About MJ

About the only credentials I bring to a food blog are a lifelong love of food and cooking. I don’t create many recipes totally on my own; I usually take other people’s recipes and tweak them here or there to make them easier or better suited to my tastes.

Everyone thinks that people who like to cook must love cookbooks, and I’ve heard of cooks who have thousands of them. I don’t care for them. I’ve got a few I’ve purchased myself, mostly as fundraisers, a few that have been gifts and a few that I actually use. My beloved cookbook is my own and consists of (currently) three binders filled with recipes printed on pretty paper in a 16-point font. I didn’t have to wear my glasses all the time back then, so the bigger type made it possible to follow directions without putting on the glasses. This is my go-to book; every recipe in there has been deemed a keeper by my husband and me. They never disappoint.

I have lots of handed-down-through-the-family recipes in my cookbook — just not through my family. My mom and my grandmothers weren’t the type to measure out or write down their methods. I do measure and write, so my son will have a complete and detailed record. He’s a cook, too. In fact, being female and cooking makes me sort of a rarity within my immediate family, where the men are all as much at home in the kitchen as, if not more than, the women.

I get my recipes from everywhere — TV, magazines, newspapers, books and, yes, even cookbooks. I especially like when I get them from friends, though, so feel free to share any favorites you have. I’m always looking for something new to fix for dinner!

— MJ



  1. Having eaten some of your cooking, I’m delighted to get whatever recipes you want to share. Do you take requests?

    • I certainly do! Let me know what you want, and I’m happy to share.

  2. You can start with your Pork and Butternut Squash recipe. That sounds yummers!

    • It’s up now! I know you’re a lover of great soups and stews, so let me know what you think of it.

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