health nut. outdoor adventurer. food fanatic. kitchen enthusiast.
I’m Jenni, a twenty-something, cauliflower and cottage cheese obsessed, peanut-butter lovin’ health nut, kitchen enthusiast, food fanatic, veggie-lover, outdoor adventurer, and grad student cooking, eating and exploring my way through life.
I grew up in a small town in Western Wisconsin with my parents and two siblings. Growing up, the kitchen was the heart of our house. Family suppers, Saturday morning pancakes, and Sunday afternoon chocolate chip cookies were the norm. My mom jokes that the most-used piece of furniture in our home is the kitchen table – I have no doubt she’s right. As a child, I spent my days venturing on family camping trips up north, baking cookies with my mom, running barefoot through the summer nights, and building snowmen or skiing in the winter. In high school I played sports and did science-y things. I spent my undergraduate years at UW-Madison studying dietetics and communications, but recently jumped states to pursue my dietetic internship and master’s degree. My Mom calls me “Sweets”, my sister calls me Jen, and my friends, well sometimes, they just call me crazy.
I have always loved food. The health thing came a bit later.
As a young girl I would spend nearly an hour paging through my Little House on the Prairie cookbook trying to pick out a recipe to make, while my mom tied a checkered apron around my waist and waited patiently. Despite my indecisiveness, I always chose Maple Syrup Sugar Cookies – we must have made them a hundred times.
In middle school, after eating banana yogurt everyday at the noon hour, I decided I needed to branch out. My mind was blown when I realized I could make my own “Subway” sandwiches to pack in my lunch box, and I always looked forward to the weekly shopping trips with my dad to pick out crusty French bread, turkey from the deli, and crisp veggies. Yes, I loved veggies, even as a sixth grader.
It was after taking a few home ec and food science classes in high school that I really became interested in cooking “for real”, as I like to call it. I read cookbooks like novels and began to regularly experiment in the kitchen and to prep snacks and meals for my family and friends. About this same time too, I really began to understand and value the relationship between food and the human body. I became interested in the nutritional value of food and how the foods we eat affect our health and wanted to share my new found knowledge with others. Naturally, this led me to pursue a degree in Dietetics. But as passionate and as sure as I was about dietetics, I still couldn’t ignore my interest in and love for writing, so I decided to tack on another degree in Life Sciences Communication. BOOM baby – that’s right, two bachelor degrees for this gal right here. Dreaming of a career where I can put both of them to good use, communicating important health messages and helping others understand how to apply them in their own lives! But okay, now we’re getting off on a bit of a tangent….
Anyways, with my bachelors’ under my belt, I guess that brings me to the place I am today, aka grad student/dietetic intern lyyyyfe.
My favorite way to spend a day off from classes or work is in the kitchen, cooking, baking, and creating healthy, wholesome food to fuel my next adventure. I swear the time flies like no other when I’ve got an apron slung around my waist and flour in my hair.
Today, I think so many of us at this stage in our lives are caught up in the excitement, worry, and stress of life, that we don’t take the time to make eating and cooking healthy a priority. After, all cooking for one or two can be tricky as most recipes make enough to feed a whole family – and we all know some of us just aren’t ready for that step in our lives yet. Instead, we turn to fast-food, take-out, and processed and prepackaged foods because, let’s face it, these are easy options and we just don’t think we have the time, money, or kitchen cred to cook for ourselves. But I beg to differ! Over the last few years I have discovered and fell in love with cooking healthy at home. Sure, I still love a Dairy Queen Blizzard or a slice of Pizza Hut pizza on occasion, but when it comes to my daily meals and snacks, I have found that it can be
just as tasty and easy tastier and easier, not to mention healthier and more satisfying, to prepare my own!
My blog, Jenni’s Table, serves as a place where I can share kitchen tips, cooking musings, and simple, healthy recipes for the hungry, the frugal, the time-crunched, and the health-conscious who are looking to eat simply darn good food. And let’s face it, you
might will definitely get a few random daily life ramblings in the mix too because this girl can talk.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me via email, Facebook or Instagram (jenniwolf4). Sorry, but despite being a millennial, I am not much of a twitterer.
Thanks for stopping by – there’s always a seat for you at my table!