I love food. I really, really do. I look at cooking as a daily adventure, a chance to create something new. I also love to throw a good dinner party, and I’m always trying different recipes that I hope will be delicious enough to serve to people other than just my husband. (He may be the least picky eater I know, and I’ll count that as a blessing.)

As a Nebraska girl with Texas influences who is living in Denver, my new project is finding success in cooking and baking at a high altitude.  I’m hoping for the best!  Regardless of what is prepared, though, I think meals are “made” by the friends and family who join us at the table.  Food – like life and love – is best when shared.

(A sidenote:  Despite my raging sweet tooth and love of creamy textures, I actually try to stay on the healthy side most days of the week.  I have nutritional information and/or Weight Watchers points available for just about every recipe I post.  If you’d like information for a particular recipe, just post a comment or shoot me an e-mail.)

Sweet and Saucy in London

Me on my best foodie trip ever... London!


26 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Annie November 5, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Hi Jenny!
    I love your blog so far!! I haven’t had the opportunity to try anything yet (unfortunately!) as I am busy working nights. I can’t wait to try some delicious recipes next weekend!
    Your devoted food-loving friend,

  2. 2 Toni November 9, 2007 at 3:17 am

    Not sure how to blog, but love your recipes. I am as busy as Annie, and if its not in a box, bag or microwavable I never made it. You are truely my hero and Dr. O is lucky 🙂 (and so is his office staff)
    Love and see ya soon

  3. 3 Janis Kay November 10, 2007 at 5:55 am

    Like I said in the email….what a blog! pictures & everything! Someday…when you have your own cooking show…I’ll be sitting in the audience….just like on the Ellen Show!

    See you soon!!!! Mom

  4. 4 Pam Ozenbaugh November 14, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    I finally got a chance to sit down and go through your blog – I see the new Martha Stewart on the horizon! Brian is very lucky that you like to experiment with cooking. I am the type of person that would rather someone else experiment, and then I’ll try it. Great job, and your organization skills are amazing! And pictures just like you see in the magazines – WOW!

    Happy cooking!!

  5. 5 Janis Kay November 16, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Look’s like Chicken Noodle Soup is on the menu for dinner tonight! It looks exactly like the soup at Noodles!

    Love you,JK

  6. 6 Deb Farber November 17, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Hey Jenny:

    Looks like I have some Extreme competition in the family. I sm now completely nervous having you as a dinner guest. I don’t mind letting you know . It’s a bit like having Martha Stewart come to dine at Rachel Ray’s. I am a foodie ,too. But I am not near as organized as you. Who am I kidding I am not at all organized. I can not believe you have accomplished so much in your cooking skills in such a short time. Keep up the awesome cooking adventure. It is a great journey. See ya tomorrow for dinner. OH MY!!!! What have I gotten myself into.

    BON Appetite~
    Aunt Deb

  7. 7 ecline217 December 21, 2007 at 2:33 am

    So I have to leave a comment for all. You are so amazing and Kevin and I love to get to be your testers over and over!! I am truly amazing at how you do it and especially in the space we have to work with in our places. You are so organized!! Dinner was superb last night. How come when I make the same thing it never turns out as good?? Can’t wait for some lessons on how to ice cookies.

  8. 8 Pam Ozenbaugh February 4, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Hi Jenny,

    So, what did you serve for your Super Bowl party?

    Just wondering if you could put a request out there for seasonings to spice up steamed vegetables (like Outback) – and while we’re at it, if anyone knows the secret to the seasoning on Outback’s steaks I would love to know. I’m sure they have some kind of secret recipe, but maybe someone out there has an idea what it is.

    We’re on a strict diet at our house – chicken, fish, an occasional steak, ground round, unlimited fibrous vegetables (which is Bob’s least favorite food), fruits for breakfast and morning snack only. It’s hard cooking for him when he doesn’t like a huge variety of healthy things. I need to figure how to spice up the meat and veggies without fat or breading.

    Just thought you might have some ideas or could put out a request for them. The website it looking great – I told Brian he must feel like he’s eating at a restaurant every night!


  9. 9 Paige (Vittitoe) Holroyd February 25, 2008 at 12:48 am


    Leslie told me about your blog last night, and I had to go check it out. I thought I was the only food dork I knew… what a great idea! I can’t come up with enough reasons to have people over so I can cook – maybe we can do our own Foodie Club when you get back up this way.

    I just bought a high altitude baking cookbook that I read like a romance novel. I love it because it explains the science behind why certain recipes don’t turn out at the higher altitudes. It greatly improved my Banana Bread recipe (which I was convinced was near perfect – I was wrong), and I managed to pull off Angel Food Cake without a hitch. Much to Micah’s pleasure – there is more to come, I am sure.

    Miss you tons! Hope all is well!

    Ciao, ciao!


  10. 10 Janis Kay July 8, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the fruit dip recipes! This is what I’ll be taking for the 1st night of Jazz on the Green! I know the girls will love it.

  11. 11 smmarts July 31, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Jenny!

    You don’t know me, but I came across your blog today while browsing around after deciding to start my own food blog. I love your writing style and pictures, and it seems that all of your other readers do as well! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that it’s people like you that have inspired me to start my very own food blog. Hopefully, I can be as successful as you! (I’d love to hear some feedback from you, so if you get the chance, check out my blog at smmarts.wordpress.com – keep in mind that it’s new and a work in progress.)

    Thanks again,

  12. 12 Jayne October 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Great Blog! I remember seeing something about it a while ago and I was curious how your cooking adventures were going. It sounds like you are having alot of fun! The best thing to do in the kitchen is to make mistakes because that is where you learn the most. I love it that you put it all on your blog, whether it be a success story, a trial run or you just want to get into the season. Best of luck to you and your adventures!

  13. 13 Dawn July 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Jenny, I just discovered your blog and I love, love, love it. I have shared it with my friends and mom (who is known as Betty “Crocker”). You have done a wonderful job!!!!!

  14. 15 Shelvasha August 6, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Hello! I love your recipes and this blog. I am putting you on my blogroll!

  15. 16 melissa September 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I just recently discovered your blog. I moved to Denver this summer and started my own blog as I’m tweaking my recipes for the altitude. I’d like to link to your site and wondered if you’d link to mine. Thank you!


  16. 17 My Kitchen in the Rockies January 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Jenny,
    Glad to have found your blog. You rescued my baking last night with one of your cupcake posts. Mine just didn’t come out right and I was pretty depressed. Your recipe worked and I wanted to thank you for the rescue!
    I am also a CO blogger and will be back to visit soon.

  17. 18 Barbara | VinoLuciStyle February 17, 2011 at 5:07 am

    When you mentioned Le Central I thought…is she in Denver? And I found you are! I’ve organized a food blogger group for the Front Range if you would like to consider joining us:


    Come join us!

  18. 19 Hilary April 22, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I had to write to tell you how much I LOVE your blog! Found it while searching online for Everyday Food’s Penne Vodka recipe (my fave – thanks for posting it!) and I haven’t been able to stop looking through all of your wonderful posts. Your pictures are gorgeous! And, being a huge Everyday Food fan (love that little mag), it was like a walk down memory lane…saw several recipes I’ve tried, and many more I had dog-eared for later! Excellent work! I’m hooked! 🙂

    • 20 jfochek April 22, 2011 at 7:23 am

      Thank you SO much, Hilary! You are too sweet. Isn’t Everyday Food the best? I’m a total addict. I truly believe Martha’s crew has one of the best test kitchens out there since the EF recipes consistently produce such great results.

      So glad you stopped by!

  19. 21 Paul September 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

    WOW! What a great site! So nice meeting you tonight and checking out your blog! I look forward to reading your adventures and trying the recipes! They look fabulous!

  20. 23 Erika K November 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Hi – I’m a Nebraska girl still living in Nebraska (Kearney), and with my own food blog. So cool to see someone with a recipe for RUNZA on the website.

    My husband has celiac disease, so I make everything gluten free. Even though we only live a couple miles from a Runza, he can’t have one. So I’ll be trying your Runza (filling-only) recipe today so he can finally eat one again. 🙂

    Thanks for putting it on your site!

  21. 24 Maggie N. March 4, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    I am an editor at Ladies’ Home Journal, and I’m putting together an online story of our favorite regional recipes. We’d like to feature your runza sandwiches! Would you allow us to use your photos? We will of course link back to your site as well. Please send me an email to let me know. Thanks!

  22. 25 CJ Urciuoli May 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to say I love your blog! Was just wondering if you also had Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pintrest for “Sweet & Saucy? I’m a huge fan! I always try and follow different blogs and things that interest me so that I can share them with my friends and family! Thanks so much for the recipes! Especially the Honey-Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta! I made it for my mom and I and we we absolutely loved it! -Ceej :0)

    • 26 jfochek May 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you, CJ! Glad you enjoyed the Honey-Tomato Bruschetta – that’s one of my favorites too. I don’t use any social media for the blog at this point, just the old-school e-mail sign-up or RSS feed. I appreciate your visit! Jenny

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