I am Jen the Beantown Baker. Engineer by day and baking maven by night. Hubby serves as my #1 fan and official taste tester. We got hitched back in 2006. Barefoot. In the sand. With the waves crashing behind us. It was one of the best decisions we've ever made. We live in a tiny Boston condo with two fat cats, Nemo and Roxy.

When we moved from Cincinnati to Boston in 2007, we took a major hit in the squarefootage department. But we love living in Boston, so it's worth it. In 2009, we decided we were sick of our poorly laid out, majorly out of date kitchen. We had it gutted and completely renovated. It's still pretty dang small, but our kitchen designer had some great ideas that gave us more counterspace and more storage. We love it!

When Beantown Baker was started back in 2007, I was obsessed with cupcakes. More recently, I've been leaning towards cookies and bars/brownies. I love all desserts and have a huge to-bake list. While Hubby serves as my number one taste tester, our coworkers and friends get to enjoy my baked goods on a regular basis as well.

I've been trying to learn as much as I can about photography over the past few years. In 2008 I got a Nikon D40 and in 2009 I got a 35mm prime lens, which is what I shoot my food photographs with 99% of the time. I am lucky that our kitchen has huge windows so I can get a lot of natural light during the day. The problem is shooting dinner pics after the sun has gone down... I'm learning as I go though.

I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email.


The Lemonade Connection said...

Hi Jen, my name is Jenn and I am the owner of the site called, "The Lemonade Connection" - I host a "Food Blog" of the day...and today, we are featuring your Spinach and Strawberry salad! http://www.thelemonadeconnection.com/2010/06/food-blogger-of-the-day-spinach-.html

Thank you for sharing with the world! I am happy to promote your work...its lovely!!


Joanna said...

Hi there! I will be visiting Boston in September and would love to know if you have nay suggestions of places to hit when I'm in town. Thanks so much for your help in advance!


Bianca Garcia said...

Hi Jen, it was great meeting you last night! I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog.
- Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

Amy Greeman said...

Hi, Jen, I'm the Publicity Director at Storey Publishing in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. We've just published a beautiful coffee-table recipe book of cakes from around the world, entitled A World of Cake by Krystina Castella. I'd love to send you the book for your review and we'd be happy to offer a copy or two as a giveaway on any of your blogs. Would that be possible? Please let me know by email if I can send off the book to you. I'm at amy.greeman@storey.com.

xbrunettel0veox said...

Hey Jen! I am a senior at Rutgers University and I happen to stumble upon your blog. I saw your recipe for the Oreo (cookies n cream) cupcakes and I couldn't resist trying to make them. They came out so awesome!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Since then I have rapidly developed a passion for baking. I have a feeling I will end up working by day and baking by night after I graduate. Thank you for the inspiration!!

Caitlin said...

Hey there!
I'd like to pass on a Stylish Blogger Award to you! I love all things Beantown, including your blog. You can pick up the award on my blog post here:

Elena T said...

Nice to find you on StumbleUpon. I like your recipes, some are good for my mom who is fighting cancer and is on a special diet.

puja said...

Hey Jen!

I am a graphic designer from india(well atleast thats what i do during the day) and a passionate baker by night:), and i happened to stumble upon your blog in search of a triple layer oreo cake..and i have no words to express how beautiful this cake turned out to be, it was probably one of the best cakes i have ever baked and hopefully there will be many more to come, thanks to u:)
Thanks so much for sharing your gift ...

alonewithme said...

I really like your blog! But what's your favorite food blogs? Would be awesome to see a list!

toole said...

You said to shoot you an e-mail if I want the label for the homemade taco seasoning. This is as close as it gets to e-mail; I cannot find your e-mail address. This is a brilliant way of labeling the mix---and I want to make it for gifts. Thanks for saving and sharing the file. Please send it to me.

Alexa said...

Hi Jen- Be sure to check out Boston Magazine's '12 Best Burgers in Boston'!


Fabulous blog by the way!

porcelainesque said...

I love that you're an engineer! Proves that us engineering girls can be creative too :)

Neil Pennington said...

I like browsing the net for kitchen designs in Perth wa because they are good at building compact kitchens. You should try searching online for more ideas so you can maximize your kitchen space. I have a small kitchen too and it really needs to be renovated soon but I still don’t have the budget. Anyways, do you have a picture of the before and after look of your kitchen?


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