Thanksgiving Meal Prep Timeline

  Thanksgiving Meal Prep Timeline 10 days before Thanksgiving Determine your menu* and delegate dishes to guests (Menu below). Clean out the refrigerator to make room for extra food. Purchase your turkey.   If frozen, put the turkey in the refrigerator to thaw....

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 people on your list who love to cook

Gifts for the Cook I’ve got 20 suggestions for all the people on your list who love to cook.  Guests at Julie’s Table often find a gadget or two that they love using in class, so I put together a list of kitchen gadgets that would make fun little gifts. I’ve...

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!