So. Enough about me.

Manchester and Marconas

I want to know more about you out there. Who are you? How did you find me? What do you like about the site? What would you like to see more of? What other food blogs do you read? Do you have a website of your own? (And if so, please add a link!) Tell me about yourselves – I truly look forward to reading your replies.

Have a great weekend – I hope it’s filled with sunshine, loved ones, and good things to eat and drink.

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111 thoughts on “So. Enough about me.

  1. I once in a while look at the blog “Pete Bakes,” and he once did a post about some of the blogs he likes. Yours was one of them. I was immediately drawn in by the vivid photography, and became a regular follower. I think its a great concept too- posting what you ate for dinner.

    I’m a 16 year-old high school student with a blog of my own.

  2. KEB says:

    A good friend of mine is a coworker of yours and directed me to your site — and it turns out, some other friends of mine already were devoted readers. While I work in an office similar to yours and don’t have a lot of time to cook, your blog keeps in inspired (someday!)

  3. hi! i’m jacqui, and your site is one of the first food blogs i ever found and started reading regularly. love your photos, your fresh ingredients, and that you don’t use recipes. i’m not much of a recipe girl, either — follow your taste buds, your gut, what the ingredients and the season and your mood tell you…i get that. weekend breakfasts are the best. especially when fried eggs are involved. oh and i love cats, too. 🙂

    some of my favorite food blogs: simply recipes, orangette, food loves writing, and the kitchen sink recipes, to name a few. and mine: Happy Jack Eats.

    have a good weekend!

  4. Mainly, I really like reading about your and Mike’s process. You and Mike work on a slightly higher level than I do, from ingredients and sourcing to preparations, presentation, and photography, so I pick up a little something from just about every post.

    About a month ago, I started Forkbastard, which takes inspiration from the “this is what I just cooked” style of LND, but with more dick jokes, because, well, I have to be true to my voice.

  5. Hi Jen.
    I hope you know me by now.
    I have been reading your blog since your beginnings in Brooklyn.

    I think you are one of the best cooks out there and your photos are always so beautiful.

    My blog is Stacey Snacks and I have been doing it for over a year now.
    It is a hobby and I love it.
    I love Lisa is Cooking, Bitchincamero and so many other great blogs…..the list is endless. I am always finding a new talented person with great recipes, photos and personality. The list keeps growing!

    Happy cooking and eating!
    http://staceysnacksonline.com

  6. Jenn says:

    Found your blog on Grant’s WellFed blog (found him through the Fug Girls). I check yours and Smitten Kitchen’s blog almost daily. I have two little girls so I don’t have the time/energy to cook like I used to, so I live vicariously through the beautiful pictures and have been inspired to cook more.

    Also, found out that a local dairy (Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomasville, Ga) had started selling grass-fed and decided to try based on your recommendation. So good! So beefy! So now I’m trying to convince (or con as it were) my dad into splitting a half-cow with me… it’s your fault! 😉

  7. Jennifer, it’s been long enough ago that I can’t remember if I found you first or you found me. What I’ve always enjoyed about your blog is how much you and Mike truly love food and think about what you cook and how you cook it. And I’m often impressed with what you seem to think of as a simple meal. You’ve helped make me a more thoughtful cook too, I think.

  8. Hi Jen,
    I think I found your site through a blog about Bushwick. You and your husband seemed to post a lot in the forums (and were some of the few sane posters there!) Either that or the blog moderator posted something about you guys in the blog and linked to this site.

    Since I’ve been following you since your NY days, I really enjoyed your food safaris, your appreciation for local foods and the Greenmarket. I first came for the photos and enjoyed the food part of your lifestyle. A husband that can make great drinks and cooks? Yes!

    Then I began to teach myself to cook and became inspired by your approach, since you don’t really use recipes. But I enjoy how you effortlessly put together droolworthy meals from leftovers or when clearing out your cupboard. And I use your chicken taco recipe all the time, but for enchilada fillings.

    I, too, no longer live in NY, and now live in LA with a terrible kitchen, but hopefully soon I can get back to cooking. But for now I’ll settle for your beautiful pictures and food ideas!

    Websites I read:

    The Food Pornographer
    The Girl Who Ate Everything
    A Passion for Food
    David Lebovitz
    Simply Recipes
    Pioneer Woman
    To name a few…

    Anyways, cheers!

  9. Margie says:

    I can’t remember how I found you but have been reading your blog for some months now and I love it. I love the photos, the food, everything. I do keep a blog over at live journal though it is mostly protected bc I talk about my family and their nuttiness. the-margie is my username.

    Anyhow, I live in Houston, Texas that is just super hot this summer. Summer hit here while it wasn’t summer yet. I cannot remember the last time it was this hot. My family is mexican and italian so giving up carbs is out of the question. No spaghetti and flour tortillas? NEVA!

    I read so many other food blogs that include seriouseats, thekitchn, mattbites, etc.

    I think I will have to go out for lunch today so I must prepare with my sun block and tying up my humidity-loving hair.

  10. I stumbled upon your blog off of somebody else’s site, and have been visiting it religiously ever since. I am a Brooklyn-based food lover, who used to be restaurant-obsessed while living in Manhattan, and have converted into a cookaholic–even more so now that my CSA shares are coming in. I used to post recipes on my blog, until I came across your blog and realized that I don’t have to post recipes. That’s not the way I cook, it’s more instinctive and experimental (with a glance here or there at a cookbook!) Your photos and posts are very inspiring.

  11. Yours is among a coterie that I keep on my food-blog section of my reader, though I can’t remember how exactly I found you–needless to say, I’m very glad I did. Along with yours, I like to catch up on Smitten Kitchen, Amateur Gourmet, Serious Eats, French Revolution, among many others.

    I love your photography, naturally, and I always enjoy hearing about your trips to farms and farmers’ markets (and from a professional perspective, I always want to write long, detailed comments in response to your posts on sustainability, etc. as I work in the food industry but seem to never have time–I’ll have to email you, I guess!). The best thing: whether or not I agree with you, you ALWAYS make me think.

    It’s also always fun to hear about another couple in the kitchen, though in ours, the roles are generally reversed (he cooks, I eat, though I have my specialties too). Our blog is at http://takebackyourkitchen.com

    Have a great weekend! Let’s hope the NE weather holds…at least for tomorrow!

  12. Janie says:

    I found your site from another blog and have been following it for several months. I enjoy your creativity in using what you find locally and cooking from your past. I enjoy your weekend eats and drinks on Monday morning as I’m having my morning coffee. Your weekend philosophy follows my own, weekends are for food, drinks and time with friends and family. Please keep going I know its a tremendous effort in time etc but be assured there are fans of your blog who look forward to every post. Thank you for indulging me.

  13. I’m a writer (I have a food blog at http://ourdailytable.com; I am also working on a fiction project), moonlighting as a bartender, living and working in Brooklyn. I found you quite by accident via the Thirst Wine Merchants blog. I’m so glad I did.

    I love your photos and your timely approach to seasonal ingredients. Also, I appreciate the ways in which you make buying and eating quality foods accessible; you make it looks so easy, so right.

    Some of my [current] favorite blogs are:

    The Blue Hour: http://bferry.wordpress.com/
    Everybody Likes Sandwiches: http://everybodylikessandwiches.blogspot.com/
    Simply Breakfast: http://simplybreakfast.blogspot.com/

    As a new[ish] reader, I look forward to seeing what you cook up in the fall, my favorite season.

    Happy August to you!

  14. Laurie (akaellen) says:

    Jen,
    I guess I first got to “know” you on WFE before you and Mike even moved in together — possibly before you started dating (but def. whilst you were flirting on WFE). I then started reading your jenblossom site and added this site when you created it. I love to read about food and I do like to cook – although I am nowhere near as creative as you! I admire you and Mike for your commitment to “real” food. I love to hear about techniques you’ve mastered and I do love your photos. Keep up the great posts!

  15. Hi! I actually don’t remember how I found your blog, but I’ve been hooked ever since I read the first post. It’s truly inspiring to witness your dedication to using locally and responsibly sourced foods. That, and your knack for improvisation is quite impressive! I try to do the same myself, although it’s not entirely within my means. But anyway…

    I just graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Art/Architectural History, but I’m trying to pursue a career in food. My blog, which I’ve linked to this post, is no longer active, but I used it to document my food experiences in Italy a few years ago.

    I’m a pastry person, so I read a lot of dessert blogs, including: Bake or Break, David Leibovitz, Tartellete, Cannelle et Vanille, and Joe Pastry. I also try to keep up on food news through Civil Eats and the Atlantic’s food section. Oh, and Georgia On My Thighs for a bit of humor!

    Thanks for all your hard work and lovely photos!

  16. I ‘met’ you and Mike on Delphi many years ago through WFE. I’ve been reading your blogs and watching your flickr pages forquite a while. This site inspires me to try new things and reminds me why I support the local farmers as much as possible.

  17. My name’s Nicole and my fiancee is Darius. We are both rather young still (I’m 22, he’s 23), but we are really really passionate about food.

    Honestly, I can’t remember where I first found your blog. I was drawn to it by the beautiful photography, for starters. But I also love that your food philosophy is quite like ours. We live in Austin, TX and go to two farmer’s markets every weekend. We buy all of our meats and about 95% of our produce there (gotta buy lemons & limes at the store for cocktails…).

    I really love your photographs and I’d say that those are the biggest reason why I continue to read your blog.

    I also read these other blogs pretty regularly:
    101cookbooks
    smittenkitchen
    latartinegourmande
    bootsintheoven
    lisaiscooking
    ruhlman’s blog
    alinea at home
    austin food journal

    Our blog is http://www.pudgeandnico.com/thelastbite

  18. Sue from Newark, DE says:

    I found you in some random twist of Facebook fate. My friend Dan has a friend (name unknown to me) who is a friend of yours. He or she posted a link to your blog on Dan’s page (many many months ago). Because it was about food, I clicked and was instantly hooked. Your photos are lovely and your posts are inspiring. I give you full credit for getting my nose out of my Sunday NY Times Crossword to go to the local farmers market at our co-op and see what things they have that week. I have found a local dairy farmer who sells his own cheese (he doesn’t make it but takes his milk to an Amish guy nearby) and I have to say, it’s fabulous! (I am hooked on the BBQ cheddar that melts oh no nicely over top of a roast beef sandwich!) My style of cooking is like yours – open the fridge and/or go to the market and see what inspires me. I tend to use a recipe for inspiration but lack the discipline to really follow it.

    I have always carried my camera with me but tended not to use it a lot. Now, thanks to you, it is always out and I take random shots of food or whatever is inspiring at that moment. Currently, it is the 4 hummingbirds that visit the feeder right outside my window (I work from home).

    I read your husband’s blog and recently added cocktailnerd to my google homepage. I don’t have a blog other than the ubiquitous Facebook page.

    Thank you for sharing your love of food – I savor every post!

  19. Hi! I’m a soon-to-be graduate student with a love for design, photography, and cooking. I can’t even remember how I found you, it’s been so long, but I love reading your posts. I love your step-by-step instructions and I really loved when you did a tutorial on stocking your pantry. My blog is here: http://proseccoandlemonade.blogspot.com and I write primarily about my wedding planning. I love reading Smitten Kitchen and Simply Recipes. Thanks for all your work on this site! I’m glad to have found you.

  20. Hello!
    My name is Deepa and I live in Cambridge, England. I think I found your blog via Smitten Kitchen, although i read so many food blogs that I find it hard to remember.

    I’m a wannabe food blogger over on http://www.lazygiraffe.com which is also a blog about my handmade jewellery.

    I’ve been trying to eat more locally lately and your blog is great inspiration, I wish we had the markets here like you do on Rhode Island, fabulous!

  21. angela says:

    My name is Angela, and I live in Anaheim, CA. I don’t remember how I found your site, I think I was probably googling a recipe, which is rare for me because I usually go to epicurious, saveur and all recipes and find what I need there. I stuck for the photography and all the yummy food. I also appreciate your cooking style (no recipes). I got my boyfriend/husband/life partner hooked on your site as well.

    We have always eaten a primarily Whole Food diet and compared to your average American household, we make a lot more things from scratch than most (stock, bread, etc.), but that’s pretty much the extent of our food philosophy.

    Food Blogs:
    LND (yours the only one I check every single day)
    TWC http://www.thewednesdaychef.com
    PWC http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking
    the aforementioned epicurious, saveur and all recipes.

    I’d love to see your official butter process. I can’t wait!

  22. Hi!
    I don’t recall how i stumbled across your blog, but probably from another site [i read alinea at home, cook eat fret, rachel eats and many more]. I was hooked fairly quickly from your astounding photos and easy text.

    I enjoy seeing the process from shopping, planning, preparing, storing, to consuming. The energy and thought that goes into this but also your clear ability to instinctively come up with inventive things to prepare really impress me.

    I use your search tool when i would like to see how you have prepared an ingredient and have learnt from things like your poached eggs and preparing of chicken. I could really do with learning how to prepare more meats, especially for winter…it is so not my thing. I would also enjoy knowing a bit more about these amazing cocktails we see every week, even just their names… they are consistantly tempting.

    I have a blog. I’m an Australian designer, living in Berlin, so it’s not a food blog but photos of things i see and do in my life… though food features around once a week as a round up of things i’ve prepared [and picked up from our local farmers market].

    Thank you for all of your efforts with this blog and the passion you put into it, i greatly appreciate it and am constantly inspired, and look forward to your future posts!

  23. Rachel Spring says:

    Hi Jen! My name is Rachel Spring and I live in Holbrook (Long Island), New York. I’ve been living out here for over four years now with my boyfriend Garret and I’m happy to call this area home. I, like Jenn, first found your blog through the blog Well Fed. Well Fed was the first food/cooking blog I ever happened upon – I believe I was looking for a recipe for onion dip, and I was thrilled to learn how many people out there have food/cooking blogs. Yours is, hands-down, my favorite. Without question. I visit your site every day hoping for another post.

    To be honest, I believe I have been faithfully reading your blog since last April. But it wasn’t until just recently that I finally mustered up enough courage to comment on one of your beautiful butter photos on Flickr. 🙂 I do not have a blog of my own at this time. For now, I love using Flickr and will continue to use it as a way to document and talk about what we’re up to. I just wish we had yours and Mike’s patience to take more photos of our food before we eat it! We’ve been severely lacking in that department.

    Since you are asking I figure I should go ahead and mention what an inspiration you (and Mike) have been to me and Garret. We have tasted so many new foods because of you two. We sought out our local farmers market (and go every Saturday) because of you two. We have started to appreciate the change in seasons and cook accordingly (most of the time!) because of you two. We have become more aware of what we are actually eating and appreciate where it’s coming from because of you two. Garret and I began to share such a love for cooking together early on in our relationship and I feel so much of our growth has come from your inspiring posts. You and Mike are incredible. You’re both real. I am continuously in awe of the food you make. And don’t even get me started on your photos! 🙂

    Some of the other food/cooking blogs I read are shutterbean, 66 Square Feet (I especially love Marie’s food-related posts), and Gluten-Free Girl. I also follow Mike’s cocktail blog – my boyfriend has developed a love for making good cocktails, but he’s still quite a n00b. 🙂 I like letting him know about the drinks Mike’s making. I’m also looking forward to more posts from Well Fed and Boyfriendly Cooking.

    I’m eagerly anticipating the method for your pizza dough. No rush, though. 🙂 I suppose you could always share more about the kitties – what cuties they are! I especially love when you let us in and fill us all in on what you’re up to in your life, but I don’t think it’s fair for me to request more of that. It’s up to you how much you want to let us know about and what you would prefer to keep to yourself. Please just know that I appreciate all of it.

    I could keep going, but I should stop. Thank you, Jen. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  24. Billie says:

    I have been following your site for a few months now, found you thru Pete Bakes one day. His and Macheesemo, Streamy Kitchen, Michael Rulham, Noble pig, The food in my Beard, are a few that I love to follow. Your pictures of what you make inspire me because they always look so fresh and..well just down right good looking dishes. I cook with a lot more fresh ingredients from the farmers market these days then I ever have! Very big difference in my meals. Kids are all grown, cooking on their own these days, but we still share a passion for cooking together and sharing great ideas. Thanks for giving me a bunch!

  25. charlene says:

    I love your blog. I love that moment, when i click onto your blog and a delicious photo appears of something i want to eat and can’t wait to make myself. Iam a personal chef that, for the moment is taking a break . I have become an avid organic gardener not only because i enjoy it but it is so much fun to pick and eat fruits and vegetables you know are without pesticides.
    I enjoy reading David Lebowitz, Matt Bites, and Tartlette.
    Thank you for giving me a smile each day.

  26. Hi there!

    My name is Harmony and I’m an actor in Chicago. I check your blog every day. It’s so inspiring to me, the pictures, your cooking beliefs, the sourcing of your food, everything. I also love how you always have the perfect cocktail to go with every meal.

    LND is the only food blog I read. I’m an interior design junkie though. I visit Design Sponge, Desire to Inspire, and Haus Maus daily.

    I have a small home design blog, http://blog.harmonyfrance.com/nook/, a theater blog, http://blog.harmonyfrance,com/theater/, and an actor website, http://www.harmonyfrance.com .

    Please keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to many!

  27. Hello!

    I’m from Toronto, Canada and I’ve been following your blog for a few months, though I honestly can’t recall exactly how I found it. It’s great! Love the pictures and great, simple meal ideas. I like that you rarely post recipes as it motivates me to be simply inspired rather than to follow step-by-step instructions, though being a chronic recipe-follower I do wish on occasion that there were more recipes on the site!

    Other food blogs that I follow include Smitten Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, David Lebovitz, Bitten, Delicious Days and many more. My personal website is Mmm-minji. Hope to see many more great posts and pictures from you 🙂

  28. Sara says:

    Hi Jen! I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time – I think I linked to it through the epicurious blog…. they had some post about what looked good around the blogsphere, if I remember correctly.

    I can’t say I read too many other food blogs – they just aren’t as appealing to me. Your photos are truly outstanding and you eat and cook the way I like to eat and cook (or, oftentimes, wish I could eat and cook) . It’s a great blog, and we’ve adopted several dishes as regulars in our household – my stepson asks for chicken tacos all the time, you’ve inspired me to try my hand at making my own enchilada sauce and harissa, and you’ve helped me figure out what to do with some of those items from my CSA share (garlic scapes!).

    I actually tend to be more of a recipe hound, at least the first time I try something, so I always appreciate it when you give us the nitty-gritty lowdown on your dishes. Keep those beautiful photos coming, and thanks for sharing with us! Much appreciated!

  29. Hi! I’ve been reading since way before your move to RI; so long, in fact, that I can’t even remember how I got here! But I’ve been a faithful reader ever since, and have incorporated tons of your tips into my weeknight meals, and taken incalculable inspiration from all your beautiful photographs and healthy meals. You’ve encouraged me to seek out a larger percentage of my food from local sources — I’ve even found a meat market near my school (I’m a teacher) that sources all of its meat from within 50 miles!!

    I love seeing the care you put into ordinary meals. I love the pictures! I definitely love the “close but no cigar” category. I think it’s a hoot, and I can totally relate to the feeling of, “Shoot, I almost nailed that.”

    Oh! And we share a love of poached eggs. I remember linking here from my blog once listing as the reason I keep coming back the fact that I’m always finding new stuff to put poached eggs on! 😉

    I’d like to see more methods/techniques (or methods for more of the pics). I’m not a recipe gal myself, but I’d like to know how you do stuff! 🙂

    I enjoy reading (and you introduced me to) many of the links in your Links section — Smitten Kitchen, CeF, Married with Dinner.

  30. I have had the pleasure of virtually knowing you & Mike since the WFE days – 7 years, I think? And I’ve loved watching all your journeys since.

    I’m in NorCal, relocating back to San Francisco from Sacramento, and am the pastry chef at a local Mom&Pop cafe. I’ve only been out of culinary school for a year and change, but grew up in my german pseudo-grandmother’s restaurants in the midwest. Funnily enough, I decided to go the pastry route because of how much I love cooking, and didn’t want to be burned out on it. That said, as a pastry professional and a passionate home-cook, I am enthralled with the meals you produce, the drinks Mike pairs with them, and your gorgeous photography. Really, Jen, I love the spirit and commitment that you bring to cooking – this site is a daily reminder of why I chose this industry, and where I hope my career can go in it.

    I have a neglected, personal blog, http://gowestyoungwoman.wordpress.com ; I’m hoping to get together a food-oriented site in the next couple of months. In addition to LND, the food blogs I frequent are Pete Bakes, Noble Pig, Smitten Kitchen, Well Fed, David Lebovitz, Mark Bittman, Chow, and Serious Eats.

    Keep on keepin’ on with this – it is such a joy for the readers, and I hope, for you as well.

  31. Trevor Fisher says:

    Love the wonderful pictures and original dishes. I’d like to know more bout how you organize your kitchen and do such a good job at incorporating left overs (whether from last night or last month) into meals.

  32. Hey Jen,

    I’m fairly sure I found your blog from a photo of yours on Tastespotting. Your photography and your natural flair for creating wonderful food are what keep me here. I always want whatever you’ve made – it drives me crazy sometimes 🙂

    http://www.foodonthebrain.net

  33. Rachel, the delay in the pizza post is all my fault; Jen’s ready for it as soon as I finish the write-up. I’m sorry for the hold-up.

  34. Hey Jen,

    I’ve been reading at least a couple of years now, since I first started at Slashfood and began the Sisyphean task of trying to read every food blog known to man. After I left SF and started Food in Jars, I divided my subscriptions into two categories, pulling all my favorites into a must-read folder. Last Night’s Dinner most definitely made the leap into that obsessively checked group.

    I don’t know how I found you, but I’m certainly grateful I did. Your photography makes my day.

    These days, I look forward to posts from you, 30 Bucks a Week, Alinea at Home, Dinner with Julie, Faye Food, Gluten-Free Girl, Homesick Texan, Pithy and Cleaver, The Dinner Files and What I Weight Today (it’s not nearly so much about dieting as it is about good, simple food).

  35. Hey Jen,

    I’m pretty sure you found me shortly after I started blogging and I’m so glad you did; who knows how long it might’ve taken me to discover the pleasures of LND otherwise? I love your voice and the obvious care you take with each and every meal, but my favorite thing about your blog is that you have A Plan for your meals throughout the week. We keep similar hours (I’m usually gone for 13-14 hours a day, if nothing keeps me late at work), but if I can’t throw something together pretty quickly when I get home, we end up having an indoor picnic. I’d love to read more about how you plan your meals and what kind of filing system you have for recipes. 🙂

    As for sites I follow, there are more than you can shake a stick at, but a few I read religiously are http://mattbites.com/ for photography, http://www.zencancook.com/ for entertaining writing and uuuhmazing-sounding food, and http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/ for north Jersey food news.

  36. Rachel Spring says:

    No problem at all, Mike! I wasn’t sure at first whether or not I should have even included that. 🙂 The current dough recipe I use is ok, but it’s rather boring, so I was very excited to read that you were working on a good one. I have been following your progress through Jen’s Flickr photos and know that you were tweaking it quite a bit. Just like with so many of Jen’s recipes/methods I feel so honored to be given the chance to know how it’s done.

  37. I don’t remember how I found your blog. But I find it inspirational! We have a large family (six kids), so we are always cooking! It’s great to get fresh ideas from time-to-time. Mostly though, I visit because I love food and I love to eat.

    We have a family blog where we cover everything from homeschooling to theology to politcs. But, I started a food blog, too, about a year ago: http://gomboblog.blogspot.com/ It’s not as nice as yours, but shows people what I feed my brood, which is one of the frequent questions I get!

  38. Carmen says:

    Honestly, I think a friend in college and I were discussing “food porn” and she tipped me off to your site. Which was, thank God, a lifesaver whilst living in London in the winter and very few pennies due to a poor exchange rate.

    I love how simple you make everything, and your photography = great. I’m truly looking forward to the grilled pizza post, as I have a good thing going with Not Eating out In New York’s recipe, but always up for new things. I’m a recent graduate with a BA in English and have just moved back to Chicago from Oakland, CA. While career goals are confusing, my newest goal is to be able to can at the end of the summer. I read you, the Girl Who Ate Everything, Not Eating Out In New York, Serious Eats, and I Tumble @ riotsandhonors.tumblr.com.

    Keep it up!

  39. Allison says:

    I heard of you from Mark Bittmann, my hero, sometime this spring, when I was nearing the end of 8 months of chemotherapy for breast cancer. (I’m also a major fan of Dana Jennings on the NYTimes website, who’s writing about his cancer experiences. I have a strange fantasy about cooking a meal for them both, together. What would that meal be?) But I digress… It’s been a very difficult 11 months — I’m 42, married with kids ages 2 and 4, nearly bedridden by chemotherapy treatment for 9 months, and an avid and dare-I-say pretty good home cook, much in your style — and I cooked vicariously through your blog for a number of months. Now, I’m 10 days away from being done with radiation and my cancer treatment, I’m back in the kitchen (and in my life! I live north of Boston on the coast and went to the beach even in the rain this morning with my kids!) and continue to be inspired by your blog. Tonight was pasta=pesto=brie-veggies, created with the help of your delish tomato pasta a few days ago. Keep at it! I love your work!

  40. Hi!

    I’ve just created my own “Last Night’s” and when I checked in Google, there where you with yours!

    I love it! It totally inspired me too get in my kitchen more often.

    My bests!

    🙂

  41. Kelly says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    My name is Kelly and I am an art director in Los Angeles. I found your blog while searching through Tastespotting (if my memory serves me). I love your blog and I check it everyday. Each piece is attractive to me: the typography, the layout and your incredible photos! Your culinary tastes are simply what I seem to enjoy eating as well, and it keeps me reading your entries. Thanks for sharing your love of food and cooking with the rest of us!

  42. Carolyn says:

    I found your blog in 2007 through a recipe link on the Stranger’s website (the best alt weekly paper in Seattle) . Since then I’ve started a PhD program & make much quicker, simpler food (with the same emphasis on local, seasonal, humanely treated ingredients). I look to your site for inspiration– I love finding new flavors, techniques, ways to stretch out a cut of meat etc. Also, it’s always nice to hear you articulate the reasons we need to support our small local farmers. In terms of what I’d like to see more of, sometimes I do wish for more detailed descriptions of your dishes. Not recipes, just more detail. I also read Smitten Kitchen, David Lebovitz, Orangette, and Gluten free girl on a regular basis.

    Thanks for blogging!

  43. C says:

    I honestly don’t even remember how I found you. Most likely I was surfing for a recipe and wound up here. I love everything you do because it almost always feels like something that I could do – which is important. Food should be approachable and yours is.

  44. Let’s see…I don’t really remember now how I found your site. I used to read it without commenting for a while, and then one day, I de-lurked and commented. 🙂 It would have been under a different name from this one, since I didn’t have a blog then. But I do now.

    I appreciate the thought you put in to sourcing your food. I didn’t eat meat for 11 years because I didn’t feel happy eating the kind of meat available to me at the time. I didn’t think it was ethical or healthy. These days, I am a reluctant meat eater.

    I used to read many more food blogs than I do these days. Mainly because I moved from CO to India; I used to cook significantly more there (more variety too). I’m still shifting gears, but I find your blog very inspiring. I think your photos are great, and I always want to try your recipes! We had a dill-icious salad last night 🙂

    Oh, I poach eggs now because of you! Thanks for your wonderful blog, Jen.

  45. I love love love your blog but I can’t remember how I came across it. I think it was through a link on someone else’s page but I’ve been following you for over a year now but my net gets capped towards the end of each month so I can’t wait till the 1st where I can start looking through all your food photos again!!
    I love it how your really conscious of where you source all your food from and you’ve shown us that we can all eat healthily and ethically without having to go vegan or vegetarian

  46. sarah here, reading from red hook brooklyn, check in twice a week or so – love the simplicity of lots of your food, love how you throw things together based on whats around. thanks!

  47. Jen says:

    I have been reading your blog for some time and the thing I love most about it is how you use so much fresh produce and create beautiful, wholesome dishes. The photos are just lovely

  48. Hello, my name is Cristina. I’m a student at the local culinary school studying Culinary Nutrition. I’ve been following your blog for about six months. I saw it on a list of food blogs from a different site and followed the link because I thought it was a great title. I was excited to find that you were also living in Providence and that the food you made and the way that you wrote about it were both inviting and inspiring. I really like your style and your beautiful photographs. Most of all I like that I can relate to most of your posts about food/events/restaurants/markets because I know them, too!

    I’ve recently started my own blog: quenepa-fruit.blogspot.com. My camera’s photo quality leaves a bit to be desired but I still wanted to write about food so I just started making drawings to go with the text. Cheers!

  49. I don’t know how I first came to your blog, but you’ve been in my reader for a while now. Like others who commented, I particularly enjoy your photography and focus on fresh products. FOODalogue just celebrated its first anniversary and I wrote about the food blogging experience which while not without its share of technical frustration has been a very satisfying endeavor.

  50. I started reading maybe a year ago… my Mom requested a dish with broccoli rabe for her birthday dinner. I stumbled upon your Orchiette/Broccoli Rabe/Chicken Sausage post. I made it, she loved it! 🙂

    I’m a Librarian, doing Teen Services in a public library in New Jersey. I love food, so naturally, I love your blog!

  51. Jennifer says:

    Hi, I’m a lurker and long(ish) time reader. I found your blog when I was pregnant with my daughter (2006) and dealing with insomnia. Food blogs were my late night reading during that time. I’ve followed your blog since. When you moved to RI I started checking in for blog updates daily. I’m in CT, very near the RI border, and it felt like you were suddenly my neighbor. Strange how the internet makes you feel like you *know* someone…strange in a creepy sort of way, I suppose. Anyway, with two young children (1.5 and 3.5) I don’t get as much time to stretch myself in the kitchen as I’d like. Reading your blog keeps me inspired, and keeps me in tune with my “simplicity is best” mantra.

    My children are big bean eaters. “Beaners” are the boss in these parts 🙂 We’ve tried several of the bean recipes you’ve posted and all have been hits. Thank you.

    Thanks for opening this meet-and-greet up in the comments. It’s an interesting read.

    Jenn

  52. Hi! I’ve been reading your blog (via RSS feed) for about two years– maybe since you started it. I’m not sure how I found it, but it’s survived many times of paring down the number of food blogs I read. I love that your pictures are gorgeous (with a food blog of my own, I know how hard that is!) and that you make creative food for omnivores. I also love how you and your husband work together– it’s amazing to find someone you can be compatible with in life and in the kitchen. It’s also very impressive that you can keep up such a professional blog but still have a life and job (I’m a graduate student and can barely keep up my own, very amateur, site).

    I might like to see more actual recipes… just because your dishes look so good and I would like to try them myself!

    Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful site.

  53. I can’t recall where I found your site, but I have been a devoted follower ever since. I am also a food blogger and I just love gaining inspiration and camaraderie from your posts. It makes me feel like part of a larger food blogger community.

  54. Greetings from a frequent stalker. I love your blog. I found you though Pithy and Cleaver, although I have no idea how I found them! My favorite part of you blog is when you do ‘Weekend Eats”. The photos are lovely. Please keep up the excellent work. It inspires me to go out to my garden and make different dishes. Thanks!

  55. Beth says:

    So enough about me… what do you think about me? ; ) Sorry – couldn’t resist.

    Love your site. I always come here when I need some foodie inspiration for my weekly dinner menu. Even though our seasons are opposite (I’m in New Zealand.), I appreciate how you make the most of what is seasonally available. I don’t mind the lack of actual recipes, just looking at the ingredients is enough for me. Keep up the excellent posting.

  56. I’m Christine. I’m an attorney in Philadelphia who loves to cook. I have probably been coming to your site for about two years now. I’m not sure where I found you, but would be willing to bet that it was in procrastinating at my last job and clicking through other foodblogs that I read and love: smittenkitchen.com, orangette, glutenfreegirl, simplyrecipes, 101cookbooks, achickenineverygrannycart, and the list goes on. Those listed and yours are the most frequently traveled.

    I think I stay because your pictures are gorgeous, whatever you say is heartfelt, and you never fail to inspire a recipe. I actually like the barebones approach you take for recipes, since that’s generally what I do too, so I relate to it. The only thing I could think of to improve the site, is to finally give us Mike’s grilled pizza recipe.

    Kiss the kitties for me. – Christine

  57. I’m Krissa, and I found you through Mihow. My parents live in Providence and I was sort of charmed to see someone move to this awesome little city, plus, you make good food look delicious! Which I like. For a long time, I was blogging, and then not blogging, at petithiboux, but somehow general life blogging was starting to feel onerous; I think I’ve changed a lot from the younger woman who started that blog and I was really struggling with how to use that space. So lately I’ve been toying with someplace new, and your photos and philosophy have been serving as a bit of an inspiration!

    Otherwise, I don’t read a lot of food blogs, although I love Deb from Smitten Kitchen and have the pleasure of calling her a friend (and someone to run to with a pie emergency that one time). The rest of the time, I’m working part time at an Alexander Technique school, I’m in school for library science and playing with my dog, mostly.

  58. Hi Jen,
    My little family lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My husband and I write a food blog: http://www.brooklynsupper.blogspot.com/ We focus on seasonal eating, and vary between difficult and simple recipes.
    I have been reading your site for about a year. I love all the seasonal cooking and recipe inspiration. Can’t remember how I found you. Other food blogs I love are Orangette, the Blue Hour, and Smitten Kitchen.

  59. Colette says:

    I have been reading your blog for over two years. It is always with great anticipation that I click on the bookmark and hope that you have added to the blog. I love your recipes and your commitment to working with fresh local goods. I read for the pure pleasure since my husband and I are in Shanghai for a two or three year furlough and I cannot replicate many of the dishes you suggest.

  60. Jini says:

    Hello! I’m Jini and I’m a doctor living in Leeds in Northern England. I don’t have much time but love cooking for friends and baking and eating out. I love exploring new cuisines (am currently investigating Vietnamese food!) I first got into food blogs at medical school as a way of distracting myself from studying (!) and found you by following a link from a link from a link… you’re now a permanent fixture on my list as I love your photos and stories!

    I also love Smitten Kitchen, Chocolate and Zucchini, David Leibovitz and Traveler’s Lunchbox!

  61. I am an elementary school librarian in NYC, where (among other things) I maintain the collection of children’s cookbooks for New York’s school library system, through a program called Cooperative Collection Development, which is a network of specialized collections within school libraries. Our family joined a CSA farm share, which delivers produce to our local park weekly. I check in to your blog for inspiration. I am developing a blog devoted to our library cookbook collection, where families can post reviews and comments about recipes they tried from the books. I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I’m glad I did! (BTW, I also have a son at Brown U., so I feel linked to you through the Providence connection. )

  62. Well, I can’t even remember how long I’ve been reading your blog but its definitely been a long time! I think I found you through someone elses blogroll. I love your pictures, they always make my mouth water and I usually have to make sure I’m armed with a snack when I read! I’m a food blogger myself, as you can see from my link.

  63. Another lurker emerging with overdue thanks for such a lovely blog. I particularly enjoy your writing about food/wine/cocktail combos and your ambition around planning quality meals during the week.

    I’m been blogging from Paris for the last two years, where I’m lucky enough to have fantastic food and wine sources right around the corner.

    Best wishes for an enjoyable rest of summer!

  64. alexis says:

    not sure how I initially came to find your blog, but I lived in Providence for seven years and then found myself in Brooklyn, the reverse of your move, and I was missing a lot of the places that you featured, especially the hope st. high school farmers market, and the cheese shop. I like to see what you’re making. It takes me back to Providence, just looking at your creations, and that makes me happy. I appreciate your posts very much.

  65. I probably landed on your blog when searching for a recipe… I subscribed because your recipes are always right on (and when you don’t think they are, you say so, which proves you’re human), your writing is engaging, I always learn something new here (I leapfrogged two chickens this morning), and your photos are just so danged pretty.

    I also read The Second Pancake, Laurel on Health Food, Sassy Radish, and The Traveler’s Lunchbox, among others.

    Cheers!

  66. linda (chicago) says:

    You have had pictures of vegetables and eggs from Zephyr Farm, my sister’s farm. Got your link from her. I love to cook and I like to see what you are cooking on your blog. You have a beautiful website. I tried the egg yolk raviolo at home. They are the rage at some of the resturants in chicago. They turned out well for me – but not getting too much pasta dough at the edges is tricky. I hope to make them again when I am on the east coast with my sisters eggs. Thanks for sharing.

  67. am says:

    i found you via richeeses and come back for the salivatingly stunning photography and to know where you find your food in a city i once enhabited.

  68. Lauren says:

    Hi there! I’m Lauren, a recent college graduate learning how to be a domestic goddess. I work in criminal justice, but food is my number one passion. I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon your site, but I now read it religiously. I love your use of local food; I’m struggling to force myself to shop only at farmers markets. In addition to your blog, I read Smitten Kitchen. I have a blog where I chronicle my transition into adulthood, but won’t link it because it’s not ALL about food. 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful food and life with the world.

  69. Denise says:

    Hi Jen,

    I’m Denise from Philly. Been reading your site for 2+ years. I found it through StumbleUpon, one day you just came up on my screen. Your food philosophy is much like mine. I have no recipes, just combinations that replay themselves very often with many variations. My background is Italian, I cook a lot of Mediterranean-style foods as a result. I was also taught to cook by sight, smell and hand.

    I’ve made a lot of dishes inspired by your posts, including your grandmother’s chicken tacos, posole, and a really awesome curried pumpkin soup. Mostly I look here for inspiration in my own kitchen, when a traditional pasta or lentil dish seems to make my plate a little dull.

    Don’t know where I’d be without this site and others. I’m a big fan of Mark Bittman’s NYT blog Bitten, 101kitchens, and I’m constantly on the FoodGawker blogroll looking for photos of inspiration for new kinds of savory foods (though that site is often sugar-laden).

    I can say though that yours is the blog I keep coming back to over all others, mostly for its simplicity and to share in your bursts of inspiration. I’m so glad an internet program randomly helped me find your site. And so is my significant other, whose belly is every so often filled with bites straight out of your kitchen, but with my own twist.

  70. Tabitha says:

    Hello

    I have been reading your blog for close to two years now. I love your pictures and the way you create your meals. I appreciate your sincere approach to cooking and to your marriage! Its nice to hear about two people enjoying their lives together through food and drink just like we do in our house. Thank you for all the wonderful meals that you have shared with us via the internet!

  71. A. says:

    I began reading your blog this spring, and found it while perusing a couple other cooking blogs. I just graduated from college and am spending the next year in a small town in Alaska, where I grew up. I enjoy photography, and have just started to photograph food. Like you, I love a great farmer’s market. I love your blog and always look forward to seeing your new creations. Keep up the good work!

  72. Jessica says:

    Hi – I’m Jessica, a lawyer living in Brooklyn. I think that I have been reading your blog between one and two years, and I LOVE it. I love the photography and your meals often inspire me to combine similar ingredients and flavors. Sometimes I am sad that you don’t include recipes, but mostly, I am thrilled to hear generally what you did to make such gorgeous (and I imagine delicious) food. And, I love that when you feel that some success you had truly calls for a recipe, you share it with us. Like a rare treat! Also, you should know that when my husband and I pull together a particularly tasty and pretty meal using fresh seasonal ingredients, he will sometimes say to me, “so, it’s almost as good as those people with the website from Rhode Island, right?” haha. We aspire to your food awesomeness. Keep it up!

  73. I first found your site from a mention by another blogger that I follow http://kateofalltrades.blogspot.com/ and fell in love with it instantly! I am a food packaging designer in the California Bay Area (www.coroflot.com/girasol_design) and constantly need inspiration. Your photos and love of food are often the perfect spark I need to get the creativity flowing. I am also surrounded by foodies at work – ie my boss and all the R&D chef’s. I loved being able to share your site with my boss who was impressed I followed a site he hadn’t heard of yet and he loved the site.

  74. Jim says:

    Hi Jen, My name is Jim, living in Rochester right now, but a veteran of Providence where I went to school and worked at Al Forno for a little over a year. If you haven’t been down to the restaurant, I encourage you to try it! I still cook, eat and drink as if I were in the business, and your blog and documented meals spur me along on those nights where I can’t decide if I should get in the kitchen or order in. You’ve kept me creative and working hard to create some new and fun meals even when I’m feeling tired – all I do is look over your beautiful pictures and it’s all I can do to get home and start creating!

    Keep it up!

    Jim

  75. Hi Jen. I think i’ve been reading your blog for about a year. I’m not sure, but i think i found you when a fellow cat-loving friend posted a link to one of the pictures of Dub in your Flickr album. I looked at all your cat pics, the story of Dub and his siblings as street kittens, etc….and then got hooked on your food blog. I very much like your approach to eating and cooking and your superb food photography; i also love your cats :). Because i have limited time (and so many blog interests), i only follow a few food blogs…yours, smitten kitchen, and an excellent one local to me http://www.laughingduckgardens.com/ldblog.php/. I know it’s a lot of work to maintain the blog but i hope you’ll keep it up!

  76. I added your blog to my reader awhile back and I’m not sure how I first arrived at your URL, but I’m happy I did. I adore your writing, photos and the approachability of your recipes. I live in the Boston area and work in marketing. I write a blog, Palate-to-Pen, which is where all of my true passions are fed.

  77. Ali says:

    Hi – Another long time reader, first time commenter. I’m not sure how I ever stumbled upon your blog but I’m happy I did! You have inspired me to seek out food that is fresh and local -first at a farmer’s market in Brooklyn where I live and more recently, this summer, via a CSA that my boyfriend and I joined – and to cook and appreciate food that is prepared with seasonal ingredients. I no longer buy asparagus at the supermarket in January just because it’s there! Thanks for the beautiful food, photos and inspiration.

  78. Krissy says:

    I am a long time lurker, and this is my first comment. I don’t know how I stumbled upon your blog, well over a year and half ago, or maybe closer to two plus years. I check yours just about daily – it’s the first thing I look at when I have down time. I love your food. You don’t know how many conversations I’ve had with my husband that starts with, “The woman from Last Night’s Dinner did…” and then we race to the computer so I can show him the photos. The photos are amazing, as well. You have provided me with inspiration when cooking meals, I have gotten more creative, and feel more at ease trying this or that, rather than sticking to a standard recipe. I hope you keep it up, because I am always delighted when you have a new post! I don’t have a blog, I am just an inspired reader, and you have fostered my cooking more than you will ever know. Cheers!

  79. Suz says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years and as most everyone else commented, I love it 🙂 What I particularly enjoy are the ways you speak about and photograph flavor combinations. I have often come to your blog when I have a particular ingredient and I’m not sure what to do with it.

    I live in San Francisco and we’re pretty much all over the local, seasonal eating and it’s nice to have that echoed 3,000 miles away in a blog like yours.

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  80. Hi 🙂 I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I just love it! My husband and I have been inspired by so many sources, including Last Night’s Dinner, to start eating more locally. We joined a CSA recently and love it.

    I have a blog, Amuse Bouche (http://happy-mouth.blogspot.com)…I post recipes, pics, and musings on food.

    Keep it up, I really enjoy reading LND!

  81. Debbie says:

    I can’t remember how I found out about your blog, however it is one of the few I always read. I love the wonderful pictures of your food and it is inspiring to create similar recipes of my own. I love going to Farmers Markets and trying to source the best food possible no matter where we happen to be (we have an RV and travel quite a bit).

    I always get so hungry when I read your blog. Keep up the fantastic eating and cooking.

  82. Hello,

    I have been lurking on your blog for a couple of years. I don’t remember how I found you (maybe Orangette?) Anyway, I am a raw food vegan and would not make most of the things you show here, but the pictures are absolute food porn and I love drooling over them anyway. Your blog has been the highlight of some pretty boring classes I took the past two years to get my Master’s Degree. In addition I am right on board with your slant towards sustainability and localvorism. Love ya!

  83. Camille says:

    I can’t recall how I came across your wonderful blog but it was about 2 years ago now. You are THE best & are my “go to” person, not only for inspiration from the amazing meals you create for you & Mike, but to get my “kitty fix” from your great photos!! All three of your furry-purries are adorable, but I have to admit that Kirby is my favourite. He steals my heart because he reminds me of my beloved Sparky, who was my faithful companion for 17 years!

    I live in Vancouver, Canada. Living on the West coast, we are fortunate to enjoy incredible fresh local fish & shellfish. Because of our mild climate & living within 100kms of the Fraser Valley, we have an abundance of small farms that support our many Farmer’s Markets with their produce, artisan breads & cheeses, lamb, beef, pork, chicken & rabbit. I am totally spoiled, but incredibly grateful for having so much to choose from every week, year-round!

    I am a self-taught cook, from a family of food lovers strewn across Canada & the USA. When we’re fortunate enough to all get together, we joke about how we discuss lunch & dinner planning as we’re eating breakfast. Having been raised with very little processed foods, I tend to cook a lot like you & therefore look forward to the posts of your amazing meals!

    I really appreciate the time & effort it takes to be as faithful as you are in writing your blog , especially on those days when you feel less than stellar. Thank you for sharing with us!!

  84. RW says:

    I just wanted to say that I’m not sure how I found my way to your blog, but I’m glad I did. I love your ideas and pictures and look forward to catching up on reading here a few times a month.
    While I don’t eat as well as you do anymore, after having a baby, it does give me something to forward to again in a year or two and it’s nice to know other people feel the way we do about food!

  85. I stumbled across your blog last year…I’m not entirely sure how…I was living in France at the time as part of my studies and I think that I was perusing chocolate&zucchini and started jumping from link to link of food blogs and voilà! I really enjoy checking in with your blog every Tuesday now that I’m back home in Sydney, as someone who is very drawn to baking and has a super sweet tooth I love looking at your meals as a reminder of how delicious savourey food is and for inspiration about what to do with it! Im studying law and french (1 semester to go) but I would really like to bea baker/pastry chef and work in a lovely café or bakery somewhere because I love how food brings people together and am very passionate about good, healthy food for the heart – nutrition is so important but so is mental health and I think food, in the way it is created and shared can tend to both.

    your blog definitely helps mentally from a distance. (I need to find a man that can shake a shaker and muddle my world!)

    I have started a little blog as a creative outlet but as a full time student I am afraid I am très neglectful and need to lose the bad habit I have for forgetting my camera! You are also an inspiration when it comes to blogger duediligence!

    love it! you’re ace!

  86. Annette says:

    Hi, Jen. I’ve been reading your blog for almost 2 years now. I can’t remember how I found it, but I’m so glad I did. I’m a mother of 2 who lives just outside of D.C. in No. VA. You’ve inspired many meals in our home…thank you!!!

  87. Julia F. says:

    Jen, I actually can’t remember how I first found your blog but it instantly captivated me by the photography and the way you describe your experiences with food (finding, cooking, enjoying, thinking about it). After reading a few posts I realized that you were shopping at my own local farmers’ market in Providence, which added to the appeal. I ended up reading the whole blog from the beginning like a novel, and I always look forward to your new posts. I love the kinds of things you eat and I find the way you approach cooking very sympathetic.

    I read a very few other food blogs (of which the one I like best is Desert Candy) but what I like about yours (and Mercedes’) is that you have no “attitude”; you’re not trying to show off as a food expert or prove your chops. There are those subtle marks in some writers that say “I want you to notice how competent I am” whereas your writing always sounds earnest and engaged and intellectually direct. Lots of people can take lovely photos and eat wonderful things and think up inspiring recipes, but it’s so rare and delightful to read writing that makes you like the person doing these things and feel as if you’re enjoying the conversation.

    As for what I would like to see more of—what I really want is just more of what you’ve been doing, and I really hope it can remain interesting and fresh for you, because it certainly is for us!

  88. Becca says:

    Hi!! I live in Indianapolis. I do not remember where I found your blog, but it was love at first sight. Your photos are amazing. I love to peep in and hear your latest tasty ideas and feel-good stories about family and cats! Thank you for keeping this blog.

  89. Tine Nielsen says:

    I am a scientist living in Stockholm, Sweden, I came across your blog when living in Toronto, Canada and getting introduced to North American (food) culture (I am from Denmark). I have read it faithfully ever since and I love your posts and photos, I wish I had the same access to Farmer’s market and delicious food as you do!!! I love many of your “recipes” and use them to get ideas about what ingredients go well together, you also made me less afraid of poaching an egg, thanks a lot for that!

    I read:
    Orangette
    ugonnaeatthat.com
    smittenkitchen
    food and thoughts
    chowhound (not really blog, I know)

    I know from some of your posts that you have had a couple of down periods on your blog, but I would just like to take the chance to say that I love your blog and I would be sad to see it ever disappearing!!

  90. Hi Jen,
    I found your blog via CookEatFret. Claudia is the Thom Yorke of food, in my humble opinion. I have been reading for more than a year now. I love your photography and food choices. They’re so colorful and pleasing to the eye. Thanks for your beautiful posts.

  91. Mary says:

    Hello Jen,
    I’m a Stay at Home Mom down in Texas… I found your blog when I researched Clean Eating and Organic Foods. I have been following it ever since! I have tried several of your dishes, and the lack of recipes has pushed me to experiment with my cooking. That has given me the confidence to try lots of new things and start to cook with instinct. I love your food ideas and photography. You continue to inspire me and my family and I thank you for it!

  92. Hi Jen,

    You must know my powerful admiration for your cooking, photographs, and website by now! I don’t even remember the first time I found your blog, but it feels like it’s been a part of my daily routine forever.
    Like another commenter, many food-related conversations with my fiancee start with something I’ve read or seen from you, something new I want to play with. You are a constant inspiration.
    Your food is love, pure and simple. How else would anyone pour so much of her extremely busy self into such a labor intensive endeavor – on a daily basis?
    Your passion shines through.

  93. Well, I’ve been following your website for a long time, I love the photography, the simple text, and the kind of food you cook…

    I have left a few comments in the past, but I was not a blogger and felt that leaving comments was a “blogger thing”.

    Ironically enough, once I became a blogger (less than 2 months ago), instead of posting more comments, I feel even worse about it, as if I would be commenting to show my website. Go figure.

    ANYWAY, I admire the effort you put into your site, particularly now that I have a little better idea of the work involved 🙂

  94. Michelle says:

    I wish I knew how/where I found you. I’ve been reading your blog since 2007, and at one point that year had it posted to my facebook page. I adore your food, your voice, your pictures. It’s written kindly and without pretension, something that chafes me often about other food blogs. It always feels kind of like home to me.

    I’m 22 and moved to Williamsburg last year. Diner is, by far, no question, my favorite restaurant in the neighborhood… maybe even in the five boroughs. We spent my roommates birthday, and every other important meal. I hope you and your husband are happy and well in RI. Thanks for taking the time to write. Lastnightsdinner has really shaped the way I think about and enjoy food.

  95. Hi Jen,
    Like many others, I can’t remember where I first found your blog, but I do know that I’ve been a devoted reader ever since. I love your focus on fresh seasonal ingredients, and of course your amazing photography!

    I am a recent law school grad and soon to be lawyer living in Manhattan, and I love experimenting in my tiny (we’re talking minuscule) kitchen. I also read smitten kitchen, orangette, nosheteria, the wednesday chef, joy the baker, david lebovitz, and many (many!) more.

    Thanks for all of the great recipes and inspiring photos!

  96. I can’t believe missed this announcement to comment 🙂 I have been lurking forever too and I think I found yours by typing ‘last night’s dinner’. Like everyone says, thanks for the recipes & the lovely photos. My kitchen is never dull with my blogs like yours in my blogroll 🙂

  97. Jennifer Hess says:

    Okay, I’m just gonna say this: each and every one of you are SO invited over, any time. Drinks, dinner, we’ve got you covered, okay? Just give a shout first. xxxooo

  98. burge says:

    I’m late again.

    I’m Andrea, we’ve known each other for a good long while since the Delphi days and I think I’ve been reading since you started LND. I’m in London.

    Reading about your care for ingredients and seasonality gave me a real kick in the rear to be more serious about what I buy – I’d go for seasonal and ethical/organic when I could, but wind up being tempted by other bits and bobs. You, and the “discovery” of Borough Market put me onto using local (or at least British) ingredients, really keeping up with the seasons and generally the importance of provenance – or if I’m going to be all European about it, terroir. Reading about your dinners means I’m more likely to get ideas from ingredients than from recipe books now. Your photos are gorgeous, and really add to the inspiration factor.

    Earlier this week I put together a panzanella with sourdough, heirloom toms and the outer bit of a burrata because of your panzanella recipe a while back. all the ingredients came from the market, and I’d been waiting for the heirloom toms to come in.

    Now that I’m about to embark on the single life again, I reckon weekly menu planning is going to become really important. It’s something I hadn’t even thought about for years until you put it back into my mind.

    Basically, you rock. This is one of the two food blogs I visit on a regular basis.

  99. Prem says:

    I’m not a foodie at all, but I love your website. I first found your site while on a google search for something new to do with quinoa and was immediately hooked. I love the beauty you find in your food everyday, the pleasure in the simplest ingredients. Makes me look at my food and the market with completely different eyes. Thanks!

  100. Katie says:

    I heard about your blog from a friend of my wife’s…and I’ve been reading it ever since! I loooove your photographs…so beautiful. Always wishing for more words/description, but I’m just greedy! 🙂 Thank you!

  101. Love your site! I’ve got a blog…it’s got food, life, I talk about my Pugs, our travel, etc. You can come on over and peek around if you want! 🙂

  102. ashley says:

    Found you on Smitten Kitchen, I read that and 101cookbooks.com religiously and peruse recipes and menus during my workday, wishing it was my job. Love the site and love the domain name…. tremedous work!

  103. Amy says:

    I just found this blog, b/c this is EXACTLY what I’ve been doing for the last month, taking pics of every meal I make (although not as stunningly beautiful as yours!). Anyway, I recently got into some food blogs, and I think I found you by blog hopping from Orangette?? Can I ask what kind of camera you use for those gorgeous pics? My family joined a CSA this spring, and are lucky enough to be within a very short drive, or even long walk, from a farmer’s market here in Missouri. I’ve been experimenting with all the delicious food, and expanding the possibilities by searching the never-ending list of foodie blogs, thanks for this one! It’s a keeper!

  104. Jennifer Hess says:

    Hi Amy – Welcome! I’m using a Sony DSC-H2 which I’ve had for a couple of years. It’s a point-and-shoot but it has done a pretty good job for me. 🙂

  105. I’m late, as usual. I think I found your Flickr photostream first and then your blog. And I’m always inspired just by looking at your photos of your finished dishes as well as those of your farmers’ market produce!

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