Welcome to NeighborFood! We’re so glad you’re here.
We are Courtney and Will, the authors, recipe developers, videographers, and food photographers behind the blog. We’re also parents to two boys and ice cream connoisseurs.
Here you’ll find affordable and approachable recipes for the home cook. We believe in using pure, glorious butter and the best local fruits and veggies we can find. At our house, we lick the beaters, make messes, and try not to take ourselves too seriously.
Most importantly, we believe in the power of food to bring people together. NeighborFood is our table, and we’d love for you to pull up a chair, grab a cookie, and stay awhile.
The Story Behind NeighborFood
Courtney grew up surrounded by good cooks. Both her grandparents were raised Amish, so her family reunions included crock pots fulls of Chicken and Noodles, Homemade Amish White Bread, and Custard Pie, her mom’s signature dessert.
Many of her earliest and most cherished memories happened in the kitchen, either standing at the counter beside her mom or gathered at the table for dinner.
Despite this, she really didn’t have much interest in cooking until 2011, when she was a newlywed with a part time job and a whole lot of free time (oh, to be 23 again!). Back then her cooking expertise was limited to scrambled egg sandwiches and boxed mac and cheese, but one evening she decided she wanted to make a homemade dinner. She hopped on the Internet, and soon discovered the world of food blogs.
Needless to say, she was hooked.
She became a voracious reader, eating up all the recipes and knowledge she could. Reading blogs made her feel like she had a friend in the kitchen, someone to cheer her on and coach her through the process. She devoured cookbooks, googled a million questions, and failed spectacularly.
Thankfully, the successes far outweighed the fails. The first time she made The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake, she felt like an absolute rock star. She couldn’t believe something that delectable came out of her oven. She fell in love with making and sharing delicious creations with friends and neighbors, and soon she wanted to share that love online as well.
She started her own blog as a way of cataloguing what she was learning, but it quickly became so much more. She developed a passion for sharing recipes and encouraging other home cooks to make memories with their families in the kitchen and around the table.
About the Blog
Over the years, this space has grown and changed along with our family. In 2015, we welcomed our first son, and we added another son to the family in 2018. In 2019, Will joined the blog as the chief taste tester, wrangler of receipts, and Youtuber extraordinaire.
Becoming parents has changed the way we cook and blog. We don’t have the free time we had back in 2011, and the gourmet, complicated meals we used to prepare simply aren’t possible any more.
These days, we’re committed to delivering big flavor in simple packages. Our goal is for each of our 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, we still love a stunning dessert, so you’ll also find our 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!
We believe absolutely anyone can cook, and with each recipe we make, we hope to give you the confidence to tackle dinner (and so much more!).
About Courtney and Will
We live with our 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, we can be found in the kitchen listening to podcasts and covered in spaghetti sauce splatters, because we forgot to wear aprons…again.
When Courtney isn’t cooking or wrangling a kiddo, she loves picking up a good book, singing show tunes, and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Her greatest hope is that she learns to love Jesus and her neighbor a little better each day.
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.
We LOVE hearing from our readers. Have a question or suggestion? Shoot us an email at courtney(at)neighborfoodblog(dot)com. You can also sign up for our 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!