About

Julia

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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

TasteSpotting
foodepix
Dishfolio
Healthy Aperture
Feastie
Recipe Newz

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Julia

Comments

  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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