Patricia & Vince

(In loving memory of Patricia DuPree Baker, February 11, 1936 – March 23, 2011. Reprinted from September 2009.) When visiting family and friends in North Carolina last week, I had the opportunity to see the new movie, “Julie and Julia” with my mother, the woman responsible for nurturing my love of cooking. While I savored the time with Mama, the movie almost hit too close to home for me! It made me remember Coq Au Vin (also known in our house as Purple Panic Chicken) spilled in the oven and across the kitchen floor. I had flashbacks of Vince suffering through some of my kitchen experiments (that weren’t suitable for serving, much less eating) while diplomatically explaining to me that the dish was “good, but just not my taste.”

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