Recipes, Photography, Musings

About Dragonflyhome Recipes

about photoHello, 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.

oatmeal baked appleI 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.

strawberry biscuitsI 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.

baked pears with blue cheese 1632It 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!

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  1. Michelle

    Hi, I am very new to all this blogging stuff & not a confident writer so excuse my poor attempt. I LOVED checking out your recipes & your photos spoke straight to my heart. I am going to follow you and will enjoy comparing the different seasons we have from one side of this AMAZING PLANET to the other (:

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you so much, Michelle! I just checked out your blog and will follow it as well. Your photos are beautiful!

      • Michelle

        Thank you – you are my first follower!!!
        I think I will have so much to look forward to (:

  2. Anonymous

    Jenny, I don’t know where to start praising Dragonflyhome. The incredible photos? The fantastic recipes? Your positive, engaging, inspiring writing? I just love the way you tie a theme or a memory with a relevant recipe, and illustrate it so beautifully with your photos. You should be very, very proud of what you’ve created. You’re doing great work and you’ve earned a devoted follower (and I don’t follow anyone!) Thank you – keep up the amazing work.

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you so very much! I really appreciate your kind words.

  3. Julie Mannino

    I just read you story in “Mary Jane’s Farm”. Could you share your bread recipe. Thanks

    • dragonflyhome

      I would be happy to share my bread recipe. I will do a blog post with the bread recipe included this week. Thank you for asking!

  4. milkandbun

    Hi there! Just stumble upon your blog! Love your bright and beautiful photos! 🙂

  5. dragonflyhome

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog, Mila! I’m glad that I got the chance to look at your blog! I look forward to following it–I really enjoy your photos and recipes!

  6. tinywhitecottage

    Thank you so much for visiting and leaving me a message Jenny. Your blog is wonderful. I love your photographs and I, too, love being part of the process of sharing the love of food! Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work.

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you so much! I am so glad I discovered your blog as well. Your recipes and photographs are inspiring!

  7. Nancy

    I’m so happy Fiesta Friday allowed us to connect! You have a lovely blog, and I’m looking forward to browsing through posts I may have missed…as well the ones yet to come. 🙂 (Thanks for the follow at my end as well.) Happy to connect with a fellow Michigander!

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you so much. I am also happy to connect with a fellow Michigander and food-lover. 🙂

  8. lapetitepaniere

    Hi Jenny, you have a beautiful blog with wonderful recipes and pictures.Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following it and I look forward to many more posts.
    Linda 🙂

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you, Linda! I look forward to more posts on your blog too!

  9. thehealthyfoodblogger

    I am so jealous that you live in a state where you can get great produce! My daughter is going to college in Ann Arbor and they a wonderful farmers’ market there!

    • Jenny

      Thank you for visiting my blog! Yes, I have been to the farmers market in Ann Arbor, and it is great. I don’t live as close to there as I used to, so I now go to smaller markets, but they are nice too. I hope your daughter is enjoying her time at U of M! 🙂

  10. Gloria

    Loved your blog. It’s so vibrant, positive and has wonderful recipes. Looking forward to explore more!

    • Jenny

      Thank you so much, Gloria! I appreciate you visiting my blog. I look forward to checking out your blog too!

  11. Shari

    Hi Jenny, I really loved your About page. You state so eloquently the importance of food in our lives. We share many of the same interests such as gardening and trying new recipes. I look forward to following you and seeing your posts.

    • Jenny

      Thank you Shari, I enjoyed your blog as well, and I’m really glad I found it through Fiesta Friday. I felt the same way when I read your about page. 🙂 I look forward to checking out more of your recipes as well!

  12. Nadia

    Thanks for stopping by and joining my blog. I hope you enjoy reading my recipes and travels as much as I enjoy sharing them with you. Welcome aboard.

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Nadia! I very much enjoyed your blog, and look forward to your future posts!

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