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Hello there! Thanks for stopping by my Montana kitchen.

The food philosophy behind Jeannine’s Cuisine was summed up perfectly by Julia Child: “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — ­just good food from fresh ingredients.” I believe food tastes best and is better for you when it’s made from scratch with the best ingredients you can find, and for the most part, that’s what you’ll find here.

At various times in my life I’ve been a ballet dancer, bartender, soldier, government employee, line cook, pastry chef, business owner, and now blogger and food photographer.

My parents’ cooking gave me a curiosity about food and a love of different cuisines from around the world at a very young age. A 23-year military career gave me the opportunity to live and travel around the world and exposed me to the food of many different cultures.

I spent most of my childhood and adult life dreaming of becoming a chef. After retiring from the Army, I was finally able to turn my dream of becoming a chef a reality. I attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and then worked at a fine-dining restaurant; first as a line cook and later as the Pastry Chef. Additionally, I started a personal chef business, the original Jeannine’s Cuisine.

I’m no longer cooking professionally, but once the “food bug” has bitten, there is no going back. Additionally, after years of collecting hundreds of cookbooks, I finally figured out it was the photographs in them as much as the recipes. This blog is my way of keeping one foot in the culinary world as well as expanding my skills in my other passion, food photography.

My husband and I recently packed up the dogs, cats, and hundreds of cookbooks and moved to Helena, Montana, which is where I am now cooking up a storm and perfecting my food photography and food styling skills.  Welcome to Jeannine’s Cuisine.

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Oh gosh, which recipe do I try first? They all sound amazing. I love the accompanying photos and stories, too. I’ll be checking in frequently for more scrumptious recipes.

  2. Hi Jeannine, I came across your blog. Great work! Interesting content and nice pictures. I followed your blog. I enjoy to read blogs from people around the world and get inspired by other bloggers recipes. I am a food blogger from Canada, and I invite you to visit/follow my blog at: https://zest4foodblog.wordpress.com. Cheers, Angelika

  3. It was nice to read about you and what you’ve been doing since you retired. If I were a cooking person, I’m sure I’d try your recipes, but I’ll just enjoy reading about how you acquired them.
    There’s no perfect place to live, naturally. Georgia has its pros and cons, but the best two things about living here is that I have family here, in Columbus, and now in Sarasota (they were in DC for ages). I can visit them whenever I want, then come back here to Augusta, the so-called “Garden City of the South”. Not a bad retirement! Take care. I’m glad we managed to reconnect.

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