Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Julie and Julia – My Homework Assignment

I finally went to see the movie “Julie and Julia” last night with my friend Kim Duncan. I think we were the last women on the planet to see it. The theater only had two other’s in it besides us.  (Note to self:  “When are the power mogul developers going to realize that people don’t go to the movies anymore and stop building these theaters!”)

Anyway, I was on a mission to complete a homework assignment. I needed to see the Beef Bourguignon as it was depicted in the movie. My LAFF group of lady friends always has our December holiday party at my other friend Carolyne’s house and Carolyne asked me if I’d like to help her recreate Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon recipe for the gang.  She said I had to see the movie first.

I said yes and I went to see it.

It looked easy enough in the movie – I even picked up a tip that meat should be dry in order to get it to brown when you fry it.  And it certainly looked delicious.  When I actually looked at the recipe, I have to admit, I was a little put off by the difficulty level – HIGH, but after reading the recipe all the way, it doesn’t look too bad.  I’m game.

Next step is to call Carolyn and work on the menu.  I’ll let you know how it comes out.

  1. Mary people do go to the movies and they always will; it’s one of lifes affordable luxuries for us movie buffs.

    It’s like going out to dinner but cheaper (sometimes) and less calories unless you get the big tub of popcorn and super sized coke which I don’t recommend.

    Going to the movie theatre on a Thursday night to see a movie that has been out since August 7 will indeed grant you a mostly empty theatre but go during the opening weekend and it’s filled to capacity. Go during the second weekend when there’s been a big buzz all week and it’s still filled.

    Wine tip: Serve Bordeaux or a similar red with the beef.

    Buy the book with the recipe and more. These books sold out after the movie came out


  2. I hardly call the movies an “affordable luxury”. The price of admission was $10.50 and my friend’s popcorn and drink were an additional $11.25. I was experiencing sticker shock. I can’t imagine taking a family to see the latest Disney movie — for just two hours of entertainment.

    True, I am two months behind the premier, but around here, movie theaters are suffering badly. Many big Showcase Cinemas have closed down. The market is over saturated.

  3. True. I always go to a matinee where the prices range from $5 to $6.75 or where I am a member of the theatre and pay $4.75 plus a small bag of free popcorn, hold the butter.

    I call it an affordable luxury for me but not a family.

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