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Your Favorite Julia Child Recipe

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I'm hosting book club this month, and picked "Julie and Julia" as my book of choice for the club to read. If you don't know, it's about a secretary in NY who challenges herself to make the 524 recipes found in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".

When it's my turn, I like to cook food along the same theme as the book we've read, so taking recipies from MtAoFC is a given.

So I'm sitting here developing the menu, and thought it'd be interesting to ask- since Julia Child has been such an influence on so many people- what is your favorite recipe of hers?

Knowing the girls in my book club, the Mousse au Chocolat I'm making will go over well :)

Jenny
post #2 of 10
You absolutely cannot go wrong with that mousse! :D It's probably the first thing I cooked from that book -- and I still love it after all these years (yes, I got the book when it first came out :blush:)
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Without a doubt, its the "Chicken Melon" recipe. Incredible. Hardest part is finding a whole chicken whose skin stays in one piece as you cut the skin off.

I find that I bypass that and just make the filling and chicken "mousse" and fry it in a big frying pan in butter. Flipping it is a bit tricky too, but motivation is the key.

doc
post #4 of 10
I've never cooked from any of her books. Seen plenty of her on TV and probably been inspired by her. But not a specific recipe.

Kinda surprising to realize this but I hadn't really thought about it before.
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post #5 of 10
i just read from the books, but i want to do the pike dumplings or canels (spelling is off) with the choux pastry.

i want to make sausage and pate de fois..

the mousse sounds heavenly!

they are really a great set of books.
post #6 of 10
Her recipe/technique for French Onion soup is wonderful. I copied it years ago (pre computer, lol), and the page is so worn and stained, I'm going to have to get it into the 'puter soon!
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post #7 of 10
I thought the chicken melon was from her television show cookbook.


Heavy for this time of year....beef bourgonoun (sp?) or veal blanquette, french onion soup and mousse were favs too. When I worked in a continental restaurant in 1979 they pulled out Mastering for ideas all the time....there's a strawberry bombe with toasted almonds in heavy whipped cream, very rich (weren't they all). The caramelized pearl onions are such a PIA but man, they are tasty.
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post #8 of 10
It may be, but the thread was titled "What is your favorite Julia Child recipe?".


doc
post #9 of 10
FYI I believe the "Julie and Julia" movie will be coming out next month.

To answer your question, a few of her recipes have been staples for me. Her Cobb Salad, Lamb marinade, chocolate mousse, potato leek soup, Reine de Saba cake, and french onion soup (at least the croutons) immediately come to mind.
post #10 of 10
if it's opened up to Julia Child's recipes, then it's the boned out leg of lamb in with rosemary, garlic, lemon, evo.....should be in the same book as doc's chicken melon.
For years I used her gingerbread cookie (house) recipe that was printed in Sunday Magazine.
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