Hi, I’m Julie. Welcome to This Gal Cooks.

This history of this blog

I learned to cook at a young age because my mom taught me how to cook recipes that I picked out in cookbooks. You don’t have to start young, though. I believe anyone can learn to cook at any age, all it takes is a little persistence and a lot of love for food and being in the kitchen.

I began this blog in 2012 when my love for cooking recipes and my love for surfing the web intertwined. “This Gal Cooks” was born as a way for me to save and share the recipes I made from cookbooks or found online with family and friends and creatively express my love of cooking.

This blog has grown to a place where you will find over 400 savory, sweet and healthy recipes that any level of cook can prepare in the comfort of their own home.

About Me

I’m a Florida native, a wanderlust, a dark chocoholic, online shopping enthusiast, health and nutrition nerd, and craft beer aficionado. I live with my boyfriend Ken and our little gremlin dog Kahlua.

Ken and I + mah dog

Ken and I + mah dog

This is Ken

This is Ken standing on a rock in North Carolina

This is Kahlua

This is Kahlua on vacation in North Carolina.

I began this life in Gainesville, FL during the wee hours of the morning on a most likely hot September day.  I was adopted when I was 5 weeks old and grew up in Lakeland, FL.  I currently live in South East Florida in the small town of Stuart. I’m an accounting assistant by day, blogger by night. I love traveling – my favorite state to visit is North Carolina but I fell in love with Minnesota when I vacationed there, even though it was during the bitter, snowy cold of December. One day I’d love to visit Montana, California, Oregon and Arizona.

I love all of these things, in no particular order:

  • dogs
  • coffee
  • music, art, television
  • the outdoors
  • mexican food
  • mountains
  • cooking
  • chocolate
  • traveling
  • Game of Thrones
  • photography

I don’t really like any of these things:

  • loud noises
  • running
  • long movies
  • pop-style country music
  • spiders
  • heat

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog!

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  1. Ann Criss says

    Hi Julia, I am requesting permission to use your Chocolate Peanut Butter Yogurt recipe in a cookbook. I will tell you more about the cookbook if I hear back from you. I hope I do! By the way, I consider myself a “Peanut Butter addict” too!

  2. wendy says

    Your food looks great ,getting a few new ideas for Easter .Love wild rice and mushrooms never thought of stuffing them .Does wild rice grow near you ? Your a good looking couple (I’m kens aunt) and cute dog .

    • says

      Hi Wendy,

      Welcome! Thank you for stopping by. We do not have wild rice growing here in Florida. Stuffed mushrooms are great. You must give them a try some time!

  3. Linda West says

    Hey Julie,
    Just found your site. Am going to make the Beefy Mexican Skillet. Read the about you page and was sorry to hear you couldn’t find a Mexican restaurant here in Vegas. We have plenty. Next time you are coming drop me a line & I’ll give you some names & a ride if you need one…LOL. I’ll do anything for Mexican food myself (and dark chocolate). What part of Florida are you in? I visit Central FL a couple of times a year, just not in the summer. Can’t take the humidity. Well, I look forward to seeing what’s next on your blog. Keep up the good work! Give that Kahlua dog a hug for me.

    • says

      Hi Linda, welcome! I hope you enjoy the Beefy Mexican Skillet. It’s a pretty good meal. I grew up in Central Florida but now I live in South Florida. I hear ya on the humidity – I hate it! I love the desert air.

      Take care! :)

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