Many of you know that Jacques Pepin is my hero chef and has been since he was a chef for John F Kennedy in the White House. It might be that I’ve never failed following his advice and I just love his accent.
He’s taught me how to prepare apples for pies, how to chop garlic, how to make a tarte tatin without burning my fingers and he’s done it all with his characteristic smile and twinkle in his eye. He taught me that the best knife you can use is a sharp one.
I saw this video on Facebook on Jamie Schler’s page. Everyone who cooks should read what Jacques has to say about following a recipe exactly. If you’re not a great cook, this advice will change that. It makes sense of every failed recipe you’ve ever cooked – exactly like the recipe stated.
Went to play with the dog and guess what I found on top of the dryer? Lucy.
I plan to have a very good new year with lots and lots of great food. My troubles getting around haven’t improved but maybe with more doctoring and maybe more surgerying, I’ll be good as new one day soon.
Happy New Year everyone and let’s expect good things to happen to us this year. We get what we focus on and expect and I’ve been focusing and expecting.
Gingi Freeman says
Ohhhh, good post! I always feel like an adventurous housewife when I depart from a recipe! haha.. also, cute cat! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
and now you know from the expert that you’re doing just the right thing!
Asha Shivakumar says
Happy New Year Maureen!!! Hope you are doing wonderful and sending you hugs.
Love love LOVE Pepin, and the video is indeed a masterpiece… don’t you melt with his accent? When he says “recipe’, I get this huge smile
why can’t I have an accent like his or any other I find nice? INstead, Brazilian accents are so pathetic, but I cannot get rid of mine… oh, well
Enjoy your new appliances, you deserve ZE BEST (quoting Pepin)
Voila’, ma cherie!
Remember my grandmother lived with us and she never spoke much English. She could but she felt uncomfortable and I felt uncomfortable in French. We managed to communicate just fine though. Listening to Jacques Pepin is like a hug from my grandmother.
Sorry to hear about your appliance woes. How fortunate that you were able to replace them … enjoy.
I enjoyed watching the video and Pepin’s words of wisdom. There’s nothing like being taught by someone who is cooking the dish while you watch or cook along so you can be guided by their comments, advice and visuals.
Liz Posmyk says
Happy new year darling Maureen! May 2017 be filled with good things for you, and also may it bring you a year of good health, pain free! xxxx
Veronica (Roni) says
Hello Maureen & lovely to hear you again. Thanks for that interesting slant & introducing me to your hero chef :))
Hope you are feeling a truck load better….love xx
I am lots better. After looking at your site, it doesn’t look like you’ll have time for lunch anytime soon but when you do, please yell. I’d LOVE to catch up with you. You have the best smile on the Sunshine Coast.
John/Kitchen Riffs says
Cats always like to look down at dogs. And humans. 🙂 Thanks for sharing that Pepin video — so true! The first few years we were together it used to drive Mrs KR nuts when I’d look at a recipe and then proceed to change it — often a lot — because I didn’t think we’d like it. Usually I was right, although not always! She’s always been a baker, so is used to having to be more precise in measurements, timing, etc. Although I’ve rubbed off on her — now she’ll look at a recipe for something she’s baking, and proceed to change it — often a lot! — because she thinks she can do better. 🙂 Happy New Year!
The Ninja Baker says
Happy New Year Maureen! The cat came away winners with the dryer =) P.s. Thank you for the info about Jacques Pepin (great friend of my hero Julia Child) I love his accent too and didn’t realize he had served under JFK =)
Mary Frances says
Happy New Year Maureen and remember – thoughts become things – so only think of the good ones!!
I SO agree with you. My screen saver says: What you focus on is what you’ll get. 🙂
Mary Frances says
Great video – I can never make even my own recipes exactly twice!
Happy New Year dear Maureen! The video is so right! Things depend so much on the exact cooking circumstances. And this is why recreating even our own dishes are difficult, even with precise notes down on a tattered note book. Wonderful lesson.
Happy New Year!!
I’m also a huge fan of Jacques Pepin and think it’s part his awesome cooking, part is smart advice, and definitely part his amazingly soothing voice!
His voice exudes confidence. I agree with you 🙂
Roberta Hunter says
Love – ADORE – Jacques Pepin!!! I loved the show he did with Julia Child!!! Those shows and recipes were…still are….classics. Wish PBS would re-run those shows. Are they out on Video yet?
Wishing you and yours the happiest and best year of your life, Maureen!
Thanks, Roberta, same to you. I have watched those shows of them together so often I can almost predict the next word. 🙂
here are a few I found on youtube 🙂 There are more!
I really loved that video–I’ve always been a proponent of using the recipe as a guide rather than law, but this makes my day! Happy new year!
Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought says
So happy you are off to a good start in 2017! Looking forward to many more delicious posts from you.
Happy New Year to you too, may this year brings the best to all of us.
Anna Johnston says
Cannot agree more with Mr dishy voice Jacques Pepin advice.
Hotly Spiced says
Wow! Love the video.
Eva Taylor says
Happy New Year to you too, Maureen!
We had a flood in our guest suite in the basement on New Year’s Eve’s day and had to run out and get an extractor (some gizmo that is way stronger in extracting liquid from carpet than a home shop-vac) and had to move our overnight guest into the small guest room upstairs. It all worked out. We knew it was the washer but didn’t know why…but we were able to use every other thing in the house without issues so we waited until after new year to call the plumber. Only $300 and he fixed it but we will need a much bigger job done in the spring time, otherwise it will happen again, and probably worse!
I loved that video from your hero Chef, it is exactly how I cook, and being a seasoned cook, it allows me to troubleshoot as I move through the recipe even the first time! I’m going to put his book on my gift list, I still have so much to learn.
I love that Jacques Pepin video! I think I saw it on Jamie’s page, too. I need to check out his Tarte Tatin recipe 🙂
Amanda (@lambsearshoney) says
Happy new year, Maureen – so good to see you back on deck.
They say these things come in threes, so I hope that’s your lot for quite a while!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
Our one year, three month old fridge started giving up problems two days before the new year. First it wouldn’t get any colder than 65F and we had to throw out all the food. After a replacement fan motor a week and a half later, it went the opposite and stayed at twenty…freezing all the new food that was in the refrigerator. It was just fixed yesterday but was out of warranty by those three months. So happy to have it fixed… 😀
Emma @ Bake Then Eat says
Happy New Year Maureen to you and your family 🙂 Seems like its a good start to the new year and great advice.
sherry MacKay says
oh yes jacques is so right. you always need to adapt to your own tastes and the circumstances-except for baking of course. =) glad to see you back….
Jem @ Lost in Utensils says
It was worth watching that video…there is a skill to following recipes. Gotta say, your kitty is gorgeous. Holiday sales!
Claire @ Simply Sweet Justice says
Makes me so happy to see your posts! Hoping this new year is off to a great start for you. XO