Fall Cooking Camp starts in October!

Our next cooking camp starts on October 4th! Registration ends Sept 14th.

Autumn is quickly approaching so join Miss Liz in the kitchen, where we’ll prepare some warm, healthy and comforting meals. We’ll make hearty soups, chili, lasagna, muffins and even pies. Each week, this hands-on class will teach students the skills necessary to make these wholesome, savory meals using seasonal ingredients.

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Students work in teams to prep, cook and bake a variety of meals, teaching them fundamental culinary skills while cultivating a sense of good nutrition. All while having having fun and being creative in the kitchen! Our classes are educational, safe, exciting and teach students how to make healthy food choices. ALL OF OUR CLASSES ARE NUT FREE and ALLERGY FRIENDLY.

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Students will receive a cookbook with all of these recipes at the end of the session so they can enjoy cooking and baking all of our delicious dishes at home.

There are two sessions: Friday evenings 10/4, 10/11, 10/25 and 11/1, 6-8pm or Saturday afternoons 10/5, 10/12, 10/26 and 11/2, 3-5pm. You can choose the session that works best for your child.

Sign up today: Fall 2019 Cooking Camp Registration





Summer Cooking Camp Registration

SUMMER is my FAVORITE time of the YEAR! The sunshine, the warmth, time with the kids, the beach, the pool, vacation, the chirping birds, the garden, the farmers market, the flip flops and of course, our SUMMER COOKING CAMP!

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Now is the time to make your Summer plans including Summer Camps! We, here at Food Jules, are busy creating our summer cooking camp curriculum and we have a lot of fun dishes planned for our students!

Also, we are very excited to share some BIG NEWS! We have created a TEEN only cooking program which is very special for our intermediate students and will provide them with new skills and opportunities (maybe even a special guest or two). ANOTHER exciting announcement… our registration is now ELECTRONIC with the help of my dynamite hubby, Mike! (thank you, dear!)

PLEASE NOTE! There are TWO types of cooking camps this summer:

  • the all ages cooking camp (ages 6+) is available w/o 8/5 or 8/12
  • the teen cooking camp (ages 12+) is available w/o 8/19
  • all sessions are hosted M-F, 9-12 at the UMCM in Monroe
  • cost is $325 for 1st child and $300 for each additional child

Spots fill up very quickly, so please SIGN UP as soon as you can.

Sign up HERE for ALL AGES kids cooking camp. Ages 6+

Sign up HERE for the TEEN cooking camp. Ages 12+

Please follow these LINKS above to sign up for the camp of your choice and your registration will be recorded. Upon receiving payment, we will confirm your child’s spot in the class. Payment can be made via mail-in check or electronically via venmo. Instructions are available at the end of the registration forms. We MUST receive your tuition payment PRIOR to June 1st in order to confirm your spot in class. Otherwise, your child’s spot will be forfeited.

Feel free to email me with any questions liz@foodjules.com

We look forward to another FUN and EDUCATIONAL summer cooking camp!

Misfits Market Box

If you haven’t heard about Misfits Market yet, you are going to LOVE hearing about it now. This is a new on-line produce subscription business that sells organic fruits and vegetables from local farmers right to your door. Amazing!

Their goal is to support local farmers, prevent food waste, and help save our environment by selling food that would otherwise go to waste. You can learn more about them by visiting Misfits Market.

We received our first box yesterday and the variety and quality of the produce was exceptional. All organic. All fresh. We choose the Mischief Box which is only $20 per box. Delivered right to our door.

My son, Benny who is only 4 years old, couldn’t wait to get his hands on these grape tomatoes. He didn’t even wait for me to wash them! We are looking forward to getting our weekly shipments and since we don’t know what’s in the box, we are anticipating the surprise!

If you are interested in giving it a try, use this link to get 25%-30% off your first order: http://misfitsmarket.refr.cc/elizabethcerrato. Please note that I was not asked or paid to discuss Misfits with you but thought it was such a great bargain and company, that I had to share it with you.

Happy Eating!

Kids Cooking Camp – Summer 2019

Our kids summer cooking camp dates have been confirmed:

All Ages (6+) w/o Aug 5
All Ages (6+) w/o Aug 12
Teens (middle school/high school) w/o Aug 19
All classes held M-F, 9-12 at the UMCM. The official registration will go LIVE and be distributed via email next Fri, March 15th. Save the dates now!
We have an EXCITING summer curriculum planned and look forward to another FUN and EDUCATIONAL cooking experience with all our sou chefs!

As featured on WTNH today!

It was another fun morning with the hosts of WTNH News Channel 8, Good Morning Connecticut! Thank you again to the co-anchors, Jocelyn, Laura and Gill. You guys are great! Plus… the rest of the crew, producers and camera men. This team always makes you feel welcome and right at home!

Today, I made one of my favorite recipes…. Chicken with White Beans and Spinach. Not only is this recipe simple and fast to make, but it’s full of flavor and super healthy. The important part is to saute the chicken thighs in olive oil for a few minutes until golden brown. This gives the dish a lot of flavor.

I prefer using chicken thighs in this recipe. I buy them at Trader Joes or Whole Foods, skinless and boneless. Chicken thighs have a lot more flavor and stay moist, especially when cooking for a while. However, if you prefer chicken breasts, you can certainly add them in here. Just keep in mind that chicken breast has less flavor and dries up quickly.

Another tip… when adding the dried rosemary, you want to rub it between your fingers and stir fry it in the oil for a minute, this helps ignite the dried herb and bring it back to life. This is key to great tasting dishes; the spices and herbs are stir fried in oil before adding the remaining ingredients.

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do. I can just eat these beans and spinach by the spoon-fulls. This dish is full of fiber and protein so it keeps you satiated for hours. I prefer serving it with quinoa, but you can certainly serve with rice or polenta. Until next time…. enjoy!

Elderberry Syrup

What is a natural and delicious way to avoid the flu and colds this winter? Elderberry Syrup!

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Did you know that elderberries help boost your immune system and are packed with antioxidants. They are also high in vitamin C, fiber, rich in anthocyanins and much more! They can help prevent getting a cold or flu or shorten its length if you already have it. Definitely worth having this powerful berries during the winter season!

You can buy Elderberry Syrup online or at your local pharmacy, but it is so very easy to make at home and much less expensive. These make great gifts for family too. Plus, you can alter this recipe to suit your needs. If you prefer the syrup less sweet, add less honey. I made these as gift for my family and they all loved it.

I purchased cute glass jars and the organic elderberries on Amazon. Be sure to store your syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Adults, take one tablespoon per day and Children, take one teaspoon per day. Your kids will love it, its very yummy! Hope it helps keep you feeling well this winter! Try making your own homemade Elderberry Syrup today.