Hi there. Nice to meet you and thanks for visiting my blog…I’m still getting used to the fact that anyone besides my mom (Hi Mom!) and my dashing Southern husband (Hi honey!) actually read this thing! But since you do (thank you!) here are a few things about me you might or might not be interesting in knowing.

I am a self-taught cook, a self-taught photographer and a self-taught dog-owner. All of this stuff shows up pretty much in that order on the blog.

2. I started this blog as a photography project. The project was to shoot still life — something different every day for 2 weeks. I hate photographing still life. I like photographing dogs and babies and teenagers and other things that won’t sit still. I had no idea what on earth I would be able to think of to photograph still-life-wise that could be different every day.¬†And then it dawned on me. Dinner.

3. I really do love to cook, and I really do cook every day…but the catch is, it has to be ready in 30 minutes or less, from walk in the kitchen to sitting on the table ready to be eaten. (Except for weekends when I am perfectly happy to spend all day in the kitchen.) So most of the posts up here are for recipes that are fast and happy.

4. I sometimes make up the recipes, and I sometimes pass along my version of great ones that I have found out there in the world, from the back of boxes to my grandma’s molasses cookie recipe to magazines and cookbooks and of course, from some of the many AWESOME food blogs out there. I link back to anything that I don’t totally make up myself so you guys can check out the original source.

5. I am married to the most romantic and funny Southern man on God’s Green Earth, and he also cleans up the kitchen. I am a lucky girl.

6. I shoot with a Nikon D700 and a 105mm lens, and most of the time I get my shots through a combination of a tiny bit of knowledge and pure blind luck. I can tell you more than you want to know about my adventures in lighting and Photoshop and other stuff – just email me so we don’t send everyone else who is reading this into a stupor.

7. Yes, I do photograph pretty much everything I cook.

8. Yes, I might be a little bit off my rocker.

9. My cast of supporting characters includes one teenager, one rescued redbone coonhound mix, and a variety of characters that traipse in and out of my kitchen.

10. I take requests, questions, comments, recommendations and anything else related to food, dogs and teenagers.

1I usually put up new posts every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. For those of you who subscribe on email, that means the email version will pop up in your inbox on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

12. Email me. I’ll write back.

You can also find me writing on Wednesdays for my wonderful local paper, The Record, which you can also access at northjersey.com.

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