Julia Child Notecards + Farro Salad with Roasted Corn, Red peppers & Red Onions

I think every woman should have a blowtorch.

Most of you know that Julia Child would have celebrated her 100th birthday this August 15th. For months, chefs, restaurants, bloggers and many others across the country have been paying tribute to her life and legacy. I joined in on the fun over at PBS, adding a tribute inspired by a favorite Julia Child quote: No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize.

In recent weeks, I have found myself consumed by all things Julia. I’ve been referencing Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom more than ever, watching The French Chef (via Amazon and Roku) every night after dinner, and reading My Life in France before bed. All of the celebrations these past few months have inspired the creation of the above- and below-pictured notecards, too, featuring classic Julia Child quotes, ones that never fail to make me chuckle, and I hope you, too.

The cards are printed on luxe (190 gsm), natural white eco paper, and if you would like to order a set, they are available for purchase here. Of course I’d like to give a couple of boxes away, too. Just leave a comment if you’re interested.

Julia Child, on her show, The French Chef

Julia Child notecards (vertically oriented)

Julia Child notecards (horizontally oriented)

If you're afraid of butter, use cream.

No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize.

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.

Fat gives things flavor.

Everything in moderation...including moderation.

Life itself is the proper binge.

In cooking, you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.

And now for a recipe, a non-Julia-Child-inspired-but-delicious-none-the-less recipe. Since discovering semi-pearled farro several months ago, it, in some sort of salad variation, has become a weekly staple. This is the latest, a combination of roasted corn, fresh-squeezed lime juice, cilantro, minced chili peppers and diced peppers and onions. If you strategize by chopping the vegetables and herbs while the corn is roasting and the farro is simmering, this salad can come together in just about 20 minutes. It yields a lot, thanks to all of the add-ins, and tastes better with each passing day.

summer farro salad

ingredients for summer farro salad

corn, ready to be roasted

roasted corn, red pepper, red onion and cilantro

Farro Salad with Roasted Corn, Red Pepper & Red Onion
Serves 6 to 8 as a side dish

2 ears of corn, kernels removed
olive oil
kosher salt
fresh cracked pepper to taste
2 red peppers, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 cup of semi-pearled farro*
cilantro, a lot (or as much as you like)
1 hot chili pepper, such as Thai bird or jalapeno, minced
fresh-squeezed lime juice or white balsamic vinegar (I used a combination — about 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar)
Tabasco (optional)

*Roland semi-pearled farro is particularly nice but any type of farro or grain — wheat berry, barley, etc. — will work nicely. You might be able to find semi-pearled farro at your local supermarket, but if not, you can order it here. Of course, whole farro will work just as well.

1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Place a pot of water on to boil. Toss corn kernels with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste on a sheet pan. Place in the oven. Roast for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the corn is just beginning to char.

2. Meanwhile, add farro to pot of boiling water. Add a big pinch of kosher salt. Cook for about 15 minutes — taste a few kernels after 15 minutes. For me it takes just a minute more than 15.

3. Drain the farro, and add to a large bowl. Season with a big pinch of kosher salt. Drizzle olive oil over the farro while it’s still warm. I haven’t been measuring, but if you’re looking for some guidance, start with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Squeeze lime juice and/or white balsamic over top — again, you don’t have to measure, but if you like to, start with about 1 tablespoon each of lime juice and vinegar (or two tablespoons of either lime juice or vinegar) and adjust after everything has all been mixed together.

4. Add the roasted corn, diced red pepper, red onion, cilantro and chili pepper to the bowl. Toss with a large spoon. Taste. If it’s a little dry, add more oil and/or lime juice and white balsamic. If it needs a little more seasoning, add more salt. I add about 10 large dashes of Tabasco for taste more than for heat — the chili pepper adds enough heat — but this seasoning is optional.

roasted corn, onion, red pepper & farro salad


  1. says

    ‘If you are afraid of butter, use cream’ is my favourite. A woman after my own heart. Gorgeous looking salad Alexandra.

  2. says

    HAHAHA!!!! AH-MAZING Ali! I love these cards, you are brillant (and so is Julia)! She was a gem alright. I bought raw milk butter at the market the other day by accident, but then I realized, Julia probably would have been thrilled by raw milk butter, just giddy about it. I love butter. Someone yesterday tried to tell me that eggs and butter are bad for you, I laughed, touted their health benefits and then de-friended that person, no, not really, but how can I possibly be friends with someone who shies away from butter and eggs? There’s a BIG part of me that wants to disappear to Paris for 9 months and go to Le Cordon Bleu…”life itself is the proper binge!”

  3. judy says

    Wow, this salad looks fabulous. I tried farro this summer for the first time and loved it. I have all the ingredients so will make this for the weekend.
    Love the notecards too. We can all learn from Julia’s quotes!

  4. Nicole says

    Favorite quote ever “No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize.” That salad looks amazing, can’t wait to try it.

  5. says

    I wish I had some of that salad right now! (And it’s not even 9 a.m. yet …)

    I remember watching Julia Child as a kid, and thinking that she made cooking seem to be so much fun, and like making a mistake wasn’t the end of the world.

    Those are fabulous note cards!

  6. Jane says

    Love the cards and I am making this salad this weekend! I think I’ll ask folks over and grill some fish!

  7. says

    LOVE the cards! They would be perfect to pair with kitchen gadgets for wedding showers, or as cards to pair with food that you give as a gift.

  8. Christina says

    These are amazing cards! Julia Child and I share our alma mater, Smith College. I know plenty of Smithies who would love a note on this stationary!! They are so sweet! Smith does a giant tribute to Julia Child in November. All the dining halls cook recipes from her books, it is the best dinner ever. Love your blog, keep up the good work!

  9. says

    Lovely cards – I especially love “In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude”. It’s so true! Just toss things together & make things messy and beautiful, and full of flavor. Those are the real cooks.

  10. Jane K S says

    Your notecards are fabulous! Her quotes are so spot-on and true. She was a strong woman who was able to make progress, be a complete original, and endear herself to so many all at the same time.

  11. sarahem says

    I love these notecards, and I love Julia Child! When I was a little girl I used to get up early and watch her show on PBS.

  12. Kathi says

    Thank you for the Julia thoughts, and those notecards are fabulous! They’d make a great hostess gift for someone who loves to cook. I’ll get my order in before you sell out.

  13. Karolina says

    I love the cards! The “… Never apologize” was written for me, i think:) i’ve always loved Julia.

    The salad looks great, too. I make something similar with qinoa but will look for farro now.

    Take are,

  14. Diane says

    Oh I would love the cards!
    I grew up watching her TV show with my dad as he was the cook in our family and I can remember sitting there with him and both of us laughing as she walked a set of pigs feet across the table or slapped an uncooked chicken a few times as she stuffed it :))
    And her voice once you hear that voice you never forget it :))
    Thanks for the chance to have some the those fun cards!

  15. Mary says

    Fierce wit – a hugely admirable woman and I love these cards! I am already plotting who would receive each of them. Fingers crossed…

  16. says

    Ali, I love this post and I LOVE your cards! Genius! How did I not know about your print shop before?

    My favorite — “Everything in moderation… including moderation.”

  17. says

    Your cards are brilliant! And that salad is just stunning. (Your post also reminded me to re-stock my farro supply). I read “My Life in France” last summer, and I had such a wonderful time reading it that I was almost devastated when I finished it. An amazing chef, and an even more amazing woman.

  18. Liz says

    I am ordering several boxes of your fabulous cards as hostess presents for all my foodie friends and for stocking stuffers, too. The quotes are so entertaining and what a perfect design!

  19. Sarah says

    love the notecards! i adore julia. last christmas, my boyfriend gave me a box sets of her old cooking shows, and they are so charming to watch again and again. xx

  20. Melanie says

    The National Museum of American History in DC is celebrating her birthday next month with a day of special events and temporarily reopening Julia Child’s kitchen for a few weeks (August 15 through September 3). So much fun!

  21. Marybeth Mank says

    Would love to have a set of these notecards…she is so cool! I met Julia Child at a book signing years ago; she was delightful to meet! Also, just in case you were interested, a new biography by Bob Spitz entitled “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child” will be released in a week or two. He had complete access to all of her letters and journals. Also coming out soon is a cat-centric biography written by Patricia Barey and Therese Burson entitled “Julia’s Cats: Julia Child’s Life in the Company of Cats.”

  22. molly says

    Those cards are the best! I have been loading up on Julia Child funniness lately too — she was just so addictively charming.

  23. Nancy says

    My mother in law apologized for everything that came out of her kitchen, even though she was a decent home cook. What a burden that was to all of us, to constantly reassure her that everything was quite delicious….really

    So I took to this quote about never apologizing about your cooking quite seriously.

    One time I was making a chocolate cake that somehow never rose sufficiently. Determined to serve my company this cake without apology, I simply renamed it to Death by Chocolate, touting its wonderful chocolately denseness, and no one was the wiser. It was a decadent, delicious, chocolately mistake I never had to apologize for!

  24. Jess says

    Recently my friends shared an article about Julia Child, and it wasn’t until then, that I knew my friends adored her as much as I did.

    Her sense of humor is really the best, and I would love to share these notecards with my girlfriends!

  25. MaryjoO says

    salad looks fabulous, as do the cards — which of course I would love!

    Would you consider getting the cards “set up” as kitchen notepads? I’d order a set of each!

  26. roni says

    Salad looks wonderful and I love the Julia cards. My mother just passed away. She used to watch Julia when I was a child. I always made fun of the way Julia talked and was afraid of some of the things she was making.

  27. says

    Alexandra, I love your note cards! They’re fantastic! What do you think of an 8 x 10 print option? I think these would look darling, framed in my kitchen :) We are approaching a heat wave here in Oregon this weekend… I think I need this farro salad on hand!

  28. says

    How did you know that I needed some inspiration on what to do with my abundance of corn?! And I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the cards. I am a new follower of the blog, but have referenced your Beet, Goat Cheese and Walnut Tart, at least once a month. It is a family FAVORITE!

    Cheers! Kristina

  29. Kamilla says

    What a brilliant idea! Julia Child is one of my cooking idols. I especially love her quotation: “The three secret ingredients to French cooking are: butter….butter….and butter.” What a character!

  30. Lulynn says

    The cards are fantastic! Love Julia Child. I always enjoyed watching her cooking shows. Going to try this salad- it looks yummy!

  31. Nicole C. says

    Love those cards! I remember growing up and watching her PBS. That salad looks incredible for the summer!

  32. Liliane says

    Salad looks delicious aND easy…right up my alley!! I am a total fan of Julia. I love her primordial soup show/recipe. I w3ould be honred to win a set of these notecards :)

  33. Bonnie S says

    The cards are adorable.
    …and since you are looking for a home for them, I would love a box. :)

    The salad looks amazing. I can’t wait to try the recipe!

  34. Emily says

    Super cute cards! I would frame them and hang in my kitchen as I am in desperate need of some wall decor!

  35. Cindy says

    I look forward to my e-mail each day because of you and now a chance to win some neat Julia cards! Life is good!

  36. Sheree says

    I really love your recipes and I made this amazing salad for dinner last night. Yummy! I agree with Emily, I would also frame these cards and hang in my kitchen. What a wonderful idea. Great gift idea too for my family and friends.

  37. Lauren says

    Love the cards, they are perfect! Just found your website after a search for a peach tart. I made one today for some special guests for dinner tonight – turned out to look just like your picture. Thanks. Oh and I love the organization of your site as well as the beautiful photos!

  38. Marilyn says

    These cards are amazing, and the quotes made me smile! It’d be so cute to see them as larger posters – they’d be perfect to decorate my dorm room with!

    I’ll just have to make do with the adorable notecards for now :)

  39. says

    I literally just finished watching the movie, Julie & Julia, turned on my computer to Pinterest, and found your new recipe pinned. When I came to read the recipe on your blog, I saw the notecards too…how lovely they are!!! While watching the movie, I was so intrigued by Julia, and after it ended told myself I had to read more about her, so just loved reading your post! BTW, I just started a blog on July 12th, and my 5th recipe post was adapted from your “A Super Summery Pasta”, you posted two years ago. It is the greatest ever! Thanks for your thoughtful recipes!

  40. says

    Oh I just love Julia Child! When I lived in the U.S. (many years ago), she used to have a weekly TV programme: “The French Chef”, which I adored and sat their with my pen and paper to write down her latest recipe! Julia’s quotes are priceless and those cards are wonderful! “My Life in France” is on my summer reading book pile!
    Your Farro Salad looks very colourful and lovely! I’m glad I discovered your site through Sue at The Quince Tree!
    Have a great week! Sandra

  41. Marsha says

    Have been wanting to try farro – the recipe is perfect for a summer day. Love the Julia cards. Have been eating your oatmeal bread every morning!

  42. Jen D. says

    Very interested in the Julia Child notecards! I was born the day after her birthday on August 16th. Being an uber tall woman in the kitchen I was so excited to read about her kitchen with counters specially set for her height.

  43. Valerie says

    The cards are fantastic!! One of my fave Julia quotes is: “One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed.”

  44. Nadia says

    Julia provides endless reminders to keep at it, whether its cooking, life, relationships – so many of these quotes apply to so much! I’d love a set of these, both to share with loved ones and to be framed in my sanctuary – my kitchen – for inspiration :-)

    I’ve also been curious about farro, and your recipe looks like a fab place to start experimenting!

  45. Erin says

    These would be great as recipe cards, or even recipe-card dividers. My favorite is the sentiment that in the kitchen you have to have a “what-the-hell” attitude. What’s the risk in trying and failing? That you have to have scrambled eggs for dinner. Not much risk at all–and plenty of reward in trying. It took me so long to get a 100% whole-wheat yeast bread the way it should be, and the best thing I did was keep trying every time something went wrong. Plenty of loaves later, I’ve got it–but I had to keep that attitude. Bless Julia Child!

  46. Carla says

    I’m with you. I also love everything Julia. Her french onion soup, split pea soup and Coq au Vin recipes are three of my favorite recipes by her, they are sooo delicious. I got my first Julia Child recipes from Good Morning America. After she was on the show you could write in and they would mail you the recipes she made on the show. Computer’s were not a thought in anyone’s mind back then.

    She would be honored by your cards. They are super cute!!!

  47. Sharon says

    ‎”If you are afraid of butter, use cream.” A lady after mine own heart! The notecards are fabulous.

  48. says

    Ali! I just ordered two boxes. SO excited. I’m going to be home next week for Kerry’s wedding (!!!!!!!) so I shipped them to my parents. LOVE THESE CARDS! You are so talented. :) cannot wait to send these around. Perhaps I’ll finally get to those wedding thank you notes…eek!

  49. Kellie Ann says

    I would LOVE to give those cards to my mother-in-law, who just lost her mother and loves Julia Child. Thanks for the chance to win.

  50. Allegra says

    I am absolutely in love with those cards – planning a dinner party in Julia’s honor and would be honored to be able to hand some out as party favors/place cards!!

  51. says

    I am truly obsessed with these notecards and just purchased a box! Of course, I’d love to win another set to give as a gift (or hoard for myself… we shall see)!

  52. Vicki says

    Just discovered your blog – I see many things here that I am anxious to try, you have been bookmarked. These Julia cards are very witty, I’d love to win them!

  53. April says

    Hi there! Found your site through one of my favorite blogs – first time visitor- the recipe above looks delicious! If you are still considering some notecard giveaways, I wouldn’t sya no.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

  54. Caitlin says

    I have a sign in my kitchen that says “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” Obviously I’m swooning over these notecards! What a great idea.

    Thanks for a chance to win. (And thanks for Kate over at Elefantitas Alegres for introducing me to your site!)

  55. Deborah says

    Would love to win a set of the cards- one of the first dinners I cooked for the man who has been my husband for almost 40 years is the marinated flank steak that was in “The French Chef.” Left you a post under Tipo 00 because I have a source that may be more local for you and they have a coupon good thru 8/31.

    • says

      Thank you so much Deborah. I’ll have to go back to the Tipo 00 post. I remember the comment — the market is in the DC area, right? I’ll have to check it out. I’m out of flour and have been dreaming about it! Thanks.

  56. jeri says

    I just listened to the Julia Re-Mix for about the 100th time. The notecards are fantastic, I might actually send something through the mail again. Or just display them like you did, very cute. Please count me in for the giveaway. And thanks for the recipe. We are just up to our ears in corn on the east coast (I’m feeling so sad for the farmers in the central US). I’ve been meaning to try farro, but I went a little crazy when we had a super sale on Israeli cous-cous. I think that will work as a substitute, don’t you?

    • says

      Jeri — I love Israeli couscous. I think it will be a fine substitute. And I am so sorry, but the giveaway is closed :( Allegra and Kellie Anne got card sets. I should make a note on this post, too.

  57. says

    I just graduated from culinary school and would love, love, love these cards!!! How cute to send recipes to friends, thank you notes to clients and correspondence to my fellow grads! If you are giving anymore away, I’d love to be considered! Maybe I could even send in a student loan payment in one, lol.

    • says

      Elizabeth, I’m so sorry, but I already gave away a few boxes of cards. I need to make a note in the post that the giveaway is closed. Love your idea of mailing a student loan payment in one :)

  58. Maggie Keresteci says

    I love these Julia Child cards – my daughter and I have spent many happy times in the kitchen making her recipes, and chatting. I tried to order these to give to her, but it looks like you don’t ship to Canada!!! Perhaps if I win them you could mail them here – I’m just north of the border :) pretty please!!

  59. Alexandra says

    Those note cards are the BEST! I too have a mild (maybe not so mild) obsession with all things Julia. My earliest memories of cooking are watching Julia on PBS Sunday mornings with my dad, trying to help him take notes and recreating whatever we saw that following week.
    Thank you for the throwback. I will definitely be ordering the notecards, what a wonderful creation!!

  60. says

    I just had to come back to this post and tell you how much we loved this salad, A! One of the best summer salads I’ve ever made or eaten — delicious! I loved the chewy farro, bright lime, the kick from the chile and the sweet corn… everything was fantastic together. It kept so well overnight that the leftovers were like a whole ‘nother delicious meal for my next-day’s lunch :) I shared some with my coworkers, they’re asking for the recipe! I grilled the corn on the cob and then sliced off the kernels, and I also added a bit of nice Vietnamese “finishing” fish sauce, which I thought was fantastic. I’m going to make this a summer staple :) Thank you!

    • says

      Sophie — wonderful to hear this! I bet grilled corn adds a wonderful flavor. And I love the idea of adding a splash of fish sauce…I forget about fish sauce all too often :) Thanks so much for your nice comment.

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