Baby It’s Cold Outside!

I call this good “cookin” weather!  A nice fire, yummy soup, homemade pizza’s and some basketball…that sounds like a great Winter’s night to me!  Next week we will be thawing out a little, and it will be perfect for enjoying your choice of soups and other items from Julia’s Take Away Gourmet.  See the menu below for details, and don’t forget orders should be placed by Sunday evening.  Until then, stay in, stay cozy, and enjoy this great Winter weekend!

January 30th, Dinner pick up

On the 30th, I will be offering two soups of the week and the first Focaccia Pizza. 
One soup will be my seafood selection and there is a shrimp option on one of the new Focaccia pizza’s, too!
Seafood Chowder with Bacon & Thyme
simple, good ingredients…simply good!
$14 quart
Winter Vegetable Minestrone
Rustic comfort soup at it’s best.
Crispy Romaine Salad with Grape Tomatoes, Sliced Peppers & Croutons
Served with homemade Green Goddess Dressing
Serves 2, $10
Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
Tender, fall off the bone goodness…it can be yours!
Serves 2, $24
Cheese Grits with Onions & Peppers
Serves 4, $14
(Freezes well, too!)
Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
One order contains 3 bundles of blue lake green beans wrapped in bacon
and seasoned with a sprinkle of salt and brown sugar, $12
Focaccia Pizza’s…
great as an appetizer, or a meal with soup and a salad!
One order is two halves of focaccia, enough to serve 4-5.
Choose either:
Grilled Italian Sausage with Pesto & Parmesan, $20
Southwestern BBQ Shrimp with Cilantro & Cheddar, $25
(Half orders of Focaccia available, half of the price above, please specify when you order.)
Gigi’s Cupcakes, Assorted Mini’s

Take the stress out of your day!

Take the stress out of your day, with Julia’s Take Away Gourmet!

Tomorrow, January 24th, will be a dinner pick up, but no orders… just first come, first served! I’ll make several of the menu items listed below. In the past it has sold out quickly, so come early if you know you’d like something yummy to take home. My hours will be the same, 10-2.  Since this is first come service, I will unfortunately not be able to hold orders. I hope to see you tomorrow, and if you’d like to call or text to see what’s left please do, 681-0675.

Sloppy Joe Slider Kits-  “for the kid in all of us!”

8 small buns, “Joe mix”, and a container of cole slaw, $18

Cream of Broccoli Soup with Cheddar

This delicious, comforting soup is just the thing to warm you up on a cold day!

It will be made fresh in the morning and packaged while still hot. You will have your choice of a quart, $10, or half quart, $5

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla’s with Roasted Red Peppers

1 order contains two, regular size tortilla’s with yummy melted cheese,

grilled & sliced Southwestern Rubbed chicken breast, and bites of my roasted red peppers… $14

Cheeseburger Slider Kits,

Is that what you’ve been craving?

Each order contains ingredients for six, generous sliders topped with cheese.

In each kit/bag, there will be buns, pickles and cole slaw for topping this yummy little burger!


Simply Spaghetti Dinner Kit

1 quart of delicious meat sauce, dry noodles, and garlic bread

Serves 4, $18

and, if I have enough time I might make a few:

Oven Roasted Potato Wedges

Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside.  Lightly seasoned Russet potatoes that will be a perfect side for your dinner!

Serves, 3-4, $8

Southwestern Caesar Salad

Crisp romaine, croutons and grilled Southwestern rubbed Chicken breast, served with Caesar dressing

Serves 2, $14

and maybe a surprise dessert or muffin

What are you craving?

What are you craving right now?

Let “Julia’s Take Away Gourmet” know and maybe it will be part of my Thursday “First Come, First Served” pick up menu!  Maybe a yummy soup like cream of broccoli & cheddar served with grilled chicken quesadilla’s…Southern Sliders that melt in your mouth…slow simmered Bolognese sauce for a quick & easy dinner that night?  And the list goes on…and on…and on…

“A smiling face is half the meal”…Latvian Proverb

I saw this quote on line and was captivated by the truth of it.  Sharing good food with family and friends, no matter what your skill level in the kitchen is, matters most.

This week I will not be doing a regular Wednesday Dinner Pick Up, but I am planning a smaller pick up on Thursday that will be first come, first served!  I’ll post what I am making here on my blog, as well as FaceBook.  In the meantime, I am working on fun menu’s for February,  including a special dinner for Valentine’s Day so you can stay in with your sweetheart without cooking!  The following week’s Dinner Pick Up, January 30th, is now updated in the Dinner Pick Up link on the side for those of you who like to plan in advance, or if you just want to tempt your taste buds…

Until then, enjoy the best of food and life.

dinner menu for the week is…

January 16th
Dinner Pick Up Menu:
Please place orders by Sunday evening and take it easy next Wednesday!
Soup of the week…
Italian White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale
One of my most popular! 
“Popeye’s Delight”
Spinach Salad with sliced apples, gorgonzola cheese & toasted almonds
Served with a homemade Poppyseed Balsamic Viniagrette that is tangy, and sweet, to complement the salad toppings well.
Serves 2, $12
Seafood choice this week:
Shrimp & Broccoli Alfredo
over Penne Pasta
A traditional alfredo sauce of cream and parmesan with a hint of garlic and fresh herbs…
Serves 2, $24
Rosemary Dijon Pork Tenderloin
This yummy marinade creates a great flavor and nice crust to the pork.
One piece of tenderloin, grilled and sliced… 
Vegetable Cous Cous with Feta
Cous Cous with diced veggies and a light sprinkle of crumbled Feta Cheese. 
Delicious hot or cold!
Serves 4
Classic Yeast Rolls
6 per order, $4
Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies
with Caramel Dipping Sauce
2 per order, $12
Available Frozen:
Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
A classic comfort casserole!
All American Chili

When life hands you lemons…

Meyer Lemons

The little things in life do, in fact, make you happy.  Yesterday a good friend dropped off a beautiful gift bag of homegrown Meyer Lemons from her parents home in Louisiana!  What a treat, and these are not what you find at the Fresh Market…they are the size of oranges or bigger, and are so fragrant and smooth I just can’t stop holding them!  So when life hands you lemons, or Meyer lemons in this case, make lemonade.  Or, as I did tonight, make Italian Lemon Chicken for dinner, the lemonade will come this weekend!

This year I am looking forward to being back in the kitchen after a great break with family and friends.  Each week in January I will continue to feature a fresh soup, a salad, and then I will feature two entree’s.  One entree will be a seafood choice and the other will not.  There will be a couple of frozen selections as well, and I hope to tuck in a few surprises every now and then!

February promises to be fun with a theme of family style meals, a Valentine’s Day special to save you the hassle of a restaurant reservation, and also some new introductions such as my focaccia pizza.  I will be doing the pizza one week each month and it is sure to be a hit in your home!

In March we will travel the culinary globe, or at least a very small portion of it!  I am already thinking of some fun menu’s and where to visit.  For now, I have updated the links on this site, be sure to check them out and don’t forget to place your dinner order by Sunday evening for next Wednesday’s Dinner Pick Up on January 9th.  Until then, enjoy the best of food and life in 2013!