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Hello, I’m Gwen.

I work in advertising. I play in the kitchen.

I’m part tweenager. (Look at my iTunes playlist.)

I’m part Grandma. (Look at my oversize cardi collection.)

I’m part Romy or Michelle. (Look at the height of my hair.)

As a Christian, I'm learning how to glorify God in the everyday. To live into the status quo, like Jesus' own Manchurian candidate, and seep grace through its cracks.

I wish my life were a musical, but other than that, I’m pretty content.

(No surprise I also like to Yelp.)

The Casual Vacancy
The Explicit Gospel
Gone Girl
The Chaperone
Cutting for Stone

Gwen Daniels's favorite books »

I’ve loved to cook since before I can remember.

Before I started cooking meals on the reg, I tended to make over-the-top indulgences. Once for a Thanksgiving potluck with friends, I made a batch of mashed potatoes with scallions, cilantro, whipping cream, three sticks of butter, a vat of sour cream, shredded cheese, a head of garlic and a whole package of fried bacon. 

I’m still pretty embarrassed about that.

Now I gravitate toward recipes that let the natural flavors of the ingredients shine through. I’m all about fresh, seasonal and high-quality ingredients; I try to cook vegetables more often than meat. And to be honest, I’m a little scared of low-fat foods pumped with chemical additives and fillers.

Except McDonald’s. When I’m not up to cooking, I sometimes cave and eat McDonald’s.

Right now because I’m cooking for one, I like to make one dish at the beginning of the week that can be reheated for lunch and dinner for days to come. Join me!



Main Dishes







*Could stand alone as an informal meal


Sauces and Condiments


Celebration Cakes

Everyday Cakes




Brownies and Bars

Pies and Tarts

Ice Creams

Other Desserts

Breakfast, Brunch and Breakfast for Dinner

Odds & Ends