Monday, August 17, 2009

Bon Appetit

I saw "Julie & Julia" this weekend. Loved it! This movie really inspired me.

I have been a lazy cook and been doing the bare minimum to get by and just get my family fed.

I come from a long line of fancy-schmancy cooks. My mother ... her mother ... and her mother before that, all come from the school of strictly home-made dishes.

They make their pie crust from scratch ... ALWAYS. I made a pie once and used a Pillsbury pie crust and my mother was appalled. Shame, shame. 

You know about my fear of biscuit cans, which I have explained in an earlier post. That was the one and only time I ever remember popping a biscuit can. My mother makes all her biscuits from scratch. Canned biscuits are so low-class ... hence the reason I love them.

My mother also makes trips to Ponchatoula, LA to get fresh strawberries(the best in the world) every season to make strawberry preserves. I just buy Smucker's.

My dad also gets cases of yams (or sweet potatoes, as some may call them) from Opelousas, LA. If my mom makes any dish with sweet potatoes, you can bet they will be fresh, never canned.

She makes homemade ice cream, while I am just as happy with a tub of Blue Bell. And, she does amazing things with chocolate and cakes.

She talks about her bouquet garni and uses cheesecloth. I wouldn't even know where to buy cheesecloth or assemble the other.

No, I'm not going to go through Julia's cookbook, but I've decided to go through my own. I have dozens of delicious recipes that I don't make very often. Not only am I making five of them this week, but am also going to start taking pictures of them for posterity, hoping my girls will appreciate the collection one day.

Beau just thinks I'm up to one of my normal schemes and just sighs. He's used to all my hair-brained ideas. But, he will benefit from this one for sure.

So, I'm off to cook a roast and carrots l'orange. I think I'll make a pie too ... a no-bake pie. Hey, I can't do everything at one time. Baby steps, baby steps.

I'll keep you posted ... ha ... POSTED ... get it? Now, I see where La Petite Belle gets her humor from. 

Happy Monday!


sara said...

loved the movie too!! and it did inspire me to cook more too! I do cook a lot of things from scratch, but I have gotten into a rut!

can't wait to see pictures

Jeff Ables said...

Donna and Robin took in the movie last week (Chase and I watched G.I. Joe). Donna really enjoyed it too... But she ain't cooking NOTHING!

Jeff Ables said...

Donna and Robin took in the movie last week (Chase and I watched G.I. Joe). Donna really enjoyed it too... But she ain't cooking NOTHING!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I loved the movie as well. I already do almost all my own baking (store bought does not compare). When it comes to main dishes, I must admit, in the summer when it's just my daughter and I (and she's very social so I can amend that to read "just me"), I do rely on M&M Meat Shops dinners for one, or (dare I say it), I've even been known to visit Subway or Dirty Macs (MacDonalds)!!! Absolutely shocking for a woman who loves to cook and eat! But hey! I'm over 50 so my hide is tough enough to take the criticism.

Alas, school starts in 2 wk and I have 2 international students coming to stay. So, I'll be in the kitchen again. But that's what fall and winter are for, right?

Rachelle said...

Your doing better than me... I've never attempted a homemade pie crust. Frozen Pie crust for me... all the way!!!! Have fun cooking! Can't wait to see your pics!

Lois Lane II said...

I don't even know what "l'orange" means. How sad, lol. Does it have something to do with oranges? ;)

Amy said...

I've been wanting to see that movie! Glad to know it's worth watching.

You are not alone in the lazy cooking department. It just seems like cooking "fancy" takes so much time...and money...and I don't have a lot of either :) One of these days maybe I'll get inspired too :)

TCKK said...

I can't wait to go see the movie!! Hope you'll show all the pictures here for us cooking challenged readers!!

jennifer said...

I went to see the movie all by myself and was probably the youngest person in the theater. It was so good! It didn't inspire me to cook though.

I loved the chemistry between Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci. They made the Child marriage seem so lovely. I guess I was inspired more by the romance than the food.

breanne said...

Ha, your canned biscuits crack me up! I love them...they offer such great, quick meals:) I just posted a recipe for them on one of my I can't wait to see the movie...and all your creations!!!

Lisa said...

I just got home from this movie and LOVED it. It was just so much fun to watch.
Blessings ~ Lisa

The Wixom Zoo said...

GOod for you! I love to cook and bake - especially if it's a new and interesting recipe. I have to admit, though, that sometimes it's just a hot dog night!
Can't wait to go and see the movie too - I'm glad to hear that it's as good as it looks!