Weekend Cook and Tell Roundup: 'Julie & Julia'

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Last week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge was to recreate a dish from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The challenge was inspired by Julie & Julia, which opened over the weekend. As it turned out, the soaring temperatures of last weekend and this week made it much more appealing to go and see the movie than fire up the stove. We didn't get a lot of responses, but a few brave souls accepted the challenge. Here are some of their Julia-inspired responses:

Duncan1205 made Jambon Baise' au Made're. It's basically ham braised in Madeira and beef stock. Duncan1205 claims that this dish has converted non-ham-eaters into ham lovers.

Cybercita has made several recipes from MtAoFC, but the spinach gratin is the recipe that stands out in her mind, mostly for the hours of prep time it entailed.

My buddy Hawk Krall is the proud owner of a 1961 edition of MtAoFC and believes that, although many of the recipes are labor-intensive, "the craft of real French technique will never go out of style, or at least it shouldn't." I agree completely.

Cassaendra tried her hand at cherry clatoufi. She wasn't bowled over by the results, but I think it looks pretty great!

To celebrate Julia Child's birthday on August 15, betteirene will be making Los Gatos Gateau, disks of meringue with apricot filling and buttercream.

MadelynRodriguez plans to make Potatoes Dauphinois next weekend in the spirit of Julie & Julia. She also shared two of her favorite vegetarian French-inspired recipes, French onion soup that uses a roasted vegetable stock.

Thanks to all of you who braved the heat to participate in this week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge. We love to see what you are cooking at home, and your recipes, experiences, and photos that you share are always an inspiration. Be sure to head over to Talk and read about next week's challenge: too hot.