Photos courtesy of Emily Hernandez Photography

Hi there! I’m Julia and I am so happy you stopped by this little corner of the world.

I live in Chicago with my husband and 3 year old son. In February we welcomed another son to the family and now I just feel plain outnumbered but wouldn’t change it for anything!


We love living in Chicago with all of the culture, museums, concerts, and of course every type of food that a city could offer.  I am always on the hunt for a really good restaurant that supports local farmers, a new Middle Eastern restaurant to remind me of my childhood or a store that carries ingredients that I can’t find anywhere else.

Food can be such an adventure and brings people together from all walks of life.


Cooking is in my blood.  My fondest memories are of my family gathering in the kitchen over hummus and pita bread, sharing stories and enjoying each others company.  Food has a way of bringing us together.  My Grandma and Mom are two of the best cooks out there in my humble opinion. :)  No one can make tabbouleh like my Grandma. My Mom is a dietitian  and has instilled healthy eating in me from a young age (which explains my fruit and veggie love obsession).  My goal is to cook nutritious meals for my family, while still enjoying the sweet things in life.  I don’t believe in eliminating the foods you love because of a diet, but eating everything in moderation.

My husband Mike, is my main taste tester, which he does happily as long as it doesn’t contain mayonnaise, pickles or olives.


Oh, and Will. He is my other “taste tester” but more for the pint sized people.  Many of the recipes I make are family friendly, with my son in mind and a few hidden veggies added in!

You can find A Cedar Spoon on the following websites:

Healthy Aperture
Recipe Newz

Connect with me directly at acedarspoon@yahoo.com, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google +.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Your blog is FANTASTIC! Your grandma, my Aunt Fran, made the most delicious Lebanese meals I’ve ever eaten in my whole life. I am so glad that you are sharing and passing down some of these recipes. Special thanks to your mom for teaching them to you. I shall look forward to reading and sharing your blog with others. I plan on preparing some of the recipes for myself, my kids, and grandkids. Keep up the good work!

  2. Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award :). Check it out here: http://inspireandindulge.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/humble-beginnings-my-1st-award/

  3. Your blog rocks! I love how you promote Lebanese recipes and bring home that true family-based cooking…like the kind we hopefully learned from our grandparents and/or parents. And yes, having a little one can be challenging with the picky-ness in the beginning, but your cooking seems so good! I’m sure he’ll grow into your delicious cooking. Thanks for a great blog.

    • A Cedar Spoon says:

      Thanks!! I have a lot of Lebanese recipes to still try but I am working my way through. It has been fun. :) Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hi Julia! I love your blog and your little boy is the most adorable thing ever. Oh my, how could you ever say no to that face?!? I can’t even. :)
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    • Hi Sarah! Well thanks. That is so nice of you. And yes, I agree he is adorable which makes saying no that much harder! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. What a gorgeous family. Love this description of you! Hope that everything is going well for your pregnancy too? So exciting! Anyway, love your blog. Following now x
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