happy 100th birthday, julia

     Today, foodie friends, would have been cooking icon Julia Child's 100th birthday! Although we never met, I like to think we would have gotten along famously.
     I love everything Julia stood for. She was a woman pioneering her way through a man's kitchen. She was fearless. (Did you ever see her wielding an enormous cleaver or swinging a meat mallet high overhead?) FEARLESS I say!
     In addition to making a mean bouillabaisse and effortlessly entertaining friends, she tackled the huge task of translating a French cookbook into English.
     It took years of writing, testing and rewriting. She was rejected more than once by American publishers, but bravely pressed on.
     And where would we be today without her contribution to food television? No Food Network. No celebrity chefs. No fun.
     Julia squashed stuffy, snooty attitudes and helped each of us to believe in possibilities... the possibility that we too could have a chef's hand and a critic's palate.
     She taught us to laugh at ourselves when we fail, but to always try again. The best ingredients and impeccable technique should be revered, but taking one's self too seriously, foolishness.
     She modeled a belief of never losing your passion for good taste...no matter your age, your location or your circumstance.
Happy birthday, dear girl... Je vous adore.

"... thinking back on it now reminds that the pleasures of the table, and of life, are infinite – toujours bon app├ętit!" -Julia, My Life in France

blogiversary top ten

     Well mavenettes, on Tuesday I celebrated my TWO year blogiversary. I've learned so many new things since I started... Allow me to share a few of them with you:
10.  The very best picture needs to be above the fold, a newspaper term. (In bloggerland, it means the stuff you see without scrolling.) It entices a person to keep reading.

9.  I really don't have much to tweet about.
8.  The blog's original name, Nutritionista Diaries was way too hard to remember and even harder to explain.

7.  There are actually 433 things you can do with a rotisserie chicken while homeschooling.

6.  Michael Pollan ROCKS and his simple book, Food Rules is on the nightstand, with my Bible.
5.  In 2011, after writing for nearly a year, I discovered that I'm not the only Food Maven. I'm a little slow.

4.  You CAN train your friends to wait before eating so you can properly frame a shot of their dinner. Every time you dine with them.

3.  Sometimes, a reader might not understand your sense of humor... or maybe you're just not as funny as you thought. 

2.  Only the best people name their appliances.
Lady Gaggia

And the Number One thing I've learned is:
     Food is a beautiful gift from God. It tastes really, really good. I still love cooking, eating, shooting and writing about every single bite.