Welcome to NeighborFood! I’m so glad you’re here.
I’m Courtney, the author, recipe developer, and food photographer behind the blog. I’m also a wife, mom of two boys, and ice cream connoisseur.
Here you’ll find affordable and approachable recipes for the home cook. I believe in using pure, glorious butter and the best local fruits and veggies I can find. I enjoy lingering over dessert and getting geeked over a perfectly roasted head of broccoli. At my house, we lick the beaters, make messes, and try not to take ourselves too seriously.
I believe in the power of food to bring people together. NeighborFood is my table, and I’d love for you to pull up a chair, grab a cookie, and make yourself at home.
The Story Behind NeighborFood
I grew up surrounded by good cooks. Both my grandparents were raised Amish, so my family reunions included crock pots fulls of Chicken and Noodles, Homemade Amish White Bread, and Custard Pie, my mom’s signature dessert.
Many of my earliest and most cherished memories happened in the kitchen, either standing at the counter beside my mom or gathered at the table for dinner.
Despite this, I really didn’t have much interest in cooking myself until 2011, when I was a newlywed with a part time job and a whole lot of free time (oh, to be 23 again!). Back then my cooking expertise was limited to egg sandwiches and boxed mac and cheese, but one evening I decided I wanted to make a homemade dinner. I hopped on the Internet, and soon discovered the world of food blogs.
Needless to say, I was hooked.
I became a voracious reader, eating up all the recipes and knowledge I could. Reading blogs made me feel like I had a friend in the kitchen, someone to cheer me on and coach me through the process. I devoured cookbooks, googled a million questions, and failed spectacularly.
Thankfully, the successes far outweighed the fails. The first time I made The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake, I felt like an absolute rock star. I couldn’t believe something that delectable came out of my oven. I fell in love with making and sharing delicious creations with friends and neighbors, and soon I wanted to share that love online as well.
I started my own blog as a way of cataloguing what I was learning, but it quickly became so much more. I developed a passion for sharing recipes and encouraging other home cooks to make memories with their family in the kitchen and around the table.
About the Blog
Over the years, this space has grown and changed along with my family. In 2015, I welcomed my first son, and we added another son to the family in 2018. Becoming a mom has changed the way I cook and blog. I don’t have the free time I had back in 2011, and the gourmet, complicated meals I used to prepare simply aren’t possible any more.
These days, I’m committed to delivering big flavor in simple packages. My goal is for each of my recipes to feel accessible and doable for anyone–whether you’re a college student hoping to move beyond that ramen life or a busy mom struggling to get dinner on the table before the hangries set in.
Of course, I still love a stunning dessert, so you’ll also find my favorite cakes, cookies, quick breads, and pies sprinkled throughout the blog for when you’re in need of something sweet! If you’re looking for a great place to start, I recommend these Giant Bakery Style Chocolate Chunk Cookies. They’re a staple around here!
I believe absolutely anyone can cook, and with each recipe I make, I hope to give you the confidence to tackle dinner (and so much more!).
I live with my rambunctious crew of boys in Columbus, Ohio, where we love exploring the metro parks, checking out new restaurants, and eating way too much ice cream. On most days, I can be found in the kitchen listening to podcasts and covered in spaghetti sauce splatters, because I forgot to wear an apron…again.
When I’m not cooking or wrangling a kiddo, I love picking up a good book, singing show tunes, and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes. My greatest hope is that I learn to love Jesus and my neighbor a little better each day.
In 2019, my husband joined me working full time for the blog, and I couldn’t be happier to have a coworker again! He’s my chief taste tester, website fixer upper, and big idea generator.
We’re so happy you’re here and hope NeighborFood will become your trusted resource for approachable, family friendly recipes to make for any occasion.
I LOVE hearing from my readers. Have a question or suggestion? Shoot me an email at courtney(at)neighborfoodblog(dot)com. You can also sign up for my email list, where you’ll receive new recipes and a members-only newsletter sent straight to your inbox! You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.
NeighborFood Credentials and Partners
NeighborFood has been featured on Country Living, Today.com, BuzzFeed, Delish, The Kitchn, Goodhousekeeping.com, and HuffPost.com.
Courtney has also appeared on live television on Good Day Columbus.
NeighborFood is a proud Ohio Pork ambassador and has partnered with dozens of other clients including Ohio Beef, La Brea Bakery, La Terra Fina, and American Dairy Association Mideast.
Interested in partnering with NeighborFood? Click here to work with me. I would love to work with you!