Welcome to Foods I Like! I'm Leona Konkel, home cook and baker. I'm a Midwesterner living in southern New Jersey, with my husband, daughter, and dog.
I love cookies, brownies, cakes, and other sweets made from scratch with minimal effort, as well as easy-to-make meals featuring whole ingredients. Cooking shouldn't be a chore - it should be fun!
I've enjoyed baking for as long as I can remember, and my mother kept the flour and sugar canisters full because I always wanted to make cookies and brownies. Even though I've been cooking for years, there's always more to learn and explore.
I began this blog to chronicle my attempts to try 365 new recipes in 2010 to make up for a lackluster previous year. I'd gotten out of the habit of cooking. I was tired of uninspired cooking and collecting recipes I didn't make. That year, I succeeded at making and reviewing 367 new-to-me recipes! You can see my progress at this recipe archive from 2010.
I found that I loved blogging about recipes, so I continued! I shifted away from reviewing recipes, and now work to perfect and share my favorite recipes with you. I use whole ingredients, and not much that's premade or from a mix. Recipes are either simple, low-effort, or quick. For anything more complicated, the effort is absolutely worth it.
Before starting this blog, I obtained a Masters' degree in Japanese language and literature, and worked behind-the-scenes in a counseling center in central Illinois and a medical fellowship program in St. Louis, Missouri. I read voraciously, mainly fiction that is character-driven, not plot-driven. When I'm not cooking, blogging, and spending time (possibly playing classic Final Fantasies) with my family, I dabble in plotting my yard and flower beds and other earth-saving activities.