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Julia Child Never Had To Deal With This!
Published on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by

Boeuf Bourguignon JuliaI enjoy cooking.  Always have.   But as Chef Morimoto said about Bobbie Flay, “He is no chef!”

Through the years I have made some pretty wonderful things.  I’ve spent many an afternoon listening to music while creating new and exciting dishes.  Some hits, some not so much – but it has always brought me great pleasure and some deliciously interesting meals.

But then there came the children.

Working full time, sports, scouts, parties, doctor’s appointments, gymnastics, practices with three kids…. We are LUCKY these days to get a box or two of hamburger helper on the table.  And I hate it.

So on my wonderful handful of days off, I have been relishing time in the kitchen. I’ve got two new cookbooks in the house and I’m ready to treat my children to real food.  Delicious food.  Food that takes more than a box and cheap ground beef and twenty stolen minutes before homework and laundry.

After watching Julie and Julia a few weeks ago, can you guess what my first dish was?  You guessed it.  Raise your voice high, wiggle your head and say, “Boof Bourg-en-youghn.  Bon Appetite!”  Sunday night I plopped down on the couch with cookbook in hand to watch the old black and white French Chef Boeuf Bourguignon episode.

Monday was the day.  I woke up early, opened Julia Child’s French cook book and began my adventure in Boeuf Bourguignon.  Everyone was asleep as I perfectly browned the meat , mixed spices, checked exactly what stage my butter was in… it was a beautiful thing.  If the heavenly smells emanating from my kitchen were any clue to tonight’s dinner, my family was going to love me.

Many pans later, my Boeuf Bourguignon, onions and mushrooms were complete.  I even cut my mushrooms on the bias, just as she instructed.  Did I mention my oven is broken?  It took SKILLZ to pull this off.

As everyone served their food, I watched and waited.  I held my breath.  I listened.  And then I listened some more.  Uhhh… anyone?  Dinner?  Your THOUGHTS?!

My oldest son:  “The meat is good but a little dry.”  Ummm HELLOOOOO I don’t have Julia’s butcher, money, casserole dish OR a working OVEN!

My daughter, flipping her hand side to side: “Ummm…. Not so much.”

And finally, my middle boy summed it all up:  “Too much flavor.”

Honestly.  Do you think Julia Child was ever accused of TOO MUCH FLAVOR?

Sigh.  I was doomed the moment I sliced my first mushroom.  With my gastroparesis, I could only take a taste of beef, and suffered greatly later that night.  But what I tasted was FABULOUS.  It had richness, flavor and depth.

Tonight was Jamie Oliver’s Crunchy Garlic Chicken.  Oh my GOODNESS was it first-rate.  My youngest?  “Mom, I LOVE THIS CHICKEN!  I want to eat it EVERY NIGHT!”  My oldest?  “Mom, this is the best chicken I’ve ever had.  Honestly!  Normally your chicken is dry – but this is actually really GOOD!”

I just can’t win.  Julia, I made your Boeuf Bourguignon.  I thought it rocked.  My children thought it had too much flavor.  Forgive them.  And by the way, how do you say Hamburger Helper in French?

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  • Jen

    I cooked a beautiful ham for Christmas Eve. I sliced oranges and arranged them on the ham and secured them with cloves. Not only did it look beautiful bit is smelled wonderful. About an hour before it was finished my son said he was going to his dad’s for Christmas since we didn’t have any plans. We didn’t, it was just him and me since the daughter was at her dad’s parents (grandparents) for the evening. I sliced off a couple of pieces and ate them on the couch with the dog while watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”. I had a prime rib for Christmas Day but by then I just didn’t feel like going to the trouble. And I didn’t. I cooked it the next day, we ate it from the kitchen standing up. It was a glorious cut of beef, everyone thought it was outstanding. I probably should have set the table or something. Here’s to 2010! It can’t suck much worse than 2009.

  • Happy Celebrations!!!!

    Wishing You & your family a very happy year ahead….


  • I love to cook but my kids never appreciate anything exotic that I make. I am hoping their palates will develop as they get older, but I am not holding my breath. I bet your boeuf was wonderful.

  • Too much flavor? Insanity! How old are the kids? Maybe their palates just aren’t ready for your fine cuisine!

    • LOL – eight years old, 13 and 16. I think they are just too used to “quick” food, unfortunately. My mom got to stay at home and would make all kinds of interesting things – lots of Mexican, Chinese, Indian and German – I wish I had that luxury!

  • We were talking about what new things to eat the other night and my oldest, who is a Japanophile, like me, thought that okonomiyaki sounded really good (veggie-tofu-egg pancakes, basically, really good they are too). I said, oh, I made them years ago and no one would even try them…No one remembered! (This same dialogue occurs with other dishes, too; I don’t adore cooking at all but I did like it better than I do now, now I just want someone to order sushi for me!)…Anyway, your post totally rang a bell for me. I’ll bet your Boeuf Bourgignon was spectacular.

    • Lidian, you need to come to my house tonight – for New Year’s Eve, mom is getting SUSHI!!! YUM!!! And the kids who said the Bourgignon was too flavorful will actually be eating “their favorite” – octopus. Go figure!

      (and don’t you hate it when you do something really neat as a mom, and they kids don’t remember it AND don’t believe you?) 🙂

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