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Aug. 8, 2009 5:12 pm 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2009 6:37 am
“Julie & Julia” – MY Blog

I was excited – a movie about cooks and cooking, with Meryl Streep…I could hardly wait!    Wait:  why not get a bunch of friends together, I thought, and see the movie as a group?  And why not have refreshments at my house afterwards?  We could eat, critique the movie…eat, chat…eat, gossip…eat!

So – I went down my list of friends and sent out cyber invitations.  Of the 26 invited guests, eight were able to accept as school starts next week and this was the tax-free shopping Saturday in NM.  We were to meet at the theatre at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.  (Later I wondered what I would have done if everyone had been able to accept!)

Now to plan the menu for the after-theatre party.  I knew the food should be “Julia” type items, but I was at a loss as to where to start.  And we’d be eating in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.  What to do?  What to do?  Well, fool – ask the gang at AR/ ER!   Good suggestions abounded, and thanks mostly to Keni, I got back on track, switching from mundane items to foods that at least sounded like something Julia might have prepared.  The final selections were:  Crudites, Bacon Quiche, Chocolate Mousse, Crème Cake a l’Orange and Julia’s own Clafouti.  Wine, iced tea and coffee finished off the menu.  Serving the quiche as bite-sized bits and the desserts in shot glasses would be a simple way to serve the food.

So off to shop I went.  I do not like grocery shopping.  I always forget to put some necessary item on the list and I always buy way more than I have on the list. When DH goes for me, I can call him at the store and add the things I forgot.  (He'll be the short, grayed-hair guy you see standing in the spice aisle, with the phone to his ear and a bewildered look on his face…)

Now to prepare the foods.   I’m not the best cook in the world by any means and I prefer quick and easy to totally homemade, so I wasn’t too concerned about the preparations.  I did hope that the food would look and taste good.  I spent most of Friday afternoon in the kitchen working on the sweets, leaving the quiche-making for early Saturday morning.  It was easy to use the little shooter cups for the mousse and the orange cake.

What fun we had going to see the movie as a group!   We laughed a lot and enjoyed it immensely!   What can I say – Meryl Streep??  And StanleyTucci?  And  Amy Adams!  I had read mixed reviews about the movie; our local paper only gave it two stars, so I wondered if it would be as good as I expected.  I was not disappointed.

As the movie ended and I raced to the car to beat the guests back to our house, I phoned my DH to make sure the ice bucket was filled, the quiches were ready to reheat and the white wine was chilled.  He had everything under control – bless him!

So we ate, we drank, we had a great visit and all was good.  Of the food we served, the best was the Bacon Quiche which was baked without a crust and served with croissants, followed by the Crème a l’Orange, (which has been renamed “Dreamsicle Shooters” and the recipe submitted) the Chocolate Mousse and the Clafouti.  It would have been wise to have baked the Clatoufi just before serving.   Letting it sit overnight and reheating it did not work well.   Over all, I gave the movie an A+, the fellowship an A+, while the food  got a A-! 
One word of advice:  do not go to see this movie on an empty stomach.  It will make you very, very hungry.  And always, always cook with butter!
P.S.  The "Dreamsicle Shooters" recipe has it's own post now - check it out!

Aug. 8, 2009 5:54 pm
LOL. I really want to see this movie.
Aug. 8, 2009 5:58 pm
Sounds like lots of fun. Thanks for telling us about the movie and the party. Now I know I'll go see it, maybe even have a party after. But I don't have enough nerve to invite 26 people for fear they'd all come!
Aug. 8, 2009 5:59 pm
What a great idea that was! I was just admiring the photo of the "Dreamsicle Shooters". Sure hope you get it published!
Aug. 8, 2009 7:46 pm
THANK YOU !!! I'm going to see it tomorrw,alone, but thats OK . I know I will have al of you with me in spirit. Thanks for the Great Blog! Mag
Aug. 8, 2009 7:46 pm
If it's gets published, I'll be thrilled. Haven't had a recipe published, yet.
Aug. 8, 2009 7:56 pm
mags - you will love it!
Aug. 8, 2009 8:10 pm
Great blog swchef and congrats on your successful party!!! Yippeee!!! Yay for friends,fun and food!!!!
Aug. 8, 2009 9:12 pm
That sounds like it was so much fun. I wish I had several girlfriends to do that with.
Aug. 8, 2009 9:31 pm
Oh Chef! I am so very pleased that you have such wonderful time with your friends. You were very nice to have them over to share a really fun movie and great food I can't wait to see the movie either! Thanks for a Great blog on a really relevant movie! Patty
Aug. 8, 2009 11:26 pm
Congrats on what seems to have been a delightful day out! I give you an A+++ for the coming up with the idea and carrying it through!
Aug. 9, 2009 8:57 am
I saw Julie & Julia at a matinee yesterday & today I am attempting to make my first pie crust with BUTTER! Were having a small dinner with friends tonight & against all better judgement, I'm serving them my coconut cream pie. I love butter.
Aug. 9, 2009 12:17 pm
What a great idea! I look forward to seeing the movie, too!
Aug. 9, 2009 1:14 pm
Great, Jerald! I wish you success! Keep it cold...
Aug. 9, 2009 4:04 pm
I've had a wonderful time just following along as you thought up the whole project and planned and cooked for it. Thank you for sharing with us!
Aug. 9, 2009 5:19 pm
Glad you had a great time! I read your brainstorming of the foods & also thought that serving "Julia" recipes & foods was the thing to do! The thought of driving to L.C. to help you cook was very tempting (& if I had known the clafouti was being made in advance, *I* would have changed your mind about that)...darn the current high gas prices! Thanks for the blog & photos : the food looks yummy, & the Dreamsicle Shooters look fanciful. (GERALD: Julia has one of my favorite pie crusts in her "Julia & Jacques At Home" cookbook, where she teams up with Jacques Pepin. I encourage you & others to know that a flaky pie crust is within everyone's capability. As SWChef said, keep it cold - the butter & the water, & don't overwork it - you do want butter bits showing. One more tip: pastry flour is best for pie crusts, because it is low in gluten.)
Aug. 9, 2009 6:03 pm
You know, I was sitting in the theatre thinking "I can't serve my friends the stuff I'd prepared... Not after watching all this great cooking for two hours!" Fortunately they are all very forgiving and the food was acceptable!
Aug. 9, 2009 6:11 pm
Sounds like fun, one of my favorite foodie friends and I are planning to see the movie next week, I can't wait.
Aug. 10, 2009 8:21 am
You'll love it, Lisa!
Aug. 10, 2009 8:31 am
swchef I was there with you in spirit! Am I missing something here, I can't see any pictures in this blog!
Aug. 10, 2009 4:20 pm
thanks for the wonderful blog! it made me smile and got me really, REALLY excited to see the movie!!!
Aug. 10, 2009 5:11 pm
i love it! Great idea. Can't wait to see the movie:)
Aug. 10, 2009 7:24 pm
I went to see this yesterday too. Really enjoyed it. Funny.. I wasn't hungry afterwards. I felt full from just seeing all the yummy food!!
Aug. 10, 2009 7:55 pm
Sounds like you had a great time! Good friends, good food, good laughter....always make a great menu!
Aug. 11, 2009 5:17 am
Aug. 11, 2009 5:25 am
You know what I LOVED??? That Julia Childs lived until she was 91 eating all that BUTTER!!!
Aug. 11, 2009 5:45 am
Great Idea!! I grew up with julia's cookbook in my mom's kitchen (she's in her 70's) and she said it was the defining cookbook of her generation! We LOVED the movie - Meryl Streep had her dead on and Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci were awesome as well!
Aug. 11, 2009 5:54 am
Sounds like I missed out on a great time...maybe my invite was lost in the mail (*sigh*). ~~Just kidding, SWChef. I can hear Julia's voice in my head now...no wait, that's my husband pretending to be her over my shoulder! Great blog!
Aug. 11, 2009 7:20 am
Now I've GOT to go see the movie. Yes, I love always cook with butter. Yes, butter (or fat) equals flavor. Love this blog.
Aug. 11, 2009 8:40 am
I love the movie it was like waiting for a good meal and not being disappointed. I was stuffed with satisfaction, joy of the soul and mastered picking a wonderful movie a win win situation (how cliche)lol
Aug. 11, 2009 8:48 am
tina Aug. 11, 2009 8:40 am I love the movie it was like waiting for a good meal and not being disappointed. I was stuffed with satisfaction, joy of the soul and mastered picking a wonderful movie a win win situation (how cliche)lol
Aug. 11, 2009 9:04 am
Also: Do NOT read about food while you're hungry; even if it's in a movie review! LOL! I, too, liked that movie; then I went on the 'net and found the real Julie Powell's blog; Amy Adams' "Julie" is quite abit "tamer" than the real one, so you can imagine...!
Aug. 11, 2009 9:55 am
That's what Julia objected to in the movie - the real blog! And you're right, LinS - about reading about food when you're hungry! That's one of the problems w/ spending time on this website.
Aug. 11, 2009 10:50 am
FUN idea! My sister, mom & I all went to this movie Saturday night...& LOVED it! I too had seen some not too favorable reviews on the 'Julie' part...but we all completely disagreed and enjoyed the ENTIRE movie very much!
Aug. 11, 2009 11:21 am
Where can I find the Dreamsicle Shooters recipe? Sounds like somethingteh foodies at work would love! Oh, three of us from work went Friday night, loved the movie, and you are right, DO NOT go hungry!
Aug. 11, 2009 11:21 am
What a great idea!! Congrats on pulling it off, sounds like fun was had by all, which after all is the most important thing. My 16 year old son treated me to dinner and this movie last Friday night and I loved the movie. It was great to see that other people feel the way I do about cooking. But I think my son was shocked that he enjoyed it as much as he did. We went home and made chocolate mousse for dessert!
Aug. 11, 2009 11:24 am
I loved it too. My favorite scene was right at the beginning just after Julia and Paul move to Rouen and they're dining out. The waiter serves the perfectly-browned whole fish, swimming in butter, slickly removes the skeleton. Julia tastes it and is rendered speechless in her rapture. She can't find the words to express herself so she just makes noises...and Paul totally understands. It's actually a quite sensual scene that had me ROFL.
Aug. 11, 2009 11:28 am
my mother also cooked with butter and she lived to be 94....
Aug. 11, 2009 11:38 am
hello fellow las crucen!!!! i can't wait to take my 7 yr old daughter to see the movie!!! she's super excited as she loves to be right in the kitchen cooking with me....i think i have a julia child protege in the making!!!! (i think i did see your bewildered dh at albertson's on lohman.....)
Aug. 11, 2009 1:06 pm
Uh, steph, it's a PG-13 I think... the F word at least once and shi! numerous times. BTW, did you notice Julia's two blue KA mixers? In the 40's in Paris there was a medium blue colored one and then in later years in Boston it was cobalt blue---just like mine, proud to say!
Aug. 11, 2009 1:22 pm
HELP! I, too, can't find the shooter recipe, and when others ask, it's never addressed... Thanks? *cringes*
Aug. 11, 2009 2:20 pm
I have submitted the recipe for dreamsicles shooters for publication. I'll try to post it as a blog.
Aug. 11, 2009 2:23 pm
steph_in_newmex - greetings fellow LC'n! Glad to hear from you...yes, he was at Albertson's on Lohman! LOL
Aug. 11, 2009 2:40 pm
Okay - the recipe is on a blog of it's own - check it out!
Aug. 11, 2009 3:30 pm
Sounds like you had a great time. I should be so organized!! When I visit I want the Dreamsicle Shooters!
Aug. 11, 2009 3:47 pm
You SHOULD be so organized. And I'll make a batch especially for you and your DH! I had a terrible time finding your post! Didn't recognize the name.
Aug. 11, 2009 4:26 pm
This sounds like so much fun! What a fun idea!!
Aug. 11, 2009 5:32 pm
loved the movie, was so hungry after all i wanted was a martini up, beef burguignon and a glass of red wine
Aug. 11, 2009 7:18 pm
I enjoyed the book and can't wait to see the movie. I still can't believe Julie was able to make every single recipe from Julia's cookbook!!
Aug. 12, 2009 12:55 am
And how about that Pate de Canard en Croute-- the stuffed duck encased in a pastry shell? Woo-hoo! So beautiful! I was in awe just looking at it. And I loved how the movie ended-- gave me goosebumps!
Aug. 12, 2009 5:11 am
Great Blog. Sounds like a lot of fun. I can't wait to see the movie!
Aug. 12, 2009 6:09 am
Just noticed that the movie was second at the box office w/ $20 mil. Not bad for a chick flick (but I must say that the men who were there were ROFL, too).
Aug. 12, 2009 10:28 am
The line, "standing in the spice aisle with a bewildered look on his face" absolutely cracked me up! I do that to MY husband, too. I know he hates it, but sometimes we have no choice. Great blog - I can't wait to see the movie!
Aug. 12, 2009 10:46 am
The book was a lot of fun, so are your posts ! I'm going to go see the movie soon.
Aug. 12, 2009 11:09 am
I saw the movie the other day with my mom, and afterwards, I was in a "I need to cook NOW!" mood, so made a detour to the store on the way home to pick up some things. Had a couple friends over for appetizers and dinner. Made brie en croute, a roasted pork loin, and a sauteed spicy green bean with garlic side dish. I asked my friends how dinner was and the fact that they couldn't answer because their mouths were full was a good sign! The next night, I thinly sliced the leftover pork, heated it up, and made sandwhiches with it. I have a herbed butter that I made with herbs fresh from my garden and slathered both sides of a crusty sourdough French bread with it, toasted them in a skillet, sauteed onions and garlic with freshly ground salt and pepper, topped the pork with the onions and slices of provolone cheese. They were AMAZING! Only one friend was over that night... and she couldn't stop smiling!
Aug. 12, 2009 11:15 am
I can't wait to see this movie... what a great idea to turn the movie viewing into an event. Sounds like a great time by all. bettycrockerchels -- your post made me hungry!!
Aug. 12, 2009 11:53 am
I'm doing pork tenderloins tonight and will make the sandwiches tomorrow for lunch! Thanks, bettycr0kerchels! I absolutely love herbed butter - and I know Julia would approve!
Aug. 12, 2009 5:12 pm
loved the movie! hearwarming and delicious!
Aug. 12, 2009 5:25 pm
i want to see this movie so bad. It seems as though its going to be showing in every country but the one im in :( if its out on DVD by xmas i might just need to buy it then when i head home to the US for a family visit.
Aug. 12, 2009 6:20 pm
Where do you live?
Aug. 13, 2009 10:49 am
I loved the movie. Sounds like your party afterwards went great. Congrats!
Aug. 13, 2009 11:55 am
What fun! I would love your recipes that you served. Hoped they would be on the site, but unable to locate. The Dreamsicle Shooters and Bacon Quiche especially!! Thanks so much for sharing!
Aug. 13, 2009 12:38 pm
Bacon Quiche Tarts on this site is very much like my recipe but I added more swiss cheese and also added horseradish and baked without a crust. The Dreamsicle Shooters is on my new blog.
Aug. 13, 2009 12:45 pm
What a fantastic idea. Wish I had friends like that here in CA. The movie was great, I did see it on an empty stomach, not a good idea. Your menu sounds perfect and is making me hungry.
Aug. 13, 2009 8:07 pm
I too am dying to see the movie. In 1975 I went to a book signing & cooking demo that Julia & her husband were going to be at. Of course,as usual I had to go to the ladies room. I was washing my hands when out walked Julia from a stall. It was like seeing a movie star! I was about to be married in a month or so & I had a lovely chat with Julia on what my fiance liked to eat. She was so lovely & down to earth. Later during the demo she showed the audience how to bone chicken breasts. I've been doing that ever since. I still have my book with Julia & Paul's autographs.
Carmella Sue 
Aug. 14, 2009 3:18 am
To bluedog, Honestly, I do not know what you are talking about. I am a serious foodie and grew up in the restaurant business. I am preparing to go to culinary school. My boyfriend and I both went to see J&J last week end and we both loved it. I laughed and cried through the whole movie(I cried because I could relate to the characters in this movie more than any movie I have ever seen). Since your review is the only bad one that I have ever seen about J&J I would think that maybe the problem is with you! The movie was such an inspiration to me. I have been studying to go into the healthcare field because I thought it was a good field to go into and since the movie I have decided to go to culinary school instead and have a career doing what I really love instead....... Thanks to the cast of J&J and most of all, Julia Child and the Food Network.
Aug. 14, 2009 4:24 am
Your party sounds terrific! Your friends must have really enjoyed how you made going to a movie into an event. My family and I went to see the movie on Saturday and loved it, but we certainly didn't do it up with the same panache that you did, clever girl!
Aug. 14, 2009 8:59 am
Wow sounds Like A Blast and look at all the responses you got good on ya Girl
Aug. 14, 2009 9:56 am
I have seen the movie, and it was wonderful. Meryl is awesome and so is Amy. Makes me want to cook and eat!
Aug. 14, 2009 10:22 am
What a cute idea for a day out with the girls. I might do the same thing with some of my friends. Love the idea of the bite size quiche.
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Aug. 14, 2009 1:40 pm
kawaii! you have to tell me the dreamsicle shooters recipe! i must have it! it looks so good and i love it!
Aug. 14, 2009 2:39 pm
Went to see the movie 4 of us and we all loved it and we were all so HUNGRY afterwards. :~)
Aug. 15, 2009 6:35 am
I say again - the Dreamsicle Shooters recipe is posted on a separate blog! Check it out! And thank you for all your comments.
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Married w/ pets + three kids and six grandkids. Retired after 30 years of teaching grades K-7. Moved to NM 10 years ago. Loved it there. Moved back to Ohio to be closer to family.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soups. Chili, beef vegetable, ham and bean,and tortilla soups are our favs. I like casseroles - one dish dinners are the best! I think the slow cooker is about the best cooking aid in my kitchen. I love to try new recipes, that's what makes this a super website; that and all the cool contributors.
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Anything I did with my grandmother! Thanksgiving at Grandma's house was the best. She wanted to do it all - and she was a great cook. Making taffy with her was such a treat! I remember the first time she made pizza (from a box). She wasn't too sure about pizza! But in the mid 1950's, none of us midwesterners were too sure about pizza!
My cooking triumphs
When I was 13, I entered seven different baked goods (mostly cakes) in open class at the fair, competing against adult cooks with great records. I took first place with all but one entry, which got a second place ribbon.
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Looking back over the years, my biggest tragedy was making gravy...but thanks to CindyLepp, it is no longer a challenge! She sent me packets of dry gravy mixes!
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