twice as nice

Lately, time has been a hungry monster, digesting every second of my days before I’ve had a chance to comprehend the passing hours. There are a few posts in my drafts, studded with snippets of recipes, and random thoughts trying to find a thread. Truth is even my journal writing has been a rambling of words, spilling from my mind to the pages of my powder blue notebook.

Still, I wanted to pop in here quickly to mention two things. You’ll see there’s a new sign-up there in the top right-hand corner. I’ve been wanting to create a newsletter for a while now (as in years), and the first one is finally ready to go (almost). It’s timely for anyone planning a Paris trip this summer. Go ahead and enter your email address, as the newsletter will contain essays, recipes, and more stuff you won’t see on the blog.

My other news is a project that has been in the works for a while now, and one I’m very excited about. My new series, Twice as Nice, launched yesterday on Food Network’s FN Dish blog. Head on over and see my take on what to do with leftovers. Here’s a peek at the recipes you’ll find in this week’s post, perfect for using up leftover grilled, roasted or even boiled corn on the cob.

Corn  & Black Bean Quesadilla (my girls LOVED this recipe)

Corn & Jalapeno Griddle Cakes (perfect for breakfast, lunch AND dinner)

Corn, Roasted Red Pepper & Cilantro Salad (best friend approved!)

Homemade Corn Broth (an easy, inexpensive vegetable stock)

Sweet Corn Chowder (it’s a vegan and gluten-free recipe, too!)

I’m running off to bed now. Busy work day ahead tomorrow, testing recipes for the next Twice as Nice package, and I need to fit in some packing, too. The moving truck comes in 29 days. But who’s counting, right? I hope to pop back in this weekend with a more thoughtful post. There’s so much I’ve been wanting to share with all of you.

p.s. I mowed the lawn for the first time at the house last weekend! I was so proud of this seemingly minor accomplishment. Who knew my wrists would still hurt five days later?

p.p.s. This week’s music pairing is a peek at the song Virginia’s class will be singing at her kindergarten graduation in two weeks. We’ve been singing it as we walk all over the neighborhood, and even dancing down the sidewalk to it, too. I just can’t help but smile, and tap my toes as I listen to it.

Music Pairing: Les Champs-Élysées by Joe Dassin


  • Rose D'Angelo Designs

    This is the perfect time for corn recipes as we have sooo much fresh corn here in NJ!!!

  • Amy

    We’re off to France for two weeks in June. While I’ve been to Paris over a dozen times, I’m always looking for new information to enhance my visit. This trip will only take us to the city for 3 days, but I want to make the most of it!

    Congratulations to you on all the new developments.

    P.S. I signed up for the newsletter in the area that says: Get the latest posts, bonus recipes & more! Is that right?

  • Maria in NJ

    Hi Jennie, so nice to hear from you, congrats on the Food Network Blog, and hope the news is really exciting! Enjoy your summer, it is always so busy for me…Jennie when you get a chance can you check out my baking page on Facebook, I don’t know if I shared it with you…Dolcelicious Bake Shoppe…thank you Jennie, let me know what you think…m

  • Elizabeth

    Are you moving to the country? Where? I must have missed the posts on this. How did you come to that decision? What an exciting adventure for you and the girls! Good luck!

  • Liz

    About mowing…I think you have a mower just purchased last year and I have no idea how much and what kind of yard…BUT – I just sold my gas mower and bought a Greenworks battery (2 40v L-ion) mower …matching trimmer and blower, i.e. all use the same batteries.

    I LOVE it – I have some “tennis elbow” and could not face the pull starting as well as my hands would fall asleep and after mowing pain from the vibration. The battery mower is quiet, no vibration and push button start (safety key and sequence)

    Might not work for you and timing might be wrong with all going on…but I love the darn thing so much, thought I’d share.

    And Congrats on all the other stuff!

  • Jennifer Perillo

    Thanks for the info Liz. My lawn mower is actually much older. I looked into the Greenworks mowers, recently, but was concerned because I heard the customer service was awful. Still researching electric mower options!