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Brown Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Brown Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a classic cookie with a delicious twist. Brown butter is whipped into the cookie dough base to add a toffee-like flavor that is irresistible. Add in some oats, raisins and a hint of cinnamon to make a drool-worthy cookie!What is...

French Dip Sandwiches

This post and recipe is sponsored by Certified Piedmontese. All words and photographs are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that make KJ & Company possible! French Dip Sandwiches are a classic, comforting sandwich that you just can't help but...

Baked Ranch Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Ranch Mozzarella Sticks are a fun appetizer to bring to life in your own kitchen! A breading made up of Ranch seasonings, bread crumbs and spices completely coats creamy mozzarella sticks. Baked instead of fried, these mozzarella sticks are a flavorful,...

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup is a simple soup loaded full of flavor! Chicken is simmered in a flavor-packed broth of salsa verde, chicken stock, cannellini beans and spices to bring this chicken soup to life. Each spoonful is like a salsa dance in your mouth! This simple,...

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies are a cookie classic! Using my Grandmother's tried and true recipe, these sugar cookies are legendary! A buttery cookie dough is rolled out, cut into desired shapes and baked until perfectly fluffy. Frosted with an almond-scented buttercream...

Healthier Chicken Ramen

Healthier Chicken Ramen is a delicious, healthy spin on a classic noodle dish. Chicken is simmered with stock, vegetables and miso paste to create the perfect broth. It is then spooned over brown rice ramen noodles and topped with roasted vegetables. Each bite is...

Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow

Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow is a classic dessert with a fun twist! Rice cereal is mixed together with melted chocolate and peanut butter for the puppy chow base. Then crushed Oreos are added in for the cookies & cream effect! Perfectly covered in powdered...

Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Stew

Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Stew is a flavorful spoonful! Shrimp and sausage are sautéd in cajun seasonings, and then simmered together with onion, bell pepper, garlic and stock. This stew is best served spooned over a bed of white rice to help soak up all those...

Blackberry Baked Brie

To say that I'm obsessed with this Blackberry Baked Brie appetizer is an understatement! A creamy round of brie is gently wrapped in a buttery pie crust and baked until golden brown. Topped with a warm, blackberry sauce, each bite is gooey, cheesy, buttery and then...

The Monthly Scoop – January 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post - January 2021! First off, happy New Year! Isn't it crazy that it's 2021? January held so many fun, precious memories to us. From romping in the 15 inches of snow we got with Queso & Amos, to creating comforting recipes to a...

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups are the perfect appetizer option to please a crowd! Zesty pepperoni slices are rolled-up with cheese inside a crescent dough triangle. Baked until golden brown and melted, these Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups are best served dunked into your...

Wilted Kale Salad

Wilted Kale Salad is everything that you want your kale salad to be: simple and scrumptious! Tender pieces of Kale are quickly sautéd until slightly wilted in a mixture of honey, white wine vinegar and caramelized onions. Topped with crunchy sourdough croutons and...

Meet Me & Get in Touch

Hey there! My name is Kate, but I go by KJ around here. Welcome to my little corner of KJ & Company! Here you will find simple, yet delicious recipes geared toward the home cook, tips and tricks to make life a little more comfortable and plenty of coffee and puppy snuggles to go around. I strive to make wholesome meals with easily accessible ingredients that you feel comfortable making in your own kitchen, but am not going to shy away from some indulgences either! I see you: butter, bacon, cookies, cake, oh my! 

Where does KJ come from, you ask? Well, let me tell ya! My name is Kate Jacquelyn and you can thank my cousins for starting me out on “KJ” since I was a little girl. Nowadays, if my husband actually calls me “Kate”, then I know its serious business (insert crying-laughing faced emoji here). KJ has always stuck and I love it!

I’m a small-town Nebraska gal and I wouldn’t trade it for a thing. Even though I love to travel, there’s nothing like being home! Our house is filled with constant puppy snuggles (and vacuuming all that dog hair haha), The Food Network playing in the background, a mess in the kitchen from whatever I just made and a bearded husband who is always happy to sample my creations. You can also bank on a fair amount of sass, real life, and the love of Jesus showing us grace and guidance through all areas of our life: the good and the bad.

My passion for cooking started as a little girl. You could always find me glued to the TV watching The Food Network with a pen and paper writing everything down that I could with my Cheeto-coated fingers. Dang-straight I ate that whole bag! Having a food-loving family only made my love for cooking grow deeper. I will cherish forever everything that I have been able to learn from my Grandma and Mom! Food to me is family. It brings everyone together and there is nothing better than seeing the smiles on the faces of the family and friends gathered around you eating what you’ve prepared.

5 Random Facts About Me:

1. I’ve been with my husband since we were 14. I was 19 and he was 20 when we got married.

2. Terrified of the “Three T’s”: Tornadoes, Ticks and Toilets (you better believe if there’s an over-flowing toilet I’m running the other way)

3. I can blow my nose with one hand – I consider this a life skill

4. I’m the crazy person who loves Winter

5. I can’t do a sumersault to save my life

I’d love to hear from you! Message me with any questions, comments or recipe requests that you may have! Brownie points for including a funny fact about yourself so I’m not all alone here 🙂

 

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