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Dinner with Julia

What do Ina Garten and Martha Stewart have in common? Both women describe cooking through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking when they were young as foundation to learning to cook.
Julia Child is an inspiration to most home cooks of a certain age. I found her so inspiring that at one time, I had all of her cookbooks, including a first edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and had read almost every biography written about her, My Life in France, being my favorite. And yet! I confess that until this week, my cooking adventures in Mastering were limited to her omelet recipe, her iconic recipes for onion soup and Beef Bourguignon.
When the Food52 Cookbook Club on Facebook chose Mastering as its cookbook for the month, I jumped at the chance to finally use Julia’s first cookbook for its intended purpose.
I decided to start with something easy, a poached egg. I purchased the best organic eggs I could afford, read the recipe several times, and began. After I’d tur…

When our spirit hungers

The precocious toddler’s interest in talking to her mother grew in insistence as the gathered group settled in for an hour of silent prayer. Shushing didn’t work, so the mother led her child into an adjoining room where she would still be part of the sanctuary, but sound would be dampened. Despite the closed door and heavy glass walls, the child’s fervent desire to speak with her mother was still audible.
I said a prayer for the patient mother determined to stay, and for the child who was either tired or hungry or impatient for Mom’s undivided attention. And then tried to bring my wandering thoughts back to prayer. I had come to Adoration with my own pressing need for answers.
Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed a growing emptiness in my heart. A void, as if something is missing. It’s not psychological. Not physical. After doing an internal check, I determined it’s a spiritual void that I’m experiencing.
No, I’m not doubting God, his existence or goodness. I have full confidence in…

Make-Ahead Meals to Inspire Your “Eat More Dinners Together” Resolution

Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson

When I began this column, I got out my calendar and wrote ‘themes’ for each future column. My plans for this New Year’s Eve column? Alaskan King Crab legs, champagne... you can see where this is going.
Over time, I’ve discovered that you, dear reader, are more interested in cooking in real life. Which doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy something trendy or over the top from time to time, but if you’re going to move from your chair in the living room to cooking in the kitchen, you want food that is accessible, affordable, and speaks to your needs. Which is what inspired this column.
I’m spending Christmas in Florida with Adeline, my ninety (and a half, she’ll note) year-old mother. Since Mom isn’t interested in cooking anymore, she heats soup and frozen dinners. Since I’m not keen on any ingredient list I can’t pronounce, I decided to cook a few of her favorite dishes, freeze them, so they’re available after I’m back in Colorado.
My intention is to provide main co…