My Jen
Hot Chocolate
Pesto Capellini
Carrot Pappardelle
Finger Limes
Modern BLT

About Me

I'm Mat and I'm married to the most incredibly wonderful woman, Jen Ramos, author of MadeByGirl Blog.  She's the creative side of the family except in the kitchen. Ever since we started dating, one of my favorite things to do is to cook for her.

I have some culinary background but most of this comes from practice and love.  Simple meals, minimal ingredients, and creative presentation are important. After some nudging from Jen and friends, and after years of Jen posting photos on Twitter, I've finally decided to post the photos, the recipes and the tips here.

And of course, we love to eat out so I'll be sure to write up some reviews on all the spots we dine at (or check some of them out on my TripAdvisor contributions page).


  1. i love your blog, it's so nice and Jen is very lucky
    i hope the best for you and this new adventure

  2. So great! I'm glad you started this blog! Her food posts always look amazing.

  3. this is so great! i really love you guys. hope that is not stalker-ish!! xo, shari

  4. What a GORGEOUS blog - can't wait to keep up with the recipes. I'll be back!

  5. This is awesome! Looking forward to try new recipes =)

  6. Everything looks so good, Jen is one lucky lady :)

  7. Your food looks delish! Jen is a lucky lady...looking forward to reading along.


  8. don't think previous comment went through. Basically said I'm so glad you blogging the recipes because they always look so yummy and inspiring, awesome idea! Deb x

  9. I love inspiring food blogs and this seems to be one. Jen is a very lucky girl I must say!
    Good luck!
    xx Marie

  10. Your love for Jen is so very inspiring. You both are so fortunate to have each other and to know what is feels like to have someone love you (and feed you) unconditionally. I love my husband the same way :) Best to you both!

  11. You guys are the best! I cannot wait to try some of your recipes, and i admire your love and wish you 1001 more year of happiness.

  12. Me encanta tu blog y el de tu mujer. Son una inspiración.
    Saludos desde Monterrey, Mexico.
    Si me permites una sugerencia, deberías traducir algunas de tus recetas.
    Y ojalá pudiera comprar en México las tremendamente hermosas pinturas que hace la adorable Jen.

  13. Just found this... What a wonderful blog! Hope you start blogging again soon!