November 17, 2017

When the “Food Network” Came to My Kitchen (video)


Behind the scenes of cooking with incourage

So maybe THEE Food Network didn’t come to my kitchen, but a video crew flew in and set up in my kitchen. Does that count?

A few months ago, some of the (in)courage team came down to our homestead to film our craft day tutorial for the (in)rl conference. (If you haven’t seen that video, check it out. Such fun for a girls day.) Seeing as I am all about being spontaneous, I mentioned, “Well since you are flying in with all that video equipment, should we do a recipe or two?”

One of my goals this year for the blog is to do a lot more videos. With everything from easy meal ideas and tips, to a possible new series I’m thinking about, “On the Porch with Jen,” where I’ll share thoughts about everyday life, parenting and more.  I thought this might be a good way to test the waters.

The crew was delayed a few hours on Friday night and we ended up shooting these late that evening. I’m pretty sure we finished our food video at midnight and I couldn’t even pronounce my name correctly.

Cooking with @incourage. Behind the scenes of cooking video

Since my last post focused on “Let’s Stop Editing Our Lives,” I thought you’d chuckle at these pictures. My counters are never completely clutter free. I know they should be especially when I see how lovely they look in this video, but as you can see, any excess got pushed to the counters behind the camera.

The Behind the scenes mess
The next morning when we shot the craft video, I just hid the non essentials behind the sofa and on the floor. Again, it’s so easy to edit onlife living. The guys just looked through the view finder and told me what to move out of the camera angle.

Quick kitchen tips and tutorial on making simple family meals.

Since we ran so late with the video, we just did one shoot.

Yes, it’s not like the Next Food Network Star where they are given multiple tries and then edit in the best cut.  We could have made this into three separate videos since it’s a bit long, but just pretend you are listening to me at my Becoming Conference.

I pack a lot of information into this one video, so pour yourself a cup of coffee or sweet tea and join me for a few minutes as I share a bit of my life with you, my thoughts on hospitality, as well as show you one of my favorite “go to” recipes;  easy enough for everyday, but pretty enough for company.

I’m going to put up the full recipe tomorrow, but for now, hop on over to (in)courage and enter to win $250 worth of the gorgeous Daily Grace line you see featured in the video.

Easy Chicken, Cheddar and Broccoli Braid with video tutorial


  1. See, THAT’S the reason you knocked out the peninsula! So the camera crew would have a place to stand. 🙂


    Jen Reply:

    hahaha – EXACTLY!! And the funny thing is that all the jagged dry wall and hanging plugs are STILL there too many months later. I just called a handyman to come help me. 🙂


  2. Traci Morgan says:

    You are adorable. Love the Porch With Jen idea!


    Jen Reply:

    @Traci Morgan, Thanks so much, Traci. I’ll have to think about that some more. As I long as I don’t have to edit. 🙂


  3. How does the filling hold up if you make it ahead then assemble later? We had 18 people at our 650 sq ft. mountain cabin last weekend to celebrate a couple families’ oldest kids heading off to college — oh man, so much fun, and your hospitality story sounds so familiar to me, as we had a fuuuuul house. (One bathroom, which was a challenge with four 40-something women, meeting there at 3am….) Everyone slept out on the deck –and the hiking and games and guitars and ukuleles! I’m not sure we will ever recreate it. You can imagine, it was a total make-ahead weekend, with our little teensy kitchen and 18″ stove! But we could have managed this one, and will probably do it next year, as we have all vowed to try for a repeat. It would be great for breakfast with ham and cheese. I would probably just roll it up and cut slits in the top, cause I’m lazy that way. 🙂

    Great job on the video. You looked great, and so poised!


    Jen Reply:

    Oh Kristina – it sounds like you had an amazing weekend. The best kind of memory makers. As far as the filling? It is perfect to make ahead. You could probably chop the broccoli and add that separately, but I am going to post another one similar that I made and froze, then thawed and baked. It was perfect but was more of a cream cheese base. And yes, I showed a braid only because it’s a prettier version for company, but trust me, normally, it’s just stuff and bake. No braiding for our kids. 🙂


  4. When are you going to have your own show. I would SO watch it. We could all relate!!!


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