Purely by chance this week I ran across this LA Times blog entitled Hungry like the wolf: Julie Ann Rhodes goes from rock ‘n’ roll wife to food fame by Scott T. Sterling. I am far from naive enough to believe Mr. Sterling would have taken the time to write his story had I not been married to Nick, but immensely flattered by his respect for my career in food and it’s origins. I do live the life of my choice today…one I enjoy to the hilt….full of great memories, family and friends, food, travel, and I get to write about it all.

Nick, Julie Anne, & Tatjana Rhodes

Nick, Julie Anne, & Tatjana Rhodes

This article appears to have sparked some controversy within the Duran Duran world that I would like to address. One of the benefits of having your own blog, is that you have the forum to voice your opinion.
Julie Anne, Johnnie, & Bill Friedman

Julie Anne, Johnnie, & Bill Friedman

If you take the time to read my blog…and I sincerely hope you do…you will find that I write about my entire life…my childhood, my family, modeling career, acting, marriage, touring with the band, motherhood, from hiring the staff to being the staff, the great friendships that have nourished my soul…some famous names, some not, and how food has played a role throughout. Jewels from The Roving Stove blog is far from being a running commentary on Duran Duran…they are just a small, yet treasured (as are their fans) part of a very rich life.
Julie Anne Rhodes/ model

Julie Anne Rhodes/ model

Even if I wanted to (and I don’t), I can not erase my years with Nick and the band simply because we are no longer married. Those years are a part of my personal (and public) history. We are all the sum of our experiences, and there were many extraordinary ones I experienced during those years that have helped form and inform the woman I am today. He is also the father of my child…Tatjana is probably the BIGGEST, most important influence and inspiration in my life! That is why I consciously choose to honor my ex husband.
Julie Anne Rhodes/ actress

Julie Anne Rhodes/ actress

I never mentioned my past when building my food career until I had already well established myself with a thriving business that had also won several awards. In fact I doubt my clients have a clue about who I was married to, nor do they care so long as I keep their tummies happy. The proverbial cat was out of the bag once I did The Ultimate Recipe Showdown on Food Network, and some loyal fans recognized me. This lovely blog was published not long after Shaking the Tree: The colossus of Julie Anne Rhodes. I did not trade on the Duran Duran name to get to where I am… I worked hard to enjoy the status I enjoy today.
Julie Anne Rhodes/ personal chef

Julie Anne Rhodes/ personal chef

Having said that…I am extremely proud of Duran Duran and all they have accomplished before, during, and after the time I spent with them. I read Andy Taylor’s book, and while some things said about me did sting…that was HIS experience of how things happened and he is entitled to his opinion. We shared an extremely intense part of music history few outsiders will ever completely comprehend. I also nearly wet myself laughing over much of the book. I just told his wife Tracy last week how I was ROTFLMAO when I read “…Nick was too angry to speak, but Julie Anne came out with a tirade that would make a Geordie coal miner blush!”. I wish them each all the success and happiness in the world.
Boulangerie

Boulangerie

Boulangerie Paul’s San Danielle Sandwich
Garlicky Boursin cheese and salt cured San Danielle ham are perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the pear and peppery arugula on a freshly baked French baguette. Perfect for lunch on the go, or better still, a lovely summer picnic.
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients

Boulangerie Paul's San Danielle Sandwich

  • 2 freshly baked baguettes
  • 4 ounces Boursin cheese
  • 1/2 pound San Danielle ham
  • 2 ripe Bosc pears peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup arugula

Directions

Boulangerie Paul's San Danielle Sandwich

  1. Slice the baguettes in half lengthwise.
  2. Spread 1 ounce of Boursin cheese on the bottom half of each sandwich. Top with a thin layer of the San Danielle ham, a layer of pear slices, and arugula. Place top piece of bread on, and cut both sandwiches in half to make 4 sandwiches.

Serving Suggestions

For me this is a meal in itself, but for those with a heartier appetite, serve with potato chips or crudites.
This post was first published July 16, 2009
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  • July 16, 2009
    2:00 pm

    You go girl. Some people just don't take the time to figure out the truth and want to believe everything they read. How stupid. Those of us who know you, know the truth, and if others refuse to believe it simply because they have not grown up from their childhood jealousy, too bad for them.Renee(your friend in Phoenix)

  • July 16, 2009
    8:07 pm

    That's so silly! I can't believe that some folks think your foodie career was built riding on Duran Duran's coattails. Anyone who knows how hard you worked on creating The Roving Stove knows that's not true at all! Boo to the naysayers! – Krys (formerly from the PCN office)

  • July 16, 2009
    8:49 pm

    I am proud of you – we are who we are today because of the past and the present. To ignore the connection would be CRAZY!! You have every right to be as successful as the next person and you are….I am thankful to witness the amazing success and will be there to cheer you on every step of the way.

  • July 16, 2009
    8:53 pm

    Hey there,Thanks for the kind words regarding the piece. While it's true that it was your association with Nick that initially intrigued me, I just as taken by the fact that you've built a strong new career all on your own. Yes, I was one of the precious few back then that was jealous of NICK and not the other way around (LOL!), and will always be a fan of those glory days (The 'Seven & the Ragged Tiger' show in Detroit will always be one of my fave concert moments ever, and I treasure my pristine copy of 'Interference'). As for the haters, that's usually a sign that you're doing something RIGHT. People will always think they know what 'really happened.' And they're always so wrong. I guess you could say I'm a sucker for happy endings! Congrats on your success, and to Tatjana for her recent graduation. That's awesome.CheersS*

  • July 16, 2009
    8:53 pm

    Hey there,Thanks for the kind words regarding the piece. While it's true that it was your association with Nick that initially intrigued me, I just as taken by the fact that you've built a strong new career all on your own. Yes, I was one of the precious few back then that was jealous of NICK and not the other way around (LOL!), and will always be a fan of those glory days (The 'Seven & the Ragged Tiger' show in Detroit will always be one of my fave concert moments ever, and I treasure my pristine copy of 'Interference'). As for the haters, that's usually a sign that you're doing something RIGHT. People will always think they know what 'really happened.' And they're always so wrong. I guess you could say I'm a sucker for happy endings! Congrats on your success, and to Tatjana for her recent graduation. That's awesome.CheersS*

  • July 16, 2009
    10:16 pm

    I think the article is great Jewels, ignore the ridiculous rant from one jealous misinformed duranie – the other fan's eloquent, balanced comment certainly sets her straight! It is clear to see that you are where you are because of who YOU are… and that's something to be proud of! B x

  • July 16, 2009
    10:56 pm

    You rock! I love that you're doing something you love without apologizing for or milking your past. Yes I am a DD fan, and that is how I first stumbled across your blog, but I would love reading it regardless … apart from it being well written, you have exposed me to some amazing new recipes! I (and my husband's belly) thank you! Don't sweat the psycho fans, you owe no explanations to anyone.

  • July 17, 2009
    12:18 am

    Jewels, one of the many reasons I adore you is the fact that you have class. Despite many who have tried to push you down, you have the inner mettle, that "something extra" that sets you heads and shoulders above the fray. This blog entry is just one more example of your class..and commitment to those old fashioned, midwest family values that seem to be missing in many quarters of our universe. I'm proud of you, and proud to be your friend. Jean

  • July 17, 2009
    10:26 am

    Susan Michals at 10:24pm July 16that is the BEST TITLE so far!

  • July 17, 2009
    10:29 am

    Sharon McConnell Worster at 12:58pm July 16Awesome as usual Jewels! I can vouch for every single word you said!

  • July 17, 2009
    11:39 am

    C.L.A.S.S.Y gal! With just the right dash of SASSY too… 🙂 XXOO from the east coast my friend!! ~Poo Poo on naysayers~

  • July 17, 2009
    12:43 pm

    Julie Anne, if anything, you were hesitant when I met you to mention your past. If I can remember I had a round of 20 questions to learn more about you and your past. You are an amazing chef, and even though you've told me you've learned from me before, I have learned soooo much from you (your apricot lamb chops for one!). The accomplishments and strides you have made are on your own merit, not the coattails of a famous ex. Love you sweetie, you rock!Laura

  • July 17, 2009
    1:34 pm

    Much respect to you for your achievements! You have worked hard to get where you are today and you deserve all your success!Love the blog and recipes – keep 'em coming!

  • July 18, 2009
    1:14 am

    I'm sorry circumstances compelled you to write this blog. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your blogs! Three things come across loud and clear…love for your beautiful daughter, love of your friends and love of food! Keep the blogs coming!!!Alison

  • July 18, 2009
    4:28 am

    i'm so glad that you have nothing against your past and your happy you have a wondeful daughter together.what gets me angry is when someone is dating a high profile popstar/rockstar people always think someones riding their coat tails to get to where they are.makes me so angry!! this reminds me of how fans first acted towards beautiful dita von teese.dita worked her butt off to get to where she was just like you.keep your head up and continue to shine julie.laura lynn/shay nollen

  • July 18, 2009
    6:56 pm

    Let them eat cake. Petty jealousies that drive total strangers to shred women and men they've never met…better they should eat crow.This blog entry? A tasty dish of it.

  • July 19, 2009
    12:33 am

    Hello darlingBeauty, may I tell you how much I love your blog !!! I can;t seem to sign in on the site properly so I must tell you here. You also seem to get mere gorgeous by the second . You write with the personal quality that I love. I enjoy all the pics and the recipes as well. I can see Nora Ephron directing your life story ! I remember back in the day when Claire and I lived together in London. When she made popcorn , she wold top it with parmesan……..She said that was the way you served it. I have been making popcorn a la Julie Anne for years now !!! Funny, I have been following your recipes since 1984 !!! Keep on keepin on babyyour fanxxxb

  • July 19, 2009
    12:50 am

    Thank you so much…all of you…for your support. I LOVE that you love the blog! In my experience 99% of DD fans have been nothing but exceptionally kind to me throughout the years. I would never let "sticks and stones" ruin my day…life is too short and I still have too much living and writing to do to fret over an off remark….and Beth…I STILL love parmesan on my popcorn…what a smile it put on my face to learn you do too. Hope to see you one day soon, and just look whose talking…Ms. mesmerizing beauty!Jewels xo

  • July 24, 2009
    5:08 pm

    Speaking as a Duran Duran fan, who happened to come across your blog about a month or so ago by way of a Duran message board, I have to say that I never once thought while reading your blog that you were trying to ride anyone's coat tails. I have enjoyed reading what you have to say, and have seen it as you sharing experiences from your past, not trying to build your career based on your ex-husband's fame. As others have said, that rant was just one petty, jealous person who apparently felt the need to vent (and make herself look bad in the process).

  • October 1, 2009
    1:02 pm

    Hi Julie, I'm Giuliana from France. I really love your blog, thank you for sharing with us all these great moments of your life. We met one day in London, but I don't think you remember me, not only because it was in 1991, but also because I didn't tell you my name and because you jhave met, and still meet I am sure, a lot of people. Greetings to your wonderful daughter and kisses to you!

  • April 17, 2010
    11:56 pm

    I was in college at the University of Iowa when Duran Duran at its height of glory. My roommate (Stetson, from Des Moines) said that Nick Rhodes was dating a girl from DSM. I thought he was joking – I'm like, "No way". I guess he wasn't joking, eh? Anyway, congrats on your new career and for being a great parent!

  • January 11, 2011
    12:20 am

    Hi Julie Anne, you have such a great perspective on everything you've been through, good and bad. I believe you're helping peopleby being yourself and showing that that can be strong and successful. I was (still am) a huge Nick Rhodes fan in the 80's. But I must say, the more I learn about you, the more your light shines just as brightly in my heart. You're a great woman! Bless you and your family.

  • April 1, 2011
    7:14 am

    Oh well, if not for DD I'd never find this lovely blog, and I'd never know about your chef career! So if someone thinks you're exploiting their name… do you care? I wouldn't. And since I spent YEARS in love with your ex… if someone told me then I wouuld one day read what you write with admiration and anticipation, I'd simply laugh my head off… but here I am! You're a "real" person, Jewels, not just a "my-ex-hubby's-famous" stupid hen. And beautiful, too. (again, if someone told me then…. hehehehehe)Sol Accursio from Italy

  • February 27, 2012
    12:13 pm

    You are very diplomatic and a good natured person.

    • February 27, 2012
      12:23 pm

      No one can please everyone all of the time. Impossible, and you’ll only make yourself miserable trying (and risk losing yourSELF in the process). I have no control over what others say or think, but I can control how I let that effect my life, or not. I choose not, and focus instead on how I feel about myself based upon my own merits, character defects, and always strive to be a better me.