Summer Cooking Camp

It’s that time of the year again. Even though it still feels like the middle of Winter with all of these snow storms, Spring is quickly approaching next week! I can’t wait, it is my favorite time of year. So, it’s time to sign up for our Summer Cooking Camp!

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Food Jules will run it’s annual Summer Cooking Camp and registration is now LIVE. It’s a lot of fun for the kids, our assistants and most of all, for me. We spend every morning together for one week, learning new recipes. This summer, we are cooking recipes from around the world, learning about the culture and food from a different country each day. This is one of my favorite curriculum and this summer, we’ll be including Portugal.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, click here. It will give you details on cost, dates/times, forms and registration instructions. If you have any questions, feel free to email me liz@foodjules.com.

Looking forward to another fun summer!

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Mariscada (Portuguese Seafood Stew)

My parents, originally from Portugal, are just amazing chefs. They cooked a home made meal for my sister and I every day of my childhood. They taught me so much food, family, love, respect for one another, kindness.

One recipe that my family and I cherish is a Portuguese classic dish, Mariscada. It’s a seafood/fish stew with shrimp, clams, fresh cod fish, scallops and even lobster. It’s delicious and full of flavor. Every summer, whenever we went to Wildwood in New Jersey we enjoyed our time together relaxing by the beach, playing mini-golf and going to buy fish. My father would go into Cape May to the local fish market, where the fish is so fresh, pick up lots of yummy seafood and cook a delicious Mariscada for lunch. My sister and I looked forward to it each year when we were kids and now we bring our own families and my parents continue the same tradition. It’s a cherished memory for us and now for our husbands and children.

I finally learned about a year ago how to make it, just like my dad (or as close to his as possible) and every time I take a bite of this dish, it brings me back to all of those beautiful memories with my parents at the beach. Today, I am sharing this with you. Hope you enjoy it! It’s one of the most delicious meals you will ever eat!

Beijinhos!

Featured on WTNH News 8!

Did you know that Asparagus is in season right now? It’s an early spring vegetable from February thru June. Yes, I said Spring even though it’s a blizzard outside today and still officially winter, I’m looking forward to spring in a couple of weeks!

20180306_083629Asparagus is full of vitamins and fiber and so delicious. Yesterday, I cooked up this Tortellini with Asparagus on WTNH News 8 Good Morning Connecticut. It was another fun time with the anchors and studio members.

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This is such a quick and easy recipe using simple ingredients. Asparagus is in plentiful and inexpensive at all the grocery stores now. So, go get some and enjoy making this delicious dish! You can watch me LIVE via this link.

Enjoy!

Brie and Jam Phyllo Bites, a super simple appetizer

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday with their families. It’s a time to remember and appreciate all of our blessings.

My family celebrated our time together with a delicious meal, fun family games, conversations and some cuddling time on the sofa. Of course, there was also some football watching for the men, while the ladies just chatted.

We didn’t host but prepared some treats to share with the family. I made these simple, delicious Brie & Jam Phyllo Bites as an appetizer, along with Butternut Squash Lasagna, Gluten Free Stuffing and Mini Pecan Tarts. Plus, all the food that my family made, it was a table full of goodies.

The Brie & Jam Phyllo Bites were so easy to make and perfect for the holiday season. Just three simple ingredients and into the oven. I used these Fillo Shells from my local supermarket.

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A little bit of salty from the cheese and the sweet from the jam in a flaky, buttery phyllo shell. Perfection! You’ll want to add this simple appetizer to your next event!

I am thankful to all of my followers on this blog, to all of my students that make teaching so much fun and to all the parents for giving me the opportunity to show your children how easy and fun it is to cook nutritious and delicious meals together!

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.”