Somebody's Mom: Cherry Tomatoes with Butter

Julia, Julie and me.

A couple of years ago I saw ads on TV and in the papers about a new movie Julie & Julia, which was about Julia Child and food blogger Julie Powell. My interest was definitely piqued because of my love for cooking.

I had watched a few of Julia Child’s cooking shows many years ago well before the movie premiered. Usually I am too busy cooking to take the time to watch cooking, but if I did occasionally watch cooking shows I would watch The Galloping Gourmet with Graham Kerr. I liked him, especially he enjoyed tasting the finished recipe with his glass of wine.  

Since the Julie & Julia movie came out, I started to look for Child’s cookbooks at the library book sales I attend. Since I have so many books at home—that I have no room for—I really didn’t want to buy another book if I didn’t have to. But somehow, buying a book at a library sale, which benefits the library, seems OK to me.

I found two Julia Child paperback cookbooks for about 70 cents. You can’t beat that price. Unfortunately, neither one was Mastering the Art of French Cooking. However once I got home, I looked through both books. No recipes in either book interested me.  

I do admit I began to read the forward in one of Julia's books and began to like her from what I read. She sounded like a woman who could be your friend. Maybe it is the French food that didn’t interest me, or the complicated steps it took to complete a recipe.  

Either way, I found this one recipe for cherry tomatoes, which I happened to have in the refrigerator already. I changed the recipe around; it isn’t Julia’s exactly.  

I had to compromise and make do with what I had on hand rather than the ingredients in the recipe. I served these tomatoes to my neighbors for dinner. All of us enjoyed the dish, but we felt like it should have been served around a roast as garnish. The next day, the tomatoes didn’t taste as good as when just served. 

Anyway, I went to see Julie & Julia with my good friend Mela, who is also my movie buddy. Right before my eyes my life was being played out on the screen. There were definitely similarities between Julia and Julie and me.  

Julie lived in Queens above a pizza parlor. I grew up in Queens with the Long Island Railroad in my backyard and three factories on my block. Julie wrote a food blog. I write a food blog. Julie had a cat. I have two cats.  

Julia and Julie were secretaries, and I am still a office manager during the day. We all love to cook. We all had cooking mishaps. Julia and I were similar in that respect.  

I always laughed and did the best to correct a mistake in the kitchen. I never had a real melt down over cooking like Julie did. Not that I don’t have melt downs—I do—but never over cooking something.  

Julia and Julie wore pearls all the time. I have my mother’s pearls that I only wear on special occasions. Julia Child gave cooking lessons, I gave cooking lessons.  

Is it just me, but doesn’t anyone else see the connection I have with these two women. Maybe I should just change my name to Julimariann! 

Cherry Tomatoes and Butter

  • 31 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper
  1. If necessary, remove stems from tomatoes. Rinse tomatoes and set aside.  
  2. Boil water in a medium pot. Drop tomatoes in a few at a time. Boil for 5 to 10 seconds, until skin loosens. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside for a few minutes until cool enough to handle.
  3. Wash and chop parsley, set aside.
  4. With a sharp-pointed knife, cut around each tomato and pull off the skin.
  5. Heat butter to bubbling in a medium frying pan. Put in peeled tomatoes and shake around pan covering all sides with butter. Toss in parsley with salt and pepper. Continue cooking a few more minutes. Serve immediately.
  6. Serves 4 to 6 people.    
  7. ENJOY! Buttered tomatoes are mmmm good!
Elizabeth January 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Anything in bubbling butter tastes good. Even tomatoes with their skins on.
Mariann Raftery January 23, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Elizabeth, No truer words than yours can be said. Butter makes it better. My children love my Brussels sprouts. I simply steam them, add some butter, salt and pepper and cook till fork tender and a bit browned.
Joan Buckley January 23, 2012 at 04:22 PM
What WAS Julia's recipe?
Kirstin Fawcett January 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I made this recipe tonight, except I added shredded chicken breast (added more butter, parsley, and salt/pepper). It was delicious. Thanks.
Mariann Raftery January 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Kirstin, Great idea! Cooked shredded chicken breast is something I will have to try the next time I make it. Always happy to learn a new twist on a recipe!


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