Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Art of Cooking

The recent film Julie and Julia based on the book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking has lots of people talking about cooking. At the age of 30-year-old Julie Powell is living in a rundown apartment outside of Manhattan and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere.

She needs something to break the monotony of her life, so she comes up with the wild idea of cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in the span of one year. While she hunts down kidneys, bakes souffles and kneads French bread, she manages to learn valuable life lessons that ultimately change her life.

I love to cook, but my specialty can’t be found in Julia Child’s cookbook. I call it, “Kitchen Sink Pancakes”. The may not sound so appetizing, but trust me when I tell you that they’re awesome!

I asked some of our gallery artists about their talents in the kitchen and here’s what they said:

Ann Hair: I’m just an average cook; it’s not really my thing, but I do like comfort foods.
Anne Boysen: Pound Cake
Anne Cunningham: Tuna Kabobs
Conni Mainne: Cheesecake
Eric McRay: Chili
Kristin Gibson: My kids love Roller Coaster Breakfast, but I would say Pasta.
Jane Faudree: Spaghetti
Joe DiGuilio: Stuffed Shells
Nancy Noel May: I come for a long line of great cooks—there is not just one thing I’m known for—but I do make great appetizers and a mean shrimp salad.
Rollin Karg: Cold Cereal
Stan Harmon: Carbonara

We hope this list inspired you to get into the kitchen to show off your own culinary artistry. As Julia would say: Bon Appétit!

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