Hello, I'm Aimee! Welcome to my Austin, Texas kitchen.
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!
I basically try to make flavorful food that's easy to make and doesn't take a lot of time. Bonus points if it's healthy!
Why Food Banjo? What's it mean?
Good question! My husband and I came up with the name back in 2012 on a whim when we launched a food magazine. We wanted something simple, but fun. And decided Food Banjo fit the bill! We turned it into a blog in 2016.
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, sourdough in San Francisco, fish & chips in London, paella in Barcelona, croque madame in Paris, pastel de nata in Lisbon, and delicious seafood on the Croatian coast.
Overall though, I love using a bunch of spices and herbs 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.
I was recently a guest on the Eat Blog Talk podcast talking about food blogging. Listen to the episode here.
I also have a Master of Science degree in marketing and have worked for years (over 15 years!) in the online marketing space doing email marketing, search advertising, SEO, content creation, analytics, and consulting.
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