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Jan 13, 2017

Trying to Keep Up

With over 300,000 views every week between my website and youtube, from 200 different countries, I simply can’t to keep up with the growing number of questions. I never expected this when I started sharing my recipes and I want this to be the best experience for everyone but it’s become overwhelming.

I am a one-man operation, doing the best I can, but here is the reality: If I don’t get to 25 questions in one day, the next day it’s 50. Another couple of busy days and it’s 100 and by then I can’t catch up. I need time to work on my recipes, take the pictures, perfect the details, and share what I love. I also need time to focus on my philanthropy.

It’s wonderful to see how popular my recipes have become and I want to always be there but it’s become impossible and that makes me sad. This is my creation. I take a lot of pride in it and want it to be perfect so please know I am doing the best I can. I hope everyone understands and there are ways you can help:

  1. Understand if I am not able to answer your questions.
  2. Please do not ask a question that you can research online.
  3. Please do not ask about changing my recipe as I only make them the way I post them.
  4. If a recipe didn’t turn out, please look at the FAQs before asking what went wrong.
  5. Please continue to share your helpful comments, especially if you’ve tried something different with one of my recipes and it turned out well. That’s helpful to all of us.

My sincere thanks to everyone for understanding. I have no immediate plans to make more videos but I hope to in the near future. – Jenny Jones

Jan 9, 2017

Make Caesar Salad at Home

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Caesar salad! Now I don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to get a classic Caesar salad. It was always a mystery to me because I thought I had to use whole anchovies but for me, anchovy paste is perfect and it’s also easy to use. It takes just minutes to make this dressing but you need the right ingredients. You just shake it all up in a jar and it’s done.

Traditional Caesar salad is made with romaine lettuce and for me, hearts of romaine make the best presentation, not to mention homemade croutons. I usually make croutons with slices of my faster no knead bread and my recipe is super easy too. Click here to see how to make homemade croutons.

I encourage everyone to eat a salad every day and now you can make one of those salads a classic Caesar. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Jan 1, 2017

Show Off Your Creation

I look forward to these photos more than anything. What a thrill to see my recipes being made all over the world. Feel free to say where you are from and send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

DALILA MADE MY BEET & CABBAGE BORSCHT
“Hi Jenny! I just wanted to let you know that your blog is super, I truly enjoy reading your posts and making your recipes. Your video’s are so nice, I really like how you walk through your recipes step-by-step. That’s so helpful of you and it makes cooking easier. You are doing a bang-up job, YAY YOU!! I am going to try and send you my picture of your recipe of the beet and cabbage borscht. I’m not so good at this, me and computers just don’t play nice…LOL!  Hopefully you get it and all in one piece. It was easy to make and it was ever soooo tasty!!  Talk about a wonderful aroma throughout the house, we couldn’t wait to get our soup bowls filled. My next up recipe of yours and maybe, (crossing my fingers),  picture worthy,  is your Easy Pan Pizza. Wish me luck! 😉 Many blessings to you Jenny! Your cooking buddy, Dalila G.”

~ I grew up on this fantastic soup. Good luck with the pizza! ~ jenny

HERO FAME MADE MY FALL-OFF-THE-BONE-RIBS
“Fall Off The Bone Ribs are the best ever!!! So easy and fun to make!”

~ Great photo. Thanks for sharing. ~ jenny

JOCELYN MADE MY NO KNEAD GREEK OLIVE BREAD
“Dear Jenny, Thank you for demystifying the joys of cooking. Baking bread is healing. Warm hugs, Jocelyn.”

~ I like the seeds you put on top. It looks wonderful. ~ jenny

SABINE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Dear Mrs Jones, it was time, to bake your “no knead bread” again. With butter and selfmade marmelade the best breakfast at the moment. Allways thinking how easy and fine your recipes are. Lots of greetings from Germany.”

~ Thank you, Sabine. It looks like this loaf works nicely in a loaf pan. ~ jenny

LENORA MADE MY FASTER NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jen,  I left a comment under Lenora Collins on your YouTube channel for the Faster No Knead Easy Bread. Honestly, I only had two cups of sad bread flour crumpled up in the original packaging just hanging around from a few months ago. I kind of had to guesstimate the other ingredients based on your recipe since I was using one cup less flour. You can read in my YouTube comment that I had absolutely no confidence or real idea what I was doing. I just tried to follow the recipe as close as possible. I think my mess ended up being so successful because I used your methodology and tools. Oh, except I didn’t have parchment paper, but there was no way I could’ve just plopped the dough on the surface of the 450 degree preheated Dutch oven, so I placed it on a square of aluminum foil placed at the bottom of the Dutch oven. Enclosed you can see how my “mess” turned out. No lie –  I was impressed with myself. Thank you for all of your efforts in testing these recipes so they turn out AMAZING every time.  Have a Happy New Year!!

~ I just made a loaf this morning and now I’m making croutons with it too. ~ jenny

DAVE MADE MY FASTER NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny – thank you for the great recipe and video!  I absolutely love cooking, but artisan bread seemed so complicated.  I have recently decided to make a sourdough starter but didn’t want to wait for it to be ready, so I gave your recipe a try.  I followed your instructions and all was well.  The dough was definitely “looser” than I am used to working with, but I used my scraper and it was fine.  Check out my first loaf (good thing I took a quick picture, because it didn’t last long!).  Look at that wonderful crumb!  And the crust… oh. my. goodness. It was easy and fun, and I will be making this regularly (I hear someone cutting another piece of as I write this!). Thanks again, Dave.”

~ I have the same problem here – I turn my back on the bread and it’s gone! ~ jenny

VISHWAS MADE MY FALL-OFF-THE-BONE RIBS
“Jenny,  I came across your video when looking for ribs recipes and it left my mouth watering. I’m not much of a cook but I followed your instructions step by step and made the most delicious ribs I have ever tasted.  I used a little more chili and added a bit habanero which made it HOT .. just the way I love it. Here they are right after I took them out of the oven. Thank you!!”

~ You prove that even inexperienced cooks can make these ribs. Even with your adjustments, they turned out great. ~ jenny

JANE MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
“Jenny, thank you so much for your simple whole wheat bread recipe.  I have not bought store bread since last fall when I tried your simple, no fail recipe!  I give it as gifts to my friends and family who are soooo thankful.  Jane.”

~ This loaf beautiful! I never thought of giving it as a gift but that is a great idea. ~ jenny

JENNY Y. MADE MY VEGETABLE BEAN PASTA
“Thank you for this recipe! It was so good and healthy!! Of all the recipes I tried, there wasn’t any recipe that I didn’t like!! They are easy to follow, comes out good and healthy. So, I thank you very much!☺☺ Best, Jenny.”

~ Wow, it looks exactly like mine. I just made it last night too! ~ jenny

SHARON: “WE HAD A JENNY CAN COOK CHRISTMAS!”
“I have made so many of your recipes, now I started taking picture of everything I make of yours. Thank You so Much! I live in Mohawk NY and I have told my sister of your site and she is also making some of your recipes, she lives in Fife WA. ~ Snow balls love your recipes! Love them so much I was hiding them just for me.”

~ All of your cookies look beautiful and I’m so glad your mom liked the chrusciki. ~ jenny“Your recipe again angel wings so good just like my Lithuania grandmother maid. I gave them to my mom who is 94 and she payed me a compliment and said “these taste just like grandmas” her moms. Love this recipe!”

“Sugar Cookies again your recipe just loved them! Will always make all of these for Christmas from now on.”

“These are your chocolate cookies. I added my own twist for Christmas, rolled in balls and dipped them in glaze then put sprinkles on them.”

MERISSA MADE MY CINNAMON-RAISIN & WHOLE WHEAT BREADS
“Jenny, my husband bought me a KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas and I immediately started looking for bread recipes. I found yours and IM HOOKED. I’m making my way through your bread recipes, one by one! So easy and DELICIOUS!! The Wheat bread is fantastic. I made the Cinnamon Raisin twist bread this morning. Added pecans to one loaf! Here’s a couple of pictures. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I’m having a ball!!”

*Your twist breads are beautiful (prettier than mine) and the wheat bread is huge! Great job! – jenny

MAGGIE MADE MY CABBAGE ROLLS
“Thanks for your easy to follow cabbage roll recipe! They turned out delicious!”

~ How nice to know that my golabki recipe is turning out so well for so many. I’m glad you liked them. ~ jenny

Dec 20, 2016

Holiday Baking

Dec 14, 2016

A Christmas Gift Everyone Loves

If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas I can tell you from experience that everyone I know loves to receive homemade goodies. Cookies, breads, cupcakes, biscotti… you can hardly go wrong. And then there’s homemade caramel corn. OMG! This is a gift that everyone absolutely loves! It’s super crispy, light, and so delicious! That’s what I give every Christmas and people start asking me in October if I’m making caramel corn again this year. That’s because there is no store-bought product that even comes close. And my recipe is simple. You don’t need a candy thermometer or any fancy equipment.

I just pop the corn in the microwave (my paper bag method) and stir in an easy syrup (made in five minutes) with butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and corn syrup (this is not high fructose corn syrup – they are not the same). Then you stir it up and bake it. I don’t make it for myself very often because I can’t stop eating it. So it’s a Christmas treat for me too. If you want to feel like Santa Claus next week and see big smiles on happy faces, give homemade caramel corn. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 8, 2016

How To Freeze Pecan Balls

Guess what? There is no difference between frozen and freshly made pecan balls. I tested them myself and asked two other people to do a blind taste test and no one could tell the difference. This is good news because anything you can make ahead for the holidays is helpful. I’m sure there is more than one way to freeze these delicate Christmas snowball cookies but here is how I did mine:

  1. Once they were completely cool and after the second roll in powdered sugar I gently placed them in a freezer bag so they were not touching.
  2. I removed as much air as possible from the bag and placed them gently in the freezer.
  3. To thaw I let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then brought them to room temperature.
  4. Then I gently rolled them in powdered sugar again to freshen them up.

So there it is. This is how you can freeze your homemade pecan balls and have extra time for…. making more! Click here for the recipe.  – Jenny Jones

Dec 5, 2016

These are Some Big Cookies

crispy_oatmeal_chocolate_chip_cookiesHere’s a closeup of my Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are big! These are the ones made with 100% whole grains and no butter. Before baking you press them flat with a fork and they spread even more when they bake and come out super thin and crispy. I made them last night and the recipe makes twelve. There are five left. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 1, 2016

Your Photos – Love it! (December)

What a treat to see your photos of my recipes. My thanks to everyone for sharing them. Feel free to include where you are from and send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

CARIANNE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD & CRUSTY ROLLS
“Hello Jenny, So I made your Faster No Knead Bread for Christmas. Mmmm it was easy and tasted great! So today I thought I’d try the No Knead Crusty Rolls too. But I really liked how the bread came out of my Dutch Oven so I stuffed them in there. 😊 I found a pie pan that was the same size as the Dutch Oven to let the dough rise in while the Dutch Oven heated in my oven (just so it would fit). I also brushed them with Butter as you can see. I was planning to show the before and after pics but…..they were so pretty and good they got eaten before I remembered to take the after pic. Thank you for the recipes and have a wonderful New Year Jenny!”

NIKTA MADE MY PECAN BALLS (SNOWBALLS)
“I made these before Christmas and everyone loved them, specially my two year old grandnephew, who asked me “come house, bring cake pops!” Here I am, making a double batch! Thanks for all the inspirations, Jenny!”

TRACEY MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS
“Dear Jenny, I’m also a London girl and your buns turned out great. Each step you gave made it so easy not too mess up ! Even my French sister-in-laws don’t have a problem, without needing to understand English.  Keep up the good work, we never get tired of your videos or recipes. Thank you Tracey.”

EVELYN MADE MY CHRISTMAS PECAN BALLS
“These will disappeared as soon I serve them for Christmas party tonight. Thank you for sharing.”

GHIMIE88 MADE 3 NO KNEAD BREADS: PLAIN, RYE, AND OLIVE-CAPER
“I made Jenny’s no knead artisan bread again tonight. Fail-proof recipe ~ turns out well every time, and my family finishes it in no time and asks for more! Inside is soft with some nice big holes – make me feel like a pro! 🙂 THANK YOU, JENNY! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.”

“Jenny, I baked your Rye Bread. I made a stencil with a piece of white paper and sprinkle letters with cocoa powder. I love your recipes- thank you!”

“Jenny’s No Knead Bread recipe is the BEST! I have added different fruits and nuts at different times, and all turned out delicious. This bread has olives and capers (I have too much capers in my fridge). I often give this  bread away as a gift, wrapped in wax paper and a string ribbon tied around it, then placed in a zip-lock bag. Practical, edible, delicious gift appreciated by family and friends who received it. On Thanksgiving, i woke up early to bake this bread in my relatives’ home. I wanted to do something nice for them as a guest. My relatives were so excited about the bread. We sat around the table and ate the bread together, dipped in olive oil or butter on bread. Bread was gone in no time including the crumbs. Spending time together this way was so meaningful and memorable – THANK YOU SO MUCH, JENNY!”

MARIA MADE MY LEMON BROWNIES & CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD

JULIE MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS
“Thank you so much, Jenny, for your cinnamon rolls recipe! These are the BEST cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made. They’re so fun, easy and quick to make! I’m so grateful to you because they are my family’s favorite dessert. I’d like to bake them for Christmas. The additional pics are to show the inside and how delicious and soft the roll is/looks. Happy Holidays, Jenny!”

NIKTA MADE MY WHOLE WHEAT NO KNEAD BREAD
“Another success! This time, I made your no knead whole wheat bread (with one cup of white). Thanks and have a wonderful weekend, Nikta.”

JACEK MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny, My name is Jacek. I made your no knead bread and it’s great. Let me just add that I have next to no experience baking yet your recipe was easy to follow and delivered great results. Thank you and all the best.”

NOMIN MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
“Dear Jenny, I love your recipes! My family and I in love with this easy healthy whole wheat bread!!!!  Me and my spouse stopped buying store breads since summer and now I can bake my own breads 🍞 Your are my savior! Thank you Jenny!”

KATHIE MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
“Jenny, I made your simple whole wheat bread and it was wonderful. We ate the whole loaf in 2 days! Thank you for the easy and delicious recipes! I will be trying the whole wheat rolls for Christmas dinner! Happy Holidays!! Kathie Davis ~ Asheville, North Carolina.”

KATHY MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny! I finally made your no knead bread and it was easy and delicious! My family loved it! Thanks as always!”

ALI G MADE MY SIMPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE WITHOUT BUTTER
“Wow! Husband approved. I had Aldi cocoa, a Myer lemon and I cheated (putting 2 Tbsp butter ONLY in the glaze to thicken it). Thank you SO much. A dear friend whose beautiful little boy is deathly allergic to eggs will love this. Ours turned out delicious! May the LORD Bless and keep you always. Yummo! Only wish I could claim this recipe as my own. 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

ELIZABETH  MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny, so glad I discovered you on youtube. You are a very funny lady to watch! Last night I prepared some dough (half whole wheat and half white flour) and I put it in the oven this morning. Soooo easy! Even though I am Dutch myself, I never used my ‘dutch oven’ for baking bread, but I will from now on! I love this no-knead bread (ongekneed brood). Thank you for sharing this recipe! Elizabeth, from the Netherlands”

brood-elizabethADRIANA MADE MY PIZZA
“Hi Jenny, as I promised, I´m letting you know the great pizza I prepared today with your recipe. It´s the first time I make pizza, so I also decided to make a home made sauce and topped the pizza with sliced calamata olives. Used a rectangular pan because it was what I had available. I just baked it while we watch the Barcelona – Real Madrid game. My husband loooooved the pizza!! It´s just a delicious pizza. Thanks a lot Jenny! (I should have prepared two pizzas!! hahahahahaha)”

my-first-pizzaEFRAT MADE MY BUTTERMILK SPICE CAKE
“Hi. This cake is so delicious! And so easy to make. Thanks for another great recipe! Efrat (from Israel).”

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Nov 27, 2016

Spice Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Buttermilk Spice CakeI really enjoy this moist buttermilk cake, especially because it’s another one of my easy, one-bowl recipes. The combination of spices in the cake along with a mild cream cheese frosting really works for me and I always like any frosting I can make without butter, but it’s also good with chocolate frosting. (You can use the frosting from my zucchini chocolate cake.) It may not be a fancy special occasion cake but my favorite cakes are quick and easy so I mostly bake and frost in the same pan. However, it’s easy to transfer this cake onto a plate and frost the sides as well, like in my photo.

I kept the recipe simple using just all purpose flour but it’s hard to tell the difference between the 100% all purpose and the one made with half whole wheat pastry flour. This recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups of flour so I use 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour with 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of whole wheat pastry flour. If you like desserts without butter like I do, you should try this easy spice cake. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

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