Birthday à la Julia

When I was little the fanciest things always came from France.

That meant when your parents took you out to dinner on your birthday, of course you ordered the “chocolate mousse” right? Because it was fancy and from France! Now that I am all grown up I realize that fancy can be from anywhere and French food doesn’t have to be complicated!

August 15th was the 100th birthday of Julia Child. A person who demystified all that fancy, french food for home cooks everywhere. And through the magic of reruns, YouTube and food blogs – she’s still doing it!

I thought I would join in with other food bloggers (read more about her and this at PBS Food) and make something from my 1961 edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Who doesn’t like chocolate on their birthday? It had to be “mousseline au chocolat!”

I put some chocolate on to melt and got started! Not being much a dessert-maker, never mind a direction-follower, I really had to focus on this! But I followed the directions exactly and made only one minor alteration… I left out the orange liquor because I am not a big fan of that combination. I did splurge and made real whipped cream!

Bon Appétit & Bon Anniversaire!

If you are in Boston today you can join in a few local celebrations. If you visit Cambridge you can stop in and read all about her at the Schlesinger Library.

8 comments on “Birthday à la Julia

  1. trkingmomoe says:

    When I was in high school in the mid 1960’s, she was on a UHF station of the local university. I would come home from school and rush into the house and turn her on every afternoon. I was a lucky one who got to watch her through her long run on TV. I still miss her. “Bon Appetit” Julia

    Google has her up on their page today.

    • cabinet stew says:

      Thanks for the cool comment! I checked out Google, thanks.
      I also watched Julia after school, although more of her later shows and some in reruns on PBS. My husband grew up in Cambridge and would sometimes run into her doing everyday things like the post office, doctor’s office etc!

  2. Michael says:

    Holy Moly

  3. Julia would have loved this — that we all grew up thinking chocolate mousse was the height of fancy French cuisine!

  4. Karen says:

    Who says you can’t follow a recipe…well almost. It does look very good.

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