About 2Teaspoons

Karen-2Teaspoons-IMG_1322Hi everyone! It’s great to meet you 🙂

I’m Karen, the recipe creator, food photographer, and blogger at 2Teaspoons. I love great food and I love sharing it with great people like you. Read on to learn a little more about me and my passion (ok, obsession!) for great food!


About Karen (that’s me!):

As of August 2014, I’ve lived my whole life in the northeast: born and raised in upstate New York, college in Boston, and grad school in New Haven. But now I’m migrating down through the skyscrapers of New York City, past the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and landing in our nation’s capital, Washington DC.

I’m super excited about exploring all DC has to offer (DC must-see and must-taste recommendations are very welcome!) There’s no introduction quite like tasting your way through a new city and I plan on getting very acquainted with DC.

I also have wonderful husband, Chris. We met in grad school in 2008 and married on June 1, 2013. Since meeting me, Chris has grown a new appreciation for food, and our evenings often revolve around drinking wine, cooking, and of course eating delicious dinners. He’s the best recipe taster, sous chef, and dinner companion I could ask for.


Passion for food:

Simply put, I love to cook because I love to eat!Karen - 2Teaspoons About Me

I’m a self-taught, taste-bud-guided cook that loves trying new recipes and new foods. I’m always looking for recommendations, so please send along both your tried-and-true favorites and new-and-exciting creations!

I started 2Teaspoons because I believe in simple ingredients, delicious food, and that all food is best when shared with friends. Thank you for stopping by 2Teaspoons. Welcome to my dinner table and pull up a chair!

A few of my favorite things:

  1. I love coffee. I think waking up and slowly drinking a cup of coffee (or three!) is pretty much the best way ever to start your day.
  2. I love wine. I particularly love any wine that goes with what I’m eating. I love any tasting menu that offers wine pairings with each course.
  3. I love long dinners. I love lingering over wine, delicious food, and stimulating conversation. I look forward to dinner all long day. It’s my favorite meal of the day and my favorite event of the night…I like it to last as long as possible!
  4. I love local. Local food, local wine, local services. It’s fresher, it’s tastier, and it’s just better. I love supporting and interacting with local businesses! The quality and service just can’t be beat!
  5. I love dogs. I’m a current dog lover and future dog owner! I think any waggly, wiggly little cutie is adorable, but I’m particularly partial to labs and golden retrievers…check out my pinterest board for lots of cute puppie photos!
  6. I love math. By night I’m a food fanatic, but by day I’m a mechanical engineer and geoscientist. I enjoy breaking complex questions down into solvable problems, whether it’s figuring out how the Earth works or how to make that baked chicken recipe taste like it’s fried 🙂
  7. I love the fall and I love Halloween!  I grew up with a big brother who’s birthday is right around Halloween. My family always held fantastic celebrations on Halloween…monster shaped cake always included! Nowadays I particularly look forward to apple picking, maple cream, and roasted squash…yummy!
  8. I love trying new food and I love reading food blogs — send me a link to yours or post it below! And remember,

Julia Child Quote - 2TeaspoonsContact Me Karen - 2Teaspoons About Me

I love hearing from readers!

You can email me at [email protected] or use this contact form.



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  1. says

    Thanks for the post ! I love your blog and great recipes. Some of your recipes have become our family’s favorites. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Hi Amanda! Thank you for your kind words! I’m delighted to hear you and your family enjoy the blog and recipes 🙂 I love sharing my recipes and am happy to hear readers like you are enjoying them 🙂

  2. says

    Hello Karen!
    I was introduced to your site by Pinterest. My first dish you created was Tamale Pie. My family and I loved it. I have pinned it, posted it, and shared it because it is awesome! I am enjoying your recipes and love your site! ~DSP

    • says

      Hi DSP! I’m delighted to hear you’re enjoying the site and loved the Tamale Pie!!! Let me know if you get a chance to try any other recipes – I’d love to hear what you think of them 🙂

  3. Karen says

    I just found your website and so glad I did. I wanted to make my kids homemade chicken tenders and had another recipe printed out which called for ALOT of peanut oil and a deep fryer. I came back to the computer looking for a healthier version and came across your recipe. I can’t wait to try the Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders recipe tonight! Thank you!! 🙂

    • says

      Hi Karen! I’m delighted to hear you found 2Teaspoons! I definitely recommend the Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders! I’d love to hear what you think when you give them a try. I’m always surprised at how delicious this baked version is every time I make it and always appreciate getting to skip the mess and guilt associated with frying 🙂

  4. Mariela Pengga says

    Hi Karen! I LOVE your website and your recipes! You have such talent for photography as well! Your picture was the first thing that caught my eye when I was googling for the chicken tenders recipe. Btw, my daughter said that your recipe was deliciou and I agree! I am going to try a lot of your recipes here. 🙂

    I also appreciate that you are self-taught and that you are sharing your passion wtih us!

    Thanksgiving is around the corner and I was wondering if you are going to post some of your favorite recipes for the holiday. I’d like to “Karenize” my Thanksgiving meal. I especially love your recipe of the acorn squash. I think I’ll incorporate that into my Thanksgiving dinner.

    I hope you have the time to respond. I’ll be honored.

    Keep up the great work and more power to you!

    I am a fan,

    • says

      Hi Mariela! Thank you for such a kind and fantastic message! I’m delighted to hear you’re enjoying my recipes and photos! I’ve been thinking about putting together a holiday recipe round-up post – I absolutely love your idea of “Karenizing” Thanksgiving 🙂 I hope you keep in touch – I’d love to hear what you think of the recipes you try 🙂

  5. Teresa says

    Hello, I ran across your website today. I am from the Lone star state and have lived here my whole life (boring huh?) Anyhow, at almost 50 and 2 grown children later and married for almost 29 yrs., I have all of the sudden started wanting to cook more. As the girls were growing up I did cook almost nightly. You know, the common southern food: chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, etc. and always rolls or cornbread and deserts, of course. Well, anyhow that kinda stopped for a long while because of this, that, and the other. Anyway, my new approach is healthy, lowfat, and delicious. So thank you for your site, I will look at it often. I am starting by making your lowfat apple sauce cake. See ya soon T.

    • says

      Hi Teresa! Thanks for finding my site! I’m happy to hear you find my recipes inspiring – I love healthy, low fat, and delicious too 🙂 Let me know how the apple sauce cake turns out. I find that substitution to work great for baked goods like apple cake, banana bread, and pumpkin muffins 🙂

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