September 30th, 2009

About Me

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Hello and welcome to Let’s Dish, where I dish about my favorite foods and recipes. A friend once described my culinary creations as “uptown foodie meets real life,” which sums up my cooking philosophy perfectly. After all, I feed three hungry boys and a hungry husband every day, so I try to keep things simple in the kitchen. I rarely cook anything that takes a long time or has a long list of ingredients. But that doesn’t mean our meals lack flavor or flair! Some of the recipes I share are original creations.  Others are my adaptations of recipes I’ve collected over the years. You’ll find recipes from friends, favorite cookbooks and food blogs, and a few special recipes that have been handed down from grandmothers and great-grandmothers. On Saturday mornings from May to October, you can usually find me at the local farmers’ market.  I love having access to all of that fresh, locally grown Colorado produce.  If there’s a farmers market where you live, I highly recommend checking it out! And yes, I’ll encourage you to visit the farmers’ market one day and share a recipe made with canned soup the next, because sometimes you just need to feed the family in quick, no-hassle fashion. I keep artisan oils and vinegars in the pantry and a tub of Cool Whip in the freezer. That’s what uptown foodie meets real life is all about. I have a degree in Advertising from Brigham Young University. As a stay-at-home mom to 3 boys (ages 11-19) I love the opportunity to use that education here at Let’s Dish.  I hope you love the recipes you try. Thanks so much for visiting! –Danelle



  1. Hi Danielle! I just found your blog through tastespotting and I like what I see. I also like to make simpler things, without a ton of ingredients or super expensive either. Thanks for the tips on your camera!

  2. Danelle, i have a question for you since you are a food photography expert. I live in a basement apartment that doesn’t get great natural light through windows. Is my best bet for a good pic to take my food outside to photograph?

  3. I just found your blog this morning while looking for a recipe for Nanaimo Bars. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. They all look great.

  4. Hi Danelle, I came by way of FTLOB and glad I did! Your blog is gorgeous! And the recipes – I can’t wait to try them. Nice to meet you.

  5. I found your comment after you commented on my blog(Wife or Something Like it) and now I am obsessed with yours! I wish I had your photography skills! You’re amazing!

  6. I love love love your blog and your recipes <3

  7. Hi Danelle! I love your blog and it has enspired me to start a recipe blog of my own. Your recipes are amazing! Can I post some of them to my blog page to share as long as I credit you as where I got it originally? Just made your cheesy basil stuffed chicken and it was amazing. My family and I look forward to using more.

  8. Danelle – I am loving your blog! I’m curious if you live in Utah only because it’s where I currently live and I have a really hard time baking (I’m originally from Oregon). If your recipes are already high altitude based, then that will make my life way easier! Happy cooking.

  9. Mary, I live in Colorado (but we used to live in Victoria, BC, so I know how you feel). My recipes aren’t necessarily adapted for high altitude, although I have made my own changes to several. But they are all recipes that seem to work for me here.

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  11. your blog is gorgeous 🙂
    you and I could be BFF’s – I LOVE to cook, simply sweet with few ingredients! LOVE. 🙂

  12. I found your site on and thought I would stop by to check it out. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

  13. Danelle, I just found this website where you can collect all your favorite online recipes and make shopping lists. You should become a partner, so I can save some of your recipes there. Let me know if you do.

  14. Or, try this link. You probably don’t have to become a partner, just get a short code.

  15. Sarah dimare says:

    What happened to the berry cobbler that you had on here?! It was the best!

  16. Hi Danelle,

    I knew I’d like your site when I saw the cranberry swirl bread. Little did I know I’d like it even more since we share a very unique name. I love to cook for my kids and grandkids. You have some great recipes and I’ll be following coming back often. So nice to meet a fellow “no I” Danelle.

  17. good site

  18. Jennifer says:

    All I have to say to my family is..”It’s a recipe from Let’s Dish” and they are all in and super excited. Thank you so much for making me a hero in my house!

  19. Jane Mengoli says:

    What a treat to find you! It will be a pleasure trying your recipes! Thank you!

  20. Thank you so much for this blog! Your recipes are so easy to follow and tasty! (I have only made the basalmic chicken) BUT im here to stay! lol

  21. My youngest will be starting his senior year in the fall. I have always sent my kids off to school with a hot healthy breakfast each day and am super excited to try your breakfast recipes. For his last year at home, before the dreaded college cafeteria food, I plan to incorporate a lot of your yummy sounding recipes. Thanks so much for taking the time to contribute. I look forward to all your new additions.

  22. I just made/ate/and blogged about your yummy Chicken with mustard cream sauce. It is amazing. Please check out my blog post–I gave you and Martha full credit. Because of your recommendation I had to purchase the Great Food Fast by Everyday Food. I have plenty I want to make. Thanks for all you do to further the work of good but sometimes simple food–that is high on flavor.
    If you ever get to Utah county–let me know I would love to by you lunch at Kneaders!

  23. Hi, I just ran across your blog and noticed that we have the same name which is extremely rare. I have only heard of about 2 other people that share my name. Mine is a mixture of my dad’s name Dan and my mother La Nelle. its a southern thing I think. I’m just curious about the origin of yours if you know….and I love the recipe and can’t wait to try it.

  24. I’m a small town Wyoming girl, transplanted to Colorado too! What part of WY did you live in? I just found your blog, and have already printed several recipes. Thanks!

  25. I just wanted to say hi! Its not often i see someone with the same spelling of our name. We are rare 🙂

  26. I just found your website and I have to say, I love it!! I can see myself coming here first for any recipes I need. As a matter of fact, I already have the app and dessert that I was requested to bring for the 4th of July weekend! I’m going to make the pan fried onion dip and the mini berry tarts wit the filling from the Fresh Fruit tart! Looks sooo yummy!!

  27. Looking for your boiled and fried pierogi recipe…please

  28. I am really enjoying your website and I love your recipes, particularly the preserves and sauces. Love your photographs and excellent directions. Thank you, I’m looking forward to trying some of them.


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