Welcome to the new format of the Friday Foodie Feature. As a blogger it is so important to me to be able to share different perspectives from the food, wine, and travel worlds, so I wanted to keep the Friday Foodie Feature but change the format a little. Going forward, I will continue to feature a fellow blogger each Friday, but it is completely up to the individual what to include. I am seeking foodies for future Fridays, so please email me if you are interested in contributing.
Today’s feature is Jen from Twenty-Something and Starving. Jen is not only a blogger, but she is the cousin of my long time neighbors and friends back in NJ, so I have known her since she was little. It makes me feel old to see her all grown up! My mom and sister were at a christening this past spring (which I missed due to the Boston Marathon), found out about Jen’s blog, and I have been a fan ever since. She has a great writing voice and professional quality photos and recipes and is definitely someone to follow.
Well, hello! I’m Jen, and I am the mastermind behind Twenty-Something and Starving.
I started Twenty-Something and Starving in September for my Online Journalism class. My professor said we needed to choose a topic we were passionate about, and I knew instantly that I had to choose food.
I’ve always loved food. I remember growing up, I would spend weekends at my Dad’s house, and he would always plan something elaborate for our Saturday dinners and Sunday breakfasts and I loved helping and spending time in the kitchen.
I’ve always loved writing, too. My most famous piece of writing – at least according to my Mom – is one I wrote in the first grade about a penguin that lived in my freezer. Ha. Clearly I’ve always had a sense of humor, too!
When the semester ended and my Online Journalism class was over, I chose to continue blogging because I grew to love it!!
In the last 10 or so months, my life has changed so much. I graduated from college. I left my home state of New Jersey (and moved next door to Pennsylvania.). I’m attempting to plan a wedding. Sheesh. It sounds even crazier when I write it all out. Blogging has been an amazing outlet for me. It takes two things in my life that are constant and that I love and turns them into something other people can enjoy, too! And that makes me so, so happy.
If I had to pick my favorite post I would say that it’s actually a video project I did for my class about Joloff Rice, a traditional and rather tasty African dish. My favorite recipe, though, is for my Chicken and Corn Chowder. I love soup. So much. It’s hard to really pick my favorite food, but soup may actually take the cake. Heh. Cake is good, too. But in all seriousness – soup is so versatile and typically pretty healthy and tasty and yum.
Anywho, my blog is still kind of a baby, I guess. I haven’t even been blogging for a year yet. However, I do have 50 original recipes and my plan is that once I get to 100, I’m going to start compiling my recipes into a Twenty-Something and Starving cookbook! I already have a layout planned in my head, but that’s the Journalism major in me! What started out as a class assignment has really become quite an adventure for me, and it’s one I plan to continue for as long as people keep enjoying it.