Last Night's Dinner

January 13, 2010 • 18 Comments

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Last Night's Dinner tells the story of what one couple—blogger Jennifer Hess and her cocktail-obsessed husband, Mike—ate for dinner. Hess (aka LastNightsDinner) contributes regularly to our weekly contests (and has snagged two wins for her Smoky Pork Burgers with Fennel and Red Cabbage Slaw and Beef Chopped Salad), but keeps her own blog virtually recipe free, saying: "My belief is that cooking is not a science—it’s a craft." Instead, she cooks from memory or to experiment or to tweak a favorite dish and encourages her readers to do the same—to be fearless and unafraid in the kitchen. She documents her work with photographs, beautifully stark images of the meals she’s thrown together, such as this perfect-looking plate of spaghetti and meatballs in a rich tomato sauce. Her writing is casual and smart, much like her food. If this is what letting go looks like, count us in.

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over 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

Thanks again, everyone!


over 5 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Love your blog, LDN!! The recipes you've posted here are wonderful, without exception, too! ;o)


over 5 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Ooops, meant, "LND"!!


over 5 years ago Feeding Groom

Last Night's Dinner was the first food blog I read and I've been a fan ever since. Jennifer is one in a million and Mike's Dash of Bitters' blog is a great resource for fun cocktails. Three cheers to food52 for recognizing true talent!


over 5 years ago mariaraynal

Great, great pick! I love Jennifer's site, her point of view and the gorgeous photos. Another fine example of the talented home cooks on food52.


over 5 years ago Jennifer Ann

Hurray! I have been hooked on Last Night's Dinner blog since a friend directed me its way about a year ago, and every Monday since I have looked forward to checking out what has been going on in Jen and Mike's kitchen, and the surrounding markets. I love the enthusiasm for food/farmers/cooking, the inviting stories, and lovely photographs (and it how I first learned about Food 52!)


over 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

Oh, my... I think I have something in my eye :D

Thanks so much A+M for the wonderful shout-out, and to all of you commenters for your kind words. I love being part of this community, and find new inspiration here, and from the blogs I've discovered and friends I've made via food52, every single day.


over 5 years ago dymnyno

Congratulations...your blog is great and your photography is amazing! Are you sharing your meatball recipe with Food 52?


over 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

I'd be happy to!


about 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

I've added it - better late than never, I hope :D


over 5 years ago shayma

Jen is AMAZING. congrats. x


over 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Love your pictures Jennifer! LOTS of luck to you and Mike.


over 5 years ago Elycooks

Jennifer, how great. Now you will have even MORE fans. Love your site and your Tweets!


over 5 years ago eatboutique

Yay Jennifer !!


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

I love Jenn's site- she's such an amazing photographer!


over 5 years ago TasteFood

I agree - this is a lovely blog with a fresh, visual angle. Well done!


over 5 years ago arielleclementine

this is a lovely, inspirational site- thanks for sharing!


over 5 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

Absolutely. I can think of no one who deserves this shout out more. Jennifer's site is so inspirational.