JulieHey, I’m Julie.

Know why I look so happy in this picture? I have my bib on, ready to eat.

I’ve loved food – and recipes – for as long as I can remember. My mom likes to tell the story of three-year-old me, asking when I can cook by myself. “When you can read a recipe by yourself,” she told me, “then you can cook by yourself.” I toddled off with a stack of cookbooks and came back later to ask what a “tbsp” was. “A what? Use it in a sentence.”

“Add two tbsp of sugar…”

I’ve been cooking ever since, and now I get to write about it and talk about it on the radio. After opening a bakery with my husband, Mike, back in the nineties, I got tired of getting up at 2am and after closing the bakery published my first cookbook, One Smart Cookie, back in 2000. Since then I’ve written 7 best-selling cookbooks, with an eighth scheduled to release this spring. I’m one of the new generation of Best of Bridge ladies (a story in itself) along with two of my BFFs, Sue and Elizabeth. I’ve had a food column on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One for the past ten (!!) years. I write for newspapers and magazines across the country, I’m the food editor of Parents Canada (based in Toronto) and the contributing food editor for Western Living (based in Vancouver), but what I enjoy most is getting to hang out here and share what I cook in my own kitchen in Calgary, where I live with my husband, Mike, and ten year old son, Willem. And of course our big black dog, Lou.

I’m so happy you’re here.