Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better & Stocking Your Refrigerator

Stocking your fridge and freezer
One thing I forgot to include when I wrote about pantry items over the past couple weeks, is bigger is not always better! Yes, most pantry items have a very long shelf life, but the prevailing American attitude that if a little is good, more...
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Nick, Julie Anne, and Tatjana Rhodes

From VIP Entrances to Service Entrances

The who, what, when, and why of how I became a personal chef 

The tagline for Jewels from The Roving Stove is “From VIP entrances in Versace to service entrances in my apron.” Many of you knew of me when I was a model, married to the… Keep Reading »

Julie Anne Rhodes' Personal Chef Approach

Friday Food Tip: Building A Well Stocked Pantry

My approach to cooking has always been to paint with flavor. The more flavors you have in your pantry – the more hues in which you have to paint, ergo the variety and complexity of the recipes you are able to create.  Since spices, herbs,… Keep Reading »

twisted form of 52 card pickup - only we are not just talking just 52 cards, it's 45,000 photos all tossed out of the custom files I spent last five years organizing!

Apple! Why Fix It If It Ain’t Broke?

Well chickadees, I don’t have time to write you an interesting blog post today, and I am not entirely sure when I might have time again. You see, I went into the “genius bar” at my local Apple store for help with some crashing issues… Keep Reading »

Spices and herbs

Friday Food Tip: The PCA Starter Dry Pantry

One of the first questions a new home cook asks when they join the Personal Chef Approach is what do I need to have in my pantry? Stocking a pantry should be viewed as an investment. You’ll use these items over and over again –… Keep Reading »

On safari with Tatjana in 2004

Is Animal Cruelty Today’s Facebook Porn?

Is anyone else as offended by all the photos of hunters with their kill, or otherwise abused animal photo sharing on Facebook? It seems to be reaching epic levels in my newsfeed lately, and I will start “un-friending” people if it persists. Why? Because the… Keep Reading »

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

The Trans Atlantic Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be confusing in my family, since my daughter and I live on different continents. To complicate matters further, in England they celebrate Mother’s Day in March, so it’s hard for Tatjana to know exactly what day it will fall on in America.
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How To Eat Healthy, Wealthy & Wise

“I don’t have time to cook, I burn everything I touch, I’m exhausted after a long day, …” there will always be excuses (trust me, I have a whole arsenal of my own excuses not to cook), but the fact remains we have to eat. It… Keep Reading »

Jewels from The Roving Stove

Jewels from The Roving Stove Celebrates Six Years!

Happy Anniversary Jewels from The Roving Stove! I can’t believe it has been six years since I wrote my first blog post (and I’ve published 657 posts since). Thank you SO much for sticking with me on this “Seinfeld” of blogs since it’s not really… Keep Reading »

Linda, Jimmy, and friends at Vibrato after Jimmy's performance there.

An Emotional Roller Coaster

Courage, understanding, and tolerance are definitely the message of the past week – starting with comedian Michael Pritchard’s strong message in on one of the most powerful anti-bullying videos I’ve ever run across on social media to Bruce Jenner’s long anticipated and incredibly daring interview with… Keep Reading »

Use the same rub on shrimp for another effortless meal in one go

Dear Jewels: How To Cook For Mixed-Tastes

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… Keep Reading »

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 »