Happy 101st Julia!

August 15, 2013

Once again it’s time to celebrate the birthday of the ultimate TV cooking icon, Julia Child!

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Born Julia Carolyn McWilliams on August 15, 1912, Julia Child changed the way America thought about food. Much of our current food culture is a direct result of Julia and the PBS series The French Chef – if it wasn’t for Julia we wouldn’t have had Graham Kerr or The Frugal Gourmet, and certainly Emeril, Alton or Giada wouldn’t be household one-names-only-needed today…

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Earlier this year I had to opportunity (along with good friend Bill the Dauphin) to visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and take in the exhibition FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000.

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The centerpiece of the exhibit is Julia’s actual kitchen, and I thought in honor of her birthday, I’d share just a few pictures of that kitchen (and some of the other parts of the display) that so many of us of (a certain age) spent so many happy black-and-white half-hours in with the always enthusiastic Julia…

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Julia loved her kitties, and also apparently big saws...

Julia loved her kitties, and also apparently big saws…

Some of the famous pegboard that husband Paul installed for Julia so she could outline all her pots, pans and other tools so she knew exactly where they should go.

Some of the famous pegboard that husband Paul installed for Julia so she could outline all her pots, pans and other tools so she knew exactly where they should go.

Julia's diploma from le cordon bleu

Julia’s diploma from Le Cordon Bleu

Maybe one day I’ll take you on a more detailed visit to this iconic kitchen, as well as the rest of the exhibit, but for now I’ll just say…

Come on sweetie... just one little birthday kiss...

Come on sweetie… just one little birthday kiss…

Happy Birthday Julia! We love you!

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