Read this post and learn how to win your very own copy of Julie and Julia, read and signed by both Mother Butter and Buttery B!
One day a long, long time ago (okay, maybe a year or two ago) I (Buttery B) was perusing the books at Barnes & Noble, itching for a new good book. I had just finished reading Eat, Pray, Love (which has to be one of my all-time favorite books) and nothing seemed to compare. After reading many a synopsis, something about Julie & Julia resonated with me. Maybe it was the whole “if you’re unhappy, just do something. anything. but make it big” mentality. And so I bought it, hoping for a glimmer of inspiration.
After reading it, I gave the book to Mother Butter. Mother Butter lives in Long Island City (just like Julie) and loves to cook. Who else would I have given it to?
And then when the movie came out, Mother Butter and I made a date to see it. Other than Meryl Streep’s star power, the main thing I remember from the movie was that boeuf bourgignonne. The dish I can never quite figure out how to spell or say! As the credits rolled, Mother Butter said to me, “let’s make boeuf bourgignonne for your birthday.”
And the rest is history. Here is the link to the recipe we used from Julia Child’s Mastering The Art Of French Cooking. However, we recommend you buy the book. Highly recommend.
Getting Ready to Make It
- Mother Butter: “Mise en place — makes it easier when you have a lot of ingredients. Preparation is key!”
- Buttery B: “Find a good butcher — for the slab bacon with rind, and get the best quality ingredients”
- Find a signature cocktail to get you through because you’ll have a big time gap. We decided on a French 75 (champagne and cognac).
- Buttery B: “Follow the directions precisely. Don’t cut corners–as much as you’ll want to deny it, you must cook the mushrooms and onions separately.”
- Mother Butter: “Splurge on a good red wine–you’ll be using the whole bottle!”
- Cooking with a friend is helpful since you’ll gonna need some muscles to lift the meat and strain the sauce.
- Think about what you want to serve it over–potatoes, rice, or noodles (something very simple).
- Mother Butter: “The five hours was SO worth it!”
- Buttery B: “Amazing! I will remember that meal for the rest of my life. Every bite was full of flavor.”
To win the very copy of Julie and Julia that we have had our hands and eyes on, just leave a comment on this post–any comment by April 15th! And, if you can’t think of anything, let us know what your ideal birthday dinner would consist of. We’ll pick the lucky winner at random.
Mother Butter and Buttery B