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Julie & Julia—Every Aspiring Cook’s Dream!

15 Dec

Last Friday night, Al and I watched Julie & Julia—the movie. For those of you that haven’t heard of it; it is basically about a woman named Julie who decides to follow Julia Child’s cook book from cover to cover. She then blogs about her cooking experiences!

Sooo of course, I think it would be an amazing idea to do the same thing!

Talk about inspiration!

That was Friday. Fast forward to Sunday, I find myself at Barnes and Noble looking for an international cookbook! After about two hours, countless books later, and my dear mother assisting me in my endless quest, there it was… SABOR! A Passion for Cuban Cuisine-By: Ana Quincoces Rodriguez. It was a match made in heaven! I knew it would be the book that I took home when I opened up to the recipe for “Pastica de Jamon,” a.k.a. what my little Darius calls “Orange butter.” MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!!! Such a favorite, that every year for my birthday my Cuban Mother* makes it for me. There is no birthday of mine that goes without it. Some people have birthday cakes, I have Bocaditos—that’s what we call them. It’s a spread mainly made of deviled ham and cream cheese and it usually goes on white slice bread (preferably with the brown edges peeled off). It is delicious!

If the movie, didn’t serve as enough inspiration, the “orange butter” definitely did!

So, Al and I have decided that we will start on page 1 and work our way through the book until the last recipe is baked, roasted, or fried. Okay, who am I kidding?! It’s Spanish food! It will be fried! I mean doesn’t everything fried, just taste better!

Okay, here goes nothing! Let the countdown begin—Sunday–DAY 1.

Stay tuned as we will be blogging away from our kitchen to yours.
Wish us luck!

*Cuban Mother—if ever in a blog I refer to my Cuban mother, father, brother, or sister—I am referring to my best friend’s family who make me Cuban by association. Thanks my little Chacha for all the years of that good Cuban cooking!

3 Responses to “Julie & Julia—Every Aspiring Cook’s Dream!”

  1. Brujis 15. Dec, 2009 at 8:52 pm #


    I can’t wait to hear stories about yummy mojo…but as we have learned from Chacha (my mother) food is only as good as the people you make it for, and the complements they give you. (Let’s face it the lady only cooks for audiences that can praise her.) So invite David and I over to be your tasters/bloggers! Good Luck!

  2. Graciela 11. Jan, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Great movie~ I watched it a couple of weeks ago, and it totally inspired me to do the same… for about 5 whole minutes!! This task is easier said than done! I commend you on taking the challenge head on and wish you many successful meal explorations!

    Have you looked into Peruvian cuisine at all? The food is amazing and I would be interested in hearing your experience with it! Buen provecho! -G

  3. Kat 25. Jan, 2010 at 12:56 pm #


    I totally love Peruvian food as well! I am definitely up for trying it. Let me know if there is a certain cookbook you have in mind? On that note, do you have a recipe on Peruvian Mash Potatoes? The purple ones? Not sure if you know what I’m talking about, but they are fabulosity!!!

    Thanks so much for reading!

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