weeknight gourmet

About me

I started this blog because I love to cook, I love to read about food, and I have always wished there was a site I could go to that would bring together the best recipes from cookbooks, the web, cooking shows, and magazines.

Now that I am my own boss and can leave the office in time to make dinner (even if I resume working after dinner), I am always on the hunt for easy AND delicious weeknight meals.  I scour my magazines, the Wednesday Dining section of the New York Times, foodnetwork.com, epicurious.com, marthastewart.com, realsimple.com in search of good recipes to satisfy me and my husband.  I’d like to share the winners (and hopefully not too many losers) that I find.  And, please bear with my food photography as I get the hang of my fancy new camera.

A few quick facts about me:

Culinary education: Countless hours watching and helping my mom in the kitchen.  Attended Apicius Cooking School in Florence, Italy for three weeks before starting Harvard Business School in 2003.  Lots of different classes at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC (no cook can live without Knife Skills 1)

Earliest cooking memory: Baking bread with my dad for a class project in Mrs. Beatty’s 2nd grade class.  We forgot the wheat germ but it was still tasty

Proudest cooking moment: Pulling off an intimate 4th of July BBQ for 100 full of homemade salads, marinades, and desserts

Proudest baking moment: My first tarts…sweet: chocolate ricotta tart with pine nut crust; savory: asparagus gruyere tart

Biggest cooking disaster: Accidentally adding lots of garam masala to a beef stew

Cooking equipment I couldn’t live without: Le Creuset Dutch Oven, 10″ wide chef’s knife, garlic press, and food processor

Inspiration for my blog: My mom who cooked healthy, delicious meals Saturday through Thursday (Friday was pizza night) throughout my childhood

Some non-cooking info about me…

I live in the West Village in NYC with my husband Tim, daughter Charlotte, and our labradoodle Angus.  We spend most weekends at our house in the Berkshires where I have much more counterspace than in our NYC apartment.  When I am not cooking or running after Charlotte, I am an entrepreneur currently advising some early stage startups.

Happy reading & eating!
Jessica Jewell Ogilvie