My name is Janet and I’m an amateur cook living in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee. By day I work for a health-care company, but at night and on the weekends I can be found browsing thrift stores, experimenting in the kitchen, and photographing the results.  In my checkered foodie past, I’ve catered both large and small parties and receptions. I  still love that sense of satisfaction from organizing events and preparing food for other people. I have a soft spot for vintage kitchen items from the 50’s and 60’s and a new found love of food and nature photography.

Now the bad stuff: I’m hooked on Lay’s Sour Cream and Onion chips, fast food fried chicken, and white cupcakes with white butter cream icing. I struggle with my weight (see previous sentence) and sometimes we eat cereal for dinner.

My Tribe

This is my husband/taster/cheerleader/photography assistant. He’s the most patient man in the world. The sweet little pooch with the big brown eyes is Casey. He’s a spaniel mix and my little angel.

The best husband ever.

My cutie pie angel

Why a blog?

ACookatHeart.com started out as a way for me to share my attempts to get out of my food rut and broaden my culinary horizons.  It was my way to document what was happening in my little kitchen in Nashville. It’s evolved into a journal about creating and testing recipes, exploring the food community around me, trying new techniques and ingredients, and sharing my everyday interests. 

My philosophy on food and cooking.

  • Fresh ingredients are almost always better than canned, dried, or frozen.
  • You can eat well at home without spending a fortune.
  • A recipe doesn’t have to be complicated and time consuming to produce great tasting food.
  • Simple and accessible beat fussy and pretentious every time.
  • Every meal isn’t going to be perfect. Learn from it and move on.


  1. Sheila Busby
    March 1, 2011

    I enjoyed learning more about you Janet. We have many common interests. From cooking,collecting and animals. Great pictures of your family.
    I like to learn from others about their cooking ideas and seeing new recipes in your blog through your eyes has been gratifying.

    Thank-you, Sheila

  2. Jim @ Comfort in Crumbs
    May 21, 2011

    I love your blog, it’s gorgeous! I’m also so glad I got to meet you at BlogHer Food 2011 in Atlanta. Take care, Janet. I’ll definitely be checking on you from time to time.

    Take care, Jim

    • jfoster
      May 23, 2011

      Jim it was great to meet you too. Can’t wait to get some baking tips from your site. Hope you can make it to Nashville for Food Blog Forum in October.

  3. Courtney Jones
    June 8, 2011

    Great site! 🙂 Really pretty. Love the recipes ^_^

  4. Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog
    March 28, 2012

    We have more than cooking in common! I LOVE love LOVE going to thrift shops (and garage sales!) too 🙂


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