Hi! My name is Jodie and I’m a foodie on a budget. I currently live in a small-town in Tennessee where I help manage my family’s winery and raise my twins, Jack and Ella with the help of my wonderful husband. Food has been a part of my life for so long now. I began in the restaurant business at the age of 15 and I have been swimming in and around food ever since. I cook mostly for just family and friends now, but in the past I operated my own catering company and taught cooking classes. You can read my weekly column that I write for my local newspapers here on this blog and also at Tennessean.com

My children were 18 months old when I started this little blog, and although the blog is still little, my kids are not. They will turn 10 soon!

I love to hear from my readers! So if you have a question about anything drop me an email! I look forward to grown-up conversation wherever I can get it! 🙂

A few notes about the recipes and my photographs:

  • I am an eyeballer. I don’t measure much and I especially don’t measure salt and pepper. So, you will notice that I often don’t add a specific measurement for salt and pepper. Why? Because everybody’s taste is different and the amount of salt and pepper I like may not be right for you. So taste, taste, taste!!!
  • I typically work with kosher salt for cooking and regular salt for baking.
  • My stove is not your stove. They are different. So cooking times may vary. A good thermometer works wonders as well.
  • All photos and recipes are under copyright. If you would like to use one for commercial purposes, please contact me. If you would like to make one of my recipes for your own blog, please provide a link back to my post with appropriate credit and rewrite the recipe in your own words. You may not reuse my photos without my consent. Any of my copyrighted material found on your site will be reported to Google as copyright infringement. Basically, don’t steal my stuff y’all.

– I shoot with a Nikon D300 and most recently a Nikkor 35mm 1.8 lens. For the most part I use natural window light and a very fancy reflector ( ok, it’s just some foam core). On occasion I will pull out my Nikon 600sb flash with my handy dandy Fong Lightsphere and take pictures, but that is usually when it is mid December and dark at 4:30pm. I have studio lights, but I never use them for blog posts. Why not, you ask? Because they are a pain in the butt to get out.

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