How do you grocery shop?

How do you grocery shop? My latest & greatest way to grocery shop is online with curbside pick-up! But there are times when I choose to actually push a cart up and down the aisles of the store.  Here are my top 5 tips for grocery shopping: First, have a plan-....

Menu Planning (Squares)

Do you struggle with knowing what’s for dinner? Or feel so overwhelmed with all the things that fixing food for the family is an afterthought, so take out is easier? I had this conversation with friends recently about how real the struggle is, not to be cliche, but...

Come to the Table

Some of the questions I get about  my business are “What motivated you to start Julie’s Table?” and “How long have you been doing these classes?” I started Julie’s Table after I’d taken a job that came with a big pay cut. Someone suggested that I tutor to make extra...

The Case for 2 Instant Pots

True confession time. I have three Instant Pots! It started out innocently enough. I bought one for my high school cooking lab and fell in love with what it could do! Then a few weeks later, Walmart had the Faberware brand on a Black Friday sale for $39! And I was...

Zen Cooking

If you let it, cooking can be a way to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined as the state of being conscious or aware; focusing one’s awareness on the present moment. I’d never given it much thought, but lately, that’s what cooking feels like to me- zen, slang...

Test of Time Recipes

What makes a good recipe? One that you want to make time and again? For me, it’s a recipe that tastes great and turns out consistently well. I also don’t like overly complicated instructions or fussy ingredients, although ingredients matter, such as the freshest...

Gifts for the Cook

Needing a few ideas for stocking stuffers? Guests at Julie’s Table often find a gadget or two that they love using in class, so I put together a list of small kitchen gadget that would make fun little gifts. I’ve tried to keep them in the under $10 range –...

Ode to My Mother-in-Law

Happy birthday to my Mother-in-Law! She ‘s turning 88! She’s the mom of 6 children, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Somehow I never truly appreciated all the work she regularly took on for us all during the holidays until recently when I hosted Thanksgiving. In a side-by-side comparison, there is no comparison!

Inspired Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving 2018 meal was inspired- literally- by a recent “Table Tour” to hear Ina Garten speak on her Cook Like a Pro tour, followed by a trip to Oklahoma to visit the Pioneer Woman’s prairie! I included dishes from both famous cooks on the menu and they were amazing enough to recommend.