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An Exciting Announcement from Once Upon a Chef

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Dear Readers,

Four years ago, I started Once Upon a Chef as a way to return to the culinary world after leaving the restaurant business to start a family. I still remember the excitement of seeing my first few subscriptions roll in, even if they were my own relatives! Today, thanks to you all sharing my site with your friends and families, my subscriber list has grown to almost 25,000 readers. I am so grateful for your continued support!

I’m also grateful for your steady feedback over the years. Your emails always brighten my day, and your suggestions on how I can improve the site are greatly appreciated. To that end, I’d like to take this opportunity to fill you in on a few changes I’m making to Once Upon a Chef that I hope you’ll enjoy.

First, I’m getting ready to launch a new newsletter. Each week, I’ll continue to provide a new featured recipe but will also add complete menus to make weekly meal planning easier for you. In addition, I’ll include seasonal recipe round-ups, cooking tips, awesome giveaways and more. The first edition should arrive in your inbox later this week!

(FACEBOOK FANS: you can subscribe to receive the newsletter here)

I will also be introducing cooking videos. This is a big step for me personally because up until recently, the thought of “lights, camera, action” was about as appealing as jumping out of airplanes! But I did it, and it was actually fun. If you’d like a sneak peek, check out the link below to see a video of my Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers, Avocado with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette. This is my most popular recipe by a mile — it has been pinned over 700,000 times on Pinterest!

Click here to see the video!

As I roll out these new additions to Once Upon a Chef, I want to hear from you! Please keep in touch and let me know how you enjoy the recipes and changes.

As always, thank you for allowing me into your inboxes and kitchens, and especially for sharing my recipes with your friends and families!

All My Best,



  • Jenn,
    I’m so excited to learn about your new videos. I feel like it’s one step closer to your own show on the Food Network which I’ve felt you should have been on for years! Thank you for all the delicious recipes and excellent instructions!
    Big fan!

  • Jenn- thank you for all your fabulous recipes, tips and guidance. Your website is my “go to place”! And I have passed along your recipes & website to so many friends & family members.
    Good luck with this new way of sharing your love of cooking. Know it will be wonderful.
    Karen Tanenbaum
    PS: think I am your second Karen Tanenbaum (maybe spelled a bit differently)devotee !

    • — Karen Tanenbaum
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  • congratulations, Jenn!

    Looking forward to the changes to your website, although I didn’t think it could ever get any better. I recently made your oatmeal cookies with raisin and pecans. Brought them to a group meeting and the cookies were devoured. Absolutely delicious. For years I’ve been trying different oatmeal cookie recipes. Finally found the nirvana of oatmeal cookies in your recipe.

    Every recipe I try is a hit with family and friends. I’m enjoying receiving your bulletin every week and look forward to the new and improved (didn’t think it was possible) website.

    Libby Levinson

    • — Libby Levinson
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  • I love your site and I love your delectable creations. Your food is wonderful. I just wanted to say that I love the idea of a weekly newsletter. I don’t always get a chance to view my foodie emails daily, and a weekly newsletter would save a lot of time and I won’t feel like I am missing anything. Looking forward to more of your lovely creations.

  • This is great news. I look forward to your future posts. Sincere congratulations.

  • Great job! Can’t wait to make this bean dip, it looks so good. The videos will definitely help with all of your fabulous recipes!

  • Watched your video – well done! It is not something I would make only because I was born with the defective “cilantro tastes like soap to me” gene. I wish there was some sort of a “cure” for this as I have to pass on any recipe with that in it.

  • Congratulations Jenn! Love your recipes and tips! I always get rave reviews after sharing one of your dishes! B)

  • Love the video and your exciting developments. I’ll be looking forward to your first newsletter. Way to go!

  • Dear Jenn!
    Thank you very much!
    Your recipes are great and everybody in my family love them!

  • We love your recipes! Great work with the video! Beautiful presentation! Congrats! 🙂

  • you are ready for the Food network. Good job!

  • Great video! I love all of your recipes and can’t wait to learn from the videos! Keep up the good work!

  • Love your website and recipes!

  • I truly enjoy this site and now her video. I love it!

  • Love this site! Look forward to your emails all the time and am always pleased. Thanks.

  • Congratulations Jenn, I have enjoyed your recipes ,. Good luck .

  • Just watched the video, wonderful job filled with good tips. I really enjoyed that you seemed calm and natural, like a friend. Will look forward to all your exciting steps forward. Your recipes are always wonderful; can’t wait to get the newsletter too.

    • — Linda in Scottsdale
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  • As wonderful as your blog is, I knew the video would be great. And it is! I always enjoy your recipes — so clear and with such helpful suggestions. I have never been disappointed in preparing your recipes — always delicious! Thank you very much!

  • Congratulations and I am very excited for you and for me. I know I will benefit from your new format and content. I watched your video, and will definitely make that recipe. I love your recipes and now there will be more to love. Good job on the video and best regards to your new endeavor and thank you.

  • Congratulations! I’m still waiting for you to offer cooking lessons.

  • Good Luck!! I love your recipes!

  • To be honest, I am excited that you are making these awesome changes. We already know you are a fabulous cook so any other great tips, and meal ideas, you can share with us will be greatly appreciated!

  • Congratulations!! Well deserved. Look forward to the new content.

  • So proud of you Jen! Can’t wait for the new exciting changes!!!

  • Hi Jenn! I’ve tried many of your recipes and loved them all! Great first video! I can’t wait to try that salad, and to see more videos. Thanks!

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