Good morning gardening friends,
In 2008 I began writing Miss Jolie Ann's Kitchen garden. I cannot believe it has been over 10 years! In the early 2000's I was super inspired by the emerging cooking blog movement. I regularly followed blogs such as Smitten Kitchen and 101 Cookbooks. This new internet age of food writing was deliciously exciting to me.
As a passionate cook and kitchen-gardener, from 2008-2014 my blog heavily focused on recipes reflecting my vegetarian whole foods seasonal diet. I loved researching and creating recipes, styling and photographing food, and especially sharing food with my community with hopes of someday writing a cookbook. Many of you attended Second Saturday Supper's with Miss Jolie Ann and trialed my recipes.
Thank you everyone for the many years you supported my recipe and food writing!
In 2015 I left full-time work to start my own business The Gardening Goddess. This blog reflected this shift in my professional life and posts became more about gardening with monthly and seasonal tips focused on organic vegetable and herb gardening.
When I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, viral disease, and multiple chronic illnesses in 2016 my blog reflected the healing journey I began.
Since the inception of the blog over a decade ago I have remained a passionate avid cook. However, I began writing less and less about food and recipes when my diet shifted to an omnivore gluten-free dairy-free sugar-free diet within the parameters avoiding my many food intolerances and following multiple healing diet protocols. The sicker I got and the more restricted my diet became the less fun creating recipes and eating became for me. When I was in the worst years of my illnesses the time and energy expended on following strict healing diet protocols was an exhausting chore.
So I choose to really dive into garden writing. I started a monthly garden column in The Concordia News, pitched a gardening book proposal to regional publishers, the proposals were rejected, and I wrote the book anyways! The Gardening Goddess Guide to Edible Gardening in Portland is so close to self-publication I am ecstatic. This summer it will be available at local independent bookstores, garden centers, and nurseries. Book release details are on my website.
In 2015 I launched my professional website www.jolieanndonohue.com and at this time it makes most sense to continue my blog via my website. The Miss Jolie Ann's Kitchen Garden blog will remain live so my readers can search old posts, in particular the wealth of recipes here. Going forward all new blog posts will be available on my website. It is the end of an era and the beginning of another.
Thank you for reading Miss Jolie Ann's Kitchen Garden the past decade!