About Chef Julianna

 

Chef Julianna, that’s me!  I am a long-time foodie and collector of cookbooks.  My daytime job is that of an educator in a very busy high school, so most of my cooking is done on weekends and holidays. My greatest joy is to travel the world, experience various cultures through food, and to bring home my treasured recipes to try out on friends!  My recipe box is full of dishes like, “Maher’s Mom’s Green Beans” from a trip to Egypt or Kai Pad Phet from a cooking school in Luang Prabang, Laos.  Much of my globe-trotting has been in Asia, so my favourite recipes often reflect this. I have also been following food and health trends for as long as I can remember.  It all started with “gourmet cooking” when I was yet in high school.  My best friend’s mom introduced me to things that weren’t generally eaten in my home – things like Quiche Lorraine and Coq au Vin. Then in my 20’s, T. and I cooked up a storm for our dinner parties using Diane Clement’s “Chef on the Run” and Gourmet magazines.  I have flirted with no fat cooking, vegetarian cooking, wokking, and much more, all the way through the decades to our current trends of fresh, healthy and local.  The bottom line is that I have always enjoyed the creative aspect of preparing a sensational meal for friends and family.  I have found that it brings us together on so many levels. After all it’s the one thing that every human on the planet has in common – we all love to eat!

 

About me as a food photographer: please be patient with me as I learn this new craft.  I have always taken pictures of food, but staring at all the professional images we see on the internet today, and in the polished food journalism cookbooks that have flooded the market has raised the bar! I will be playing with this digital art and in time, hope to capture some mouth-watering shots of my recipes.

81 Responses to “About Chef Julianna”

    • chefjulianna

      Thanks so much Ken! I really appreciate the encouragement! Having just started blogging, there is a lot to learn at once. It can be a bit overwhelming actually, but I figure that as long as we are having fun, that’s all that matters! Oh and I love your blog, by the way – your photographs are awesome! Cheers!

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  1. Nancy

    Beautiful blog, beautiful food & beautiful photos! I’m so happy Fiesta Friday provided the opportunity for me to find your site. I look forward to checking out all of your previous posts and the ones yet to come!

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    • chefjulianna

      Hey, thanks for the lovely compliments! This is a great way to find other people’s blogs, isn’t it? I love your blog too and am really looking forward to discovering more of your beautiful posts!

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  2. indusinternationalkitchen

    Hi Nice to meet you Chef Juliana! You have a lovely blog! I am impressed with your cooking skills and versatility. ! And you are absolutely right- We all love to eat and food has a great way of bringing people together! That’s what I love about cooking too! 🙂

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    • chefjulianna

      Nice to meet you too, Indu! I really like your blog too and am looking forward to following you. I love Indian food and saw a number of yummy recipes on your site that I would love to try. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. milkandbun

    G’day, Julianna! Thanks for stopped by my blog. You have so many wonderful recipes! And I absolutely agree with you- we all love to eat 😀
    Mila

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    • chefjulianna

      Hey there Mila! So nice to hear from you. I’m glad that you are enjoying my recipes and isn’t it wonderful that we are also surrounded by so many great bloggers who also love to eat? 🙂 Too much fun! Have a great week!

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  4. Soup Guru

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Yours is amazing! I can totally relate to your passion about travelling and discover new forms of food while doing it, is the same reason I started blogging about it as well.
    And your pics are pro quality! They’ll be an inspiration to me that are slowly learning and trying to improve mine! Cheers! I’ll be visiting often…

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    • chefjulianna

      Well, I am excited to follow your blog too! I make soup every week and so I can’t wait to see what you are cooking up! Yes, travelling certainly opens up our cooking repertoire and it’s nice to meet someone who has had the same experience. About the pics…I am laughing – I am really only learning too and working away at it, but it is fun and so that spurs me on! Have a lovely week and I can’t wait to visit your blog again soon!

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    • chefjulianna

      Hi Dimple. You are so sweet to send me such a beautiful award this morning. I will definitely accept it and spread the sunshine. Many thanks, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness!

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  5. kellymudry

    Thanks for the like on my Lemon Coconut Cookies post. Thrilled to discover your blog which is beautiful. I have a ways to go on that score! Lol. I can relate to needing to learn the photography stuff a bit better! I’m guessing reading your cookbook list that you are a fellow Canadian?

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    • chefjulianna

      My pleasure! I absolutely love the combo of lemon and coconut, so I know I would love these cookies! And I noticed that they are from a Bonnie Stern cookbook – one of my favourite cookbook authors! Yes, I am Canadian too – from BC, how about you?

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  6. bookguy61

    Hi Julianna,
    Thanks for liking and following my blog. I am impressed and motivated by the great work that you are doing in your blog, and look forward to reading future posts!

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  7. Shari

    Thank you so much for recently dropping by my blog, Julianna! I have enjoyed looking at yours. I am looking forward to checking out your recipes. You say you are a new photographer, but your pictures are really beautiful! Best wishes to you in your cooking and blogging!

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    • chefjulianna

      Hi Shari! My pleasure! You have an amazing blog!! I love your photos and your really creative, beautiful recipes! I am really looking forward to following you. So glad you like my pics! I am enjoying taking food pics and will learn more as time goes on! 😀

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  8. Georgina

    I’ve really been enjoying exploring “Foodie on Board”. It sounds as though we have similar motivations for both cooking and blogging, and I’m looking forward to more great recipes and photographs.

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    • chefjulianna

      Hey Georgina! I’m so glad to hear that! I am looking forward to exploring your blog too! I’m going there right now! Cheers! 😀

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  9. Selma's Table

    Hi Julianna – I suddenly realised that I hadn’t read this – what an interesting background to your cooking! It’s funny how we have gone from recipe cards, clippings, notebooks and frenzied scratchings on the telephone to blogging! I assume that you have come a long way in your photography skills since you wrote this as your photos are always superb!

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  10. mysimpledelights

    Thanks to Lori, I’ve had a quick browse through your posts and they all look amazing!!! Looking forward to following you and your future posts! Farianti 😊

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    • chefjulianna

      Well, how lovely! I hope I can keep posting recipes that you are going to enjoy! 😀 Thanks so much for following me – I really appreciate it!

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    • chefjulianna

      Hi Jhuls. Thanks so much for the nomination for this award. You are so very kind to think of me and I really appreciate it. I just wanted to let you know that Indu nominated me for the same award in April and I accepted it. I’m never really sure how these awards work, but do you want to nominate a person who hasn’t got that award yet? No matter what, thanks a bunch! 😀

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    • chefjulianna

      Hi Arl! Wow, really? I’m not sure I can live up to that title!!LOL! But you are so very kind to include me in the nominations and I will get to work on the post! Wow, how to pick a favourite song out of millions – now this is a challenge!

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      • Arl's World

        LOL 🙂 Thank you and you definitely deserve the title. You have inspired me to get in the kitchen and create!! 🙂 It is a work in progress! Thanks for all your support of my blog always!

      • chefjulianna

        Really, I think we are all just inspiring each other :-). You should see what I’m doing in my kitchen as we speak :/ Sure glad that blogging isn’t live 😉 Can you just imagine?

      • Arl's World

        What a hilarious thought, you are so funny! I am setting at my desk at work and a smile just broke across my face. One of the engineers looked at me quite funny. Hehe 🙂 If blogging were live and in my kitchen it would be a seen from the “I Love Lucy Show” Ha! And you are so correct about all of us inspiring each other. Guess I better get back to work. 😉

      • chefjulianna

        Yes, I Love Lucy would describe many of the scenes in my kitchen too!! 😀 Haha, but I think all of us sneak a bit of blog checking into our workday! 🙂

  11. chefjulianna

    Hi Sarah. Thanks so much for nominating me for this lovely award. I am always honoured and surprised when people nominate me and I really appreciate it! Lori has also nominated me for the award and I will mention that both of you nominated me when I respond. Thanks so much!
    Cheers, Julianna

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  12. mrschoux

    Hey! Thanks for the follow. I really love how your blog looks – it’s super pretty and I think the recipes sound awesome! 🙂

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    • chefjulianna

      Oh you’re so welcome, Mrs. Choux! I love the look of your blog too and I am really looking forward to following it! 🙂

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    • chefjulianna

      Hi Lily. Yes, I would be interested. I already have a Foodie On Board Pinterest account, but I am really behind on it. I am on holidays now, so I will have a bit more time to get caught up and then join your group as well. I’ll be in touch soon! Thanks so much for thinking of me. I really appreciate it! 😀

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  13. Lily Buds | Along the Grapevine

    […] My recipe is not really a recipe – just an illustration that these pods can be eaten and are very tasty. The last few days I have been cooking, but not so much my own recipes as several of the super dishes presented at last week’s Fiesta Friday #24, so all I have to bring this week to Fiesta Friday #25 is this simple but delicious dish of vegetables with lily buds. I will be co-hosting again this week, this time with my fellow-Canadian Chef Julianna from Foodie on Board. […]

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  14. signorad

    I can relate to you in that I am a teacher who loves to cook – and blog! Haven’t really got down to the fine art of photography… but maybe one day. Awesome blog!

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    • chefjulianna

      So nice to meet you! Sounds like we have a few things in common! As for the photography, I consider it a work in progress. Really happy you are enjoying my blog! 😀

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  15. Packing my Suitcase

    Hi Julianna! What a cosy and welcoming blog you have… I am a travel addict but also a foodie, so expect my visit around here more often! Congratulations on your blog 😉

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    • chefjulianna

      Well, so nice to meet you! I am really glad that you like my blog. It sure seems like we have a lot in common, so I’ll be heading over to your blog to check it out too! 😀

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  16. charmbutterfly19

    Oh …my..goodness! Your page is beautiful! I love your pics and recipes! 💜💜💜. Thanks for following me! Can’t wait to test more from you! 😊

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  17. tinywhitecottage

    Oh my gosh, I lost track of you! I’m glad I found your blog again. So you are a high school educator?! I work in elementary education and have a son in his junior year of high school education. 🙂 Look forward to re-discovering your posts.

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  18. chefjulianna

    I’m very glad that you rediscovered my blog! And it is so nice to know that you are a teacher too! What a busy life though, to be a mom and a teacher! How the heck do you find the time to blog while juggling all of the other stuff? I really admire you! 🙂 “See you” soon! ” 🙂

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    • chefjulianna

      HI Petra! You are so sweet! Thanks so very much for the lovely comments and for the nomination. I am a huge fan of yours as well, so it is mutual.
      Thanks again, and I hope you have an awesome week! 😀

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  19. Amy Dodgen

    Your sweet sister-in-law, Darlana, hooked me up with your blog! Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try these fantastic recipes!!

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    • chefjulianna

      Hi Amy! Wow, that was so sweet of her to do that! Very nice to “meet” you and I hope you enjoy some of the recipes! Let me know if you get a chance to try them, and what you think! 😀

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  20. Nadia

    Thanks for stopping by and joining my blog. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing my recipes and travels. Bienvenue!

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  21. Nicole @ yumsome

    So cool that you’ve been to Luang Prabang too – it’s such a cool town, isn’t it? Did you get woken up every morning at 4am (or thereabouts) by the drums at the temple? We were almost next to it, so there was no getting away from them! LOL!

    How long were you there for? Also, where else in Asia have you been? We could compare notes!

    So happy to have found your blog!

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