It's Julia Child's birthday!
When I was a kid, there were two women who cooked for me. One was my Inang, of course and the second was Julia Child. I know she wasn't cooking specifically for me, but when I watched her on PBS every Saturday, I felt as though she was.
In retrospect, I'm thankful my family didn't have cable when I was growing up. PBS shows taught me so much from the alphabet to counting to singing to playing kids games and yes, cooking!
Jacques Pepin is one of my favorite chefs of all time and seeing them together made my Saturday mornings. Their "bon appetit!" and "happy cooking!" at the end of each of their shows made me want to do just that: be happy with food. I've carried that since I was a kid. I'm almost 30 now! I am confident that all us food lovers, chefs, cooks, bloggers, food writers have a special place in our hearts for Julia.
That distinguishable voice. Her charm. Her humor. Her enthusiasm and love for food. That courage she presented even when others in society didn't deem it "right" for a woman to be working along side men. We all love her for what she has done as a chef and as a woman.
Thank you for your knowledge, influence, and spirit. Today we celebrate you by cooking your dishes. I made asparagus au naturel with your hollandaise sauce. It was my first time making hollandaise and I never knew how easy it really was until tonight. I will definitely make it again.
Hope we made you proud, Julia! Happy birthday!