Dear Jewels: How To Cook For Mixed-Tastes

Use the same rub on shrimp for another effortless meal in one go
Dear Jewels – I hate cooking dinner, because I have one girl who won’t eat meat, another who wants to eat the same plain burger every night, and a husband that is bored with our limited repertoire. You can forget about vegetables since both kids...
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Will the drought change the way you eat?

Earth Day: The Drought & Will It Effect Your Diet?

It will be Earth Day on Wednesday, so it’s time to focus on current state of our natural resources, and the implications that has upon our future. Five years ago my friend Joe DiMaggio Jr. invited me to be part of a television pilot called… Keep Reading »

Tatjana crickled up her nose at steamed green beans, but loves them roasted

Veggies & The Plain Jane Rut

Did you know that half your dinner plate should be nutrient dense vegetables? Not only is that how we get the majority share of our daily vitamin and mineral requirements, many vegetables are full of cancer-fighting antioxidants, super low in calories and full of fiber… Keep Reading »

Buying in season will help keep cost down

Organic On A Budget

I get it – you’d like to join me on the detox, but you’re not crazy about buying organic, because it’s more expensive. The cost of groceries, gas, and rents have grown much faster than our paychecks, and that means we have to make more financial… Keep Reading »

Mille Brown and her Rainbow Body Exhibition

Rainbow Body Exhibition

Since the first time I saw Millie Brown perform I’ve felt a familiar yet rare electricity run through me – she is quite simply one of most fiercely original, talented, and authentic artists to come along in decades. Best known for her non-traditional performance based method… Keep Reading »

In Defense of Food: my idea of a great vacation read

Cleansing Mind, Body and Soul

I don’t know if it is age, or just a little too much socializing in fabulous restaurants where the food tends to be laden with fat, sugar, and salt for maximum flavor, but I simply do not feel my best, and I’ve put on a… Keep Reading »

Piggy hugs

Cochon 555 & The Whole Hog

I am a meat eater. Many of my friends disagree with me on the subject, and I admit I find myself eating meatless meals more often these days, but when I do eat meat I want flavorful, responsibly reared meat. Why? Simply put, it’s more… Keep Reading »

William, Jordan, Shushaun, and Patty

Share the Love (and Food)

I promise to fill you in on the juicy details of Cochon 555 this Friday, but I’m swamped with clients and my sister and family are in Los Angeles for a visit, so I’m trying to carve out some free time to do some shopping, art,… Keep Reading »

Cochon 555

Judge Julie In Hog Heaven: Cochon 555

I am so honored to be one of the twenty chef judges of Cochon 555 at the Viceroy Hotel here in Santa Monica this Sunday, March 29, 2015. Cochon is traveling culinary competition that promotes sustainable farming of heritage pigs. I’ll be tasting the nose-to-tail… Keep Reading »

Things I would say to my 25 year old self

Pearls of Wisdom For My 25 Year Old Self

Choosing to put the discouragement, the doubts, the doubters, nay sayers and fear behind you is imperative. If I had a dollar for every time someone told me No. Said I wasn’t good enough. Laughed at my name…. The fear feels real, the worry is… Keep Reading »

Keep healthier options readily available

Five Tips To Get Your Kids Eating Healthier

1). Family Dinner Time: Dining together is important. According to a study by Hammons & Fiese, 2011 – children in families that sit down to dinner together regularly are 35% less likely to engage in disordered eating, 24% more likely to eat healthier foods and 12% less… Keep Reading »

Kiss Me I'm Irish

Kiss Me I’m Irish!

From sharing cupcakes with Daisy on my birthday to enjoying weather in the 90’s and lunch in Malibu with friends this weekend….
Malibu Pier
… St. Patricks Day is quite literally the icing on the cake while celebrating all week. Okay, so maybe I’m not
Just looking, not… Keep Reading »

Hoisin Pork Shoulder

Cooking With Jewels: Hoisin Pork Shoulder

I want the Personal Chef Approach to be the next best thing to mom being there with you while cooking, so I made this video demonstrating how to make my Hoisin Pork Shoulder recipe which uses one of my favorite kitchen appliances. Slow cookers are… Keep Reading »