Hi! My name is J. Jacuinde. I am a wife, a step-mother to a young adult daughter, a mother to five 4-legged snuggle bugs and I have a day job to boot.
I have always been told that I’m an old soul. This is true, I am a traditionalist at heart yet I appreciate a modern twist to things.
My goal in life by the time I was about 12 was to take over Martha Stewart’s empire. I lived and breathed her. I thought she had the greatest job, doing everything that I already loved doing: cooking, cleaning, organizing, and crafting (which back then was called “Good Things”). She was my Wonder Woman. Fast forward a few decades and here I am, NOT Martha Stewart’s boss but still a very inspired woman who still loves doing all of the above. I get satisfaction from learning new tips and tricks and how to improve on old ones.
These days the internet is filled with delicious amazing recipes but I’d like to think there might be just a bit more room for mine as well. Much of my cooking is done from memory or out of thin air from whatever I have in the kitchen. I realize as I get older and think about my legacy, something I’d like to have available to my children are the recipes that I create and accumulate.
My step daughter sometimes asks for specific things that I make… “Magic Goo” (a fruit dip) or that “Steak and Chimichurri Sauce Sandwich with a ton of cucumbers.” This place is just for that. A place for her (and my future children) to come back to and learn the recipes that will remind them of me, of our family, of special times with their parents. I’m also happy to share these with you and hope that I can help inspire a new dish on your dinner table, or a new weekend breakfast tradition. Perhaps I’ll have something here that reminds you of a special someone or moment from your life.
For the past nearly 1.5 years I have been mostly vegan for many different reasons but my step daughter remains an omnivore and my husband is mostly vegan (he has his omnivore moments), so while I will share my vegan recipe adventures, there are plenty of recipes for you omnivores too.
Come back often as I’ll be updating regularly and adding new content.
You can also get to now me a little more through my blog at JJacuinde.com (random musing and thoughts as well as some tips and tricks and crafting posts) and most recently, I have started an online store, secondchancethreads.com where you can pick up a new outfit without breaking your bank. Sift through the thoughtfully curated pieces I’ve picked up from various places and either sanitized completely, or repaired or refreshed for your styling pleasure :D.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Cooking!