Food has always been a ‘healthy’ outlet of mine and gives me a rush that I cannot explain or compare to anything I have ever done. What you’ll find here are recipes that are fairly easy to follow, ingredients that are more than likely going to be at your local supermarket and if you have trouble understanding my directions then please e-mail me so i can better explain myself. I like to make meals with whole ingredients, as in from scratch so I know exactly what is going into my body. This does not mean that my recipes are all going to be super healthy. They aren’t. I love butter in baking and the occasional fried food (if I decide I can handle my kitchen smelling like McDonalds for a few days). However I am aware of each ingredient that goes into my recipes and so I know exactly what I am putting into my body.
I also need my food and recipes to be reliable, not have the chance of turning into a hot mess…. In which case I will not post anything I do not completely stand behind, or that is just OK. So if you see a week lull in posting it is because I have failed attempts at dishes that I do not want to represent who I am.
The purpose of this blog is not just to share what I enjoy in food and life, but is to hear from all of you. And if in someway I offend you, please have a cocktail and go bake yourself a loaf of bread.
And now the baggage behind the flogger…. My name is Julia.
For starters…… I was born in northern New Jersey, a commuter town outside of NYC. I also spent six years living in Tokyo, Japan, and am looking for every excuse to make my way back there.
I am a (now) single mother of the sweetest baby child, and if you follow me on instagram, you’ll definitely get a glimpse of his teeny hands snatching my food.
Growing up in a very strong Italian family knowing how to be useful in a kitchen was my only option. I have learned almost everything I know from my father, and still use him as my culinary “bible” anytime I am trying something new, as well as the occasional cooking class. I put the majority of my energy (that I have left over from raising my son) and time into cooking and baking. And am constantly on a yo-yo diet.
Currently I reside in St. Louis, Missouri where I fill my time with recipe development, partnership with brands and the occasional editorial piece. I cook, develop, write and photograph everything that you see on this site unless otherwise noted. I am also a food, prop & wardrobe stylist at Bruton Stroube. If you’re a large brand I suggest checking them out.
To get in touch you can e-mail me for any collaborations or business inquiries at: julia@mylavenderblues(dot)com