Hello everyone. I am back. We took a little mini vacation to Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. We were there for our nephew’s wedding, and of course we did some sight seeing as well. We were only gone for a few days, and the weather was cold and rainy most of the time, but we still were able to get a lot done. Pardon the pictures of me. We took a red eye flight from Colorado to Washington D.C. and then went straight from the airport to the sights, and the rain, of the D.C. area. So, unfortunately, I look like the tired drowned rat that I was. Believe it or not though, I was actually doing a lot of research for my blog as well, mixing pleasure with “business”, although doing my blogging “business” is very pleasurable to me, and hopefully to all of you as well.
One of the stops we made while in Washington D.C. was the Smithsonian Museum, and of course, we had to see the food display. It was all great, but the highlight for me was seeing the “legendary kitchen” of the one and only Julia Child. She was and continues to be a huge inspiration and influence to me and many other chefs around the world. Through her hard work, dedication and passion for cooking and food, Ms. Child was revolutionary in changing the way America and the world in general eats and cooks, taking cooking from being merely a necessity of life to the level of Culinary Art that it has become. I wish I could have met her and could share a kitchen with her, but that will have to be in another time and place. Ms. Child and I have a lot of things in common. We are both from Pasadena, CA. We both have a passion for both food and wine. We love to entertain. We both believe there is no such thing as too much butter, and everything is better with butter, and maybe even a little more butter just to be sure. In the museum, there was a clip of Ms. Child and Jacque Pepin cooking together. Mssr. Pepin was trying to make the recipe a little healthier, and was cutting down on the fats and the butter, while the whole time, Ms. Child just kept adding more and more butter. They were doing one of Julia Child’s cooking shows in front of a live audience, and the audience was in stitches. The look on Mssr. Pepin’s face just said it all. He did his best not to break into a hardy laugh, while trying to make his dish, but could barely contain himself. He finally just gave in to Ms. Child, because she was going to add as much butter as she wanted to, no matter what Mssr. Pepin did or said. I can totally relate to that. People always tease me for adding butter, and then more butter to my recipes. And I whole heartedly follow her philosophy of wine for the food and wine for the cook. If you ever get a chance to see the tribute that the Smithsonian has for Ms. Child, definitely go see it. It is a fun tribute to the one and only Julia Child. So as Ms. Child would say, “Bon Appetit”.