About Me My interest in the connection between health and food was sparked when I saw my father successfully manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and borderline diabetes through diet and exercise. I learned as Hippocrates instructed, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. I took that knowledge with me when I served an Agricultural Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, establishing a sustainable project which improved family nutrition and women's financial independence. As a new mom, I held Cook Days at my home to teach my girlfriends new recipes. I'd send out an email with the recipe and the ingredient list and my friends would bring their children over and we'd cook all day. The kids would play outside, the mamas would cook and take home a dish for dinner. That way, the husbands couldn't say "you spent all day with your girlfriends, and there's nothing to eat." The food was so delicious that soon the husbands were asking "When are you having another Cook Day?"
One day I said "I wish I knew something about politics or education. Then, I could do something positive in the community." My girlfriends said "JuJu, you know food! You know how to teach people to make a feast using simple ingredients." I started doing cooking demonstrations at a Farmers Market in DC, spreading what I call my "gospel of eating well." My philosophy, my "good news," is that healthy eating needn't be expensive, difficult or time-consuming.
I parlayed my knowledge into a successful profession, teaching children and adults in the community at Farmers’ Market, after-school programs, and senior centers. I’ve been told that I put both novice and experienced cooks at ease with my wit, patience, and passion for sharing good food. Most recently, I worked as the Culinary Educator for the Arcadia Center Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture based in Alexandria, VA, which focuses on equitable food access and education. My recipes were published in the Arcadia Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook (no longer available), which was given free to our customers who used food assistance. My new cookbook, Healthy and Homemade: Eating Well on a Budget is out NOW!.
Favorite Quote: “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture of their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. “ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
Meal Planning and Preparation
We’ll work together to create a personalized menu for your household. Your meals will be carefully prepared from scratch with the freshest ingredients and conveniently stored in your fridge with instructions for you to heat and enjoy as you wish. $450 service fee plus grocery costs include menu planning, grocery shopping, food preparation and packaging per cook date for up to 5 full meals, which feed 2-4 persons each meal.
Culinary Education Do you want cooking to seem effortless? Learn cooking basics: how to cut up a vegetable, how to mind a kitchen or bake bread. Or, just improve your meal planning and grocery shopping skills! Cooking classes are tailored to the individual’s or group’s interests and skill level. Soup, salad, easy lunches, quick delicious dinners and low sugar desserts can all be prepared in the time it takes to listen to your favorite CD! Prices vary. Ask about catering for small events.
Organic Gardening Design and Installation Gardens provide both physical and spiritual nourishment, whether providing fresh vegetables to harvest for meals or as a place to sit and gather one’s thoughts. I design and install gardens which can provide organic herbs and produce for your table and serve as a sanctuary for mental respite and for entertaining. $30/hour
Other stuff I am also a birth and post-partum doula focusing on restorative nourishment as a means of self- and family care. For fun, I knit, putter around my house and garden and watch Game of Thrones. I'm a recent empty nester so I spend time with my husband, a Paraguayan cowboy and carpenter.
JuJu Harris 301-246-2070 firstname.lastname@example.org