Sunday, January 23, 2011

Another Treat from Julia Child

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Here is another winner from Julia Child's The Way to Cook--beef brisket smothered in onions and chopped tomatoes. If you have an oven with an automatic turn-on, you can prepare this before you rush out of the house in the morning, let it marinate for five or six hours in the oven, and find it ready for dinner after four hours of braising in a 300 degree oven. It takes another 10 minutes to finish the sauce and microwave the vegetables. A substantial enough brisket may even serve for two family dinners.

A New Classic Lemon Cake

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Thanks to Julia Child, whose How to Cook classic recipe book I've been reviewing over the past several weeks, I've discovered and tested a wonderful recipe for lemon-almond tart. Julia developed this with Andre Soltner, and comments that "it's easy to assemble and just very good to eat." She calls it Tarte Citron Mama--Lemon Almond Tart.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Time for a Wardrobe Makeover

I've decided  2011 is a good year for a wardrobe makeover!

Jeans will remain the bedrock of day-to-day outfits, but I've resolved to invest in several well-fitting pairs. There will be more glitter everywhere. The first step in my wardrobe makeover is to search for a pair of metallic ballet flats, preferably copper or gold. I'll also add beads to tops and blouses, and hopefully--if there are decent pickings in the consignment shops--some more interesting sleeves on blouses and sweaters. Perhaps a ruffle or two.