December 09, 2008

Washington DC – A Foodie’s Pilgrimage

I was thrilled when I found out that Washington DC was going to be a stop on the media tour! I haven’t been to our nation's capitol since the 8th grade history trip, so it was exciting to come back. There are countless sights to see in this great city, from the monuments along the National Mall to the White House, but for me a trip to DC meant one thing – a pilgrimage to Julia’s Kitchen.

Within the walls of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History you can find a copy of the Gettysburg Address, the flag that inspired the “Star Spangled Banner” and Julia Child’s actual kitchen. It was painstakingly moved piece by piece from her home of 42 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts after she moved back to her native California in November 2001. I feel this is a beautiful testament to the importance of creating good food in our culture. Her kitchen was simple and well stocked, but no fancier than many of our home kitchens all across the country today. Yet within those walls she created magic, just as so many of us create our own magic for our families and ourselves each and every night. I have always known that creating and sharing meals is important, and it is wonderful to know that the curators at the Smithsonian agree and have honored one of America’s most influential cooks through this exhibit.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from Julia’s infinite wisdom…

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