Hello, I'm Aimee! Welcome to my Austin, Texas kitchen. Some recipes I create stick to my Texas roots with comfort food, but I also love cooking with global flavors and ingredients. My spice drawer is huge, and I use all of them! My fridge is also filled with fun condiments I love using in recipes.
On Food Banjo, you’ll find mostly easy recipes that are big on flavor. Sometimes that’s from a bold spice or condiment, or sometimes that’s from a healthy squeeze of lemon juice. You’ll also find some of my family favorites like my Grandma’s chess bars and her no-bake lemonade pie.
I also LOVE making things in my air fryer, so you'll find a lot of air fryer recipes here too!
Why Food Banjo? What's it mean?
Good question! We came up with the name back in 2012 on a whim. We wanted something simple, but fun. And decided Food Banjo fit the bill! Fun fact - shortly after we decided on the name, we were walking through our neighborhood park and there was a guy playing the banjo.
I’ve lived in Texas most of my life except for 2 years spent in Seattle. I grew up as a very picky child, but my love of food and trying new flavors blossomed over the years as I got more adventurous trying amazing dishes at Austin restaurants. I also love trying food around the world. I’ve eaten schnitzel in Vienna, pasta in Florence, fish & chips in London, paella in Barcelona, croque madame in Paris, and delicious seafood on the Croatian coast.
Overall though, I love using a bunch of spices in my food. I don’t like my food to be boring, I want it to be something I love and crave eating.
I used to be a freelance food photographer, taking photos for local restaurants, magazines, and lifestyle brands. Now I channel my love of food into creating recipes. I have two kids who keep me on my toes while cooking and always want to "help" in the kitchen.
Ciao! A life as a latchkey kid and making dinners for myself (insert parental guilt trip here) led to baking as a teenager and cooking in restaurants for a bit. Still, I’m the one with the sweet tooth and tend to make all of the goooood stuff: cakes, cookies, pastries, etc. I also play bartender from time to time…basically I’m the king of the empty calorie.
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