Welcome to This Week for DinnerTM! My name is Jane Maynard. I don’t mind cooking but can’t ever come up with what to cook. I started this blog to keep myself on track and to get dinner ideas from friends…and it’s worked! Every Sunday I post my weekly dinner plan. TWFD friends then post their menus in the comments section, providing me (and everyone else) with fresh ideas week after week! I’m a busy mama, but I love good food…I keep it simple and yummy. I also post other fun ‘foodstuffs’ throughout the week, including recipes, kitchen tips, giveaways and more.
In addition to all the food-related fun, I have a music blog called Kitchen Tunage where I share my kitchen playlist. I also recently founded The Spoiler Alert, a tv blog where a bunch of us wax poetic about television and other fluff that makes the world go ’round.
Here’s a little FAQ for those questions that are, you know, frequently asked!
What camera do you use?
I use a Canon Rebel T2i and the 50 mm f/1.4 lens (but, until October 2010, I happily used the 50 mm f/1.8, which is now being used by my mother-in-law). I only use natural light for my food photography. I’m kind of a stickler for that. I don’t have professional training – just some high school photography courses (which involved a lot of film developing and processing!) and an art background. If you want to read more about my camera, I wrote a long and very helpful (at least I think so!) post about why I chose the camera I did.
How long have you been blogging?
I started This Week for Dinner in January 2007 with no intention of starting a blog. I basically wanted to share my menus with my brother (who lived far away) and I wanted my friends who were more prepared than I to tell me what they were cooking each day. Since then I’ve had amazing opportunities come my way, including some cool writing and editing gigs. I am a contributor for Babble, Parade, Solly Baby, Cosmopolitan.com, and Huffington Post. To see related links, click here.
What is your favorite food?
I’m pretty much addicted to chocolate. H&H Bagels rule the world. Well, they RULED the world until they were shut down for tax evasion and destroyed the world as I know it. And you can’t tell me there’s a better cannoli than one from Modern Pastry in Boston. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know you’ve been to Mike’s. So have I. Modern’s better. I’ll stake a cannoli on it.) Also, my death row last meal would be my own honey goat cheese pizza and these chocolate chip cookies, 10 minutes after they have come out of the oven.
What is your personal background?
I live in San Diego. I’m married to a genius surfer dude scientist (Nate) who is doing crazy stuff with DNA. We have two adorable daughters and a son. All three are my toughest food critics. Let’s see, I was born in Utah, moved to New Jersey half-way through childhood (which may explain my alter ego “Jersey Jane” who makes appearances when things get tough), and went to Boston University (and studied a lot). We’ve been in California the last 10+ years – San Diego, then the Bay Area, now back to San Diego.
What is your professional background?
Pre-kids, I worked in a corporate public relations department for a wireless company. Post-kids, life got a lot more interesting! I went into freelance graphic design “full-time” (meaning part-time, but it’s all I did), in addition to some writing and photography work. And, most recently, blogging is keeping me most busy! Between throwing parties for bloggers (namely SocialLuxe Lounge and La Petite Soiree), keeping This Week for Dinner fresh and updated 3-5 times per week, and consulting on social media and design, my plate is full…and delicious! I’m loving where this crazy road is taking me and grateful that you are a part of it!
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