headshot-JKBWelcome!  I’m Julia, the woman behind the curtain here at Swirls and Spice.

If you ask me where I am from, I cannot offer a simple answer.  I was born and raised by Yankee parents in Oklahoma.  My husband and I fell in love and started our family when we were teaching in Asia.  For the past three years I have lived in Saskatchewan with my family, where this blog was born.  This summer we moved back to the Chicago area. I definitely miss the Saskatoon berries we left behind in Canada.

In order to nourish children with MSPI symptoms, I have been cooking and eating (mostly) dairy free since 2005.  My Swedish Christian heritage means I especially love to bake; my grandmother and mother taught me well. I am further blessed to have three four sous chefs in my kitchen whose repertoire includes eggs, pasta, and shortbread cookies.

Though I’ve made a few forays into recipe contests and writing projects, mostly I just enjoy eating and sharing what I create in the kitchen.  I hope you like what you see and make what you like!  If you get as far as tasting one of the recipes here, I would love to hear your feedback!

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You can also find me on Pinterest and Facebook.  Thank you for taking the time to stop in and explore Swirls and Spice!

39 thoughts on “About

  1. Thankyou for visiting my page and liking my recipe 🙂 I’m looking through yours now 🙂

  2. Thanks for checking out my blog and my Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Noodles. I hope you get a chance to try a recipe or two out for yourself sometime as well. I look forward to following your posts in the future!


  3. Thanks so much for following the Jenn stories! Also–here’s to Swedish Christian backgrounds! 🙂 I don’t know how you manage dairy free with that pedigree, but I admire it . . .

  4. Lovely website!! Thanks for visiting enSALADes and liking one of my dairy-free recipe. I understand better your interest now 🙂 Have a lovely Sunday!

  5. Hi Julia! Thank you for stopping by our blog. I see you cook diary-free, the thought of which makes me worry if i’ll be able to bake at all. So i look forward to exploring your blog more! 🙂

    1. Glad to have you here! Coconut milk is a dairy-free baker’s delight. And it’s amazing what can be done when a person is motivated and hungry!

  6. You have such a lovely blog! I’m thrilled I came across it through Fiesta Friday. 🙂

  7. Hi Julia! I lived in Winnipeg for 10 winters as I like to say but live in the UK now. I was curious about the illness you mentioned and looked it up – ouch! Not nice and how lucky that you are able to go dairy free – I couldn’t imagine how I would cope! Nice to meet you via Fiesta Friday!

    1. Hi Selma! Winnipeg is even colder than here! Brrr! This year I’ve been easing back into dairy, but I find that I enjoy the challenge of cooking dairy free, so my recipes here are still developed that way. I look forward to exploring more of your creations as well. 🙂

  8. thank you for visiting my page and liking my post. I love your blog. Interesting and fun recipe;-) I have been trying to insert the recipe page on my bog too, how do you do that?

  9. What a beautiful blog! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! I can’t resist wild berries either, one of my most favorite things to “hunt” for!

    1. Yes, we were sad to leave our friends and relatives there. I felt more at ease there than I do here. As our parents get older, however, it’s probably for the best to be closer to where they are.

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