Hello, My name is Jess! I am a local girl from the great Mid-West, Toledo, Ohio, and I love my city! I am a scientist by day and a naturally nutritious, hearty, healthy, and decadent food lover by night (all day, actually). I come by it honestly; food is in my genetic make-up. My family is Lebanese, so food is a large part of my everyday life. I started drinking coffee before I was 10, ate cow tongue before I was 5, and a diverse love for dynamic foods was engrained before birth. After I got married to the pickiest eater I have ever met, I was determined to open my husbands eyes, and stomach, to more than just scrambled eggs, chicken, and ramen noodles. I began cutting out foods that came from a box, or were pre-prepared. I learned how to replicate things we liked either by recipe or by taste, slowly introducing new foods to my husband along the way. Then, came cutting the chemicals. I am a pharmacologist/toxicologist, and intentionally ingesting ingredients that man created and cannot be found in nature became less and less appealing. Now, I work in a cancer care center and this value gained even more meaning. Simplicity and balance are my core values when it comes to food. I shop locally grown, mostly organic or all natural, and seasonal. The latter of those is quite the challenge in Ohio. I am not a vegan, vegetarian, or meat-and-potatoes kinda gal. I love wholesome foods, participating in the cooking of other bloggers and cooks, traditional and ethnic cooking, and explore what inspires me in the kitchen. I know how busy our lives are, and how challenging it can be to find the time to be a wholesome cook, so I focus a lot on taking simple, fresh, and easy to combine ingredients into a healthy lifestyle full of diversity and flavor.

As mentioned earlier, I love Toledo! You will easily find a lot of people that will argue that we live in a alge-suffocated, dying city but I have to disagree. Toledo is a midwestern city with a passion for good food and drink. We have thriving local restaurants with so much variety. I love to travel, experiencing the taste of the town I am in, but I am never disappointed by the local Toledo talent and diversity. There is so much to explore in my own corner of the world, let alone the entire globe!

I want to share my love for homemade, quality, nutritious food, and the local flavors of Toledo.
I am Simply Jess.

Simply Jess Blog Toledo Ohio Be Local

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  1. Hi, Jess, I know your husband through my work…he’s our techie guru. He told me of your blog after I saw him eating a lunch you had prepared for him many months ago, but I had lost track of your info. I asked him again today, and that’s how I got connected with you. I love your blog; you made me smile. I’ve never followed anybody’s blog before, so I look forward to this experience. I’m an elderly widow and don’t find cooking for myself enjoyable any longer, so I’m hoping I’ll find some useful hints here. Thanks for what you are doing! Patty

    • Thank you Patty! I am very flattered you are following the blog. I hope you enjoy the upcoming posts in 2016. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words!

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