Juggling with Julia’s 5th Blogiversary!

by Julia Robarts on April 26, 2016

in Appetizers & Snacks, Blogging, Breakfast/Brunch, Main Meals, Pork, Poultry, Salads/Sides, Vegetarian, Whole Grains

5th blogiversary Juggling with JuliaApril 26th, 2016. The 5th blogiversary for my little hobby πŸ™‚

That doesn’t seem possible. I’m having a hard time comprehending that it’s been five whole years. In my mind, that sounds like a lot of work. A lot of time.

For sure, it has been. I’ve poured immeasurable amounts of time, thought, and creative energy into Juggling With Julia for the past five years. Perhaps because I still love doing it so much, it just doesn’t seem so. And it doesn’t seem to matter to me that it’s just a small-time blog with a modest audience. I constantly use my own recipes from the site, fondly re-read old posts, and continue to make plans for future improvements. I’m probably the most frequent visitor (and certainly my own #1 fan!) πŸ™‚

So, shall I continue on this quest? Definitely. At worst, it’ll forever be my own online cookbook/storyboard. At best, it’ll be something like that for those that stop by now and again. And, every once in a while I’ll get that encouraging email or comment from a reader, and that makes it even more worth it πŸ™‚

Speaking of encouragement, I do get a ton of it from my kids and husband. They are, truly, my guinea pigs for all these kitchen experiments, and they are generous with feedback – so (excruciatingly) generous! So, today, as I’ve done on my Juggling With Julia Facebook page, I’m sharing here each of my family members’ favorite JWJ recipes. From the 10-year-old all the way up to the 50-year-old, they all have a different favorite. Check them out below, and if you have your own JWJ favorite, please leave a comment to let me know!

Georgia JWJ -- Juggling with JuliaGeorgia, 10 years old

Georgia loves being in the kitchen. However, she never ate a single cooked vegetable (besides corn) until she was about 4 years old. That was a tough nut for a dietitian/foodie/mom to swallow, I tell you. Thankfully, though, because of all our kitchen quests, she’s gotten much more adventurous with food. There’s very little she won’t at least try.

Her pick for #1 JWJ recipe? This Easy Rosemary Lemon Chicken, preferably when there is fresh rosemary in our garden for her to pick. Sure, it’s not a vegetable, but the yummy sauce makes the cooked carrots on her plate easier to choke down πŸ˜‰
Rosemary Lemon Chicken - Juggling With Julia

Casey JWJ -- Juggling With JuliaCasey, 15 years old

Casey is definitely a foodie. He naturally craves wholesome foods like nuts, salads, and whole grains, he is fearless in the kitchen, and has a thing for grain/veggie salads. He’s made various versions of his favorite – this Brown Rice and Edamame Salad with Lime Vinaigrette –Β  countless times in the past year. It’s a nice break from his twice daily cereal habit πŸ™‚
Brown Rice and Edamame with Lime Vinaigrette -- Juggling With Julia
Zach JWJ - Juggling with JuliaZach, 16 years old

It’s fun to feed teenage boys because they’re always hungry.Β  Zach loves to eat. Unfortunately, he’s not as motivated to be in the kitchen. He’d rather take six granola bars to school than make his own sandwich! He has mastered a few dishes, though, including egg muffins and pasta, and also makes a killer peanut butter/Nutella/banana sandwich.

Zach’s favorite JWJ recipe is this slightly spicy Spanish Brown Rice and Beans. It’s got a bit of a kick and a great savory flavor, and manages to fill him up, at least temporarily. While he’s not quite ready to tackle this recipe himself, he does sometimes take the leftovers and add it to a flour tortilla with cheese, lettuce, and hot sauce. All by his own self. Bueno!
Spanish Brown Rice and Beans with Sausage - Juggling With Julia
Mark JWJ - Juggling With JuliaMark, 50 years old

While I’m lucky that Mark, is a big fan of pretty much everything I make, he is not as wild about all the greens as I am (ie., shaved Brussel sprout salad, sauteed greens, spinach in everything, kale chips, etc.) So it does make me happy that his #1 fave recipe is green, green, green. This Guacamole with Feta is a fantastic twist on traditional guac, and goes great not just with tortilla chips and a beer (and the New England Patriots), but as a spread on sandwiches, too.
Guacamole with Feta -- Juggling With Julia
What’s that? What’s MY favorite JWJ recipe? I thought you’d never ask πŸ™‚

Juggling Julia - Juggling With JuliaJulia, 48 years old – My fave recipe for this 5th blogiversary

While it’s true that “I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens” than choose a favorite recipe, I could certainly narrow it down if you absolutely pressed me to do so. The go-to, comfort meal that I make most often, not only because I love the flavor, but because it’s gorgeous, is this:

Breakfast Nachos with Egg, Spinach, and Spicy Fried Onions
Breakfast Nachos - Juggling with Julia

It’s got flavor, crunch, kick, warmth, and creaminess all at once. Never boring, always satisfying, easy to make, and impressive on the plate. That’s my pick!

Thanks to all who regularly drop by here to read, laugh, find recipes, and share. You’ve made this ride all the more worthwhile! Have I got 5 more years in me? We’ll very much have to see πŸ™‚

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Beth Winthrop January 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm

Congratulations on 5 years! What a great example to interns, dietitians and moms. Thanks for showing all of us bacon-lovers that healthy can be delicious!

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Laura Nelson April 27, 2016 at 10:22 am

I like lots of recipes, but the first thing that jumped into my mind that you make is Chex Party Mix. It is the only think I like about the Christmas Holidays. Yummy!

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Julia Robarts April 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

Thx Laura πŸ™‚ It’s my fave thing about the holidays also!

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dixya @food, pleasure, and health April 27, 2016 at 6:41 am

this is a lovely post Julia πŸ™‚ congratulations once again because being able to keep up with blog for 5 years is a BIG deal and you are doing an amazing job! i always enjoy reading family favorites…and i would have totally done for that nachos too.

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Julia Robarts April 27, 2016 at 6:44 am

Dixya, thank you so much for taking a moment to comment. Blogging can be a lonely endeavor at times and it is always so nice to hear from readers and other bloggers. Cheers!

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Teri April 26, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I may be biased, but your food blog is my favorite source for recipes! Even if I do not make them all, the way you celebrate food is inspiring and fun! Blog on!

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Julia Robarts April 26, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Thanks so much!! xo

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Cheryl Van Allen April 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the hands that have been taking care of me for over 20 years! Love your guts girlfriend – and your recipes, of course!!

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Julia Robarts April 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Thanks, Shirl, for being there for me all the time – with the blog and every other blessed thing in my life since we met. Love you ?

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Jeanie Campbell April 26, 2016 at 7:01 pm

Wow 5 years. Well I personally love your website. It is my go to recipe cookbook I refer lots of friends when I find a recipe I love. It’s amazing how when I tell one friend, and she tells , how a recipe can get around. One of my favorites is the same as Georgia’s Lemon Rosemarry Chicken and Inalso Malka a few variations of Terrible Tuesday’s, which slip of the tongue, my calls Terrible Chicken ?But one recipe I have to say really got shared and made many times was the Kale and Brussel sprout salad. Thanks Julie❀️

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Julia Robarts April 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Thx Jeanie! You’ve been a longtime fan. I so appreciate you spreading the word. The kale/brussel salad is in my top 5 as well!

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Julia Robarts April 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Thank u, Selene! I miss seeing you and talking yummy food ideas. Oh, and scrapping!! I definitely miss that πŸ™

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