Hi there. I started the merry gourmet in 2010 as a food blog, a place for me to share recipes and document my experiences learning to cook and bake.

In 2004, I began teaching myself to cook. I was the mother of an infant daughter at the time, and I realized that she would eventually learn to cook — or not cook — from me. I wanted to set a good example, not just by knowing how to turn ingredients into a meal, but by cooking good food, and by cooking from scratch as much as possible.

Over the years, the merry gourmet has evolved and grown, as I have. It’s not just about the recipes any longer. Here you’ll find a collection of  stories about food, life, and family.



* Updated 2/28/2018 *

I don’t do sponsored product reviews or sponsored posts of any type.  I also do not accept guest posts.

Any Amazon links that you see may be affiliate links. This means that I make a commission (a teensy-tiny one, but still, a commission) on any purchases that you make on Amazon after clicking through that link. Any of these links are likely to be on posts that were written prior to 2016 or 2017.


I welcome comments, so please leave me one. If I’ve made an error or typo, or if you have other constructive criticism, please feel free to comment or email me. But, please be kind and polite in your comments. Since this is my little spot on the web, I will delete any offensive or rude comments. Also, if your comment contains any links that seem like spam, I’ll delete it.

Would you rather email me? Please do! I promise to answer all of my emails as soon as I can. The exception to this will be if you email me asking me to do a sponsored post or review. I may not respond in that case (see above). You can reach me through the contact form on this site or by email – merryjennifer@gmail.com.



I’ve spoken at the IFBC New Orleans in 2011, the TECHmunch Tampa in April 2012, BlogHer Food 2013 in Austin, and the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando in July 2014.

I’ve been featured in a variety of places on the web. Here’s a sampling of them.