August 15th is Julia Child’s Birthday, and the Clover kitchen crew decided there was no more fitting way to honor our former neighbor than with a French-inflected at-home meal box packed with Julia-inspired fare.
Our neighbor? Yes! Julia lived in Cambridge about one mile down the road from CloverHUB and shot her famous TV shows right from the kitchen of her house—but don’t try to pop in now: her kitchen was disassembled piece by piece and shipped off to the Smithsonian.
Inside the Julia Child’s Birthday Box you’ll get everything you need to master the art of French cooking at home, veggie-style. Julia said “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces—just good food from fresh ingredients”—and so Clover’s tapped our favorite local farms to pack this box with the best: fresh herbs from Red Fire, onions from Next Barn Over, baby shiitakes from RI Mushroom Company, Charley Baer navy beans from Maine. Plus a beautiful baguette from Pain a’Avignon.
In the box, you’ll get:
- Heat-and-serve Cassoulet —the classic rich white bean stew, made meaty with mushrooms, caramelized onions, and crunchy breadcrumbs.
- Refreshing Vichyssoise —a classic potato and leek soup, served chilled or warm with local chive garnish.
- Bibb lettuce salad with red wine vinaigrette and fresh summer herbs.
- Clover’s special vegetarian take on Sole Meuniere (a Julia favorite) made with hearts-of-palm “fish” that you’ll flour and sear with a brown butter sauce Chris dug up from his culinary school days.
- Luscious chocolate mousse cups thick enough to hold up a birthday candle in honor of Julia!
And just because you can’t visit her home, don’t think there isn’t still a little Julia lingering around Cambridge: her personal papers—including drafts of her cookbooks—live on at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library (which is open to the public) and, if you stop by her favorite grocery store Savenor’s at 92 Kirkland Street, look down: Julia Child scrawled “BON APPETIT” in the wet cement of a newly laid sidewalk.