About Auntie Jen

Jen is a loving wife, devoted dog mom, caring and loyal aunt, friend, sister, daughter, cousin, and niece. Her passion is to make others smile, preferably by feeding them!

Easy Baba Ganoush

By |April 5th, 2017|All Recipes, Dietary Restrictions, Gluten Free, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian|

So...I love baba ganoush. It's easily in my top 5 of favorite foods. I will order it any day, any time that I see it on a menu. I will drive miles to get it. There is a restaurant local to me that has baba ganoush. It is so delicious, but it costs me SEVEN [...]

Honey Walnut Fig Cheeseball

By |January 31st, 2017|All Recipes, Appetizers, Party Food, Snacks, Vegetarian|

I think this may be my new favorite party dish. Cheeseballs are so easy to make and are my go-to appetizer for the holidays and parties. I wanted to make a quick snack to take to a family dinner last night and was short on time. I had crackers and cream cheese in the fridge, [...]

Best Breakfast Smoothie

By |January 24th, 2017|All Recipes, Breakfast, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian|

Smoothies are so good for breakfast. If you're in a hurry all the time, like me, something as simple as a smoothie can keep you from going without breakfast on days where you hit snooze one (or two) too many times. This particular smoothie was inspired by ingredients that I had in my home and [...]

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Flank Steak

By |January 24th, 2017|All Recipes, Dinner, Gluten Free, Slow Cooker|

Flank steak! I love flank steak. IMHO it's the most underrated steak of them all. I find it's the easiest to cook if I'm in a hurry. No mess to clean, no opening windows in the dead of winter because my smoke alarm is going off, no letting the steak rest for 20 minutes at [...]

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings with Spicy Garlic Sauce

By |January 24th, 2017|All Recipes, Appetizers, Dinner, Gluten Free|

A couple of weeks ago I went through a phase where all I wanted was a spicy batch of buffalo wings. In Ohio there is no shortage of wings, but I didn't want something that was battered and deep fried. Wings are rich enough as is without adding breading and oil. I tried to bury [...]

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

By |September 28th, 2016|All Recipes, Dinner, Vegetarian|

If you want comfort food, you've come to the right place. I made pumpkin mac and cheese last night for a family dinner and it was all I'd hoped for and more. Penne pasta drowned in a rich pumpkin cheese sauce. I never said it is good for you, but you will be nice and [...]

Quinoa PB Apple Dog Bites

By |September 27th, 2016|All Recipes, For the Pups|

Fall cooking is not just for the humans in my household. I love to make my fur-children yummy snacks too! Especially with whole and healthy ingredients. They love them so much more than anything I give them from a package and I'm a sucker for their pleading eyes and wagging tails. I'm sure you are [...]

Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

By |September 27th, 2016|All Recipes, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Gluten Free|

Ever have a craving for meatloaf? It can't be just me...can it? Well I'll pretend like that's normal and tell you that I wanted meatloaf, but something that wasn't totally heavy and greasy. Something I wouldn't feel totally guilty about eating. So, I thought, why not use quinoa as a filler instead of breadcrumbs. And [...]

Cinnamon Ginger Bark

By |September 27th, 2016|All Recipes, Appetizers, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Party Food, Vegetarian|

Bark is one of the easiest sweet treats you can make. All you need is a bowl, a spoon, a mallet and a microwave and you can prepare a delicious dessert in about 10 minutes. My cinnamon ginger bark was inspired by a recipe I saw on Facebook for Oreo bark. It uses basically the [...]

Pumpkin Soup

By |September 27th, 2016|All Recipes, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Slow Cooker, Vegan, Vegetarian|

Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere! I'm not the typical pumpkin fan. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice lattes (gasp), but I do like my pumpkin savory. This Pumpkin Soup recipe is adapted from a recipe I found online. It's hearty, smooth, and creamy. It really hits the spot on a chilly fall [...]