Yes You Can! Make Souffle Just Like Julia Child

how to make cheese souffle

Only 15 minutes to make and 30 minutes to bake this basic souffle.~ 

It was a dark and stormy afternoon, and I was on my way to Julia Child’s house for Cheese Souffle.

The year was 1999, and I, a young nutrition graduate student had been invited to her Cambridge, Massachusetts home – YES, ME! – to work on a project dear to Julia’s heart. I remember like it was yesterday: The crazy excitement bubbling inside me as climbed the four steps up to her door in the rain.

Her assistant Stephanie answered the door. I was invited in and ushered through a small hallway: I remember glancing into a living room and seeing dated furniture in shades of avocado green and brown. And then, I was sitting down at the big butcher block table in JULIA’S KITCHEN! On the wall was this peg board….with these pots and utensils. And a big black stove.

How to make cheese souffle

The phone rang. Stephanie went over to the wall and answered the big black phone with a long spirally cord. It was Julia! But she was calling from California.

And my dreams of soufflé with Julia: Deflated.

But not totally. I had somewhat misunderstood my originally invitation from Stephanie. I would still be working on a project near and dear to Julia’s heart (educating kids to cook with the American Institute of Wine & Food,) but it would be with Stephanie, not Julia. And, we would not be dining on a single morsel of food at that butcher table.

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But in the end, that was probably better anyways. And here’s why: As Stephanie had an extended phone conversation (on that big black phone) with Julia, I had the chance to look (totally GAWK) around at EVERYTHING in her kitchen. The scene is pretty much cemented into my brain and it’s still pretty exciting to recall those memories – especially as I read Julia’s biographies and could actually picture her moving around her home, her kitchen, and lugging home her first television into that dark brown and green living room – so she could watch some of that ‘new-fangled’ TV – that she was already appearing on.

It was of course on TV that she created Cheese Souffle. And while I’d like to say I’ve made it dozens of times since, I haven’t: Only a few. I always forget how easy it really is. Honestly, listen to Julia Child on The Splendid Table, if you don’t believe me.

Lately, I’ve been using this recipe for Basic Cheese Soufflé – but altering it to use only 1 cup cheese. The recipe is pretty much fool-proof – but even so, it includes a wealth of soufflé egg tips. The soufflé would be so, so impressive for Easter Brunch: It tastes light and fluffy yet rich and cheesy all at the same blissful time! Or try this Chocolate Soufflé for a fancy (but easy) dessert.

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And by the way I did eventually quickly meet Julia. It was very exciting, but not nearly as magical as sitting in her kitchen and “seeing” the French Chef whip up soufflé, or cassoulet or another French favorite …that doesn’t rhyme with those first two…

Have you at all been inspired by Julia Child? Would you ever, ever try making soufflé? Let us know!

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Comments

  1. Serena, What wonderful story!! So sad your dream were deflated :( but an amazing experience regardless.

    I’ve never tried my hand at a Soufflé. Definitely the intimidation factor, but I trust you ;-) If you say I can do it, I should try!

  2. I love every single thing about this post {the story, the post title, the fact that I can make a soufflé like Julia}, except for the sad fact that you weren’t able to work with her in her kitchen, but how fun that you got to explore in her kitchen?! I mean…!!!
    Right now I am reading the book, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, so I am on in a “I heart Julia” phase right now. But, honestly, when am I not in a “I heart Julia” phase, ha!
    I will have to try this recipe asap :)
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  3. Oh, wow, what a story!! Love that you “almost” met Julia Child but sorry you did not. What an incredible experience. I’ve never made a souffle, but you may have convinced me.

    Thank you for stopping by, too! Great to meet you.
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    • Great to meet you too Dana! Please, please let me know how your souffle-making goes. It is seriously so easy. If you can whip eggs with a mixer, you can make this!

  4. What a wonderful story!!! Last time I was at the Smithsonian, I made a point to visit Julia’s kitchen, but how cool to see the real thing, even if you didn’t get to meet Julia, THAT day. I’ve had success making soufflé, but it’s been a long time since I’ve made one. You’ve inspired me to make another one soon :-)
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    • Thank EA! So glad you got to see Julia’s kitchen! I haven’t made it to the Smithsonian yet…waiting for my kids to hit middle school. Don’t all middle schoolers have a trip to DC…I’m signing up to chaperone for THAT one!

  5. BUMMER that you didn’t get to meet and cook with Julia, but getting to see her kitchen is still pretty cool!! I have never attempted souffle. It scares me. But maybe it shouldn’t? You’ve convinced me to give it a try!
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  6. Love how you found the silver lining and enjoyed gawking at Julia’s kitchen inspite of the mis-understanding! I haven’t tried cheese souffle – but have enjoyed chocolate souffle even though it didn’t look as perfect as yours!
    :)
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  7. I really like this story and recipe link you shared. I really want to try making a soufflé sometime! This post gave me motivation to try it. Thanks
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  8. What a great story! I just adore Julia Child! Last time I was at the Smithsonian, I think I spend a good hour looking at every single thing in her recreated kitchen. My mom used to always make spinach and cheese souffle when I was growing up. I think I should try to recreate it!
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  9. Wow, that is like going into the best museum you could imagine! And it was a living museum where things were still happening. What a treat!
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