Submitted by Kathryn T. Alexander
Recipe #2 for me…another winner LOVED it! Even my picky 12 year old who HATES chicken, ate every last bite! I got high 5’s from my hubby and my stepson said “Really delicious, tastes like resturant cooking!” I will make this one again and again!
Submitted by Bernard
I grew up in Lamotte-Beuvron, the little town where the tarte Tatin was created, and just released the beta version of a website dedicated to it. It has tips on how to avoid (or solve) some of the problems you experienced. It also has lots of historical info about it. Thanks for sharing your experience and sources. I was not aware of Julia’s clip, but added it to my site.
Submitted by Melissa K
My husband came upon your blog because I was a little baffled by what to do with the browned carrots and onions (Julia didn’t say what to do with them after you brown them in the bacon fat). I saw that you tied them in a cheesecloth and that really helped me out. I just popped the casserole dish with the carrot/onion cheesecloth bag into the oven to cook for three hours. Our house smells great, too. :)
Submitted by Karen Talamantez
My bread is on its final rise before shaping, then a final rise before going into the oven. Thank you for the series. I will miss it.
Submitted by Kathryn T. Alexander
My first attempt at this recipe. Took me days to get over my hesitation at all the steps, but WORTH it! So delicious, this is how food was meant to taste!
Submitted by Louis in Boston
This recipe for “french bread” is a quintessential Julia recipe. I made it years ago from a xerox copy from “Mastering the Art” (given to me by a good friend) following in detail the seven (!) pages of instructions. And it worked so beautifully. In the past year I have been making the no-knead recipe (not Julia’s) that took American home kitchens by storm recently (and now make it with a sourdough starter), but this blog inspired me to try Julia’s recipe again. I was VERY interested to find out that Julia actually changed the recipe in her various cookbooks (and at one point she recommended using asbestos tiles (!) in the oven). In one recipe she recommends all-purpose flour; in another bread flour. In one, she uses sugar in the yeast mixture; in another none. Compare the recipes in “Mastering the Art” and “The Way to Cook.” I decided to stick to my old standard in “Mastering the Art” with the one change of using bead flour instead of all purpose.
I also kneaded by hand, even though the Smithsonian folks used a stand mixer (not an option in the first edition of “Master the Art”). In any event, I found making the bread so much easier than I had years ago when I first tried it. I think this is because I am now a regular bread maker, so I have a better feel for the art. And you know what - the hours spent (mostly because of waiting for the long rises) are so worth it. This bread is fantastic, and even though I am now a fan of sourdough, I love the light delicate crunchy and oh so flavorful taste of this true french baguette. Thank you Smithsonian and thank you Julia!!
Submitted by Ashley
Re: Le Glorieux
From the picture, you’d never know there wasn’t flour in it. And I’m sure that the chocolate and orange ganache would make a great dessert just by itself. I’m inspired!
Submitted by Phyllis Tabbot Hantman of Rockaway, NJ
In 1967, my husband was posted to Ft. Belvoir, Va. as an army dentist. I was a newly wed young mother, and living on-post, was thrust suddenly into the obligatory entertaining that accompanies military life for married officers and their spouses. Our commanding officer was married to a lovely and sophisticated Frenchwoman. Part of her duties was to visit all newly arrived families and welcome them. Usually luncheon or some other formal type of refreshment was served. I was nervous, but at that time watched Julia Child daily on her French Chef t.v. show. I had her cookbook, and under her kind and supportive t.v. encouragement, I made salad niciose for lunch, followed by chocolate mousse. Madame was impressed- (remember, I wasn’t French!) and greeted me with extra warmth and kindness throughout our posting at Belvoir. That was the first of many meals I have since served that involved wonderful recipes from Julia Child.