Cooking Birthday Parties

Are you looking for a NEW and FUN idea for your child’s birthday party?

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Well, your child will LOVE hosting his own Food Jules Cooking Birthday Party!

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These parties are a great success! The kids have so much fun in the kitchen with their friends; cracking eggs, measuring ingredients, mixing batter, rolling dough and best of all, eating all their delicious food! Not only is it exciting cooking and baking, but it’s a GREAT learning experience too.

Your child will design his/her own menu based around one of our Birthday Party Themes. Our parties are hosted in the comfort of your own home. We don’t need much space, just a large empty table and we do all the work, from organizing the recipes, purchasing and prepping all the ingredients, setting up the cooking party area, teaching and guiding the kids through the cooking and baking process and at the end of the party, we do all the clean up. You don’t need to do anything, except sit back and relax as your kids enjoy this fun and educational experience.

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Call or Email us today to book your Food Jules Cooking Birthday Party and let the creativity, learning and eating begin!

 

Baby Food 101

Hope you all had a great holiday with your family and friends. It was great to spend some quality time with all of our family and close friends but it was especially nice to enjoy some “quiet” family time at home. Now, it’s back to the good old routine.

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Many of you have been inquiring about recipes. I haven’t posted any recipes in quite some time, quite frankly, it’s been so busy with all the holiday preparations and all the after school activities, plus having to take care of a very energetic, fast growing, little boy. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking and baking though, especially baby food (and these sweet, coffee cake streusel muffins).

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Benny is almost eight months now, I just can’t believe it. He’s crawling around very quickly, standing, eating solids and trying to pick up and eat finger foods. He’s such a sweet, happy, energetic little boy.

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He’s been enjoying trying all new foods. It’s a fun time. I love, love making and feeding the baby. Some of you have been inquiring about baby food recipes so let me give you a quick roundup of what “we” have been making for Benny. Making baby food is easy. Just peel, wash, cut, steam and puree. It’s that simple!

First of all, in the beginning, I waited at least ONE week in between trying any new food, just to be sure there weren’t any allergies. When he was about 5 months, I started giving him baby cereal, Earth’s Best Rice Cereal, followed by Earth’s Best Oatmeal Cereal and then Nurtur Me Quinoa Cereal, all made with breastmilk. He loved it and continues to devour it.

Then, shortly thereafter, he started eating single VEGETABLES. I always start with vegetables rather then fruit, just because fruit tends to be sweeter and babies already prefer sweeter so it’s good to give them a head start eating their vegetables. Plus, I always try to get seasonal, organic produce. I think it’s important to give their growing bodies the purest, whole foods. If I can’t find it fresh, then organic frozen is my second choice. Plus, it’s a great option for a quick meal, just steam and puree! I purchased these 4oz. glass jars, great for baby food, safe for the freezer, heating up and serving! Picked up the Wean Green jars on Amazon and the Ball jars at Target.

We started with all the ORANGE and YELLOW vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, carrots, winter squash. Then, we moved on to the GREEN vegetables, zucchini, peas, green beans, kale, spinach. I also gave him parsnips, but that wasn’t his favorite. After all the “first foods for vegetables”, we moved on to FRUIT. We gave him apples, avocados, bananas, mango, peaches, pears and prunes.

Now, the real fun has begun, with mixing different foods together and this is where many of you have been asking for my “recipe” combination ideas.

Well, we have created a lot of great combinations. He is enjoying all of them and to be honest, I enjoy them too. I try all the food I make before giving it to him, just to be sure it’s good. A good chef always tastes his food before giving it to others.

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Some of our combinations have been, peas with sweet potatoes, kale with sweet potatoes, spinach with white potatoes, zucchini with corn and quinoa, butternut squash with sweet potato, purple carrot and chickpeas, banana and avocado, acorn squash with green beans, blueberries with pears and avocado and most recently, mango with pears and Greek yogurt, spinach with carrots and potato, apples and avocado. I’ve been trying to avoid adding rice to his meals, as I have these rice type of crackers for teething that he eats every couple of days.

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He’s also been enjoying eating finger foods, such as O cereal, peas, rice pasta and broccoli, cut up into the tiniest of pieces. It’s fun, keeps him occupied while we eat dinner and helps him practice his pincer grasp with his fingers. Making baby food doesn’t have to be complicated. Of course, it’s always a good idea to have a couple jars of ready made food at home for those emergencies, but making baby food honestly is really easy and a lot of fun. Plus, you can’t beat the fresh taste instead of food that has been sitting on store shelves for who knows how long!

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Until next time, happy cooking and happy 2015 from our family to yours!

Happy Holidays 2014

Just wanted to wish everyone a magical holiday season…. filled with love and happiness.

It has been quite a spectacular year for us and we are so very thankful for our continued good health in our family, our new beautiful, sweet baby and for all the love and faith that continues to surround us.

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Happy Holidays….

Love, Liz, Mike, Lilliana, Lucas, Julian and Benjamin

Celebrating Julian’s Birthday

Today, November 8th, is our beautiful, sweet baby boy’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Julian!

Meet our son, Julian.

Meet our son, Julian.

Julian would have been four years old today. Four years! It’s unbelievable to me.

Even though he isn’t with us physically, he is most definitely here with us spiritually and emotionally and we think about him every day, every single day!

Today, we celebrate his birth, his arrival into our family. We spend a family day together, our annual tradition, with a visit to the cemetary to bring him gifts, a dinner at Julian’s pizzeria, a look back through his photos and memory book, watching his very special video and singing Happy Birthday to our sweet, handsome baby Julian, blowing out candles to homemade, family made cupcakes. It’s a special day for us and there is so much special meaning in celebrating the same way every year. It’s our way of honoring and celebrating our Julian.

Our three beautiful children, Lilliana, Lucas and Julian

Lilliana, Lucas and Julian

We miss him so very much and wish he could be here with us, celebrating in person, with all of his family. I can imagine him smiling and laughing with all of us, enjoying all of his cuteness. Thinking about that, makes me smile as I write this post. Thinking about him bearing no more pain but just looking down at all of us here, listening to us sing to him, feeling his love surrounding us. I continue to be open to all of the signs around me that remind me of his sweet presence and ever lasting love.

Happy Birthday Julian. We love you!

Gluten Free Pizza

I have been searching for the perfect Gluten Free pizza but none of them have really tasted as good as traditional white pizza, until now. Plus, gluten free pizza offered at various restaurants as well as the pre-made store bought pizza dough sold at grocery stores are loaded with starches and rice flour. I wanted to eat a pizza made with whole grain ingredients.

This combination here is perfect. This Gluten Free Pizza Dough has just a little starch and rice flour which helps to keep it fluffy and light and the whole grain flours give this pizza dough so much flavor. Plus, this pizza reheats beautifully in the toaster oven and tastes fresh even a couple days later.

This pizza bread tastes so delicious, you can even eat it plain, without any sauce or cheese. You will want to make some of this tonight!

Enjoy!

Summer Vegetable “Burgers”

Every summer, I look forward to growing and buying farm fresh fruits and vegetables. You just can’t beat fresh peas, swiss chard, kale, zucchini, string beans and those sweet yummy tomatoes as well as many other delicious produce.

When you eat freshly picked produce you can taste the difference from out of season produce from your local supermarket. It’s the best time to get creative in the kitchen and eat it all up.

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Well, unfortunately this year, we have a tiny garden. There just wasn’t enough time to get it organized and put together this spring with our new little sweet Benny boy, but that’s ok, he is our priority right now as well as all of our fun summer activities. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t getting any garden fresh produce around here. My parents have a huge garden so they are always kind to share with us plus all the yummy stuff we buy at our local farmers market.

Right now is the time for zucchini, cucumbers and string beans. Lots of zucchini! So, I always enjoy baking zucchini bread, muffins, cookies as well as cooking fried zucchini, zucchini frittata, risotto, pancakes and now these summer vegetable burgers. These “burgers” are awesome, made with shredded onions, carrots, zucchini and garlic. You can even add in there some fresh corn on the cob and protein packed quinoa. We love eating them with oven baked “french fries” on the side and without a bun. It’s healthier that way and you get to enjoy eating more of the actual “burger”. Vegetable burgers are so versatile, you can make them with any of your favorite vegetables or beans. We also have a favorite Black Bean Burger that we make here at home. It’s also very yummy.

Enjoy!

Welcome Benjamin!

I know, it’s been quite a while since my last post. It’s been very busy around here!

We have been enjoying our new little guy as well as the end of the school year activities, birthday celebrations, softball and tball games as well as many other summer fun with my kids. However, I didn’t want too much more time to pass without introducing our new little baby.

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It’s a BOY! As you all know, the gender of our new little baby was a surprise. We wanted to have that special moment when he/she was born and it gave me something to focus on why laying on that operating table. That and praying to our little Julian and God to watch over all of us and ensure all went well and it did. I know it’s common to hear, when asked, do you want a boy or girl that all you want is a healthy baby, but to be completely honest, that has a very deep meaning to us because that is really all that we wanted, a happy and healthy little baby.

I am so happy to announce that all went great with the surgery, even though there were many, many, many hiccups along the way, baby and mommy are healthy and doing well and for that I am extremely thankful!

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So, without another moment going by,  we are happy to introduce our new little baby boy, Benjamin Thomas Cerrato. He was born on May 14, 2014 at 6 lbs 13oz. and 20.5 inches. He’s a beautiful, sweet little baby and we are truly in love and feel very blessed. Here is a recent photo from this holiday weekend. He’s growing so quickly… now almost 7 weeks.

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Our new little addition to our family…. welcomed by his big sister, Lilliana and big brothers, Lucas and Julian.