Meet Jolene

Hi! I’m glad you’re here. My name is Jolene, the creator of Simple Cooking with Pep. Here I share simple, homemade recipes. I hope to inspire you to try something new, learn from your mistakes and have a few laughs along the way. Cooking is not just about eating good food. It’s about the journey and the lessons you learn to make the good food. It may not always turn out perfect the first time, but just know that just about everyone has burned a piece of toast in their life. Good things take time. I am a busy mom to 3 little boys, 3 cats and wife to a husband I met on a blind date. I am here to help you cook and have fun doing it.

I worked as a food scientist and also have a professional background in pastry arts. While both of these experiences have given me a lot of knowledge, my most fun and memorable experience cooking food has been through my growing up years and cooking for my family.

I grew up with a mom who actually hated to cook. But, what she did love is spending time with her family. Although most of our meals came from a box (think hamburger helper), she made sure that my brother and I got involved in helping her cook. I have fond memories of our time together as we would laugh, share stories, and “hone” our cooking skills making boxed meals.

Cooking food doesn’t have to be intimidating. I truly believe anyone can cook. I am here to help you do that and have fun while you do. Hope you enjoy the recipes I share and thanks for stopping by!