Hello! My name is Jennifer and I am cooking my way through the seasons in beautiful Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.
Seasons and Suppers is my online food and cooking diary, where I get a chance to share what’s cooking in my kitchen throughout the year. Thanks for stopping by!
So, what’s cooking here?
I love to cook simple food that tastes great. That may not sound earth-shaking, but I figure it’s taken me a good 20 years of cooking to figure that out. I’ve discovered that the best foods I cook and eat are those with few ingredients, cooked simply with the best fresh, seasonal ingredients I can find.
And so it will go, through the seasons, enjoying all the fresh fruits and vegetables when they are at their best. And when the long Canadian winter rolls around and pretty much nothing is fresh and local for months, I’ll can still find plenty of simple, good foods to enjoy, like homemade breads with preserves I made from last summers fruits or enjoying the citrus fruits or root vegetables that are at their best during our winter months.
Now that doesn’t mean I’m all “fruit and veggies”. I have a legendary sweet tooth and a fondness for comfort food. For me, no food is “off limits”. (Some I just indulge in less often than others). My only rule – whatever it is I crave, I’ll try to make it at home, from scratch.
So all that said, you’ll find a bit of everything here – seasonal and healthy; hearty and comforting; sometimes a little bit sinful … but always tasty.
A bit more about the cook and her resident taste-testers
I hate writing about myself, but I know that people like to know a bit about the person behind the recipes. So … I am a wife of 28 years and a mother of 2. My oldest has “left the nest”, but our 16 year old daughter is still at home. She spends a lot of time thinking up things she’d like me to cook or bake for her. Whatever it is though, she always tells me it’s the best thing she’s ever eaten. And she means it. She makes cooking very rewarding.
My husband is a “meat and potatoes” kind of guy and is usually pretty easy to please. If it’s a plate full of food and someone has made it for him, he’s a happy man. Over the years, he’s gradually come around to accepting that not every meal has to have meat and potatoes. That said though, I do always consider his appetite and make sure even lighter meals are hearty enough for his appetite.
We live on a 5 acre, rural property (or “in the bush”, as our daughter often refers to it). I cook in a kitchen that was the original log home that sat on this property and was built in 1870. It’s full of modern conveniences though (thankfully!). All except a dishwasher. We have never installed one, so I do all the washing up from my cooking adventures by hand. Yes, I do have dish-pan hands.
10 11 Things About Me
1. I am one of those people who thinks Cilantro tastes like soap. Apparently it’s a genetic thing.
2. I don’t like olives, lamb, fennel, eggplant or Brussel sprouts (and Cilantro, of course).
3. I love goat cheese and if I could, would find a way to work it into every dish.
4. I bake all the bread for my family and have done so for the past 5 years.
5. I’m a middle child (explains so much, really).
6. I’m impatient by nature and it has caused me more than a few cooking failures.
7. I was born and raised in Muskoka. So was my Dad and my Grandmother.
8. I complain a lot about the winter here, but I secretly think it is really beautiful and peaceful. (Now, no longer a secret, I guess ;)
9. I am addicted to … coffee, the internet, tv (love CSI (any flavour), Criminal Minds and the Real Housewives, in particular).
10. In the summer of 2012, I broke my arm after I fell off the chair I was standing on to take a picture of this Dutch baby.
11. I will probably continue to stand on chairs to take food photos, because sometimes … I just never learn.
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The Fine Print (or what’s cool and what’s not)
It’s cool to post any of my photos on Pinterest or Tumblr (or a similar photo-sharing site), providing the photo links back here. And thanks for sharing!
It’s cool to use my photos in a recipe-round-up type post, where only the photo is shown and the photo links back to the recipe here (or a text link below/beside the photo). And thanks for the link love!
It’s not cool to link directly to the photo to display it on your site. That’s called hotlinking and it uses my bandwidth to display content on your site. Definitely not cool.
It’s cool to use any recipe you find on this site on your site (recipes are for sharing!) If posting on your own blog, please take your own photos and re-write the instructions in your own words. A link back to my original post would be cool, especially if the recipe is original (doesn’t indicate it was adapted from another source).
It’s not cool to post both my photos and recipe copy (re-written or not) on your site or post it onto a recipe sharing site. After all, if you’ve posted all the content on your site (or another site), what reason would anyone have to visit here? And since I’m the one who bought the ingredients, cooked it, photographed it and wrote it up, I figure it’s not too much to ask that visitors enjoy the content on my site (and not yours or theirs). It’s really only fair, right?
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