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(YouTube link) Juila Child gets the auto-tune treatment, courtesy of PBS Digital Studios. August 15th would have been her 100th birthday. PBS has acelebration page up, with information and tributes to the French Chef, as well as recipes, pisodes of her show, and even a quiz. Link -via Metafilter See also:Julia Child’s 100th Birthday

The Missing Links: How to Turn Junk Mail Into A Big Payday

A Perfectly Legal $95,000 Bank Heist Patrick Combs deposited a $95K junk mail bank check as a joke, fully expecting the transaction to be declined. Lucky for him the bank accepted the check – and it was totally legal. Needless to say the bank was none too pleased when they realized their error. * The Bluths Are Back The [...]

Lies Told About Caramelizing Onions

Tom Scocca is upset with celebrity chefs and recipes that tell you to caramelize onions in ten minutes. You can sauté onions in ten minutes, but caramelization takes around 45 minutes, meaning “the best time to caramelize onions is yesterday.” Here, telling the truth about how to prepare onions for French onion soup, is Julia Child: [...]

Quiz: Food Fads of the ’60s & ’70s

Today is National Stuff That Was Popular When You Were a Kid Day! To celebrate, we’ll be posting quizzes all day about — you guessed it — stuff that was popular when various writers were kids. Keep checking back for more! Those of us born near the end of the Baby Boom were a bit young [...]

Flowery Bits

NOTHING SAYS TECHNOLOGY LIKE FLOWERS The flower business might seem old-fashioned, but 1-800-FLOWERS is anything but behind the times. In the 1980s, it was one of the first businesses to operate a 1-800 number, taking calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And in 1991, during the Gulf War, the company made the risky [...]

The Number of the Day: 1,200

In 2001, famed chef and television host Julia Child donated her entire kitchen to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The kitchen, which played host to three of Child’s television programs, contained more than 1,200 items, which were inventoried, packed into containers and shipped to the Smithsonian for reassembly. Related Fact: Child’s famous book Mastering [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Last Suppers

We’ve talked about famous last words before, but how about famous last foods? Some of these soon-to-be-deceased got to choose and others had no idea they were about to munch their last morsels. See what they swallowed, then think about what you’d pick if you knew death was coming. Let us know in the comments. 1. [...]

Man Daily Blogs about a Movie about Woman Who Daily Blogged the Recipes of Julia Child

In 2002, blogger Julie Powell decided to spend a year cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She blogged about her experience daily. The blog led to a book. Then, in 2009, this story was turned into a movie called Julie & Julia. Lawrence Dai is taking this process [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alton Brown

If you’re interested in the technical aspects and scientific side of cooking, you’re probably an Alton Brown fan. Let’s take a look at five things you may not know about the former commercial director who became a Food Network star: 1. He Took His Sweet Time Earning his Degree Brown attended the University of Georgia in the [...]

The Quick 10: Take a Look, it’s in a Book…

Reading Rainbow rather quietly left the airwaves last year after 26 years of encouraging kids to read simply for the fun of it. To pay homage to the canceled show, we’ve got some great facts lined up for you today… but you don’t have to take my word for it. (I know: that was lame. [...]