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by Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe

While waiting on line to see the movie, "Julie & Julia," starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, I overheard several interesting conversations.

(conversation 1)
Remember the story about the newlywed who always cut off the end of a roast beef before putting it into the pan to cook?  One day her husband asked why she did it.  She replied, "I don't know.  My mother always did it that way." 

So she called her mother and asked why she always cut off the end of the roast before cooking. 

Her response was simple:  "Because my roasting pan was too small."

(conversation 2)
"Did you know that Julia Child's kitchen was located on Cambridge Street, a block from Harvard's creative writing and women's studies department?  It was described as 'a comfortable old-shoe of a kitchen.'  Its painted-glass-fronted cabinets were schoolroom green.  It had a long butcher- block counter, and it was Julia Child's height.”

“Two magnetic strips hold 28 knives, all of them properly sharp.  The pegboard walls support 62 pots and pans, most copper, with a few iron pans in rare shapes and sizes.  A half dozen pairs of shears, eight magnificent rolling pins, (one crenulated, for puff pastry), two scales, three fish molds, a doughnut cutter, a corn-slick pan and a heart-shaped mold.  Yes, her kitchen was both crowded and orderly."

(conversation 3)
Julia Child said, "All my mother knew how to cook was baking powder biscuits, codfish balls and Welsh rarebit."

(conversation 4)
"Who can forget Julia Child (6' 2") standing in the kitchen of her PBS series, "The French Chef" in 1963.  She was the woman who taught America to cook."

For many years, New York Magazine's Mary Ann Madden, offered her readers an opportunity to enter word competitions.


In some cases, the reader was asked to provide fanciful definitions for words beginning with a particular letter of the alphabet.  In others, the reader supplied original REDEFINITIONS for familiar foreign phrases.  One example:
"salto mortale" - sodium kills.

Nora Ephron, Julia Child, Meryl Streep, Julia Powell, Stanley Tucci (Paul), and all of the students/staff at the Cordon Blue cooking school would have loved these humorous food-related words:

    "Sotheby Park Bearnaise":
    Julia Child's favorite auction house
    (submitted by Mark-Elliot Lugo)

    "The right stuff"
    Favorite side dish of the astronauts
    (Jeff Brawer)

    Hot chocolate for the womanizing man
    (Allya Freeman)

    Man-sized cookware for guys who eat
    too much
    (Suzie Bolotin)

    A green or inexperienced talk-show host
    (Rita Shefsky)

    "Taco Bell"
    A Mexican telecommunications giant
    (Jim Wittenbrook)

       1.  A very small landfill
       2.  junk food
    (Ingor Pettygrove/Jeannine Cruz)

    "Bon Mot"
    Homemade applesauce
    (Thomas Maloney)

    Sounds from a Moroccan kitchen
    (Elaine Stallworth)

    "Altar eggo"
    Wedding breakfast

    Puree of assorted vegetables from Pennsylvania
    (Anthony Gray)

    To slice cheese
    (Jan Leary)

    "au courant"
    With raisins
    (Collier W. Hoffman)

    Ski food (see also Schusskabob)
    (Jacob Komishane)

    Batter made with artificial flour
    (Bertha Coultier)

    "Agnes De Meal"
    Dancer/Choreographer, "Paint Your Chuck Wagon"
    (Jill Shea)

    "Big" Macbeth
    Fast-food king who killed his competition, Duncan Donuts
    (Physics Bldg., SUNY, Albany, NY)

    Gourmet chef
    (Marianna Lancaster)

    Salad dressing by Ralph Lauren
    (Toni Regan)

    A loaf of bread in the shape of a heart
    (William A. Baker)

And my favorite:

    Lady "Fingers" Macbeth--his wife, pastry chef and aroma therapist
    (Physics Bldg., SUNY, Albany, NY)

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