Meet my friend Jennifer. I am so happy that she participated in this interview and that you get a chance to hear from her! She is an incredible cook always making the healthiest meals and baking the best desserts…red velvet cake being one of her yummy creations! She has been a good friend to me for many years, has 2 of the cutest boys, and brings such a light when she enters a room or conversation! Check out her blog called “It’s All Adventure” and follow her stories, recipes, and great mom posts here. ENJOY!

Name:

Jennifer Laird

Location:

Grapevine, TX, USA

Tell us a few fun facts about yourself:

I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA and recently moved to the DFW area a little over a year ago. I met my husband, Jason, over 16 years ago. We married 9.5 years ago and have two amazing sons, Liam who is about to be 5 and Nixon who is 2. We love being outside together, but also love snuggling up to watch a good movie. I fell in love with cooking about 5 yrs ago. It started with baking and now I love making anything. I usually cook something “new” once a week.

What is your most favorite food?

Oh that is hard. I feel like I have a favorite food per meal. LOL. But I will probably go with fish and vegetables.

If you were having friends over for dinner what is your go-to meal?

Lately my go-to-meal had been paleo Shepherds Pie with a salad. It is a great comfort food that most people like and I love being able to introduce a healthier alternative to Shepherds Pie. Thankfully everyone has really liked it so far. :)

What are five pantry staples in your kitchen right now?

Coconut and olive oil, Sea Salt, Ground Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, (I use these seasonings more than any other.)
P.S. – I have an entire different list for baking. :)

What inspires you in the kitchen?

Seeing the expression of people’s face when they eat it. I love (and hate) to watch the initial bite and then talk about it.

If you could learn more about something in the kitchen or food related what would it be?

I would love to learn more tips for the kitchen and would also like to know more about different ethnic foods and spices.

What advice you would give someone who is just starting out in the kitchen but wants to grow in the skills as a home cook?

Start easy and don’t give up. I was not great in the kitchen when I first got married and I am still learning. Ask my husband and he will amen that, but I kept trying and continue to learn. When just starting out go by the recipe and as you perfect it, begin to try to put your own twist on it. Also don’t just stick to the same old recipes. In order to grow, you must try new things….new foods, new spices, and new techniques.

What is a favorite food memory you have? (maybe from your own home or from somewhere around the world)

One of the best meals I’ve eaten was in Cabo San Lucas on my honeymoon. We were sitting outside near an open kitchen. The salad was a pear and goat cheese salad that was out of this world. For the main course I had freshly caught whole baked fish…I cannot even describe it to you. But I will let you know that at the end of the meal, only fish bones were left. The flavor and tenderness of fish was delish.

What do you want others to discover as they are in the kitchen cooking?

Flavors. I want them to be able to put a blindfold on and truly taste the food…each bite would be an experience not just a motion.

What is your food philosophy?

Go fresh. Fresh fruits and vegetables will revolutionize the flavors and taste of your food.

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