Summer is here!

In just a few short days…. our 2nd summer cooking camp will commence!

The kids will be cooking with fresh summer ingredients and making delicious, nutritious foods that all will enjoy! We will bake sweet French crepes and serve them with mascarpone whipped cream and fresh berries….

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cook creamy Summer Asparagus Soup….

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chop and assemble fresh ingredients from the farmers market for our Summer Panzanella Salad….

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Our Food Jules cooking classes teach kids how to enjoy such a large variety of fresh, nutrient dense foods… teaching them the ease of cooking and baking delicious recipes… all while fostering relationships with new friends and healthy food.

 

 

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Food Jules featured in GlutenFreeConnecticut!

We have some very exciting news to share… Food Jules was recently featured in Gluten Free Connecticut.

What a great website! Filled with information on Gluten Free friendly Restaurants, Bakeries, Facilities, articles on workshops and classes for those with Celiac or Gluten Sensitivities. It’s a dynamite resource for finding all the information you need when on a Gluten Free diet. It’s also a great place to learn about other food allergies.

We are thrilled to be included on this amazing website. Check it out here. Here is a quick snapshot of what you’ll find…

“If you have a child with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or any food allergy, you know how hard birthday parties can be. But Liz Cerrato, owner of Food Jules in Monroe, CT,  is making it easier. She provides healthy, allergy-friendly cooking classes for kids of all ages, via birthday parties, private lessons, girl and boy scout workshops, after school enrichment classes, and even summer camp! 

Liz aims to teach children about nutrition and healthy eating habits while fostering a love and passion for wholesome food and cooking.  Her passion for both cooking and teaching ensures that no child is excluded from the food preparation or the party!  Menu choices range from gluten free, nut free and dairy free, to any dietary restriction you want or need.food jules liz

Liz started Food Jules shortly after her son Julian passed away as an infant. Helping to enrich the lives of other children through healthy foods is her way of honoring his memory.  If you have a celiac or a child with a food allergy, and you’re lucky enough to live in or near Monroe, definitely give Liz a call. Her dedication to helping our kids learn and enjoy wholesome foods is really special, and we are thrilled to have her in the Gluten-Free Connecticut family!

To learn more about Food Jules, visit www.foodjules.com, email  liz@foodjules.com or call (203) 414-6346. A portion of Food Jules proceeds are donated to SMA foundations in memory of Julian.”

Summer Cooking Camp is Back!

This Summer 2017… Miss Liz is again offering our Food Jules Summer Cooking Camp!
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Who says food can’t be NUTRITIOUS and DELICIOUS?

Join us as we celebrate the beauty of the Summer Season with mouthwatering farm to table dishes using this summers’ harvest. Students will work in teams to create a variety of dishes using seasonal fruits and vegetables. They will learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits, all while fostering a love of wholesome food and cooking. We’ll cook breakfast foods, soups and salads, fun snacks and even decadent desserts! In one week, we’ll cook over 15 new recipes from Blueberry Crumb Bars to Fresh Tomato Bruschetta, Mango Peach Sorbet, Crepes, Thai Lettuce Wraps, Chocolate Fudge Pops and much more! 

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At the end of the one week session, all students will receive a recipe booklet so they can enjoy cooking and baking all of our delicious recipes at home. Reserve your spot now as classes fill up very quickly. Our maximum for each session will be 18 students, ages 7+.

Dates/Time: there will be two sessions: July 31-Aug 4 and August 14-18, 9:00-12:00

Cost: $275 per child (sibling discount, $275 for first child, $250 for each additional child)

Location: United Methodist Church, 515 Cutlers Farm Rd, Monroe CT 0646

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If your child is interested in joining us this summer… Email me at liz@foodjules.com for the sign up link.

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Look at all these smiling faces!!! Can’t wait to see all my kids again this summer. Hope you’ll join us in the cooking fun this summer with Food Jules!

Girl Scout Cooking Workshops

Food Jules is excited to announce that we are hosting a series of “Healthy Living” Cooking Workshops for the Girl Scout Troops. Starting in February, we will be offering classes for all levels.

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Daisies (Kindergarten & 1st Grade) will learn how to cook “Fun and Healthy” foods that they can create at home for their families and prepare for school lunches.

Brownies (2nd & 3rd Grade) will learn how to cook and bake “Healthy Snacks”, learning new, creative and nutritious snack ideas for school.

Juniors (4th & 5th Grade) will learn how to prepare “Simple Meals” that they can enjoy at home with their families during family dinner night.

We even have classes for the older troops!

Cadettes (6th, 7th & 8th Grade) will learn “New Cuisines”, while also learning about the history and richness behind each new cultural cuisine.

Seniors & Ambassadors (High School) will learn how to prepare and host a “Dinner Party” learning fun, innovative new foods and techniques on how to prepare foods in a timely fashion for a party, using local fresh ingredients.

It’s going to be a FUN TIME and a GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE for your troops! If you are interested in learning more, email me (liz@foodjules.com). Hope to see you there!

Butternut Squash Curry Soup

When the weather is cold outside…. you can warm up your belly with this flavorful, sweet and spicy Butternut Squash Curry Soup. It hits all the right spots!

This soup reminds me of a mix of Thai Coconut Curry and Indian Tikka Masala. The flavors from the curry powder, cumin, coriander and fresh ginger blended with coconut milk and the sweet Butternut Squash are fantastic. Plus, the bright orange color makes this soup absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy!

Julian is with us.

Today, November 8th, 2016 marks Julian’s sixth birthday – the day this beautiful, sweet soul came into our lives.

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It was a cold, snowy fall day. As a matter of fact, his entire life here on earth with us was filled with lots and lots of snow. It snowed on Christmas while he was home with us. I remember watching the snow fall almost every day while we were at Yale for those three weeks in January 2011. There were such high snow piles in our yard on the evening that I came home on January 19th, the day that Julian died.

So, as you can imagine every time it snows, we think of him and it makes us smile to think about his soft face and his gorgeous big eyes looking back at us.

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Meet our son, Julian.

Even though Julian isn’t physically with us, I know for a fact that he is with us. I am always pleasantly surprised by all the signs that are around. They remind me that he is here, loving us, guiding us and as I write this, I smile thinking about it and about him being present with us on such a deep, emotional and spiritual level. I believe and it makes me happy. I could tell you countless stories of these signs and some would amaze and surprise you. Some may seem “coincidental” if you believe in coincidence, as I used to. Now, I believe everything is around us and guiding us in our path. To me, there isn’t coincidence. It’s much deeper then that. People come into our lives at certain times for reasons beyond what we know. It’s all part of our journey in life here on earth.

Do you think there is more to life then what we can see? That there is “something else” at work here? That our souls continue on? Do you have faith in something extraordinary?

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If you acknowledge it and are open to it, it is amazing. We love you Julian and we feel your eternal presence, love and guidance. Thank you for teaching us about what is truly important in life.

Happy Birthday to our sweet, handsome little man.

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Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffins

This is the time of year when you see hundreds of pumpkin recipes! Well, this one is definitely one of my favorites, the Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffin

 

Mostly, it tastes like a morning glory muffin, filled with all the goodness of carrots and apples, coconut, raisins and walnuts, sweetened with maple syrup and now flavored with a hint of pumpkin.  Plus, it’s healthy and gluten free – made with a combination of oat and almond flour. A perfect muffin filled with all the fall flavors. Taste it for yourself, warm right out of the oven on a cold fall day.

Colorful. Beautiful. Sweet and just Perfect.