Thursday, August 16, 2012

From Julia Child and Me

"You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces--just good food from fresh ingredients." ~ Julia Child

There is no doubt that Julia Child changed the way we cook.  She came into our kitchens and taught us the basics and beyond.  I visited her kitchen in the Smithsonian some years ago and was happily impressed that it was a working kitchen rather than a designer's delight.  From beef bourguignon  to her 27-page recipe for French bread, she has assisted me in the kitchen.  One of her favorite recipes is one of mine also.

Fresh Tomato Sandwich from Julia Child and me

1 slice of very good white bread
1 sliced tomato fresh from the garden
Hellman's (yes, she specified the brand and I agree) mayonnaise

Spread the mayonnaise on the bread.  Top with the tomatoes.  Add salt if desired.



  1. I love Julia Child recipes and love this sandwich!:)

  2. Bonnie, Would you be surprised this is one of my favorite sandwiches? There is nothing better in the summer than a tomato sandwich. And...I agree on the mayonnaise. Raising my cup of coffee to you and Julia!!! Bonnie

    1. Bonnie: I've been eating these tomato sandwiches since I was weaned!! Long before I heard of Julia Child but I agree with her that there's nothing better! Hope you are enjoying tomatoes as well.


  3. Awwwww - that is so great! What a terrific way to pay tribute to everyone's favorite Chef. I watched a PBS special on Julia last night - so funny. I was cringing a bit of her handling of raw poultry - but it was so interesting. I learned a lot about hens, fryers, roasters, etc. This sandwich is my husband's favorite of all time! Beautiful.

  4. Hey Bonnie, thanks for visiting with me. I love tomato sandwiches and out west we use Best Foods mayonnaise as you know. Sometimes I add a slice of cheese but either way it is a yummy summertime treat!

    xo, Bonnie

    ps - here is my favorite Julia quote...Life itself is the proper binge!

  5. My mom's fave sandwich:) I love Julia!

  6. Oh yea, gotta have at least one every summer! I did notice that I haven't had a BLT... yet:@)

  7. What a simple but elegant sandwich and your photo makes my mouth water. I learned a lot from Julia, mainly her TV shows in the 70s when I was living in a big house and chief cook and housekeeper in the Downton Abbey sense of the word. So I would learn something and go out to the old antique stove and try to make it. I still think of her when I make an omelet and stir fry vegetables. Thanks for stirring the memories!

  8. The KISS method works every time (Keep It Simple Silly) Well Silly isn't the actual word, but my mom still doesn't like me to use the other one! We are still Miracle Whip peeps here, but that does sound yummy, especially if the tomato is just ripe from the garden. Wish this had been a better year for tomatoes and all plants in general....sigh....We did have a wonderful 1.3 inches as of yesterday around 5:00, and I think it rained more after that. Hopefully this will help the beans develop more pods. The corn, however, is what it is.

  9. (The peach upside down cake looks fabulous!)
    Is there anything better than fresh tomatoes, warm from the sun, in a sammy?

  10. I swear I could eat this sandwich every day during tomato season. Recipes don't need to be complicated - its all about the quality of the ingredients. Good reminder of this, Bonnie.

  11. There is nothing that says summer more than this sandwich. I think I'll have it for lunch today :) My tomatoes are coming in big, fat and red right now.

  12. Bonnie,
    There is nothing like a tomato sandwich especially home grown! While my husband likes Hellman's i prefer Duke's.


  13. Hi Bonnie! Oh, I'd love to have a tasty homegrown tomato. I love tomato sandwiches with a little slice of cheese.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. I love all the wonderful Julia Child tributes I've been seeing on blogs. She really was an icon who influenced cooking in this country. She always stressed fresh ingredients and there is nothing better than a fresh tomato from the garden, Bonnie! So good!

  15. Hi Bonnie! Love, love, love tomato sandwiches too! I agree with you and Julia - Hellman's is the best!

    I also did a post for her 100th birthday! I just love that woman!


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