Julie Anne Rhodes by Matthew Rolston

My mother always said “never judge a book by it’s cover”… I’m living proof of that. People always tell me how young I look for my age, and I appreciate it, thank you! Most of it is probably down to good genes, but I do lead a healthy lifestyle. I don’t drink, I haven’t had a cigarette this century, I exercise most days, and my diet consists of mainly vegetables and greens, lean proteins, and healthy fats. I’m not professing to be perfect… I do still enjoy the odd indulgent meal or that decadent dessert on special occasions, but everything within moderation. There is definitely room for improvement… I should meditate more often, sleep much more than I do, and it would be nice to find someone special to share those meals with.

Having said that… did you know that couples are twice as likely to break-up between the December holidays and Valentines Day? That is a lot of broken hearts, or at least that is what wesay it feels like when a relationship ends. I’ve been single for a long time, but I still have a broken heart…literally! So the moral of the story is “this book’s” insides are not quite as good as it’s cover. The good news is it can be fixed, and in time for Valentines Day!

Tatjana & Julie Anne Rhodes with Emily Cash
I wish I could make a deal with the devil that… if I never ate another piece of fried chicken again in my lifetime, I could skip the open heart surgery… but mine is a mechanical malfunction, not a lifestyle or dietary one. I’m a survivor, so don’t worry about me. Once I have the surgery I intend to have the energy of a teenager again… I’ll be dancing on table tops before you know it!

I’ve written some blogs to keep you amused that will self-publish periodically, so please keep coming back. That doesn’t mean I won’t pop in occasionally… your support has been so comforting… especially when times are rough. I will most likely be out of commission for a few weeks while I recuperate, so please don’t be offended if I do not reply to your comments right away. Thank you for understanding!

Julie Anne Rhodes
Even if a deal with the devil wouldn’t change my situation, I do have many clients who require a heart healthy diet. Trust me, that does not mean you have to sacrifice flavor or sophistication! This is what will be on my menu come February 14th this year.

Valentines Day Menu

“Cream” of Cauliflower & Sun Choke Soup with White Truffle Oil
garnished with
Heart-Shaped Roasted Beet Juice

Marinated Salmon Seared in a Black Peppercorn Crust
on a bed of
Sesame Sauteed Beet Greens
Lemon Jasmine Rice

Jewels Berry Tart of Hearts

Just chill some Champagne, put on a little soft music, a few rose petals here and there, dim the lights, and light some candles for a perfectly romantic evening in with that someone special.
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