In Celebration of Julia Child

August 14, 2017

I have always adored Julia Child and watched her all the time growing up. On Tuesday August 15th she would have been 105 years old. She brought French cooking to Americans and it was a huge hit.

In honor of Julia's upcoming birthday, I attended a french cooking class with Heidi Billotto. Heidi is a culinary expert and she lives in Charlotte. Let me just say this woman knows her way around a kitchen. She is a wealth of knowledge, tips and skills about all types of cooking.

Before we started cooking, Heidi brought out champagne and we toasted Julia Child. What a cool way to honor her and let her know we still love her. We started with small appetizers and then moved on to the delicious main menu.

Figs with brie

Cheers to Julia!




Figs with brie 


The menu was so Julia featuring Classic French Onion Soup( my favorite),Classic Cheese Souffles(first time eating this and yummy), Julia Child's French Roast Chicken, Julia Childs Cog au Vin, French Almond Chocolate creme tart. A group of people were in attendance and we all jumped in and started prep work under Heidi's guidance.

Heidi likes to use local products from local farmers and if she can't find local she goes with organic.
The taste was amazing as we had ducks eggs which are bigger than a regular egg. We used fresh chicken from the local farmer's market and some of the most amazing spices I have ever tasted, the recipes called for cheese and a lot of it. My last meal request, may just be cheese.

French Onion Soup
Classic French Onion Soup

One of my all time favorite dishes, hot or cold outside just give me this soup. After eating this I knew I was in for some amazing dishes as the day went on and let me just say I was not disappointed.


French Roasted Chicken

Julia Child's French Roasted Chicken was so yummy and tender. 


Savory Spice Shop

Juniper Berries

Savory Spice Shop

Lavender

I love smells and these spices smelled so fresh. We used them as seasoning on the roasted chicken.

Heidi Billotto

Here is Heidi seasoning the chicken before roasting.


Classic Cheese Souffles 
Each dish that we ate was complimented with a wine from Assorted Table.

Bradford Farm Watermelon

Browning the chicken for Cog au Vin


We rounded out the delicious foods with this lovely dessert
French Almond Chocolate creme tart



Fresh Watermelon from Bradford Watermelons



Watermelon Molasses also from Bradford Farm


Check this pan closet out. I think I hear angels singing. 
Here Heidi keeps all her pots and pans for easy access. 

Heidi and Tom Billotto with Dana McCurdy


Myself with Tom & Heidi Billotto.
Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home and celebrating Julia's Birthday.

Wanna follow Heidi?

Her website can be found here

She is also on twitter @HeidiCooks
and Instagram @heidibillotto

Hope you can honor Julia Child either with these dishes or one of the hundreds that she brought to us.

Bon Appetit!
















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