I started cooking because I love to eat. I started gardening because I love to cook.


I’m a thirty-something gemini foodie living in Charleston, West Virginia. I share my home with my hilarious husband and two cats, Delilah and Casey. I love to travel, watch just about any sports event, and I’m happiest when I am digging in my tiny garden or cooking up something delicious in my seriously deficient kitchen.

I like expensive beer and cheap wine.

If I were stranded on a desert island with only four foods, they would definitely be smoked salmon, guacamole, really good stilton and raw oysters on the half shell.

I’m always up for trying ethnic recipes.

I cook from scratch because I enjoy it.

I believe just about anything can be improved with bacon grease.

Reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle was a watershed moment for me, and over the next year or so, I read everything I could find about eating local, food policy, and nutrition. Now, I try to eat as “SOLE” as possible–sustainable, organic, local and ethical. It’s not always easy or practical, and somedays I could simply try a little harder. Although it takes a little extra effort to do so, the quality and taste of the food simply speak for themselves. I find it to be completely worth it, and I haven’t turned back yet. My goal with this blog has always been to share delicious recipes, tips and encouragement with anyone else who’s intersted in doing the same.

For tips, recipes and general musings on food (and sports), follow me on twitter @jennelle28


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Jennelle! Thank you so much for the bounty I received from you in the Food 52 holiday swap. I can’t think of a better way to connect with other creative cooking enthusiasts. I, too, am an avid jammer/pickler and became a certified MFP a couple years back. I’m a nut for pepper jelly, and have always been curious about carrot cake jam. I’ve never tried that one myself and have never tasted any. Looking forward to digging in. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and all my best for a fabulous 2014! Deb Ray in Sacramento

  2. Jennelle just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for a Leibster Award, I know that you may not have time for it. but, did wanted to let you know that I have a left a link from my blog to yours to help increase traffic to our little blogs. If you have time or are interested pop over to my post and see the details.. happy eating and keep cooking I love to read your posts,.Jolynn

    • Wow! That is so neat! That is so nice that you thought of me. I always get a kick out of learning that someone reads my blog, since I always assume it’s only my mom who does. You have compiled a great list, and I’m excited to check out some of these other blogs. Thank you so much for including mine!

  3. I had no idea you had a blog! This is so awesome. I too read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and found it to be life changing. Then after I was diagnosed with my autoimmune disease, I really kicked the food awareness into high gear. We should discuss this sometime.

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