Hi! I’m Jeni, the voice behind Biscuits and Booze.
And welcome to the blog!
I love to talk and write about food ALMOST as much as I love to eat it and prepare it. My food philosophy is everything in moderation – except perhaps pizza, which I am sort of obsessed with (cheese and bread!). I’ve been a pescetarian for almost ten years now, though, which means I eat fish and seafood but no beef, chicken, pork, or game.
My childhood was southern, with all the biscuits and gravy and cheesy grits a little girl’s heart could desire, and my adulthood has been both international and New Orleans based, and on my blog you’ll find food inspired by all of the above.
I think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, which is my excuse for trying ALL THE RESTAURANTS. Great chefs at great restaurants regularly inspire me, and I will frequently write about great eateries in my two hometowns of Knoxville, TN and New Orleans, LA, as well as exciting places I discover on my travels.
If I were to sum up my “food style” in one sentence I would say that I am interested in classic dishes, comfort food, and vegetarian/healthful cuisine that someone can reasonably prepare well in a home kitchen.
I love spice, dry white wine, and creative cocktails.
Happy hour is the BEST hour or three of the day. (this one bears repeating 🙂
I am NOT to be trusted around donuts. NO WILLPOWER. Which is why I’m also a part time fitness teacher – I teach spin, yoga, mat Pilates, not-your-grandma’s-water-aerobics, and sculpt classes. Or at least I do when I’m not pregnant!
I travel a great deal, and my husband is from London, so we spend as much time in the UK as possible, which is never enough (damn that currency exchange!). I read all the time, and I read widely. My husband and I both write fiction, and eventually will publish books of our own, she says, with hopeful determination.
We also run a small literary enterprise called Burlesque Press. We not only publish a few books a year, but we host a creative writing and literary festival in New Orleans over New Years. The festival culminates in a masquerade ball. What better way to spend New Year’s than eating, drinking, reading, writing, and masquerade-balling in New Orleans, right?
We are here in Knoxville because my husband is working on a PhD. We have two dogs and two cats, and our first child was born this past August. Hello gorgeous baby! Good bye free time! But you know what? I don’t even mind. His smiles make me MELT.
How Can I help You Here at Biscuits and Booze?
Here at Biscuits and Booze I like to talk about recipes of all kinds. I love to cook and bake, but I am most definitely a home cook. Everything I make can reasonably be prepared in your kitchen, right at home. Click here to explore!
And finally, I want to talk about this new motherhood season of my life. There’s so much uncertainty around motherhood – am I making sure my baby gets enough sleep? Enough food? Enough play time? But there is oh so much joy as well. I really want to connect with other Moms who are also doing their best to figure this thing out!