Always there was Julia. Now I have Nora.

by Nancy Ellison
Print Email

alicecookbookThe second cookbook I bought, as a new bride, was Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. My First Cookbook was the Alice B Toklas Cookbook, but unfortunately for me, that proved too esoteric for the grocery stores in Fort Worth Texas.

I was a new bride. Who knew grocery stores didn’t carry larks and laurel branches. Alice B Toklas cooked for “writers, artists, and expats who lived in Paris between the wars,” but my dreams of dining with Picasso and Hemingway faded quickly.

noraephronThen, just in the nick of time, Julia brought me not only a cookbook I might master, but with ingredients that were available. Just having that cookbook on the shelf made me courageous in the kitchen, while I prepared my canned tuna and green noodle casseroles.

It might have ended there - a young bride clutching Julia’s culinary wisdom of France, while she burnt the toast – had I not seen Julie and Julia so many years later.

That gave me Nora. With Nora comes true girlie wisdom: Humor, Love… and Butter.

In Nora’s honor and with both love and humor for my darling friend, Amy Ephron, I searched for a recipe that overflowed with butter, in hopes that eating Scottish Shortbread might bring comfort to us all.

We will truly miss Nora Ephron’s talent and beauty, but fortunately for us, the magic of film allows it to linger always, and I will always have what she is having.

Scottish Shortbread

1½ cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup butter

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the ingredients, creating a stiff dough. Press into a well buttered cake pan. (Be sure to prick the top with a fork) Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a golden brown around the edges. Cut into squares.

 

Nancy Ellison, award winning photojournalist and celebrity portraitist, has authored fourteen books of photographs, including "Romeo and Juliet: The Love Story in Dance" and "Starlet". Her latest book is "Wagner's Eternal Ring".

 

Comments   

0 #3 Helise Flickstein 2013-02-22 01:36
I did meet Nora and I am so glad I had the opportunity! This woman was my idol and mentor. As a fledgling screenwriter I was so grateful to receive a letter of praise from the woman I so much admired about my screenplay. Nora wrote in a hand written letter that "you are funny and talented." I still have that letter hanging on my wall for the past 21 years! Every time I get another rejection letter, I look up to a time when Nora believed in me. She read subsequent screenplays thereafter that I had written. She is missed!
Quote
+1 #2 Lynda Mills 2012-07-09 11:25
will miss Nora - I never had the opportunity to meet her, :( but when I saw her name attached to a film, I knew it would 1. be a hit and 2. I love it! She never disappointed! In her honor and memory, I'm reading "I Feel Bad About My Neck"....bought it years ago, never read it - but now, I need a "Nora fix"....I will miss her terribly
Quote
0 #1 Lynda Mills 2012-07-09 11:22
I will miss Nora - I never had the opportunity, but when I saw her name attached to a film, I knew it would 1. be a hit and 2. I love it! She never disappointed! In her honor and memory, I'm reading "I Feel Bad About My Neck"....bought it years ago, never read it - but now, I need a "Nora fix"....I will miss her terribly!
Quote

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

 

restaurant news

Joe's Restaurant
Los Angeles
by Amy Spies

joes9.jpgJoe’s restaurant on Abbot-Kinney in Venice, California is a delight and a deal.  Michelin thinks so, having just given this French-California gem a star.  And my entire family agrees, and we are...

Read more...
The Eastside Grill
New England
by Lisa Dinsmore

eastside-grill-logo.jpgWhile back home in Massachusetts for my father's 70th birthday – which is so hard to believe – my husband, older sister Sue and I wanted to take him out one night for a first-class, adult meal...

Read more...
Spain via Boston at Barcelona Wine Bar
Boston
by Kitty Kaufman

Barcelona 1What used to be a quiet street is now where it's at. Where there was nothing, there are heady times. It's a place your very own New Jersey food-wise cousins pick from online reviews. It's fun....

Read more...
Hemmer Brothers Burgers, Sioux Falls, SD
Mid-West
by Scott R. Kline

ImageHemmer Brothers Burgers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is easy to drive by as it is placed inside an office building on bustling S. Phillips Avenue. But make sure you find it. They make a nice...

Read more...