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

A Passover repast…and a farewell

by Julie on April 17, 2014

in Holiday Hell

God knows what possessed me to throw a Passover seder this week. Maybe it was the Drama Teen telling me she wanted to do more “Jewish things.” Maybe it was the fact that I’d attended two seders already. Possibly it was the idea that, these days at least, I have the notion that I can pull this sorta thing off.

Seder plate

Now that’s a shankbone…

The chef is reassuring backup, of course. “Having a last minute seder with 10 people,” I emailed him frantically last week. “Can you help?”

“Of course,” he wrote back, non-plused. Ten people. Yawn.

I thought it only fitting to return to a menu I’d tried back in 2007. It involved lamb with 1,000 spices, and ruby red soup with miso. There was a big-ass kale and chickpea salad that was a fair hit. There were baked goods from the Chef’s mom. There was wine and, in a nod toward the region, hibiscus tea.

Everything turned out. Except the photos.

the daffodil

the daffodil

This is also my last regular post for Bad Home Cooking. It’s been eight years, (8!) and I have run low on inclination to write about my cooking disasters which, honestly, don’t happen so frequently anymore. Blogging was a fun exercise for a good long while. But now it seems superfluous, given the great din of content out there.

Of course, I reserve the right to post about any future epic fail. Just don’t hold your breath.


This is post #422. To the 15 or so of you out there who regularly read BHC, I bow low and thank you truly. You can still always join the Bad Home Cooking Facebook page, which is open to the public and is where all the action is.

From my kitchen to yours, Chow.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce April 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

Good bye, for now! Thanks for years of great, fun writing and cooking. And for all the recipes. I’ve loved reading this, and hope that it won’t be TOO long before I get to see some more of your writing!


Laura Zinn Fromm April 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Julie, whatever you publish next, I want to read! Where can we find you?


Julie April 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm

laura – oh, i’ll be around…thanks!


Julie R April 28, 2014 at 1:56 am

Julie T! My dear, funny, fabulous friend….I will miss you writing this blog but I do understand. It has been a good journey, n’est-ce pas? Thank you for your humour and insight and great food (mmmm, well, often!)


Sue B May 22, 2014 at 12:35 am

Oh for Pete’s sake! I just stumbled onto this blog today just in time for the last post.
I have to tell you that your books on babies and toddlers helped me survive my own boot camp days of parenting.
I’m not kidding. Every night when I fell into bed, your books were the reassurance I needed to know I wasn’t screwing up this mom thing too terribly. Please let us know where to find your new projects.
And Thank You for helping in those sleep deprived bleary eyed days and nights.


Julie May 22, 2014 at 7:15 am

Sue – you just made my year! Thank you!


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious July 1, 2015 at 6:04 am

Oh for goodness sakes…who told you you could quit?


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