I love challenging recipes, and I love it when those recipes turn out great.  I love experimenting with bread dough that takes 3 hours just to rise, and I love burning my fingers because I can’t wait for the bread to cool before I eat it.  I love simmering pasta sauce all day, and I love dinner that night even more.  Simply put, I love food.

But I’m also busy, frequently downright ravenous by the time I get home from work, and if good food can’t be married to the demands of my lifestyle, then it’s just not going to happen.  When you’re hungry, you need something quick and delicious, made with ingredients that you likely have in your pantry or fridge. And that is why I cook. What’s more, that is also why I’m starting this food blog.  Armed with photos by award-winning photographer and roommate (yes, he’s even won a “roommate award”, albeit informally) Nathan Clendenin, a passion for food (both cooking and eating, let’s just be honest), and a willingness to try anything, how can I possibly go wrong?

About the Authors:

Jenny currently works and resides in Durham, NC with three fabulous roommates, Nathan, Rebecca, and their son Samuel.  She enjoys cooking (obviously), reading (usually while snacking), and spending time with friends (preferably over a good meal).

As a child, Jenny would sit at the kitchen counter and watch her mom cook, something her mom absolutely insisted on, claiming that all good cooks learned how from watching their mothers.  Perhaps it paid off, as visits back home to Fayetteville almost always consist of Jenny’s preparing a meal for her large family which includes Mom, Dad, brothers Chris and Levi, sister-in-law Kristen, and teenage sister Hannah.

Valerie is a beloved coworker of Jenny’s. Her love for food has been one bond among many in their friendship. Valerie’s artistic flair makes her food look as good as it tastes. Whether painting, playing classical guitar, developing webs, or cooking, her skills are unparalleled as she brings joy to all who encounter her many talents.

Her biography is only boring because Jenny hasn’t known her for that long and therefore can’t relate childhood stories particularly well. Afterall, childhood stories make biographies interesting.