This Gal Cooks


Welcome to my blog This Gal Cooks. I’m Julie. Let me tell you a little bit about my blog and about me!

This Gal Cooks is a healthy recipe blog that celebrates real food, healthy living and inspirational recipes. What do I mean by inspirational recipes? I find the inspiration for the recipes I make in cookbooks, online, in restaurants or on menus. Often I find a recipe in a cookbook and put my own spin on that recipe to make it healthier. I might replace potatoes or rice with cauliflower to make the recipe lower carb. Or I might leave out highly processed ingredients and opt for real whole food ingredients. My goal is to provide you with healthy recipes and to show you that you can recreate your favorite recipes to make them healthier!

I began This Gal Cooks 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 recipes with family and friends and creatively express my love of cooking. Over the years my blog has evolved from an “any recipe goes” approach to providing you with healthy, whole foods recipes that are easy to make.

About Me

I’m a Florida native, a wanderlust, a dark chocoholic, online shopping enthusiast, health and nutrition nerd, and aspiring photographer (find my photography on Instagram @julamurk). I live with my boyfriend Ken and our pup McFluff. RIP to our beloved dog Kahlua.

Ken, Me, our beloved dog Kahlua

Me, Ken and McFluff in North Carolina at one of the Blue Ridge Parkway viewing areas.

our pup McFluff

I began my 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 Risk Manager 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

Not a fan of these things:

  • loud noises
  • running (but I still do it sometimes)
  • long movies
  • pop-style country music
  • spiders
  • heat cold  (cause I’m getting old haha)

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

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