(Citrus stand in Pompeii)
(Peppers for sale in Positano)
Julie Powell’s blog and book chronicle her mildly insane self-impose project to cook all of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days.
(Pasta shop in Vietri)
Director Nora Ephron's movie alternates scenes from Julie's endeavor with those plucked from Julia's memoir.
(Bruschetta in Il Giardino, Cava de Tirreni)
Even before the movie officially opened, critics began warning that the scenes with Meryl Streep as Julia were fabulous and those with Amy Adams as Julie disappointing or worse.
(Marinated and smoked seafood antipasto at Evu, Vietri)
(Fruit stand in Pompeii)
Julia may be a cultural icon and have her pots and pans on display at the Smithsonian, but Julie is proof that myths come true.
(Arugula with shrimp and shaved cheese, Raffaele, Vietri)
She blogged, she a scored a book contract and a got a movie deal. I rest my case.
(Gnocchi with clams, Il Giardino, Cava de Terreni)
Baked Potatoes and Artichokes
4 large potatoes, sliced thin
8 ounces frozen or fresh small artichoke hearts, quartered
1 onion, sliced thin
1 cup parmigiano cheese, grated
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup white wine
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pan heat 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Add potatoes, artichokes, onion, then cover and on medium heat steam for 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile mix herbs together and divide in half. Oil a rectangular baking dish, make a layer of 1/3 of the veggies, sprinkle with 1/2 of the herbs, then 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layers ending with a last layer of veggies. Pour wine over top and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, serve hot.
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