a balanced plate with room for dessert


 Hi there! I’m Jenni – the 20-something gal behind this Wisconsin food blog. I’m a Badger fan, a registered dietitian, a runner, a not-so-flexible yogi, and most importantly – a food lover.


Loving food has always been easy for me. I grew up with a mother who knows her way around a kitchen. I married a man who is an adventurous eater. I lived in cities with wonderful restaurants. I ate whatever the heck I wanted for over 20 years (in moderation, of course).

In the fall of 2013, I started getting sick. With the help of my doc and some intensive food journaling, we figured out the culprit – dairy. This was devastating to me – I loved Greek yogurt, cheese, butter, cheese, ice cream, and cheese. A Wisconsinite that can’t have cheese is so wrong. I was dairy-free for just about 7 months and then all my symptoms came back. So, here I am now – back to eating a “normal” diet until the docs can figure out what the heck is wrong with me. Until I get a definitive answer, I’m back to eating cheese – lots of it.


the dsd family |

I’ve got Mike, my husband, and our two dogs who help me behind-the-scenes. Mike is the taste-tester and dish-washer behind DSD.  And the dogs? They clean up all my floor spills. Ripley, our oldest pup is a Japanese Chin & Pekingese mix that is 12 pounds dripping wet. He’s my real-life teddy bear. Wallaby, or WallaBeast, is an Australian Cattle Dog & lab mix that weighs in at a hefty 70 pounds. These three gents complete me.


What you’ll find here are dishes that are easy enough for everyone to tackle. I have a strange mix of healthy foods, decadent sweets, and an ever-growing number of special-diet recipes. Good food isn’t difficult –  it just takes a little patience and a lot of love. I hope you come back often to see what we’re up to.


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  1. you have a website??
    Also congratulations

  2. You guys are so cute!! When are you getting married?

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  11. This is an adorable picture! Congrats on getting married and hope you’re enjoying married life!! I’m glad you’re posting more now!

  12. Ur so beautiful! I love your blog and wish I was half as good as you were at cooking!

    • Thanks, Hailee! I’m glad you stopped by to check out the blog. Everything I make in my home is something that I’m sure you could make at home, too! I’m no master chef – I just really love food :)

  13. Can I donate my food to you? And all I am asking is a portion of the food that you are making. :-)

    Great recipes, beautiful photos and sweet stories.

  14. Have you ever considered publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same ideas you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

  15. Hi Jenni! Your post on grilled kimcheese sandwich led me to you ;). I live in Austin with my husband and Kona, a mini schnauzer with tons of personality! Three years ago, I made a career change to pursue my dream of becoming a registered dietitian! I look forward to following you! btw how cute is your blog name!!

    • Hi Min! Thanks for stopping by – I love getting connected with other bloggers in dietetics! I actually stumbled across your blog a couple weeks ago when I was searching for new ways to use kimchi! Your sweet potato kimchi pancakes are on my to do list :)

  16. So pleased to have stumbled across your blog, the recipes look delish and fab concept behind it all!

  17. Dear Jenni, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can find out about it here: I’d love you to stop by, check it out and participate if you have the time and inclination. margaret

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