Behind The Butter

still cookin’

Sadly I did not make it to the next round of Project Food Blog.

I’m really not that bummed at all though because I had so much fun over the past few months with it, which was the whole reason I entered anyway: to cook and have fun!

I love being challenged in the kitchen and I can say, without a doubt, every Project Food Blog post that I did challenged me in the best way possible.

I love you guys and your support means the world to me. You’re the reason why I blog, and your comments bring smiles to my face each and every day. Thank you for believing in me and I look forward to hopefully continuing to inspire you in the kitchen for a long time to come.

Pshhhhhhhh You can’t get rid of me that easy.

In case you happen to be bored this Friday (or just want to watch me dance like a weirdo and use a fake French accent), here are my past Project Food Blog posts.

1. The Next Food Blog Star

2. The Classics

3. Luxury Dinner Party (this one was my favorite!)

4. Picture Perfect

5. Recipe Remix

6. Road Trip

7. Video 411 (and reeeemix!)

8. Piece of Cake

I have cookies in the oven, chocolate underneath my fingernails and a sink full of dirty dishes.

Life is good.

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  • Mom
    December 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm


    • jenna
      December 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      thanks, mom.

  • katalina
    December 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    even so you recipes are very inspiring and easy to follow so thats why I like your blog! 🙂

  • rebecca lustig
    December 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    you are such a beautiful and talented person. inside and out. and i just ADORE your blog and all the deliciousness it offers 🙂

  • Tab - Just Weighing In
    December 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I think you’re fabulous even if you didn’t make it to the next round. You made it farther than most of us that’s for sure! 🙂

  • Ali
    December 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    You inspire me to be all creative and gutsy in the kitchen. Thanks – I love your blog PFB winner or not!

  • Allison
    December 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I was totally voting for you.
    Plus, I have tried a couple of your dishes at home, and you have never pointed me in the wrong direction. My husband who is an amazing cook requests the white chicken chilli at least once a week, if not more. I think an I.V. in his arm might to do trick.
    So keep posting. And I will def. be buying your book when it comes out.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    December 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I’m shocked you didn’t make it!! I voted for ya.

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    December 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    great post Jenna, and great attitude! 🙂 But I never expected anything else. I voted for you and am disappointed you didn’t advance. But I’m thankful I’ll still get your recipes and food musings on the internet every day! 🙂

  • Laura
    December 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Bummer! I was voting for you as much as was allowed. Your blog is awesome and inspiring and I don’t think you need to win a contest to know that that is the truth.

    Keep up the good (and yummy!) work!

  • Kim
    December 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Jenna, you’re a true inspiration in so many ways. I enjoy reading your posts every day and seeing what recipes you might be concocting 🙂 Your devotion to yoga and personal spirituality is uplifting and I will continue to support you with your blog adventure 🙂

  • Kathleen
    December 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Jenna… you bring a smile to my face with every post. I’m a Northern CA girl and I love how you’ve embraced everything about your move out west. You are so talented and your passion for food shines through in your writing. I continue to be inspired by your grace, creativity and whimsy. Don’t ever change.

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    December 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I love your cooking and writing so much! You are so easy to relate to and make cooking so accessible!! You should be proud of yourself for getting so far into the competition!

  • Molly
    December 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    <3 your blog. you are fabulous!

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)
    December 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Sorry to hear you didn’t advance! I voted for you, and you totally should have got through! You’re whoopie pies looked awesome! But it’s amazing to make it as far as you did! Top 24 is no small feat! 😀

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    December 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I’m bummed you didn’t make it! But you’re awesome and I will certainly be around reading as long as you keep pouring out the fabulous stuff you do. 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    December 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Life IS good. Personally I think you should celebrate how far you made it! Margaritas?

    • Katie
      December 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm

      Those look delicious!

  • Jessica
    December 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Sorry to hear that but definitely don’t let it get you down. Your blog is amazing and inspirational to so many people!! Keep up the fabulous work! 🙂

  • Debbie B.
    December 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Congrats on getting so far!! You did an awesome job and I love reading your blog!

  • Erin
    December 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Aw, I love your recipes and have been voting for you!

  • Gabrielle
    December 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I was totally rooting for you from the beginning. You have a spectacular blog “voice” and I am bummed you didn’t make it that far.

    I feel the last challenge was a little tough … using pumpkin after what was the big “pumpkin blogging” season was winding down. That said, your whoopie pies were the most intriguing out of all the whoopie pie posts I’ve seen all season! Keep up the great job you are doing because you were def. born to write about food.

  • Danielle
    December 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Aw, that’s a bummer! I voted for ya. But, you’re right… you still have all of the reasons which initially inspired you to give the contest a shot.

  • Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen)
    December 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I’m really surprised you did not make it to the next round… both you & your blog are INCREDIBLE!! I’m glad that you had a fun time participating and that you made it this far. I loved your creative posts and I especially enjoyed the Macaron video (and the remix!)

  • Mama Pea
    December 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I was going to write, “What a gip.” But I have no idea how to write gyp. Jip? Jyp?

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    December 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    sad! But not to worry, I absaloutely love your site, no matter what. The proof? I made Maple Pecan-Pie bites AND your gingerbread men recipe in one afternoon. Total happiness! 🙂 keep up the good work.
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • Amanda (Eating Up)
    December 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    What a great outlook on the whole thing! You’re a winner in my book, Jenna!

  • Danielle
    December 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, I literally was just about to type the exact same comment as Amanda above… how original of me ;). Give me a second…


    I’m so glad that you enjoyed the challenges and no matter what you’re obviously going to continue to do so, even if they’re challenges of a different kind, like I don’t know a rematch chili cook-off? I wouldn’t mind leftovers, just saying. Congratulations on getting as far as you did and best of luck with the upcoming opportunities that come your way. You rock 🙂

  • Katy
    December 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm


    I’m so sorry you didn’t make it to the next round. Your photography is truly wonderful and your recipes are always creative and beautiful. Can’t wait to keep reading!

  • Molly
    December 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    But who could be better than you?

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    December 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Well said. Keep it coming, girl!

  • Gina G
    December 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    You are amazing Jenna! 🙂

  • Cara Craves...
    December 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    This is a travesty!
    You are a winner in my books!

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    December 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I’m honestly surprised. Those whoopie pies looked and sounded amazing.

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie
    December 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    The important thing is, you know you did a good job and you had a great time doing it. And you got a hilarious remix video out of it, too!

  • Ida
    December 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    All your entries were so creative and fun to read. Sorry you didn’t make it to the next round.

  • Jen
    December 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm


    PFB is soooo over-rated anyways 😉

    Seriously though – I would hope that all your changes and writings were not just for the Project. I think you realllly have something going on here haha, and your successes are going to lie in YOUR creativity and initiative. Take it and go with it.

    And remember there’s lots of others that “fell out” that really wanted it as well I imagine. We can’t all win. Sigh – such is life.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    December 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t make it through to the next round, but I’m glad you have such a positive outlook on it all!

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    December 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Wha-what!?! Darn, you were in my top 3 to win it. Seriously, you are such an amazing food blogger and I’ve been blown away by your entries. You continue to raise the bar for the rest of us and you are super, super talented. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Karen
    December 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    How incredibly graceful of you, Jenna!

    You certainly deserved to proceed in the competition given your creativity in kitchen and your exceptional writing talent and the sheer passion to which you devote to every cooking project. I’m so sorry to hear the news, but you can bet that we will continue to support you!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Jenna!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    You rock. I can’t believe you didn’t make it. I didn’t enter because I had no desire to post the exact same things that hundreds of others were posting. I can’t wait to see what else you have in your bag of tricks!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    December 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve loved every recipe you made for the challenge. I’m actually really surprised that you didn’t go on to the next round, but I’m happy to hear that you’re still cookin’. 😉 Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration with all that you do. 😀

  • Lauren
    December 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats on making it so far though! I loved all your entries, especially your fun-loving video.

  • Christina
    December 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I can’t believe you didn’t make it! You were my top choice actually. I love the creativity you tackled each challenge with, well done!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    You seem to embody Jackie Kennedy’s motto “….Just do your best & then the heck with it.”

    Fabulous experience for all of us sharing the laughs & info. My fav was the retro picnic–still laughing. Although all wonderful.

    CONGRATS for being in the top tier out of 2000–terrific achievement!! You are 1000% a winner, Jenna. Happy Weekend with the guy who is no longer you-know-who. 😉

  • Leigh
    December 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Have no fear, Jenna, there are MUCH bigger things in store for you! This is all preparation for the real next big thing … !

  • Julie
    December 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I voted for you!! I wish you would have advanced. I love your creativity.

  • Kelly
    December 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Bummer!!! I was rooting for you to make it all the way! But I love your attitude!

  • Camille
    December 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Pst! You were too awesome for PFB 🙂

    • Laine
      December 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Exactly. To heck with them.

  • Detroit Runner
    December 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve only looked the last fews days but I think your recipes look awesome!

  • Lisa O
    December 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Your posts were incredible, I didn’t see any others as I mainly follow your blog and can’t believe there were others better than yours? They must have been looking for something different, because yours were absolutely fabulous!

    Well done and very gracious exit from the competition, what a classy lady you are.

  • stacey-healthylife
    December 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    You should be very proud of the job you did. You put a lot of time and effort into it and it showed.

  • Lola
    December 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    You should have won the challenge!

  • Trish
    December 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Jenna, I really enjoyed your PFB posts. Sad you’re not advancing 🙁 But you’re very talented. You have a terrific blog. And an incredible following. You’ll go far.

  • Susan
    December 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I can’t believe you didn’t advance! I thought for sure you were going to win!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 3, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Had to share something from some years ago.

    Was in a small architectural design challenge of about 63 of us at UC Berkeley–I was chosen in the top 3. I still feel proud of how hard I worked & that I was among the top in an exciting field. Won’t try to do the math but I guess somewhat akin %s as here.

    So thanks for that rekindled memory–still a little thrill to recall years later that advance in book of experience. You have all of our hearts 🙂

  • Anne
    December 4, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Oh no, how did that happen? I haven’t been checking out the contest except for in the beginning, wow – so many contestants! congratulations on making it this far! You’re one of the shining stars of my blogroll I can tell you, and of so many others’ I’m sure. It’s easy to see you enjoy what you’re doing, so thanks for all the inspiration, and I hope there will be other joyful challenges for you soon 🙂

  • the salty girl
    December 4, 2010 at 12:52 am

    pumpkin whoopie pies didn’t take the cake?! i’m shocked. they look so good. i love twists on old classics like that!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    December 4, 2010 at 6:39 am

    You definitely don’t need Project Food Blog to keep people reading (though your entries looked amazing!).

  • chelsea
    December 4, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Jenna! I love your blog and read it regularly. Every single time I’ve made one of your recipes it has been a hit! My friends and I know that when we try a new “Jenna recipe” it will always be awesome. Thanks for sharing your kitchen talents with us everyday!

  • Liana @ femme fraiche
    December 4, 2010 at 7:24 am

    congrats on making it as far as you did! I look forward to your blog posts every week:)

  • Jen
    December 4, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Out of curiosity, can someone tell me how many rounds there are and when a winner will be chosen?

    Thank you.

  • Amber K
    December 4, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I am actually shocked. Why in the world WOULDN’T you have moved on? This world is a crazy place.

    But it just means God has a different door for you to discover. 🙂

  • Maria
    December 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I had a sneaking suspicion you were saving the special meal Adam took you to on Thanksgiving for the next restaurant review round — you haven’t said a peep about it as yet! Since you didn’t advance, are you still going to share? Fierce competition, for sure, but still sorry you didn’t go on. 🙁

  • Kim
    December 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Jenna, I had so much fun keeping up with Project Food Blog and voting for your great recipes with each challenge. Congrats on making it so far. I have your pumpkin whoopie pies on my “must make this season” list, and I can’t wait to try them once I’m through exams.

    And I absolutely can’t wait to collect all these new Christmas cookie recipes that are coming our way!

  • wendy
    December 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Ahhhh, whatatheyknow….

    Congratulations on making it as far as you did. You can’t win the race if you don’t enter, right! Your blog is the first thing I check every morning to start my very busy days. Thanks Jenna, you’re already a star!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    December 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    i’m so proud of you for making it so far!

  • Laura
    December 5, 2010 at 7:05 am

    You are a total food blog star, even without making it to the next round!

  • Katelynn
    December 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

    You did great Jeanna. I was rooting for you!

  • Maria
    December 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Congrats on making it so far! You did a fantastic job!

  • Bobbi
    December 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Well, I don’t know who the judges were, but they obviously didn’t realize the glory of the pumpkin whoopie pie. I just finished making a batch – A-MAAAA-ZING! I’m a daily reader and love your recipes and your writing, food blog winner or not!

  • Genki
    December 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Congrats on making it this far and I’m disappointed not to have the chance to vote you through the next two rounds. I really enjoyed making (and devouring) the pumpkin whoopie pies. Super easy and worked like a charm even though I had to make my own pumpkin puree!

  • Rachel
    December 6, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I am stunned that you did not make it past the pumpkin whoopie pie as I made your recipe and shared it with my office and friends and had comments like BEST DESSERT THEY’D EVER HAD! (seriously). I have never made anything before that wow-ed people like those whoopie pies. I was concerned my boyfriend stopped breathing while he devoured them. Congratulations on making it as far as you did, we’re all proud of you!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    December 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    You did an amazing job and I’m so glad that you still have such a good attitude about it. Your blog is so inspiring and refreshing!

    Just today my co-worker was telling me about her attempt at Risotto over the weekend and how she wasn’t sure if it turned out right. I sent her the link to your mushroom risotto and she was so thrilled at your step-by-step recipes with photos 🙂