Behind The Butter

Celebrating Life, One Crumb at a Time

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For as long as I can remember, my whole life has been centered in the kitchen. I had my first taste of wild mushroom soup at The Williamsburg Inn when I was fourteen months old, after I banged my chubby fists on the white linen tablecloth, refusing both the children’s menu and my milk. It was 1986. My poor parents had no idea what they had gotten themselves into.
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Post-mushroom soup, my favorite seat in the house was in a wicker basket at my mom’s feet while she cooked dinner. She would toss me strips of bell peppers and carrots and hand me copper bottomed pots to bang around with while pasta boiled on the stove. I loved the feel of the dry crunch of pasta between my baby teeth, and could happily sit perched in the basket for hours watching my mom neatly dice red onions and mince garlic for homemade sauce.
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Flash forward twenty years and I’m standing at a long metal counter wearing three layers of clothing underneath my chef coat because Chef keeps the kitchen at fifty six degrees to preserve the meat. In front of me is a raw chicken and to my side is a bucket of sanitizer and my newly sharpened knives.
I have exactly four minutes to completely break down the bird and produce perfect airline chicken breasts, the name coming from the fancy cut of meat served in the first class cabin of planes during the sixties. I take a deep breath and pick up my knife to make the first clean cut down the center.
A year after that moment, I’m standing in a large professional kitchen at an exclusive yacht club in a seaside resort town, tempering chocolate to produce garnishes for three hundred creme brulees. I love the way the paper parchment cone feels under my fingertips and I lift my hand slightly to drizzle the warm chocolate neatly onto long acetate sheets. I concentrate hard for a steady hand, and I can feel a small drizzle of sweat run down the curve of my back. The kitchen buzzes with line cooks and kitchen timers. I am the only girl there.
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I love the way my hands sink into a warm mound of bread dough, the yeasty smell rising and the feeling of life under my palms. I force myself to wake up every morning at three o’clock, grab a quick cup of coffee and make it into the bakery by four. From four to six thirty, I produce about three dozen pastries and bake off fifty loaves of artisan bread from scratch. Scents of sourdough starter, toasted flour and sizzling butter fill my nose as I work silently while the rest of the world is still fast asleep. The blast of heat that hits my face as I pull open the industrial sized oven is nothing compared to the scars I have from five hundred degree sheet pans touching my skin.
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Now, I read cookbooks like they’re novels, pages dotted with small splatters of red sauce and butter. I work hard to capture food on the page or through my camera’s lens. I cook and bake for those I love, throwing my heart and soul into a batch of cookies or a loaf of fragrant sweet bread.
My life is pretty simple, really, but I enjoy every single second of it.
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152 Comments

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    Victoria
    August 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I love your attitude Jenna!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    August 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    This was beautiful. I love your relationship with food and how to you cooking is life.

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    August 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    This post captures exactly why I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for your book to hit the shelves!! I love that you have turned your love for food into a career.

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      Morgan
      August 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree. This is one of the best articles, essays, books, poems, I’ve read in a long time.

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    Betsy
    August 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Great post!!!

    I was a line cook once, those burns are the worst!!!

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    Andrea P
    August 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    This is such a great post. I’m lovin’ the new ELR!

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    crunchy granola gal
    August 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    this is very intro-to-my-memoir-esque… if that makes any sense. i dig!

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    Rachel
    August 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Just lovely! I don’t know anything like that in my life that has permeated throughout my history like this. What a nice thing to have.

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    Andrea
    August 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I am loving your blog more and more everyday!

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    Brittney
    August 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I love the way you write 🙂

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    Angharad
    August 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Gorgeous post! This is obviously so much more where your heart belongs these days and it’s so much more engaging to read and see! Love it.

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    AshleyH
    August 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    You’re amazing Jenna. So glad you changed your blog.

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    Kathleen
    August 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I have so many good memories from when I was a little kid helping my mom in the kitchen and your post is really taking me back. Love the new header!

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    AdrienneCarolyn
    August 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Beautiful!

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    leslie
    August 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    i love LOVE looking back over life moments through food memories. this reads like it could be the intro to your book, jenna. you’ve crafted a really nice picture of how you got where you are in this post. 🙂

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    Brooke - One Healthy Cookie
    August 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    You are amazing!

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    Chrissy (The New Me)
    August 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Lovely post. Just lovely!
    (And now I’m suddenly very, very hungry!)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet
    August 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Love, love, love, love. That is all!

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    Tasha - the clean eating mama
    August 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    ::: love :::

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    Maissa
    August 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. I still remember the first time my mom and I made challah bread, and she showed me how to carefully braid it, and give it an egg wash so it would come out golden.

    Nothing makes me happy faster than creaming butter and sugar, and while I still have a lot to learn, I’m proud to say I’ve already figured out how to turn out perfect scones. My friends and family are pretty sure I’m out to make them all gain twenty pounds because I keep gifting cookies and making elaborate desserts every time they come over.

    I love this post. I love how much you love food, I love that you too understand the joy it can bring.

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    Kamaile
    August 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    My Mom taught homemaking so I understand where you’re coming from. Of course her love for cooking didn’t rub off on me I think because I was always cooked for. Maybe someday….

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    Nicole
    August 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    That was really well written! I know you are writing a novel, and I’ve always thought from reading your blog that you’d be pretty good at writing books (and that it was totally awesome that you were), but when I read this, the only thought I had was: THAT is a writer. Not someone who might be able to write, or who should be good at it. That is someone who does it, and does it well. If this is a sign of what’s to come with your blog, I’m excited!

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    Laura
    August 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Beautifully written. I’m a big fan of food based poetry 😉

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    R @ Learning As I Chop
    August 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Great pics!

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    Scargosun
    August 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    YUM! Not just the food but life itself. 🙂

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    Jen @ Jen is Green
    August 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Loving this post and the new ELR, you’re such a talented writer, and baker too.

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    Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    August 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I adore the way you write. You’re a cook, a foodie, and a “real” writer. Very artistic, passionate, and I relate to that being a writer, myself. I really like it alot, and I like the changes you’re making to the blog. Way to go, girl!

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    RhodeyGirl
    August 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    My life is centered in the kitchen, and sometimes I try to figure out why.. is it because I am trying to stay connected to my memories of my mom? Or is it because she taught me to love cooking for others and myself, to create in an artistic and natural way. I am not sure of the answer, but I am so thankful for it.

    I love your descriptions of everything in this post. You are a beautiful writer Jenna. I can’t wait to buy your book.

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    Lynn @ The Next Chapter
    August 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Jenna – It’s posts like this that make you stand out from the crowd! 🙂

    I absolutely love the direction your blog has taken!

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    Erin
    August 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    man, I love this. great writing, Jenna!

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    August 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Aww, so sweet. Whets the appetite for your book. Foodies can so relate. (Except possibly for the mass production at 4AM stuff!) Love seeing Dexter’s neat little eating spot!

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    Dee
    August 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Wow, this was awesome to read. I really wish I enjoyed cooking at this level. For now, I’m happy I can copy the recipes invented and assembled by someone who really loves the process of making good, real food!

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    theemptynutjar
    August 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I kind of wish I could pursue baking/cooking with more passion or interest. Maybe some day I will/can. Might be a nice hobby to make me feel like I accomplish things. For now, its all about eating/prepping any and everything, without much thought or care!

    Have you ever considered applying for those shows like “Master Chef” or “Hell’s Kitchen”. I really think you could get on! No joke. There is another blogger that was actually ON Master Chef. Neat stuff.

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    Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers
    August 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    i am loving the new direction your blog is going, jenna. your voice is crystal clear and your pictures are gorgeous. you have a gift for writing about food and i love following your journey!

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    Katie @ Healthy Heddleston
    August 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Ohhhh is this part of your book! Amazing!!!!

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    Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward
    August 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Wow. All I can say is…. can’t wait for the book!

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    Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    August 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Amen, sista’. I received a Taste of Home cookbook for a wedding present. It opened it for the first time a few months ago and I now pour over it for hours. I’m pretty sure a cookbook is the only type of book I could muster up the patience to write myself. Maybe I’ll eat my words someday.

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    Elisabeth
    August 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!

    I’m still kicking myself in the a$$ for letting my Dad talk me out of culinary school. I just don’t feel ACCOUNTING in my bones the way that I do FOOD!

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    Alina
    August 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    hmmmm so again when is your book coming out?????!!!!! (btw does it have a title already? just curious:)) beacause this post is AMAZING! Jenna you’re really talented!

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    Nienke at Revel
    August 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Gah! I am so in love with this post! Food is so powerful and you have a way of putting that into words! Can’t wait for your book to come out 🙂

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    Sarah
    August 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I love this post introducing the “new” Eat, Live, Run. Your memories remind me of my own food memories and I cannot wait to follow your journey as you explore life 🙂

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    MaryK.
    August 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    LOVE………

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    Kacy
    August 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    So well written! Can’t wait to read your book.

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    Cassie
    August 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    This was simply stunning to read.
    I have a small dream that’s been growing inside my heart for awhile of going to culinary school..of being the one walking into that bakery at 4am. Is it…fun?Worth it? Love of baking/cooking aside?

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    McKella
    August 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Just beautiful.

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    Maria
    August 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    What a lovely written entry 🙂

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    Katelynn
    August 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I love the new banner. Also, where did you get that sign in your kitchen? I love it.

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      jenna
      August 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      thanks! That’s from Ballard Designs…I got it a few years ago.

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    Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    August 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Love this post, the blog, it’s new look and your attitude. Keep it simple and enjoy every ounce!

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    Anne
    August 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Very beautiful.

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    colleen
    August 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    simply beautiful!!!

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    Elli @ 16 and Losing It
    August 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Beautiful post! I love that you love food so much that you can write so beautifully about it!

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    Lia
    August 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Jenna, I am loving the new direction of ELR. Lovely!

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    sobrina
    August 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I just found your site and I love it! You have a great view on life. Also, I must try your chicken enchilada recipe soon.

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    kellyO
    August 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    This is a beautiful post. I love your new header!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    August 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    i can’t wait to keep reading, you are truly an inspiration! life is meant to be lived, to be enjoyed, to be relished, to be savored, and most definitely CELEBRATED 🙂 your beautiful heart shows through!

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    Leanne
    August 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I love this post and the new header. I like the new direction and can’t wait to read your book. 🙂

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    Sarah @ SeaEatsArt
    August 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    That was so beautifully written. Thank you for the inspiring words… I also sat in a wicker laundry basket and was pulled around the house as happy as could be, anywhere my mom went, I did too.

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    August 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    What a beautiful post! Our food preferences shape our character as much as the music we listen to, clothes we wear, political party we belong to, and people we surround ourselves with. Your love of cooking/baking is as strong as your generous and kind spirit, and the two elements work well together (case in point, your awesome cookie giveaway).

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    Sara
    August 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I’m so jealous! Jenna, you know what you love and have found your “path” in life. I however still don’t know what I want to do “when I grow up” and it’s driving me nuts! HA This post was beautiful and I agree with the other(s), I’m loving the new ELR and look forward to your book coming out. You are onto something here Miss and I’m so excited for you!

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    MichellePC
    August 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    This is such a beautiful post! It made me think of my first memorable food experience as a child – thanks for sparking such great memories!

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    Allie
    August 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    i love how food weaves such a passionate and emotional thread through your life, and you are able to express it so beautifully.

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    sp
    August 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    That is an excerpt from your book, isnt it. Page one chapter one perhaps?

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      Corinne
      August 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      i was thinking that too!! 🙂

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      jenna
      August 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

      It’s actually not part of the book at all! Just a little diddy I thought up today after way too many cups of black tea.

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        Karen
        August 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

        My thought also! In any event, I LOVE your make-over! It really allows your talent and creativity to shine, and this format/style is a much better platform for celebrating your uniquely-Jenna joy of food. I can’t wait for your next installment. Terrific job in executing this, Jenna! You far exceeded all expectations.

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    Corinne
    August 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    was writing this your favorite part of today? i hope so! tis beautiful. your momma must be proud 🙂

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    Jessica @ This Blessed Life
    August 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Beautiful.

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    Sarah
    August 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    you are a beautiful writer jenna!

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    Heather
    August 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Favorite post to date!! You are such an inspiration Jenna! 🙂 Thanks so much for blogging!

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    Sana
    August 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Your passion is contagious. I love it!

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    Michelle
    August 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Great post Ms. Jenna.

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    Scott
    August 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Airline chicken breasts, is that like statler chicken breasts? Cut with the drumette bone attached?

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    Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    August 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    My life has always been centered around the kitchen and cooking is so engrained in my being so I love this. I was already really excited for your book, now I am really, REALLY excited. This is so beautiful!

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    Carly
    August 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    what an amazing post Jenna. I love the way you write. I am forever a fan of your blog 🙂

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    Hilary
    August 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I have never commented before, but have been following your blog for about a year, and I have to say that you have been so inspiring to me. Love the new direction the blog is going in!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet
    August 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    great way to give some more background on how you got to where you are in life!

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    Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    August 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I love you new header and I love the direction you’re taking your blog….very inspirational! You can really tell that you have a love for food….all aspects of it.

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      Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
      August 19, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      I love ‘your’ new header…..that’s what I get for not proof reading until after hitting that publish button:)

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    Jessica@tastyandtrim
    August 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    You inspire me to cook! Everything you make always looks as if it came off the page of a cooking magazine!

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    August 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Oh this was a wonderful post 🙂 Thankyou for sharing!

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    Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets
    August 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Are those hearts hanging in your kitchen cookie cutters? That’s adorable if it is!

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    Jaya
    August 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Beautiful writing indeed! Jenna, have you checked out the trailer for Pastry Kings? It’s a documentary on the pastry chefs who compete at the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition. Here is the link to the site. I just thought it might be something you’d dig!
    http://kingsofpastry.com/

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    Alexa Cohen
    August 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Loved reading this 😉 It’s the simplest things.

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    Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    August 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Loving the new direction of your blog Jenna. Keep it up! We’re all loving it!!

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique
    August 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Great post!

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    Lauren @ Running Examiner
    August 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Gorgeous! You are a wonderful writer, Jenna.

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    Kelly
    August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I love this post. I feel like I say that for every single entry I read of yours, even if I don’t come out and say it every time. Your writing style is wonderful. It appeals to all the senses and I almost feel like a ghost floating above all the scenarios you have described. Love it!

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    MMiller
    August 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I love that you have such a passion for food! And cooking and baking! I used to love to bake! Nowadays, the most I usually do in the kitchen is heat up water for my cup of tea! I hope to get back my love for baking! At least reading you talk about it and seeing your pictures is a start!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    This was great!! If this is any hint as to what your book will be like, I cannot wait for it to come out.

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    Camille
    August 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Jenna, you write so beautifully.
    For the past few years, I have had a few blogs that have been my favorites, yours being one of them. With your new blogging approach, yours has taken first place.
    Everything you write and photograph is just lovely.

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    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    August 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Love it, I think this is exactly where you need to be in your life and the direction your blog should go. Good luck.

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    Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life
    August 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Jenna, your writing is wonderful. I love the new header, and love your new focus. Keep following your heart, it will never steer you wrong!

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    Liz
    August 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Amazing, Jenna

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    Leah @ Why Deprive?
    August 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Beautiful post! You have such a way with words.
    I could almost smell the bread. 🙂

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    Annie (Delicious Wellness)
    August 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Wow! Beautifully written post, Jenna! That should be in your book. It made me hungry and made me want to improve my cooking schkills at the same time. 🙂

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    Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    August 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Love this – love,love,love.

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    Leah
    August 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Beautiful! Looking forward to the book if that’s a taste of the writing to come!

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    eatmovelove
    August 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I can honestly say that this post confirms that BOTH your WRITING and you COOKING/BAKING, LOVE for it – has reached new and amazing heights.
    Congrats girl.

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    Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    August 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Beautiful writing 🙂

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    Tina
    August 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Your passion for it just shines through the page. Pursuing something with your passion is so important.

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    Laura
    August 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    What an awesome post, and I love the new look header 🙂

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    Lida
    August 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    great post! i love it when food writing can you make you feel hunger and imagine tastes. this did all that for me– i’m so glad that despite hard hours in culinary school and the food industry, it still makes you feel alive.

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    Dani
    August 19, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for over a year now and I cannot believe how much your personality just explodes with the new format! You have the winning combination of knowledge and entertainment. I’m loving it! Congrats on your success!

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    Dee
    August 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Oh. I really ♥ this post. A lot. 🙂

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    August 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    So inspiring! I love this post. It really makes me feel like I know you, and inspires me to simplify my life to the things I love most, just like you do.

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    Jess @ MTL Veggie
    August 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Awesome post, Jenna! Reading about your food journey has been so fun and inspiring. I also grew up in the kitchen and to this day its my “happy place”. No matter where I am, or where I’m living, so long as I have a kitchen I can feel at “home”.

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    Christena
    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I love this & can’t wait to buy your book.

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    Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome
    August 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Jenna. You are a miraculous writer, baker, and all around person. Keep up the rawesome.

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    Chelsey
    August 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Your writing is amazing.

    I too, have always found <3 in the kitchen!

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    Stacey
    August 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    And to me, my dear, enjoying life is what it is all about 😀 Sounds like you’ve got it right. I sometimes ask myself “What on Earth could be more enjoyable than food, and sharing food with others??” Still haven’t come up with an answer

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    postcollegecook
    August 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    ::smile::

    🙂

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    Julie
    August 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I love the new layout and I love the new-ness of the blog.

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    sarah k. @ the pajama chef
    August 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    love it…. just simply love it. thank you.

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    Cati @ crave and create
    August 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    This was really a beautifully written passage–the imagery you created was so vivid. I’d love to see more like this. Thank you!

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    Cati @ crave and create
    August 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I mean, thank you for the passage–not thanks in advance for more like it! 🙂

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    Jennifer
    August 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Loving the new “voice” of your blog. I can only read so many “here’s my oatmeal/salad/green monster” blogs in a day.

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    Mom
    August 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Oh how I love you!

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    Allie
    August 19, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    If your cooking is as thought-evoking, luscious and eloquent as your writing then you are truly a talented girl, Jenna.

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    Kate
    August 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    AMAZING Post! I’ve always loved your writing, but your abilities really show through here! I’m excited in the direction your life is taking! Thanks for sharing with us!

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    Gree
    August 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I love this post, such a poetic tribute to your life and your passion, bravo!

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    Andrea
    August 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Love ELR’s new look, Jenna! And I love your outlook on life… and food!

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    Still Life in Southeast Asia
    August 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I love your recipes, but my favorite posts are little snippets of your heart. I hope you’ll keep both in the new ELR!

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    Annie@stronghealthyfit
    August 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Wonderful post, Jenna. You sound really happy 🙂

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    Julia
    August 19, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I really love your writing here – bright, hip, engaging. A joy to read 🙂

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    kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com
    August 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    JENNA! “Celebrating Life One Crumb at a Time” that is so priceless 🙂 i got pretty excited when i saw the new header 🙂

    im liking the posts! more baking WOOHOO.. oh and wine too of course, who could forget that 😉

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    amy leclerc
    August 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Who is hooking you up with The Meadow salts? They are the best!!!!

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    Christina
    August 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I really like the new header. It feels much more what this blog is about now.

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    Marina
    August 20, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Truly beautiful post Jenna, I loved reading it

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    Nikki
    August 20, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Gorgeous.

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    Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    August 20, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Absolutely beautiful. You somehow managed to capture your love for food, cooking and life all in post. Love it, and can’t wait for your book to be out on the shelves! 😀

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    Ann
    August 20, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Beautifully said. I wish I had the courage of conviciton to follow my passions. Said as I sit in a cubicle.

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    kristin
    August 20, 2010 at 5:04 am

    love the header. love that you’ve found your words (they’ve been there all along) and the “new” way you’re sharing it with us. this post and the picture from yosemite are my favorites. thanks for the morning read. =)

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    Di
    August 20, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Love the new header. Love this post. Love the direction your blog is going in. 🙂

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    Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    August 20, 2010 at 5:26 am

    This post was so close to my heart, Jenna- I am a kitchen girl like you, and it gives me such joy, I really don’t think I could have said it any other way!

    xo
    Kris

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    August 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

    This sounds like it’s right out of the pages of a book – so beautiful & well written! 🙂

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    Chase @ The Chase Project
    August 20, 2010 at 6:27 am

    This is an exquisite post. =)

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    Andrea
    August 20, 2010 at 6:34 am

    OH goodness…I wish my cabinets were that neat! Ha! Very eloquent post!

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    Amy
    August 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I hear you about how therapeutic baking can be. And I’m slightly jealous that you are a professional!

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    deirdre
    August 20, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Beautifully written – can’t wait for your book. You have inspired me to clean out and restock my spice cabinet this weekend ; )

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    Brooke (Baking with Basil)
    August 20, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Love the new header!! What a beautifully written post! I can’t wait for your book!

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    Jillian @ Reshape Your Life
    August 20, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Jenna, that was so beautifully written. It’s really inspiring for someone to be so passionate about something and make it their career. It’s brave and a blessing that you get to share your passion with everyone. Thank you for following your heart and doing what you love.

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    jenna
    August 20, 2010 at 7:21 am

    i still cant get over your mom feeding you that as a baby!! so cute!

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    Jessica
    August 20, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Beautiful!
    I also love the new header. 🙂

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    Chelsea @ OmTown Girl
    August 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Jenna,
    I love the new direction of your blog and how poetic your food photography is!

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    Erica
    August 20, 2010 at 9:29 am

    You are so gifted in so many ways, Jenna. This was beautiful; and a true reflection of you. Mahhhh-velous, darling!

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    Lauren
    August 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    So beautiful, Jenna. I’ve been looking forward to your book the moment you talked about it, but now I simply can’t wait! Seriously, 2012?!

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    Rachel Wilkerson
    August 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Love the posts like these and the direction your blog is going!

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    Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun
    August 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    This was such a great post! You truly love cooking – your passion is obvious! 🙂

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    Nicky
    August 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Beautifully written 🙂

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    Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods)
    August 26, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Jenna,

    I must say I’m really liking your blog these days- the writing, photography, and recipes. You’ve really stepped it up! Good work!

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