Menu Planning (Squares)

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...

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Come to the Table

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...

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Zen Cooking

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,...

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Test of Time Recipes

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...

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Gifts for the Cook

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 - perfect...

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Ode to My Mother-in-Law

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!
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Inspired Thanksgiving

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.
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WCW No.1 – Veggie Sides

WCW No.1 – Veggie Sides

Welcome to What’s Cooking Wednesday! This video/blog post is my attempt at accountability to my goal of menu planning throughout the holidays. So, each Wednesday, I will tell you what I have planned to cook for my family and I hope this is as helpful to you as it will be for me. You’ll probably notice how basic and family-friendly my menu plans are, and that is because I have a picky eater at home. We don’t do a lot of casseroles or ethnic foods and focus instead on meats and vegetables.
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Buttermilk Cornbread
Set a Holiday Intention

Set a Holiday Intention

All of a sudden, the holidays are upon us! I walked into a store yesterday and was assaulted by their Christmas displays. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for that yet, although in years past I have been. I’m not in that space this year. This year I just want to be with my family and friends around my table or fireplace. The centerpiece of my kitchen is a five-foot round table where my family and guests gather to share food. There’s something magical about sitting at a round table, with everyone’s place at the table being equal.
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