Welcome to The Honest Spoon! My name is Jennifer. I'm here to share my simple approach to cooking, baking, and entertaining.
Since I do work quite a bit, I am passionate about keeping my home life simple so I can enjoy my family. But I keep the ingredients minimal and the method simple. If a recipe has more than a handful of ingredients I generally don't touch it. You can get a lot of flavor out of a few ingredients! What I am trying to tell you ....this blog is for real people in real life situations. Simple recipes and methods for everyone.
I grew up in a traditional home, in Southern California, where Italian was my first language. If you combined every stereotypical Italian-American movie scene, it would be a good insight to how I grew up. Imagine a lot of parties, a lot of food, a lot of chatting (really just yelling over each other). Essentially a party or two (or four) every weekend of your life. In retrospect, that was tactical training for the entertaining, baking, and cooking machine I've become.
A few years ago we had an AMAZING opportunity to move to Vermont. People thought we were crazy. I mean, it's freaking winter for half the year there! But, you know what? Living in Vermont felt like we were living in s storybook. Have you seen pictures of Fall in Vermont? MIND BLOWING. Summers spent on the lake, riding bikes on a tree lined bike paths. RIDICULOUSLY BEAUTIFUL. Living there, I uncovered something about myself that I didn't really know existed....I'm kind of outdoorsy. Who knew?
We now live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When I am not working, baking, cooking, or cleaning I am OUTSIDE. If it's raining, you'll find me grabbing a coffee downtown or checking out a new restaurant with my husband and two boys (#boymom for the win). Otherwise, we are hiking or camping. My husband swears he only does the camping thing to humor me....but I don't believe it. I mean, really, it's GLORIOUS here! Look at him gazing at that waterfall.