You know Lainey loves Julia Child. St. Julia, she calls her, because really, she is kind of the patron saint of everybody who is inquisitive, enthusiastic, and frankly, stubborn. Julia didn't start out to be a French chef, nor did she start out as a writer. Yet she wrote an eight hundred page French cookbook in two volumes along with two of her friends, and, through her forty years doing cooking shows, writing cookbooks and advising people not to be scared of making French food, she became the most well-known chef in America.

In 2008, it was confirmed that St. Julia volunteered during WWII as a research assistant at the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, D.C. This organization later became the CIA, and Julia Child was one of its first spies. Lainey was pretty shocked to read this!

St. Julia was inducted into the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame in 1993, was given the Legion of Honor medal in 2000, and even had a rose named after her. All this from a lady who just liked French food, and wasn't afraid to make mistakes as she learned how to cook.

Oh, and St. Julia loved the roses which bear her name. They smell a bit like licorice, which is very rare in the rose world. But they look -- St. Julia said -- like BUTTER. Which was one of her all-time favorite ingredients, EVER.

Hungry? Use these recipes to whip up something tasty!

Lainey's Pretty Decent Granola

Lainey's Replacement Reese's

Mushroom Meatballs

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