The Next Julia Child Lives With Us

Some people take their dads out to eat or treat them to power tools at some butch store.  For us, we didn’t go out to eat, but we did go to Lowe’s and Menard’s.  We didn’t come back with power saws or wrenches, just a light fixture and globes for our kitchen that is projected to be finished this week.

Our Father’s Day gift this year from our soon-to-be 11-year-old daughter, Gretel, was a homemade card of the family (and Miss ABBA made an appearance) and she made dinner with our assistance, mainly Ray’s since I was at work.



After buying what we needed at the Farmer’s Market Saturday and a dip in the pool Sunday afternoon, Gretel and Ray were ready to tackle making dinner in a kitchen being remodeled with no operating sink or running water!

With everything was out on the counter, Gretel made the dessert first, an orange supreme bundt cake.

Once that was placed in the oven, they moved on to prepping veggies (red, green, yellow, and orange bell peppers and green zucchini squash), sauteing chicken for the linguine, mixing up the topping for the cheesy bread, and making two pots of boiling water (one for the pasta and one for corn on the cob).

Everything came together beautifully and the chef was very pleased with her creations, especially the pasta!

And, Gretel’s two dads were very pleased and happy with her enthusiasm and accomplishment in the feast she made for us:  linguine with chicken & veggies seasoned with lemon pepper and garlic, fresh green beans sautéed with minced onions, corn on the cob, and cheesy bread.

And, for dessert, the orange bundt cake came out of the oven golden brown and since we’re dieting, we opted to skip the frosting and sprinkle it with powdered sugar and have whipped topping instead.

It was a spectacular Father’s Day and a celebration dinner complete with love.  I only had to mix the Caesar salad and do the dishes afterwards!

Please take a moment to watch this.  While cooking, Gretel wanted to make a video — a very young Julia Child in the making!   She was so funny, especially when she told us the reason she was doing all of this!

I hope you all had a great weekend and Father’s Day and enjoy this little culinary blog.




9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kathy Markham McCoy on June 18, 2012 at 3:52 am

    That dinner looked awesome! And I loved the video…”So when you’re 80 you can look back”…too funny. 🙂


  2. Kathy,

    Dinner was very tasty.

    The video cracked me up! I thought, I can take that spatula away from you and spank you with it. 🙂

    Take care, my friend,


  3. Posted by Kerry Riley on June 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Oh she is to cute! The 80 part was funny!!


  4. Posted by Kerry Riley on June 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Oh and Tell Gretel the Food Looks Awesome


  5. Posted by Dixie on June 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    How awesome she is..With no running water how did you do the dishes..Did she do them too..Love it..
    The food looks great!!!



  6. Dixie,

    I almost addressed that in the blog. We have running water in our finished basement and in the main bathroom, just not the kitchen. We did them in an old laundry-like tub in the basement. So proper! 🙂



  7. Posted by Tammy Ridpath on June 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    What a sweet child you both have. The meal looked awesome, but even if it wasn’t, she is so special.


  8. Tammy,

    Thank you very much. The meal was delicious and Gretel was too funny about her 80-year-old comment. I didn’t tell her that when that happens, she’ll be over 40 and she’ll want to see that video, too! 🙂



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