That’s exactly the way I felt about Julie when I read the book Julie & Julia. Hated her, and though I loved the premise, gave up after about 25 pages. Instead, I read My Life in France which is just about Julia and Paul, and loved it.

  6. Yeah – you should read her second book, which is about cheating on her husband. Charming.

  7. Sue Sylvester was in Julie & Julia… Really?

    God, I LOVE Glee!

  8. Oh, and I should add ala Sue Sylvester,


  9. Ha! Em, you’re a dork after my own heart. Yep. She played Julia Child’s sister

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