Hi! I’m Jenny. I am a mom of 3, married twenty something years to my awesome husband and currently homeschool my youngest while I cook, research, write about, photograph and experiment with food in my kitchen and plants in my garden.
In the old days (as my son would say!) I earned my History degree and began my working life as a research specialist and paralegal for a local Atlanta engineering firm. I took some time off to start a family and have two daughters. Later I took a job with a national insurance company, and worked my way up to Underwriter before deciding I wanted to spend more time with my family.
With the arrival of my son, our family was complete and I worked for free (volunteering!) with our local public school system as a room mom, PTA helper, library helper, reader, fundraiser, chaperone and later Band Mom.
Along the way, I’ve had fun in the kitchen. I’ve cooked up some good food, some not so good food and some absolute failures! I have learned a lot and am very thankful for the rewards ~ the smiles and thanks from family and friends!
Here are some fun food opportunities I’ve had:
4 Live TV Demonstrations on Atlanta’s 11 Alive Peachtree Morning 1997-1999
- Homemade & Canned Salsa
- Barbecue Chicken Pizza
- Choc-Espresso Cheesecake
- Mushroom Crepe Lasagna
Mick’s Restaurant/11 Alive Peachtree Morning Dessert Contest Finalist 1998, for Choc-Espresso Cheesecake recipe
2000 MasterChef USA Contestant (PBS) Southeast Regional Winner, 2 TV appearances, Regional Cookoff and Semi-Finals
Better Homes & Gardens Prize Tested Recipe Monthly Grand prizes:
- 1997 Corn & Tomato Pasta Salad
- 1999 Mushroom Crepe Lasagna
- 2003 Tuscan Mac and Cheese (also published in Better Homes and Gardens 2011 The Ultimate Casseroles Book)
Better Homes and Gardens Prize Tested Monthly Recipe Honor Roll prizes:
- 2005 Spicy Spinach Salmon Salad
- 2007 Pecan Crusted Mojito Bars (also published in Better Homes and Gardens 2014 The Ultimate Cookie Book)
Designed and edited Milton High School Band 60th Anniversary Cookbook ~ 2009
I started SpoonGood.com in 2015 to connect with other people who like to cook at home, and share my passion for from scratch cooking. I get the best feeling when I get good recipe feedback from a reader!
I love the photography process almost as much as cooking! My current equipment preference for taking photographs is a mirrorless four thirds camera adapted to be used with old manual lenses (favorite lens currently is an 80s era Minolta 50mm f/1.4).
I photograph in my kitchen next to the windows to utilize natural light and I do not fiddle around very much with post processing so what you see is really the way the food turned out.
Contact me at JennySpencer@SpoonGood.com if you’re interested in SpoonGood content, or for special projects, recipe development or other inquiries.