a balanced plate with room for dessert



Hello and welcome to DSD! I’m Jenni and I started this blog back in 2009 as a way to keep track of the food I was making in college. The blog grew with me as I went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in dietetics, got married, bought a house, completed my dietetic internship at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, passed my Registered Dietitian (RD) exam, and started working as a dietitian. The blog is still with me as I start the newest part of my journey as I start working towards my Masters in Dietetics.

As a dietitian, I am pretty good at spouting off nutritional advice and telling people “hey, this is what you should eat!” I struggle with putting that into practice. Real life to me means balancing work, grad school, my husband, dogs, family, and working out. And somewhere in there I’m supposed to get some sleep and eat healthy food. I can’t even imagine what life would be like if we had kids. I believe that food should taste good. It should be fun. It shouldn’t stress you out. It shouldn’t break the bank.

I would be lying if I said that I never had a night where all I wanted to do was throw a frozen pizza into the oven or call for some delivery and collapse on the couch. The truth is that I almost never give in to this urge.

My blog is a balance of quick and easy weeknight meals, more involved dishes that would be perfect if you had some extra time, and my favorite – desserts. I want to show you that good food isn’t difficult. It just requires a little bit of planning and a lot of love. I hope you come back often to see what I’m up to!


23 thoughts on “About

  1. you have a website??
    Also congratulations

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

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  5. I got what you mean , thankyou for putting up.

  6. Good point. I hadn’t thgouht about it quite that way. 🙂

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  8. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this outstanding web site! I suppose in the meantime i’ll be happy with bookmarking and putting your Rss feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group: )

  9. Very nice post, I surely love this site, keep it up.

  10. Hi. this is kind of an -unconventional- question , but have other visitors asked you how get the menu bar to look like you,ve got it? I also have a blog and am genuinely searching to alter around the theme, nonetheless am scared to death to mess with it for fear of the search engines punishing me. I’m genuinely new to all of this so i’m just not positive precisely the method to attempt to to it all however. I’ll just keep working on it one day at a time.

  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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