It’s Official – Food Jules Summer Cooking Camp

Food Jules will be offering our FIRST Food Jules Summer Cooking Camp!
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Come celebrate the beauty of the Summer Season with Food Jules. We’ll explore all that summer has to offer with many sweet and delicious fruits and vegetables. We’ll cook breakfast foods, main dishes, snack items and desserts; we’ll even bake fresh bread!

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Join Miss Liz as she teaches you how to prepare a variety of farm to table dishes using this summers’ harvest. Each week, this hands-on class will teach you basic cooking skills, the beauty of team work, how to use your math facts and the real joy behind cooking and eating with fresh ingredients. You’ll learn the importance of including all of the five food groups each day for a healthy body and mind! In one week, we’ll cook over 15 recipes!

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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 15 students, ages 7+.

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Dates/Time: there will be two sessions: August 8-12 and August 22-26, 9:00-12:00

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

Location: United Methodist Church, 515 Cutlers Farm Rd, Monroe CT 06468

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 *We will be offering a Class Field Trip on Friday, August 19th to the Monroe Farmers Market. They will learn all about the market, talk to the farmers and beekepper, learn how maple syrup is made and get a tasty frozen treat from a local form. If you are interested in attending this field trip, please mark it on your form. Details to follow.*

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If you want to join in the cooking fun this summer, please email me at liz@foodjules.com and I will send you the registration forms. If you have any questions, feel free to call me (203)414-6346. 

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We’re looking forward to a great summer camp with all of our little chefs!

Cooking Parties

Is your child looking for something FUN to do with his friends and learn some important life lessons at the same time? Don’t you wish they still taught home economics in school? Wouldn’t it be fun to learn to cook some of your favorite food and bake your favorite treats? How about planning a family meal that is delicious and nutritious?

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You CAN do ALL of it! It’s easy, trust me. We, at Food Jules, are here to help you.

Food Jules offers cooking parties for birthdays, holidays, boy or girl scouts or for just some plain old fun. We also offer private cooking lessons and family meal planning. Plus, we have a ton of healthy, tasty recipes on our website.

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Our cooking classes are for ALL AGES so if YOU want to host a GIRLS NIGHT OUT with some of your close friends, make some fun appetizers and sweet treats and serve them up with some wine, we can help you.

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Call or Email us today to get more information. We are excited to share all of our ideas, food creations and recipes with you. Your son or daughter will LOVE to invite his friends over for a private cooking party. It’s a great time, filled with lots of laughs, excitement, creativity and learning.

Hope to see you soon.

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!

 

Kids Cooking Birthday Parties

As many of you know, Food Jules teaches at some local schools as part of their After School Enrichment Program. Food Jules also offers Kids Cooking Birthday Parties for those that are celebrating birthdays. This has been a growing area for us as many kids are looking for fun, new ways to celebrate their birthday. It’s a great opportunity for them to enjoy designing their own party from picking the theme, menu and being the top chef!

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These parties are a lot of fun and a great way to introduce more children to the benefits of preparing and eating real food, especially for those kids that don’t go to our local schools and aren’t involved in our after school curriculum.

The themes and menu options are endless from Lasagna Rolls, stuffed with fresh ricotta, mozzarella and spinach from our Tutto Italiano party, to these Maple Oatmeal Scones from our English Tea party and Quiches, Waffles and Pancakes from our Breakfast All Day party. Plus, Food Jules always uses all-natural, whole grain, natural ingredients.

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We have designed many fun themes for these parties and you’ll find all this information here on our website, in our Cooking Classes section. If your child or the child of someone you know, is interested in hosting a Food Jules Cooking Birthday Party, we’d love to hear from you.

Sun equals Happiness

Finally, we are enjoying some warm weather and sunshine!!!

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I have to admit, it has been a very, very depressing last few months. Winter started back in October and really didn’t end until last week, so it’s been a solid 6 months of cold, dreary, snow filled days. I am done and ready to welcome the chirping birds, the sunshine on my face and most importantly, my flip flops! It feels so good to not have to bundle up in a coat, socks and my winter boots anymore. I don’t know about you all, but when the sun is shining, my face is smiling! Welcome, SPRING!

Our spring session is starting in our after school enrichment programs and our theme is Celebrating the Gardening Season, because as you all know, springtime also means its time to clean up that home garden and plant those seeds. We’ve already started doing that here in our home. The kids are so excited, as am I, to start seeing the vegetables grow and the plants, trees and flowers bloom. It is my favorite time of year.

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Hope you all get some time to enjoy the beautiful, warm, sunny weather. Here’s to new beginnings!

Chicken Pot Pie

In one of our After School Cooking Programs, we are learning all about Comfort Foods. The children are having so much fun filling up their little bellies with warm, nutritious and absolutely delicious foods from Turkey and Bean Chili to Pasta Fajioli, Morning Glory Muffins, Buttermilk Biscuits and Corn Chowder, just to name a few!

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Well, in yesterday’s class, we made Chicken Pot Pie. OH MY! It was so scrumptious that some of the kids were licking their plates, seriously, I saw them. I don’t blame them, I had a tiny bite of the bottom of the casserole dish and wanted to lick it all up myself.

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First of all, this makes me so proud. Some of these students have really become expert little chefs and they have all grown such an appreciation for good quality, fresh food, I just love it!

This recipe for Chicken Pot Pie is superb, so easy to make, just please be sure you make the pie dough from scratch, like we did. The recipe for the Homemade Pie Dough is so simple, just five ingredients from your pantry. It literally takes just a couple of minutes to put together and it makes all the difference in these recipes. Besides, the list of ingredients in the store bought pie dough is a mile long, many of which I can’t even pronounce.

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I know you will all enjoy this recipe and you too will be licking the bottom of your plates!

P.S. If you are a vegetarian, you can easily substitute the chicken for other vegetables such as mushrooms, cauliflower or broccoli and it will taste just as good!

Italian Wedding Soup

When it’s cold and snowing outside, I like to fill up my belly with a warm, savory bowl of Italian Wedding Soup, a true comfort food.

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I love this soup, it is one of our favorites! My friend Lisa introduced me to it a couple of years ago and I’ve since made my own adjustments to it. For example, instead of using the traditional escarole, I use chopped frozen organic spinach. It’s easier and full of iron and fiber. I also add beans to my soup. I really enjoy a nice hearty soup that can suffice as our entire meal. I guess you could say it closely resembles a minestrone soup with mini meatballs.

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For the meatballs, I keep them light and healthy, by using ground turkey instead of beef and adding grated onion, carrots and zucchini. This keeps the meatballs so moist and full of flavor. I use this exact same recipe for traditional meatballs that I cook with marinara sauce. Absolutely delish!

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If you’re gluten free, you can substitute the whole wheat bread crumbs for brown rice bread crumbs and the regular pasta for corn pasta. If you’re vegetarian, you can substitute with tofu meat or omit them all together. Your options are endless.

This soup is a winner in our family and in my Food Jules classes. The kids enjoy it so much that they ask for it each semester. It makes me very proud that they are so excited to eat such a nutritious meal.

Hope this delicious soup warms you up on this cold, winter day.