Welcome to Keep It Simple Foods. I’m so glad you’re here! My name is Jennifer and I work as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. I created this blog in 2008 in order to indulge my creative side. The blog has come a long way since then and is now a showcase for my favorite recipes and culinary adventures. Please have a look around and leave a comment if you’d like. I love hearing from my readers!

You can find Keep It Simple Foods on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, and as a regular contributor at Breathe Magazine.

Keep It Simple Foods recipes and photography have been featured on Tastespotting, Foodgawker, Tasty Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, and Kitchen PLAY.

All content featured on this site is the property of Keep It Simple Foods. All rights are reserved. If you would like to feature an image or recipe on your personal blog or website, please ask for written consent first and give proper credit to Keep It Simple Foods. For commercial use, publication, and general distribution, please email keepitsimplefoods@gmail.com for licensing rates.

To see more of my photography, check out my site Jennifer Harling Photography.

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Hi! I just stumbled on your blog and made the black bean enchiladas! I immediately loved your blog and started emailing friends about it. Then I got curious about you, read the “about” page and see you are from Oak Ridge! Me too, class of 1996. I am lawyer, too – environmental law in seattle. Anyway, this world is small. Great blog, as a fellow vegetarian, I anticipate using your recipies a lot down the road.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Small world, indeed! I was class of 1998. So glad you like the blog. Thank you for reading and for sharing!

Bonnief May 15, 2012 at 10:36 am

Stumbled across your blog looking for Kale recipes. I’ll be back tho. I hail from Knoxville.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods May 16, 2012 at 7:59 am


Kristi D January 16, 2012 at 3:36 am

As a fellow East Tennessean I was wondering what part of Tn you’re from? I was born & raised in Oak Ridge, anywhere close for you? Keep up a great blog!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 16, 2012 at 10:39 am

Hi, Kristi! I also grew up in Oak Ridge!

Jennifer Riggins Hansen January 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Are you guys from Laurinburg or Scotland County? I grew up there.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My husband’s family is from Laurinburg. Small world!

Allison August 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I stumbled upon your blog and sounds like we have a lot in common- look forward to reading future posts!

P.S. I graduated in May and moved back home to the DC area- are there ever any local blogger meet ups? That would be fun!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Hey Allison, so nice to meet you! I think there are semi-regular blogger meetups in DC. I’ve never been to one, but I’m pretty sure there’s a facebook page with more info.

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Toni Williams May 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

From Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Just found you while looking for a recipe. Love your site. Keep it up and enjoy the countryside.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods May 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Thank you so much! Welcome to my blog! :)

Lisa March 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

The recipes always look yummy. I plan to read more of your blogs. I will have to make Ed read them & cook us something because I am pretty horrible in the kitchen.
More importantly “little cousin” what’s the scoop …. what kind of gown do you have to fit into??

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

Hello, Lisa dear! All you need is a little practice in the kitchen and you’ll be great! But, if you’d prefer cousin Ed to take the reigns, by all means…nothing wrong with a man in the kitchen!;)

Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Your food philosophy sounds so healthy and balanced! Also, I love simplicity with foods. :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

Thank you, Kath!

Christina March 2, 2011 at 12:36 am

When do you have time to do this? I’m super impressed. I’ve seen the links to your blog on FB but didn’t realize these were your recipes. Creativity and talent must run in the family!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

Hey Christina! Thanks for your comment. I work on my blog most nights and weekends. I need the creative outlet because my day job is so dull. Thanks for stopping by!

Marlene Samuels February 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Jennifer-I absolutely love your site! Your philosophy about food is so much like ours and we, too, have a number of recipes for using stems & stalks. Like you, food is not my primary life. I’m a PhD in sociology with an intense passion for food and I’m a determined “home chef”. It would be great to have you visit my site that I co-host with a colleague Nancy Gershman – http://www.expendableedibles.com and post your recipes which will include your info. You might want to visit our new blog, http://www.expendableedibles.com/blog as well where we’ve begun to post interviews with chefs and are looking at some culinary school. Your site is wonderful! Keep up the good work. Marlene Samuels

Claire Yang July 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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kellieatsforfun February 21, 2010 at 4:19 am

I’m really loving your blog so far! It’s a nice mix with your different perspectives :)

Q. February 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Jennifer and Jessica-
I just found your blog and am definitely going to a regular reader! I’m here in DC and have a food blog too (though I live in Alexandria and tend to focus more on the food finds there). Found you via Kath Eats.

sanjeeta kk January 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Nice reads on varied concepts of food.

Chrysta December 2, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Your blog is great! I look forward to more great reads! Jessica, you said you were a movie fiend! Me too! What are some of your favs? and Question for Jennifer! You said you traveled all over the world and experienced new cuisines…do you have one type that really inspired you above the rest? Have a great day ladies!

Jennifer January 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

Too many to choose! I would say most of my favorites are from places I lived like France or Charleston, SC- places known for wonderful food! Over the years, my tastes (and diet) have changed and I find my food world constantly evolving, but I go back to old favorites for comfort and stability.

Jennifer January 22, 2010 at 11:46 am

oh, but i must follow up and say that the veggie friendly food i exerienced in Kenya was incredible (esp for how i eat today) and i am constantly trying to recreate such dishes. yum!

Katie November 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Love the blog!!! I am glad I found it! I just moved to the DC area in June, Alexandria VA is where my fiance and I live, we really like it here!! Both of you rock and Im glad I found your blog!! Have a great day!!!

Jennifer January 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

Thanks Katie! Hope you keep reading!

Liz September 4, 2009 at 11:44 pm

I love your recipes.

The Healthy Apple June 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I love your blog, ladies!!!!! Wish you were up here in Manhattan so we could all get together! Keep up the great work and the wonderful recipes!



Jennifer Smith June 11, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Just found this blog and to cite everyone else, it’s good to find another DC-based blog. I live in SW so I look forward to your reviews and ideas.

Marcia May 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Just followed you over here from katheats…I lived in DC area for 5 years (Arlington, mostly – Ballston and Pentagon City), so it’s cool to read about the old stomping ground.

Lee May 27, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Just found your blog. I grew up in Rockville, MD and it’s always fun to find bloggers from my old stomping grounds

Rose May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm

I found your blog via Katheats – looking forward to reading another DC-based blog!

coco April 24, 2009 at 5:34 am

Hi, I just found your blog and so glad to find people from DC area. Love your simple recipes and beautiful picture, looking forward to read more! :)

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Great blog, GREAT recipes!! Love D.C. – must be a blast living there!