"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

Love, Julie

by Julie Tilsner on February 14, 2010

in Chew on This

Food.love Love is a bowl of pasta with butter and cheese at 1 a.m.

It’s my dad’s fried egg sandwiches.

It’s the Toll-House cookies my mom made us growing up.

It’s waffles made from scratch on Sundays. Pancakes, too.

It’s the instant Folger’s, more milk and sugar than coffee, my grandmother made for me as soon as my mom left the house.

It’s figs, pomegranates, oysters, and all that stuff.

It’s cheap wine, stinky cheese and crusty bread.

It’s an avocado shared on a hillside, halved with a pocket knife.

It’s your favorite meal at your favorite Indian restaurant in your favorite city.

It’s peach tea in the Boboli Gardens.

It’s the Princess Toast Barbara made for her kids, her grandkids, and my kids.

It’s pears in bed.

It’s the bread your cousin makes for your son.

It’s the soup you make for a sick friend and the meal you bring to a friend who just gave birth.

It’s the honey tea you make every night for your kids. And it’s every routine dish you make them every night until they grow up and move away. It’s what you will make them when they come back to your kitchen.

It’s the leftovers you scrape together to share with neighbors.

It’s whatever you give to someone, sitting in your kitchen, hungry.

Your food is your love. Let me feed you. You in turn go feed somebody you love.

And have a happy Valentine’s Day.

Photo by Aussiegal.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

old black dawning February 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I love you Boom-Chickie! Now where’s my cookie…


LWH February 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Gorgeousness, BHC, gorgeousness. Allow me to add: sausage rolls in a perfect English summer’s day picnic; the melty Gordo’s burrito con todo; sharing a creamy hummus dip at a dinner-party, and fighting to get the last drops on your pita triangle; and the bowl of cereal and cold milk that is good for whatever ails ya, at any time of day and night. <3


Connie February 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Awww that is so touchy. Happy-weepy and just plain feel-good. Belated Happy Valentine’s Day, Julie.


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