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Howdy! I’m Julie. Welcome to This Gal Cooks, a place where I share my love for food and recipes that I’ve created, adapted for followed to a T!

I started This Gal Cooks in the summer of 2012 as a way to share my recipes and love for all things food. True story – before I started this blog, I totally couldn’t keep track of recipes. I had recipe cards, printouts and cookbooks all over the place! And whenever I created a recipe, or adapted one to my liking, I NEVER wrote the recipe down. So when I wanted to make the recipe again, I was scrambling around, trying to figure out what the heck I did the first time around.

On this blog, I share recipes that I’ve found in cookbooks, on the internet or created on my own. I also share simple tips and tricks to make cooking easier and how to make recipes healthier. I always link back to or credit  an original source whenever I’ve adapted a recipe or followed one exactly. In my unwritten book of common sense and respect, it’s just good practice. 

So let’s talk about eating healthy. I try to eat healthy but then sweets happen. I’ve totally gone back and forth about whether or not to start another blog that focuses on healthy eating. I even announced I was going to, recently. But I’m still torn about it. Because when it comes down to it, it’s really about moderation, right? So with that being said, you will find some REALLY healthy recipes on this blog and you will find some that are FAR from healthy. It’s like a perfect balance between good and evil!

So let’s talk about those loads of cookbooks I have. I have a ton of cookbooks that I *say* I’m going to make my way through one day, but I have yet to do it. Starting in 2015, I’m going to start making many of the recipes from the cookbooks I own and share them with you on this blog. Some will be savory. Some will be sweet. All will be simple!

A little about me, in case you were wondering if I would get to that!

I’m a thirty something year old who lives in Stuart, FL (a small town on South Florida’s East Coast.) I began my life journey in Gainesville, FL, in the wee hours of the morning on a late September day. I was adopted at the age of 5 weeks old,  grew up in Lakeland, FL and moved to South Florida in 2009 with my boyfriend Ken. When I’m not busy making and eating good food,  I enjoy reading, traveling and outdoor activities. You can almost always win me over with a good craft beer and a big ole plate of Mexican food.

My Love for Food: I love food and at around the age of 8 or 9, I fell in love with cooking. My mom taught my brother and I how to cook when we were kids. My brother and I used to pick out recipes from her cookbooks, make grocery lists of the items we needed in order to make our respective masterpieces and then head to the store to pick up the ingredients. I would pick a night to prepare dinner for the family and my brother would pick another night.

Baking Scares Me: Despite my love for cooking, I was never really into baking. In fact, I only started to get into baking (and eating tons of sweets, too!) after I started this blog. I’ve learned some amazing things about baking but I still have a lot to learn. I’m much more comfortable creating savory dishes than I am creating baked goods. But I love a good challenge so despite my lack of comfort for creating baked goods, I still work at perfecting it.

Moderation is my Philosophy: I believe in the concept of all things in moderation. I don’t believe that eating one donut a week, a slice of cake for holiday dessert, or a big ole fat slice of cake just because is bad for you. However, eating one sweet can cause a ripple effect and make you want to eat all of the sweets. Trust me, I find that out whenever I eat a cookie. I almost always want another cookie but I control myself and limit myself to one. Most of the time.

I Love Dogs: Not kids. Well, I don’t dislike kids. They just aren’t for me. But cool little dogs, like this little gremlin dog of mine Kahlua, are totally for me.


My taste tester: I have a boyfriend. His name is Ken. He has a pretty sweet deal in our relationship – he gets to eat all of the food I make. He’ll never be a starvin’ guy. I get a pretty sweet deal too because he’s an IT guy. Which means no headaches for me if something goes wrong with my computer.


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