Chopped Jr Home Version: Mystery Basket 1

To say that I love the Food Network, would be an understatement!  One of my favorite shows is Chopped Jr.  Last year I got the opportunity to audition for the show and I got started practicing mystery baskets in preparation, just in case I got the call.  I’m going to share some of my mystery baskets!  Experimenting with mystery basket combinations has helped my creativity in the kitchen and expanded my knowledge of different food ingredients!

Entree Basket:  Okra, Bugles, Tilapia, and Dried Cherries….30 minutes….GO!


The first thing to pop in to my head was to make sure that the tilapia got cooked to perfection! So I run and get some aluminum foil and to place the tilapia on and season it up. So next I add some veggies to my tilapia to give it more flavor and color. Then wrap it up in my foil pouch and bake it! Then I get started on my salad! I cut up kale and throw it in the bowl, still checking on my tilapia ever now and then, I cut carrots,onion, and bell peppers! Then I get the fish out and it is PERFECT!!! So I have to make my vinaigrette with the dried cherries and crumble my Bugles for a crouton and then I hear 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0!!! Time is up! I ended up with baked tilapia with veggies and a kale salad with a cherry vinaigrette and Bugle croutons! Sounds good to me!!! Let’s eat!


Be sure to watch for more Mystery Basket Mondays here on Jenna’s Kitchen.

Be sure to tune into Food Network August 29th at 7 pm central time to watch my Chopped Jr. episode!

Chopped Jr. Home Version

I'm overwhelmed by all the nice comments, t-shirt purchases and support I have received since my Chopped Jr announcement.

It's been a waiting game but is so worth it to be able to share all my experiences! On Monday's until air date I will be sharing my Mystery Basket Monday's!

After my interview, I created my Home Audition Video and I started practicing to sharpen my time management skills in the kitchen. My parents grocery store trips turned into a scavenger hunt to find the weird ingredients for my mystery basket creations! We made list of ingredients from past show to get an idea of patterns of how they put baskets together? We didn't solve the puzzle but got a lot of ideas for combinations and learned about new foods along the way! I had a lot of fun with my Chopped Jr Home Version. And most of the dishes were good or at least edible 😂!

Entrees were my favorite to practice! It was my mom's favorite too because she didn't have to cook supper!

I hope you enjoy my mystery basket creations and if you do your own version of mystery basket creation, I'd love to see them!

Be sure to tune in to Food Network for my episode of Chopped Jr. August 29 at 7pm central time!

4-H Talk Meet: Tips from My YouTube Journey

One of my favorite 4-H activities, is Talk Meet and Demonstrations!  This year for my speech I wrote about my YouTube Journey.

When you think of YouTube what do you think of? DIY's, tutorials, gamers, music, or cooking? That's me too! When you are little you always have that one thing that you really want to do right? Well mine was a YouTube channel ever since I saw a show on Food Network. The Rachel vs Guy kids cook off was my favorite because instead of the adults doing all the cooking the kids did everything!! My favorite contestant, Amber,  already had a YouTube channel before she was on the show! I thought how cool would it be if I had a YouTube channel? So I go ask mom and dad if I can have a YouTube channel and dad says, "We don't think you need to be on the internet at 8!" Mom goes more in depth saying," You just don't have enough food demo skills and camera experience." All that does is make me more determined to prove that I can do it! So I enter the 4-H junior food demonstration, and get a tv segment with Laura Rogers on WBKO! That's getting me some where with mom but dad still won't budge! So I do some research and find out about privacy settings and filters. Dad is starting to come around. The big snow storm of 2016 gets us stuck in the house for 4 days! I know now that this is my moment! I'm finally going to get the YouTube channel I have been wanting! I even have an idea for the fist video! My personal favorite recipe Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough! So here are some tips if you plan on starting a YouTube channel anytime soon!

Tip #1, have a catchy name! It's all in the name, but make sure you have checked all other social platforms before you decide. I didn't think we would be expanding Jenna's Kitchen to social media, but it turns out the name Jenna's Kitchen is very popular! Lesson learned!

Tip#2 have a nice neat schedule! When I first started I was posting videos all Willy Nilly all over the place, but all the professionals say that you need to have a schedule so your viewers know when to expect a video. It's like your favorite tv show you know it will come on Saturday night at 8.

Tip #3 have collab or collaboration videos with other youtubers or guests. My first collab was with my Best friend but I didn't know it was a collab at the time! I thought they were just with other youtubers! Turns out all you need for a collab video is a guest on your YouTube channel or you go on theirs and make a video.

Even though I'm still new to this whole YouTube thing I have learn a lot along the way. I have recently celebrated my first Youtubaversary! My YouTube channel has also helped me out quite a bit! It got me an audition for a show that found me via YouTube. My video skills also helped me win a heifer! This has been an amazing YouTube journey from making and editing videos, to making school projects on YouTube, to doing different demos, but having fun while I do it! So if your dream was ever a YouTube channel, Chase it!!

New Braces=New menu: Top 20 Things to Eat with Braces

I have known for a while that I would have to have braces and I was okay with that.  Until I read all the things I could not eat.  You can hardly eat anything! Or at least my favorites:  Cheetos, Doritos, Raw Vegetables, Oreos, Ribs, Corn on the Cob or Nuts…..AARGH!   It has certainly has changed our family’s menu! So since both my brother and I have braces, we have come up with the top 20 things that are within the braces rules that are good!!

  1. Smoothie- You can mix it up every day with your favorite fruits, veggies, yogurt, and protein powder! Great way to get nutrition for the day!  Mango smoothie has been my favorite so far.  Click here for the video Mango Smoothie
  2. Tuna- Tuna is very versatile, you can customize it to your own personal liking with endless flavor combinations! We like to go for Asian themed! Here a video tutorial on Tuna Sliders.Tuna Sliders
  3. Chicken Salad- Same goes for chicken salad, put your favorite flavors into it. We put chicken, grapes, mayo, sour cream, hot mustard, salt, and pepper!
  4. Stir-fry- An assortment of vegetables sautéed in butter until they are soft.
  5. Fro-yo- Bought or homemade it is smooth. Even with out the toppings it still tastes good!
  6. Corn Bread- Put in cheese, jalapenos, bacon, or anything you want to. You can make it different ever time!
  7. Muffins- Easy to eat, soft, and delicious! You can mix it up every time.
  8. Doughnuts-Bought or Homemade with glaze they melt in your mouth! Whether you change the flavor or the glaze they are always good!
  9. Squeezeable fruit pouches-These are a great snack for on the go, or just to eat!
  10. Tacos- The classic taco Tuesday shall be recurring a lot now! Filled with delicious filling, the taco is hard to beat.  Just have to eat with soft shells or no shell at all!
  11. Cucumber Kimchi- Not a typical side, but boy is it good! You can adjust the heat to how you like it!
  12. Pizza- A dish loved by all(that I know of) the pizza can be switched up every time!​ 

  13. Pancakes- A breakfast favorite that we love! You can customize it to your own personal liking! Fruits to chocolate chips!
  14. Fish- A delicious entrée that can be cooked many different ways! All you have to change is the way you cook it!
  15. Eggs and Bacon- Last but not least, by far my favorite breakfast! You can never go wrong with the classics!
  16. Soups-My brother doesn’t like soup but there are so many good options that fall under this category!
  17. Spaghetti or Ravioli-A go to favorite for most kids!
  18. Shrimp scampi- Noodles, butter and shrimp, YUM! Especially if paired with soft garlic bread.IMG_0829
  19. Meatballs-One of my family favorites that can be customized with your favorite sauces!  Full of good nutrition and flavor!IMG_1205
  20. Sushi-Now I know this isn’t always a kid favorite, but I think it can be!  Ever since I learned to make my own, my little brother and dad have become fans.  Well dad eats it…fan might be a little much, but I’m working on that!IMG_0188


Let me know in the comments below what your favorite menu items are/were with braces!

Blueberry Time

If you follow my Facebook page you know that my brother is a huge fan of blueberries and I must say that I love them too!  So when I saw that the SOKY Marketplace was hosting a Blueberry Festival that included a baking competition, I was so in!  The only problem was trying to decide which blueberry recipe to do!  I have a good coffee cake, blueberry zucchini bread, classic blueberry muffins and my new blueberry doughnut!  Tough decision, right?  I finally decided to go with a classic my Blueberry Crumb Muffin!  But I needed some fresh blueberries.  My friend Mariah and I went to Berrylicious Orchard and she helped me pick enough berries for my recipe and we brought home 2 gallons of berries for future creations (and remember my brother)! Lol!

Here’s the finished product!


I am excited to say I won the Kids division of the SOKY Marketplace Blueberry Festival Baking Competition!  All entries looked awesome!

Thank you to Independence Bank for sponsoring the competition, the farmers market for hosting, Berrylicious for the delicious blueberries, Mariah for helping me pick, and my mom for capturing the muffins in the photo above!  This recipe is definitely going in my future cookbook, but I’ll share with you now!

Blueberry Crumb Muffins 

Did I mention Berrylicious has homemade popsicles too!😋  Mariah’s mom and I got the CocoLoco (yummy), Mariah got the Blueberry Lemonade and my mom got her favorite, the Strawberry Basil!  I should have brought some of them home too!

Chocolate Chip Cookie 🍪💞💗

I have a big sweet tooth. My favorite dessert revolves around cookie dough… anything! On my channel I have made a lot of chocolate chip cookie dough recipes, such as cookie dough fudge, eggless chocolate chip cookie dough, but what I haven’t made a classic… chocolate chip cookies! We are going to fix that today by making good ol’ fashion chocolate chip cookies! I often take these to gatherings and parties and they are a big hit!  Every time my little Aunt from South Korea comes to visit it’s one of the first things she asks for my Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Hamburger!

Below are the links to my chocolate chip cookies dessert playlist!  ENJOY and let me know how you like them!

Chocolate Chip Playlist

Here is the recipe:


Summer Break

Although I really enjoy school, I’m glad summer break has arrived!  I spend the days at my grandparents farm and have the best time there.  My grandpa is a BBQ genius and I hope to learn some of his tricks this summer.  My grandma is a great cook and can whip up our favorites in a matter of no time.  She shows her love through food and she loves us a lot!

It’s also a time where on our farm we have a ton of fresh vegetables coming in and cooking with those fresh ingredients is a ton of fun!  I have saved recipes all year in anticipation of the garden bounty.  What is your favorite fresh garden vegetable?

Meet Milky Way

Last year, I entered the KY Cattlemen’s Association’s Heifer Initiative contest.  I had to submit a video about ” What winning a heifer would mean to me.”  The hardest part was pairing it down to 3 minutes!  I found out in December, I won!  I attended my first KCA convention in January to accept my award!

I knew I wanted a black heifer with a white face!  I was kinda hoping she would be bred and would calve in the fall with my other cows.  My parents told me it might be hard to find all that in one heifer, but I was hoping for the best!  I went to a sale but they all brought more than I wanted to pay. My mom knew a farmer who might have one! So everyone I want to introduce you to Milky Way!!  Thank you Mr. Tim Richards for The perfect heifer!  Thank you Kristin Hildabrand for the name idea!

This is her massive father!!!

She has settled in nicely with her other friends!!  I’ll keep you updated about the herd!

Cooking Meets Science

Uploaded today is my new YouTube video with Ms. Jones Science.  Science and cooking are two of my favorite things and I love how this video gives the viewers both.  At the state fair last year, I knew I wanted to learn to make funnel cakes and to experiment with different variations.  I found a funnel cake kit at a kitchen store and I knew it was meant to be.

About the same time, I had been watching Ms. Jones Science Channel and thought her experiments were pretty cool.  We got together and decided it would be cool to do a collaboration video where I would cook and she would explain the science behind it.  She offered the suggestion of deep fried foods!  Um, hello….perfect!  We decided on funnel cakes!  I’ve learned a lot about the science of frying foods and about sharing videos for a collaboration. (Mom and I had some technical issues!)  I am so excited to share the video with you and hope you learn as much as I did!  Check it out Funnel Cakes Meets Science!

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