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Julie & Julia is phenomenal on so many levels. It's the story of how two women from completely different generations claim their identities through food: Julia Child and Julie Powell.
Meryl Streep is astonishing as Julia Child; not surprising as she's amazing in every movie she does. But it's almost eerie to watch her inhabit the roll. She becomes Julia. She is Julia. Amy Adams is charming as Julie Powell, the blogger who sets out to cook through Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a single year. 524 recipes in 365 days.
There were so many different things to cook from the movie...Beef Bourguignon for starters.
Chocolate Cream Pie, a comfort food if ever there was one. "I love that after a day when nothing is sure and when I say nothing, I mean nothing. You can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. That's such a comfort." Julie explained to Eric.
Artichokes with Hollandaise, though I personally think that artichokes should be enjoyed naked - the artichoke not the eater! Julie muses, "...hollandaise sauce...is melted butter that's been whipped into a frenzy with egg yolks until it's died and gone to heaven. And let me say this. Is there anything better than butter?"
3 cucumbers about 8" long
I have to admit that while I loved the movie, I wasn't enamoured by the dishes that I picked. Too heavy on the butter, for my tastes, and though the cucumbers weren't slimy as I feared they would be after an hour in the oven, they were still an odd texture - silky and firm at the same time. Odd.
Next month we'll be watching and cooking Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. What a perfect choice for a month full of sweet treats. Stay tuned!