Discovering Julia Child was a delightful revelation

info@islandpacket.comMay 30, 2012 

  • 2 cups self-rising flour

    1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

    1 tablespoon minced rosemary

    1 1/4 cups milk

    3 tablespoons mayonnaise

    Mix flour, cheese and rosemary in a large bowl. Mix milk and mayonnaise in a small bowl and stir into flour mixture until lightly blended. Spoon into a greased muffin pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes until lightly browned. Makes 12

When I was little we did not watch very much television.

The programs on the telly at the time certainly did not beckon to me. There was "Howdy Doody" -- yikes! And "Captain Kangaroo." Although, I did love Mr. Greenjeans -- he started my lifelong love affair with overalls and various other fuzzy black and white offerings -- all in all television was a pretty boring scenario.

Years passed and still there was nothing of much interest to me on the tube. Then one day I had the television on while I was cleaning. It was tuned to Georgia Public Television, which I loved. I heard a funny, squeaky voice and loud thumps that caught my attention.

It was Julia Child, and she was making coq au vin -- and wielding a mean cleaver. I was enchanted. I could not believe that here at last was someone and something I wanted to watch.

Her program only came on once a week, much to my chagrin because I could have watched her forever. The station would send her weekly recipes to whomever asked, so I got most of the recipes she cooked before they were published in her cookbook. I found that if you followed her directions, you could cook anything. My mother gave me her first cookbook for my birthday the next year, which I treasure.

My daughter Tat was at one time the special events coordinator at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston. At that time, Julia was celebrating her 90th birthday, and I was invited to one of the celebrations held for her in Charleston. We were treated to a fabulous dinner, complete with a televised visit from Julia who lived at the time in Santa Barbara, Calif. It was such a glorious affair.

This year we approach the arrival of her 100th birthday. Although she is no longer with us, her spirit and charm live on in many hearts and stomachs. I always wished I could have met her but I did write her and got several replies. She always ended her notes with "Bon Appetit, Julia."

* If you are in the mood to stretch your legs, hop in the car and head to Jekyll Island, Ga. The Turtle Crawl Triathlon and Nest Fest will be held Saturday. The event features swimming, biking and running. There also will be activities highlighting the work of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center at Great Dunes Park. We all need to help our turtles -- especially during their nesting season. Details: 877-453-5955

* Spoleto starts soon in Charleston, and you might want to nip over to enjoy some of the wonderful events. If you don't care to stay in a hotel and would like a more private accommodation try Vacation Rental by Owner. These are houses that are in and around downtown Charleston. Actually this website can give you information about places to stay in all parts of the country. Go to and have fun.

  • Closer to home on Saturday, you can tour eight gardens at the All Saints Garden Tour on Hilton Head Island. Also offered is a luncheon, an art sale, a boutique, bake sale and various other vendors at All Saints Church on Main Street. This is always a lovely time and a great way to spend the day. Details: 843-645-4111

  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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