My Julia Child floribunda roses (butter yellow) with French Perfume hybrid tea roses (pink with yellow center) and 5 fresh herbs from Gail’s Garden: rosemary, basil, sage, mint, and flowering oregano.
Julia Child writing about 1949:
“On August 15, I turned thirty-seven years old. Paul bought me the Larousse Gastronomique, a wonder-book of 1,087 pages of sheer cookery and foodery…By now I knew French food was “it” for me. I couldn’t get over how absolutely delicious it was.”
“We began our lunch with a half-dozen oysters on the half shell.”
“Rouen is famous for its duck dishes, but after consulting the waiter Paul had decided to order Sole Meunière…perfectly browned in a sputtering butter sauce with a sprinkling of chopped parsley on top.”
“Then came the salade verte with a slightly acidic vinaigrette.”
“We followed our meal with a leisurely dessert of fromage…”
“Paul and I floated out the door into the brillant sunshine and cool air. Our first lunch together in France had been absolute perfection. It was the most exciting meal of my life.” This is as she describes her meal to us in My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme, pages 17 and 18.
To make Sole Meunière: Season the fresh Petrale Sole, then dip it in a beaten egg. Dredge in flour and shake off the excess. Saute in a half butter/half olive oil mixture until light brown. Make the sauce in another pan; brown the butter, finish with lemon juice and chopped parsley. Pour sauce on the platter, then top with the fish. Garnish with lemons and parsley.
A special thanks to Lisa at Champaign Taste for hosting this Julia Child Birthday Event. Please visit her site to link to other bloggers celebrating Julia’s Birthday.
You know it’s Friday, all summer long in Rolling Hills, California, when the In-N-Out® Cookout Trailer pulls into the camp parking lot. Yay!
Every burger is made fresh to order from 100% pure beef that’s never frozen, then top it off with hand-leafed lettuce, plump, juicy tomatoes, onions, and real American cheese, all on an old-fashioned sponge dough bun with their special spread. The burger can be ordered with double meat and double chesse, it’s called a Double-Double®.
Grilled Skirt Steak over Black Beans in Fire Roasted Green Salsa and Garlic, with Avocado, White Onion, and Cilantro
Nancy Silverton prepares this recipe with a filet mignon, in her cookbook “A Twist of the Wrist: Quick Flavorful Meals with Ingredients from Jars, Cans, Bags, and Boxes.” It is a great summer dish with lots of great smoky flavors. Twist open a jar of salsa, and open a can of beans, couldn’t be easier. Thanks Nancy!
My version: Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a saucepan, add 3 cloves of minced garlic, then add a cup of fire roasted green salsa and a can of rinsed black beans. Warm over low heat, adjust seasoning.
Meanwhile, grill a seasoned skirt steak.
Assemble on a platter with a layer of the black beans in salsa, then avocado slices, the steak, and onions and cilantro.
Happy Summer Grilling and Bon Appetit!