Me-and-Max-April2013Welcome to Savvy Eats! My name is Julie, and I live in upstate New York with my husband, Dan, our poodle-terrier mix (Max) and our cockatiel (Mario).

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I received a degree in Biological Systems Engineering–Food and Bioprocessing. But I believe in pursuing your passions and doing what makes you happy.  So while I think I’ll always be an engineer at heart in some ways, I’m choosing not to pursue a “traditional” engineering career, instead focusing my energies towards recipe development and food writing, including writing about the science behind food.

Here on Savvy Eats, you’ll find:

Spicy_Cocoa1. My favorite recipes. For the most part, I focus on healthier recipes made with seasonal ingredients. There’s a mix of everything – recipes with meat, but also vegetarian and occasionally vegan dishes. In the past, I have tried both gluten-free and vegetarian diets in the quest to improve my health and lessen my hypothyroidism symptoms. However, I have found that I feel my best when I eat a little of everything in the world of natural foods. I did discover in 2014 that I am sensitive to whey (but not casein) and nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes and peppers). I don’t have to cut them out of my diet entirely, but I have cut back on how often I eat them, so you’ll see those a little less in my more recent recipes.

2. Posts on canning, freezing and otherwise preserving food. I love finding new ways to preserve fruits and vegetables so that I can enjoy them year-round. I also about the new creative ways I’m using my preserves.

3. Weekly menus designed to help you make the most of your time, money, energy and ingredients.

Storing_Baking_Ingredients24. Brain Food 101 posts, in which I write about the science behind food. Hey, I have all those foo science and engineering classes under my belt, so I should put them to good use! These might include how to make your own frozen pizza, how to store your baking ingredients, or why you need to boil your soft pretzels in baking soda.

5. Updates from my vegetable gardening and U-pick adventures. But only in the warmer months of the year. I do live in upstate New York after all – not the most conducive environment for growing produce without a greenhouse in the winter!

6. Cookbook reviews, covering both my favorites, old and new, and new books I’ve been sent to try out.

7. Other miscellaneous topics, such as

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at savvyjulie@gmail.com