Hello, I’m Jenny, and welcome to Dragonfly Home Recipes! This is a place where I share my favorite recipes, while indulging in some of my favorite passions–food, writing and photography. I am a home cook who loves to learn about food, nutrition, gardening, and the role food plays in our lives. Eating well is an essential way to create joy and vitality.
Food is endlessly fascinating to me. It is practical and basic–we all need to eat in order to survive. Yet it is so much more than that too. Food is a way to express love, to give comfort, to nourish one’s heart as well as one’s body. Food is all tied up with our emotions, and it connects us with others through shared meals, recipes exchanged, and memories of those who have influenced us and eaten with us. Eating well gives us healthy bodies–glossy hair and shining eyes, and lots of energy to do the things we love to do. Food can be a form of art and self-expression, and fruits and vegetables are naturally beautiful.
I love to try new recipes and share the ones that work really well. Friends and family often ask for my recipes, so I started this blog to keep the beloved recipes all in one place, where others could find them. The recipes I share are ones I have found to be reliable, successful and well loved. Some are recipes I have developed myself (through plenty of trial and error!) and others are adapted from recipes I have discovered in my favorite cookbooks or websites, in which case I give credit to the source of my inspiration.
I especially like to cook with foods from our garden or nearby farm stands, and I try to cook with foods that are in season, because they taste fresher and make me feel connected to this great earth. Also, I try to use ingredients that are healthy, wholesome and pure, while at the same time accessible (not too many obscure ingredients). Life can get very busy and complicated, and we can’t always cook whole foods that are in season. But for the most part, I find that my family and I feel the best when we are eating well, and the recipes on this blog reflect mostly healthy, wholesome, and mostly seasonal eating. I believe that balance is important, and indulging in treats we love is essential too. I know how busy weeknight dinners can be, and many of my recipes are easy and fairly quick to make.
It takes some effort to be mindful about what we eat, some planning and some commitment, but to me, it is well worth the effort. The kitchen is the center of our home, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. We turn to good food for vitality when we are hungry, comfort when we are down, and celebration when we want to share a happy occasion. I am honored to be part of the process of sharing the love of food.
My husband and I live in the beautiful countryside of Michigan with our two children, our mischief-loving dog, and our tiny canary.
Thank you for stopping by!