Friday, August 24th

We’re back from a short vacation at the Jersey Shore. Boy, was it so nice to just soak in the sun and hear the ocean waves at the beach. I really think I was born to live at the beach and do nothing else, well except cook and drink wine!

Tomorrow, we’ll be at the Monroe Farmers Market on the town green from 3-6pm offering all of our delicious jams, hot fudge sauce, granola and baked goodies. Here’s a list of what we’ll have tomorrow….

For our Sweet Goodies… we’ll have Apple Pie Crumb Muffins, Blueberry Lemon Muffins, Cranberry Orange Scones, Banana Blueberry Bread, Lemon Yogurt Bread, Zucchini Bread and Chocolate Fudge Cookies.

For our Savory… we’ll have our most popular Chicken Empanadas, Turkey Empanadas and Arancini di Riso (Risotto Balls). If you want these, be sure to get there early as we usually sell out within the first 1/2 hour.

Chicken Empanadas

Hope to see you there!

Featuring the Apple Pie Crumb Muffin

One of our most popular and favorite muffins, the Apple Pie Crumb, is being featured in this week’s issue of the online town newsletter, Eye on Monroe. This muffin is so soft and moist with a sweet, crunchy streusel topping, no wonder it’s our best seller with kids and adults!

The key ingredient to this muffin is our Food Jules Organic Apple Pie Jam which gives it its sweetness and “apple pie” flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. This Apple Pie Jam is also one of my most popular jams. People are always so pleasantly surprised at how much it really DOES taste like Apple Pie, hence its name. If you haven’t tried it or any of our Organic Jams, stop by the Monroe Farmers Market, every Friday from 3-6pm, to pick up your own jar and taste it for yourself!

It’s a Strawberry Party!

I have to say that my all time favorite fruit is the Strawberry. It is so sweet and delicious and when it’s in season, it just melts in your mouth. We have been eating strawberries like they are going out of style!

When it comes to strawberries, we buy organic as much as possible. They are one of the top 10 foods that are sprayed with tons of pesticides but to be honest, they just taste better too! Seriously, the kids and I conducted a taste test between the conventional strawberry and the organic strawberry and time and time again, the organic strawberry won for the most sweet, delicious flavor. So it’s not only better for you but it actually does taste sweeter too!

Well, since we’ve had pounds and pounds of them in our fridge each week, we experimented with a couple different crisp/crumbles.. I just love the combination of sweet fruit and a sweet, crumble topping. We’ve made both STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP and a STRAWBERRY AND PEACH CRUMBLE. They were both so amazing that we incorporated these delicious recipes into our cooking classes and the kids LOVED them. I mean what’s not to love, they are super yummy.

You might be wondering, as we were, what is the difference between a crisp, a crumble and a cobbler? Well, to put it in simple terms, a crisp and crumble are pretty much the same thing, a flour and sugar streusel topping. However, a cobbler includes pie dough so it’s a closer cousin to a type of pie. That’s basically it in a nutshell.

Anyway, our classes this summer are all about eating local, in season produce to take advantage of the bountiful amount of vegetables and fruits that are growing in our local gardens right now and enjoy the wonderful flavor of it all, as well as support our local farmers.

So, go to your local farmers market, pick up some gorgeous strawberries and make these sweet, delicious crumbles and serve them with a heaping scoop of cold, vanilla ice cream and you will be sure to thank me as you take each and every single bite! Enjoy!

We’re Back at the Monroe Farmers Market.

Food Jules has returned to the Monroe Farmers Market, every Friday from 3-6pm.

This week, our sweet treats include Blueberry Crumb Muffins, Morning Glory Muffins, Lemon Yogurt Bread, Zucchini Bread, Chocolate Fudge Cookies and Cranberry Orange Scones. We will also have our famous Chicken Empandas, Turkey Empanadas, Jams, Hot Fudge Sauce and Granola!!! And don’t forget, all of our sweet and savory treats are made with organic, all-natural, whole grain ingredients so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them.

It’s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow, so stop by the market to pick up some delicious sweet goodies, as well as some fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, maple syrup and bread from our amazing local farmers and help us support Connecticut.

The finale

It’s amazing to me how quickly the summer has come and gone. Tomorrow will be the last day of the Monroe Farmers Market. Food Jules will have sweet, delicious and nutritious ORGANIC Pumpkin Muffins, Apple Pie Crumb Muffins, Morning Glory Muffins and Pumpkin Pecan Scones. We will also have ORGANIC Chicken Empanadas and Spinach and Cheese Empanadas.

Stop by the market tomorrow to buy some baked goodies and stock up on your favorite Jam or Hot Fudge Sauce.


Coming to a close…

Well, there are only two more Friday’s left for the Monroe Farmers Market, today and next Friday.

Food Jules will be there today with Organic Chicken Empanadas, Apple Pie Crumb Muffins, Pumpkin Muffins and Apple Walnut Bread. Besides, all of our delicious Jams, Hot Fudge Sauce and Granola.

Come early to get your goodies and to avoid the possibility of rain!