Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Queen of Cooking Turns 100

Today would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, and even though the queen of  the kitchen died in 2004, she's far from forgotten.  There's the PBS reruns of The French Chef, and the classic Dan Aykroyd skit on SNL.  Even Meryl Streep played her in "Julie and Julia."  And, I'm sure you've seen the google doodle of the day. Julia Child once said "fat gives things flavor." So I decided what would be a better way to honor her than a huge, delicious dinner with close friends?  

Joanna will soon be moving to Boston, so the gang gathered together one last time to do a few of our favorite things…gossip and eat!  Instead of French food, we dined at Maria Pia, an authentic Italian restaurant on 51st between 8th and 9th.

As with all great meals, it began with bread dipped in olive oil.  I ordered the chicken marsala (minus the mushrooms)paired with garlic mashed potatoes and sprinkled with fresh parmesean.   Jamie and Joanna stocked up on the carbs too, each trying a pasta dish-Julia would be proud!  Even though I had more than enough food for two meals, no doggy bag was necessary. Nope; I ate the whole thing in one sitting.  Thank goodness, I did at least resist the dessert urge of Italian pastries.
So tasty and pretty affordable-I'd say their prices compare with your
regular old Olive Garden, but the food quality's much better! 

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