9 Julia Child-Inspired Recipes to Celebrate Her Birthday
You don't have to be a culinary genius to master these.
Published Aug 15, 2017 5:00 AM
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Culinary genius Julia Child would have turned 105 today—August 15. To celebrate her, we rounded up classic recipes that modern-day food bloggers adapted from her iconic book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Scroll through for timeless dishes that will surely find their way into your cooking repertoire all year round.
Not quite a pie or cake, the clafoutis dessert is in a category all its own. Its custardy texture, mixed with sweet, bursting fruit, makes this recipe a must-try. Kelly Neil creates this French staple in the classic way by using fresh, pitted cherries, but other fruit variations are just as good. Check out more here.
Mushroom Bourguignonne Pot Pie
This vegetarian twist on Child’s classic Boeuf Bourguignonne brings the same savory flavors together with hearty vegetables like leeks, mushrooms, and carrots. Oh My Veggies also uses unique ingredients like liquid smoke and whiskey, which truly take this stew to an epic new level.
Salmon Nicoise Salad
This Salad by David Knox for Fire & Flavor combines colorful veggies, potatoes, and eggs with plenty of omega-3s. The homemade salad dressing is not to be missed, either—you’ll want to dip or drizzle it on just about everything.
One-Pot, 45-Minute Coq Au Vin with Brown Butter Sage Mashed Potatoes
Sometimes, a weekend chicken dinner calls for a little sophistication—but that doesn’t mean it should take hours and cause a pile of dirty dishes. Case in point? This Coq Au Vin by Half Baked Harvest. It tastes just as classy as its French name suggests.
Easy French Onion Soup
Skip the restaurant version and try this homemade onion soup by The Comfort Kitchen instead—we promise it’s not as hard as it looks. The best part? Deglazing the onions with cooking wine will have you feeling just like an experienced chef.
The one thing we love about Julia Child is the fact that she doesn’t shy away from cream—or butter—and this potato gratin by Recipe Tin Eats is no different. The key is to use fresh cream and authentic gruyere cheese—you won’t look at potatoes the same way again.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a little chocolate. In true Julia Child fashion, this mousse recipe from Alexandra’s Kitchen contains both dark-brewed coffee and rum, which makes the fluffy dessert all kinds of amazing.
Pear Frangipane Tartlets
This recipe by Ali Irvine for What Katie Ate perfectly displays the rustic side of French baking. Organically arranged pears and a cinnamon frangipane might sound elegant, but it’s surprisingly easy. As Julia has said, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces—just good food from fresh ingredients.” Could we love her any more?
Best Ever Quiche Lorraine
This may look like an average quiche, but just wait until you see what’s inside: Bacon, cream, and cheese come together to make a brunch entree Julia Child would be proud of. Just make sure you cook some extra, because this quiche by Cooking For Keeps will go fast.