Me: I’m Jennie. I’m a lawyer, small business owner, and writer from San Francisco.
“Frolic & detour” is a legal term that sounds much more fun than it really is (like all of law school). Related: “touching and concerning.”
My favorite hobbies – the focus of this blog – are cooking, crafting, and exploring San Francisco (well, anywhere, really). I also love reading, bargain shopping, vintage fashion (practically a requirement if you’re going to live here), 49ers football, vintage Barbies, the color turquoise, craft beer, and fancy cocktails. I go to concerts when I can afford ’em (I was four feet from Bono, omg!).
In my former life, I was a history major who specialized in medieval resurrection symbolism (including tomb sculpture, execution, and alchemy) and I am still known to screech in delight when I see something related to or from my studies, even if it has to do with the execution part. I am probably the only certified transi tomb fangirl. When I win the lottery, I’ll go get my PhD.
My cooking background & philosophy: I am the granddaughter of a butcher, and the grand-niece/great-granddaughter of bakers who taught classes at City College and/or owned a bakery in San Francisco’s Richmond District. My mother and grandmother taught me basic cooking and baking skills when I was little, but as an adult, I am mostly self-taught, from blogs, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, and various cookbooks/websites. I have probably been cooking for my family and others for at least 20 years now, and nearly every day for the last 10. Let me stress that I don’t know everything, so I welcome expertise and different points of view/techniques/resources.
I have a tiny kitchen and a moderate budget, so I do my best to put relatively healthy, whole foods on the table without spending a crapload of money. (Technical term.) I am great at time-management, thanks to my mother, but I am absolutely terrible at letting anyone share my kitchen space, which is why my +1 is practically banned from the area (but not before I took his Shun knives and All Clad cookware).
I don’t worry too much about recipes with tons of butter and heavy cream, because a) I am German, it’s a family tradition, and b) I try to make sure my +1 and I have a balanced selection of fatty and healthy food. I mean, really, taking the Bar exam was and continues to be worse for my health than anything I ever ate. Not to discourage any future lawyers! It’s a noble profession!
Contact me: Feel free to leave a comment. I am more than happy to respond on this site or via email, whether it is about cooking or law school or history or, well, anything. If I can help, I will certainly try. Thanks for visiting!