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RECIPES – PERMISSION TO USE
RECIPES – QUESTIONS
MY KITCHEN TOOLS
PRODUCT REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS
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How can I make sure I never miss a post on your blog? Can I subscribe to your blog by email?
Yep, you sure can. Just click here and you can get Jennifer’s Kitchen delivered right to your inbox.
I noticed your blog doesn’t have ads. How do you fund your site?
When I started jenniferskitchen.com, I wanted to make information on how to live healthy available to everyone at no cost. But as traffic (and consequently the expenses) increased, I quickly realized that making this information available free to others meant a big cost for me.
I receive a number of emails every day from ad agencies asking if they can advertise on my site. These ads could easily pay for my site expenses many times over, but the ads are usually for items that I don’t use myself and wouldn’t recommend to my readers.
Unfortunately, green bean and apples aren’t profitable enough to pay for bloggers to advertise them.
So, I decided that this site would be my gift to my readers, and for many years it has run at a negative. Which is ok – especially after I receive emails like this one:
Jennifer, your website is the best gift I’ve ever received…. Thank you for your healthy and delicious recipes. Thank you for your helpful advice. I am a new person because of you.
How can you help?
If you have enjoyed the recipes and information on jenniferskitchen.com and would like to be a part of keeping it running, here are some ways you can help:
- You can purchase products you already buy – like pasta, crock pots, and T- shirts – through my Amazon link or my little shopping page. I earn a small commission and it doesn’t cost you a penny more!
- You can get one of my meal plans.
- You can subscribe to my online weight loss program.
- You can give a donation.
Who does the photography on Jennifer’s Kitchen?
Sarah takes all those pretty photos. You can read about her here.
Can I use your photos on my website or blog or ______ ?
Please ask first.
All content, including photos, text, design, and any other material on Jennifer’s Kitchen is copyrighted Jennifer White/Jennifer’s Kitchen, which means you may not use them without my permission.
Any use of my photos without written permission is a violation of copyright laws.
Can I pin your photos on Pinterest?
Yes! I am happy when a reader likes one of my posts enough to share it with others on Pinterest.
RECIPES – PERMISSION TO USE
Can I use your recipes on my website or blog?
I love having other bloggers try my recipes and share the results on their own blog. As is common with most blogs and websites, I prefer that, rather than copying and publishing my recipe on your site, you would instead link back to my site as a way for your readers to get the recipe.
Readers love to hear about what you like and recommend, but it is customary practice to link back to the site that owns the original recipe and photo.
Any other use without my permission is a violation of copyright laws.
RECIPES – QUESTIONS
Where do you get your recipes?
Nearly all of my recipes are original and created by me. Some were inspired by something I tasted or saw, and I then went home and started experimenting. If I ever use a recipe that someone else has created – even if I make changes to it – I always ask permission and then give them credit.
I have a question about one of your recipes.
If you have a question regarding a specific recipe, please check the comments section as it is possible that your question has already been answered there. If not, please feel free leave a comment directly on that post that contains that recipe. Your question may be the same question that other readers have been wondering about as well.
You may also email me, but please keep in mind that I receive many emails from readers every day, and it’s impossible for me to answer them as quickly as I would like to. I make it a practice to answer questions in the comments section first, since more readers will be benefited at a time this way.
Does this recipe freeze well?
I wish I could answer this for every one of my recipes, but unfortunately – or fortunately : ) – I have some happy eaters in my house, and most recipes get gobbled up before they could ever reach the freezer.
For those recipes that I was able to test for “freezability” and that did freeze well, I have filed them under the category “Freezes Well“. (If you look at the bottom of a post, you’ll see the categories I have filed it under, such as soups, dips, etc.) However, just because a recipe is not in that category, doesn’t mean it doesn’t freeze well. It may mean I’ve never tried to freeze it.
Sometimes you can simply look at the ingredients in a dish and quickly determine whether a dish will freeze well or not based on general freezing rules. The National Center for Home Food Preservation has a huge list of ingredients and freezing information on each one.
The recipe didn’t turn out right. Why?
I would love to be able to help you if you prepared one of my recipes and it didn’t turn out quite right.
There can be many factors involved in producing a perfectly delicious dish from a recipe, such as proper measuring, accurate cooking and baking temperatures, the freshness of the ingredients, proper timing, whether you used any substitutions, and more.
Unless I’m actually in your kitchen watching you while you prepare the recipe, determining what went wrong can be quite a challenge; however, your success is very important to me. If you can give me as much information as possible (as clearly as possible) on how you prepared the recipe, I will do my best to help you.
If you have a question about specific ingredients, I may have an answer for you on my Ingredient Glossary Page.
Where can I find that ingredient?
I try to develop recipes that use ingredients that can be found in most grocery stores; however, when stores devote 23 feet of aisle space to snack cakes and one needs a private detective to find basic healthful ingredients, this can be a challenge.
I usually use Amazon to buy hard-to-find ingredients … and I find Amazon is often the less expensive than other sources.
Can I substitute this ingredient for that?
When developing my recipes, I often test them using different ingredients that are similar in character. There are three factors that determine what ingredients I ultimately decide to use in the final recipe:
1. Taste and texture. In my recipe testing, I try to choose the ingredients that produce the best final product. Using another ingredient may produce less than desirable results (which may be why I didn’t use it) or it may work fine for you. I can only give you advice concerning the ingredients I’ve tried and even then, personal tastes vary so you may have a different opinion than I.
2. Nutrition. There are some ingredients that may technically “work” well, but I choose not to use them because they contribute to poor health. You may, of course, choose to use them, but I have no idea if they would work or not because I’ve not tested them.
3. Availability. I sometimes decide to use a particular ingredient based on availability.
If you do try a substitution and the recipe turned out great, please let readers know in the comment section so we can all benefit from your creativity!!
On the other hand, if you use a substitution and the results were less than desired, please feel free to leave a comment, but please don’t complain about or criticize the recipe. One tablespoon of fresh basil may seem insignificant to you, but its omission may completely change the taste of an otherwise delicious dish.
That’s why I included it in the ingredients. : )
Why don’t you provide nutritional information for your recipes?
One of the benefits of my weight loss program is there is no need to count calories, carbs, or points or be crazy worried about every little nutritional detail for everything you eat. If you are eating a truly healthy diet, you can rest assured that you are getting all the nutrients for a healthy body without the hassle and headstands of calculating nutritional information.
Sadly, I have seen people decide against a healthy, nourishing, and slimming breakfast recipe and instead opt for a low fat Pop-Tart and a cup of coffee. How did they come to such a mixed-up, erroneous conclusion? It was based on the nutritional information provided for the meals. (I wrote a post about the craziness of that. Click here if you’d like to read it.)
The Pop Tarts and coffee brought applause because of their low-fat, low-calorie content, but the healthy breakfast was booed off the stage because it included some chopped nuts that upped the fat content a bit. This is so unfortunate because the healthy breakfast – even with its high-calorie, high-fat (and high-fiber) nuts – was extremely beneficial for weight loss. In fact, research shows that nuts, which are loaded with naturally-occurring fat-fighting chemicals, can actually help with weight loss.
If you want to enjoy good health and eat until satisfied without gaining weight, I encourage you to look at the ingredients and don’t bother with the rest. Apples don’t have nutrition labels on them because their Creator knew it wasn’t necessary. Whole foods = good health.
Do you have a weight loss program?
Yes, I have a very popular and successful 14-Day Weight Loss Program that includes daily videos, a healthy meal plan, a helpful forums offering support and encouragement, exclusive recipes, and tons of resources to ensure that you will lose every last pound you want to lose … and keep it off!
Can I make delicious desserts that won’t ruin my diet?
Do you have meal plans?
Yes, I do! Check them out right here. I think you’ll love them!
MY KITCHEN TOOLS
Can you tell me what kitchen appliances/tools you use in your kitchen?
While a cluttered kitchen can significantly impede kitchen productivity, and I am not a fan of lots of gadgets, I fully believe that the right tools can mean the difference between a happy and successful kitchen experience and failure.
I’ve developed and/or tested over 4,500 recipes for my clients and my blog and don’t plan to stop anytime soon, so kitchen efficiency is very important to me. I expect a lot from my kitchen equipment.
What brand of blender/food processor/mixer/etc. do you have?
I have tried many blenders in my countless hours in the kitchen. Most have worn out within a short period of time.
I have more information about the Blendtec blender and the Vitamix in a post I wrote about How to Choose a Blender, if you’re interested. I also wrote an as-fair-and-objective-as-I-can-possibly-be comparison between the Blendtec blender and the Vitamix to help you make the decision about which blender is best for you.
I own a Kitchenaid food processor that just keeps going and going. Unfortunately, the model I have isn’t available anymore, so here is some information I wrote about choosing a powerful, versatile, and efficient food processor.
Check out my recipes that I use a food processor for.
Read more about how much time a food processor can save you.
Should you use a food processor or a blender?
I own a Kitchenaid stand mixer.
What is one kitchen appliance/tool you could not live without?
Without a question, my blender.
No, wait! Change that to my crock pot – having food cook while I sleep makes life so much easier.
Well, now that I think about it, I’ve cooked in kitchens where there wasn’t a good knife to be found, and that transformed the process from enjoyable to drudgery. So it would be my chef’s knife. (Yes, that link takes you to the one I own and use every day.)
Without my blender we couldn’t have all the rich and creamy dressings, smooth and skinny sauces, and wonderful waffles that we now enjoy. I do use my blender every single day – actually many times a day. In fact, I’ve used my blender 9,612 times since I bought it. (That’s a true fact.)
So maybe the tool I wouldn’t want to live without would be my blender.
Yes, my blender.
If you don’t have one, I highly recommend getting one.
Do you teach weight loss classes?
Yes! I teach weight loss classes across the country and around the world. My passion is helping others reach their weight loss goals.
Do you teach cooking classes?
Yes. While my main focus is weight loss, I do teach an occasional cooking class.
My schedule has become so full that I have had to limit my classes to only weight loss classes (see above).
Links and URLs in Comments Section
Because I want to make my blog enjoyable to my readers, I don’t want them to have to wade through a bunch of irrelevant links/product advertisements/self-promoting material in the comments area. Therefore, comments containing links of this nature will be automatically deleted.
If you would like to share a link that you feel is valuable to my readers, please contact me, and I will consider making an exception.
Recipe-Specific Comments and Questions
If you have a question regarding a specific recipe, please check the comments section as it is possible that your question has already been answered there. If not, please feel free leave to comment directly on the post that contains that recipe. Your question may be the same question that other readers have been wondering about as well.
Please also see the section above entitled Recipes – Questions.
There is a grammar error/typo in your recipe/text.
Thank you for telling me! I value good grammar and proper writing, so I welcome corrections. Since I can’t afford an editor, you are hired! : )
It’s ok if you disagree; constructive criticism and corrections can be very helpful. However, there is never a need for rude remarks. I like nice.