Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt Sauce

I have a sweet tooth, so I’m always looking for ways to satisfy it without packing on the pounds. Did you know grilling peaches not only softens the fruit, it brings out more of the natural sugars while adding an unusual smokey note? It’s fast… Keep Reading »

Grilled Marinated Artichokes

Grilling lemon marinated artichokes, with just a hint of spiciness from the red pepper flakes (optional), adds a smokey dimension to the mild flavor of the vegetable – elevating it to appetizer worthy! Just serve with any dressing of your choice on the side…. Keep Reading »

Pushing Artistic Boundaries & Celestial Bodies

Some of you may remember my references to “guinea pig number one,” my dearly missed collaborator, who served as both a cheerleader and brave taste tester of my first vegetarian and vegan creations. She was my chief advisor on all the ingredients (agave nectar, Braggs… Keep Reading »

Julie Anne and Nick Rhodes

Love at First Bite?

Considering Nick Rhodes did not know how to boil water when we were married, I cracked up when he sent me this cooking video. Who would have thought we’d be sharing recipes after all these years, eh?
According to Tatjana, her father is a rather excellent cook these… Keep Reading »

The Cooking Channel

Catch Jewels on Food(ography) May 1st!

Mark your calendars! The segment I taped about being a personal chef for Food(ography) will air on The Cooking Channel this Sunday, May 1st. Be sure to check your local show times, and tune in. The show is specifically about food in Los Angeles, and I… Keep Reading »

Animal Free Contest/Giveaway Winners!

Jewels reading In Defense of Food summer 2008
Two things provoked this “meat and potatoes” Midwesterner into observing meatless Mondays; the first came when I read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (highly recommended book). I learned why a more plant based diet would be… Keep Reading »

Contest/Giveaway for an Animal Free 2011

Well not completely animal free – we couldn’t live without our pets, and animals are pretty lovable. They just don’t always need to be our dinner.

Tatjana makes an adorable new friend

I’m going to be completely honest with you – I am not vegan or vegetarian,… Keep Reading »

How Does Your Gardein Grow?

Julie Anne Rhodes
Are you contemplating a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle? Maybe you’re an omnivore like me, and just want to lighten your meat intake by 1-2 meals a week, but find it difficult to plan meals without protein being the main attraction? Garden + protein… Keep Reading »

How Do You Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Back row: Grandpa Bill, Larry, Martha, and Grandma Ellie
Front row: Jane, Julie Anne, Suzanne
Thanksgiving was a big deal when I was a child. Being the matriarch that Grandma Ellie was, she made certain that all her children and grandchildren gathered in Des Moines for the… Keep Reading »

The Conscious Cook Challenge Week II

Personal chef Julie Anne Rhodes explores cooking within a plant-based diet

I came down with a severe case of the giggles when I watched Top Chef this week. Natalie Portman was a guest judge. She started off saying she was an adventurous eater and would eat… Keep Reading »

The Conscious Cook Challenge

Julie Anne & Tatjana Rhodes photographed in their London kitchen for Hello Magazine
I have mentioned before that I am a die-hard omnivore. Tatjana has been leaning more and more towards becoming a fully-fledged vegetarian like her father… as indeed many of my clients and friends… Keep Reading »


My entire life I wanted to be a mother. I had my future children named by the time I was 4, so I think my parents were pleasantly surprised when I actually got married first. I know it sounds cliche, but the day Tatjana was… Keep Reading »