My new lofty Julia Child-inspired goals

I finally got out from under my rock and went to see Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in DC. Thinking of all the dishes that were made in that space is rather overwhelming. Yet I also found myself more inspired than ever to use my own kitchen. Someday I will have a kitchen I design myself and it will have a perfect window over the sink just like Julia's.

Julia Child's Kitchen

Also on display, an assortment of the pots and pans that Julia used. I took a photo of both the display and the identifying list. I think my next kitchen purchase will be a good copper pan. Eventually, I'd love nothing more than to have a need for a collection as beautiful and extensive as this one.

 Julia's Kitchen Tools

Part of the exhibit was footage from Julia's cooking shows. I happen to come in right at the beginning of a little snippet regarding making your own salad dressing. It was the classic recipe; vinegar, dijon, salt, pepper, and whisking in virgin olive oil. She didn't have to measure anything, having made it so many times, and that's the kind of cook I want to become. I want to be that family member/friend that is turned to for food advice and the person that gets requests for favorite dishes and called when a recipe is needed.

I'm seeing more cooking classes and hopefully more culinary-inspired travels in my future. I'm ready to stop feeling like a relatively novice home cook.

What has inspired you lately? A new book? Some new music? Magazines? Blogs? I'm feeling very creatively receptive right now, leave me some suggestions. :-)