I miss Europe. Aside from the metric system, another very logical thing I like about Europe is that they do their dates in a hierarchy. So you get the day date, then the month, then the year. Smallest unit to largest. It makes sense. I like it.
European food makes sense to me too, and miss that too. Julia Child said ‘If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.’ She also asked ‘How can a country be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?’ Right.
I got to help cook for and attend Julia Child’s 90th birthday when her Cambridge home kitchen (exhibit reopened!) was moved into the Smithsonian Museum and she flatly rejected some leaden ‘death by chocolate’ mess for dessert and demanded a piece of Mark Ramsdell’s classic cake. She spoke her mind and did good food and good humor. I miss you like I miss European butter, bread and valedictions.