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Monday, August 10, 2009

Julia & Chicken Riggins

So... Have y'all seen THE movie yet?

There has been a lot of chatter in the blog world about the movie and the Julie & Julia project. I think anyone with a blog can relate to Julie's side of the story. I love her dedication to her Bleaders.
The more I learn about Julia Child... the more I like her. ~~~Not just love and admire her cooking abilities~ but invite her into my kitchen to eat, drink, and really like her.
A story that was in the Birmingham News, told about when Julia Child visited Birmingham in 1973 for a series of cooking shows. She and her husband stayed with local Pediatrician Hughes Kennedy and became his long time friend. In fact she was so impressed with a chicken casserole recipe that she asked for the recipe for her garden club. Anyone who can love a southern chicken casserole full of cheese and mayo is my kind of people!

Chicken Riggins
3 cups diced chicken
2 cups celery
1 cup diced onions
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese
1 can slivered almonds
2 cups mayo
bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350°. Cook 4 chicken breasts and 4 thighs with salt pepper and celery tops until tender, about 20 minutes. Cool and dice. Dice 2 cups celery, Saute onions and cube 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese. Mix above with 2 cups mayonnaise and almonds. Place in a 3-quart casserole, sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake at 350° until bubbly and golden on top (approximately 20 minutes).
Note: 2 tsp curry powder is added to mixture is an excellent addition.

One quote in the article Julia was talking about a particular dinner party she had attended...'God, it's horrible that people put on things like this for me when I'm just a plain ol' eater and here they think I'm the queen and have all these servants and all of these beautiful serving dishes, and it's so false.'

She would be happy in my kitchen!
I guess we could drink french wine for one night, along with our Chicken Riggins.
Bon appétit Y'all~


Char said...

loved the movie - it made me love Julia all the more. I thought the movie was very kind to Julie as I read the book and didn't really care for her - she seemed rather disrespectful to her readers at first but finally realized they are what got her to where she was.

Chef E said...

I have not seen the movie yet, I know, how can I be a true foodie, but we will go this weekend. That dish sounds great to me!

barb cabot said...

Sandi, I enjoyed this post and also loved the movie. I think I will love this recipe and will keep it for a someday soon. Hope the summer is treating you well. Take care and enjoy these wonderful days.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Char~ I have heard that the movie was 'kinder' to Julie. I thought it was cute
E~ I'm not sure about the amount of mayo and cheese... remember this is a recipe from the 70's. We didn't need to worry about cholesterol then!
Barb~ I have seen your comments about the movie, I think it struck the same cord with me.

Hundewanderer said...

You know how one blog site leads you to another blog site, and here I am! I have enjoyed your site and love the recipes, thank you for sharing your life with us! Hugs from Hundewanderer.

Brad'll Do It said...

When you see her, give Holly a BIG hug from Palma and me, and belated birthday wishes. We loved J&J (and I ain't talking Johnson & Johnson here), both thinking the flick better than the book! Have fun on your week away.

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