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Quote of the Day: Julia Child

March 1st, 2015

“Cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.”

Julie Child

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The other day I was eating breakfast and trying to decide what to make for dinner. I’m definitely not one of those come up with a menu at the beginning of the week and stick to it type of cooks. Cooking is one of my creative outlets.
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I like to keep a well stocked pantry and buy what’s on sale and what looks fresh and delicious when I’m at the farmers market or the local co-op. Then I plan my meals depending on what I have in the fridge, what needs eaten up, what is in season, or what I feel like eating.

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Most of my meals are quick to make and very simple, though I do like to spend all day in the kitchen if I get the opportunity. As with many people, there are a few things that we really enjoy and they grace our plates more often than other things: omelets, fajitas, stir-fry, soup, seafood, steak marsala, salad, and curry, along with a few other favorites.
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There’s not much I enjoy more than coming up with something delicious after a quick look in the fridge/freezer/pantry. I am always trying to expand my horizons and learn to new foods/techniques along with coming up with new ideas for our favorite meals. This month I’m planning on trying to make sushi and spring rolls, we shall see how they turn out and if they end up on our favorites rotation.

Are you keen on learning to cook anything new? What are some of your favorite go-to meals?

7 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Julia Child”
  1. Nebraska Dave on March 1, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Susy, I do on occasion like to cook in the kitchen but it’s pretty traditional. Being in the Midwest all my life the ingredients are very basic and usually involve a basic meat, some kind of potato, and limited vegetable selection (corn, peas, beans). I have expanded into rice and have made cabbage soup a time or two. It’s difficult to get really good fish in the Midwest so that’s limited to the times I catch high altitude trout in Northern Nevada. I haven’t really had that for several years. Store bought frozen fish just can’t compare to the fresh water fish that was swimming in the stream just an hour before. My only wish is that the limit was a little more than five to bring home.

    I will literally eat almost any thing but just haven’t acquired the skills to make some of the more expressive dishes. Most times it’s just a can of soup, some oyster crackers, and a dollop potato salad or coleslaw. Cooking for me is a necessary thing to live and not a culinary delight. Even the manly thing of cooking roast beast on the grill outside doesn’t really flip my trigger. So sandwich and chips in the garden on a warm day is my way of living.

    Have a great day in the kitchen.

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  2. Toni on March 1, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I keep a well stocked pantry, including home canned foods, home frozen meats, baked goods and vegetables. I have a stock of what might be called exotic ingredients that I obtained in my travels. I tried to make a weekly menu for a while but I am too whimsical for that!

    I love to cook and on any day we can enjoy a home made meal that may be from a number of cuisines: Asian, European, Mexican (a favorite), American, or, at least once a week, what I call COR (Clean Out the Refrigerator). We are empty nesters and rarely eat out. Since we are on a fixed income so I work hard at having as little waste as possible.

    I love being creative in the kitchen! Once, my eldest daughter commented that when they were little I could take an orange and a shoe sole and create dinner. Maybe so…

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  3. Yolanda on March 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I, too, love to cook, and much like you I cook what I have on hand, that needs to be eaten or is growing in the garden. You obviously are more creative them I am, though. The photos are spectacular! I can’t make menus ahead of time, because I never know what I might be able to find outside. Some of it is even wild things, i.e. dandelion greens that I use in noodles, or wild oyster mushrooms from our yard. I buy on sale, stock up, and try to have a variety. I make sure we have liver once a week, try to have some fatty ocean fish twice a week, as many vegetables as I can manage (including juicing) and some fruit. I make all of our bread – with natural yeast that I got from Caleb Warnock. His sourdough is mild in taste and very good. In fact, I am fond of saying my “make my scratch from scratch.” :)

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  4. tj on March 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    …I just love your food photos Susy! Have you ever thought of adding Food Photographer to your ever expanding repertoire? :o)

    …I’m trying very hard to expand my range of recipes, we seem to get into a rut of sorts with favorites. Like Nebraska Dave up there, being from Missouri I grew up with the standard fare of pork, chicken or beef with a side of some sort of potato with a side of vegetable. Oh, and maybe sliced white bread or rolls or biscuits. I want to start stocking our freezer with a sides of beef and pork and get back into keeping the pantry majorly stocked with home canned vegetables, soups, etc… I’d also like to expand my range of salads as I can make a meal out of a good salad! Yum!

    …Your photo of that sandwich looked so good, it made me hungry! Enjoy your Sunday!

    …Peace & blessings. :o)

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  5. Charlie@Seattle Trekker on March 2, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I am trying to cook more at home to improve my diet and cut my budget so the wealth of amazing recipes is really appreciated.

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  6. Jennifer Fisk on March 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Did you know that Julia Child’s final resting place is in Bernard here on Mt. Desert Island?

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    • Susy on March 5, 2015 at 9:37 am

      I didn’t know that, very interesting.

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