About The Onyx Plate

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We all have it in us…the ability to create.  Whether you are creating presentations for work, a centerpiece for a party you are hosting at your home, a vacation itinerary, or crafts with your children or grandchildren.  We all have it in us.  I choose to create in the kitchen.  I gain inspiration for that creating from random people and places, and my goal in life is to pass that inspiration on to you. 

I’m on a mission to cook wonderful food (aren’t we all) that first has to look beautiful plated.  I take recipes from some of my favorite chefs on television and alter the recipe the way I would enjoy it or to what I have currently in stock, and sometimes I leave it just as is.  No reason to mess with perfection….Although, most of the time, I am just throwing stuff together on my own or using family recipes. 

You will find comfort classics, southern cuisine, easy weekend lunches, seasonal vegetables and fruit being used, and most recipes will be quite simple.  By the way…not all Southern Food is fried! 

So as I explore my own southern passion and growth, enjoy my blog along with me.  It’s my first step to finding a better me……a more fulfilled me.

Make sure to follow me everywhere I go on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  You know you want to!  


31 Comments Add yours

  1. Maw-Maw says:

    Great Start! Lots of Luck Hope it is well received. Love You. Go Girl !!


    1. Thank you for all of the inspiration over the years! Love you too! :)


  2. Mom says:

    My darling Jennifer, may your kitchen be warmed with love, spiced with sass, and a refuge from the world to play in. Thank you for sharing your love of food, your wonderful ability to create, and that tiny bit of yourself that you put in each of your creations. All my love and best wishes for a bountiful blog!


    1. Thank you!!! Love you, Mom! Thank you for the love and support….. <3


  3. Jennifer says:

    Great! I beleive your next step should be a book and then a restaurant! Who agrees?


    1. Are you volunteering to help with either of those items??? (wink) Thanks for the support!


      1. Jennifer says:

        Maybe ;)


  4. Melanie says:

    Jen, I had no idea, this is GREAT! I’ve always wanted to do a cookbook, but am not sure how. You might inspire me.


    1. Thank you, Melanie! Keep me posted on your cookbook ventures!


  5. Zack says:

    I love that you have done different courses and not just the main course. I love that you use different ingredients. Some of mine and my wife’s favorite ingredients that you use are Adobo and Cilantro. Keep up the great work! Also, if it is ok with you, I think I will tell my friends and family about this site of yours so they can be inspired also.


    1. Thanks Zack! We love Cilantro, and I would love to find an indoor Cilantro plant right now. Unforunately, I am afraid that we are out of season to find one. Yes, please share. The more inspired, the more happy tummys there are!


  6. classyrose says:

    You have a great site going here and keep up the good work.

    Good luck with the challenge.


    1. Thank you, Rose! I hope you find as much joy in it as I do in writing it! :)


  7. silke says:

    Your site is fantastic !!!!!!!! I love cooking/preparing, and will definetely come back here regularly.
    VERY inspiring, thank you!!!! It all started (for me) with your photos/article about the Nutella-day: Being from Germany I was brought up with Nutella for breakfast – good memories!! Melting on toast… Delicious!
    Thanks a lot for your site – a real pleasure!!


    1. Awwww, thank you! Very sweet! Please do follow, I’m honored.


  8. DaveG says:

    Finally pulled your site up after being intrigued by your pics and dishes on FB. Way to go Jenn! Very impressive. Best of luck! Angie’s wanting to get her cake business going, so I’m gonna pass this along to her…maybe a little more inspiration!


    1. Thank you, Dave! I appreciate it! Good luck to Angie!


  9. Hani says:

    amazing I have featured you for the valentine’s recipe

    P.S: Grab your featured button and enjoy.. :)


    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! :)


  10. I love your picture slideshow- how did you do that? :)


    1. Thank you! :) I upload all of the pictures I want to use, and then type in [slideshow], and it filters through them all for that particular post. One of the few things I actually know how to do on here. :)


  11. Sunny says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one! You are definitely right, not all Southern food is fried!! I love reading your blog! I’m adding it to my “must read” list. Happy blogging!


    1. Thank you, Sunny! I love reading yours as well. However, today was National Fried Chicken Day (7/6/11)! I HAD to have Fried Chicken today. :) Happy Blogging to you as well….and you’re definitely added to mine as well!


  12. tamara says:

    Jennifer…… I always new you were talented,creative and also a gorgeous red head : ) . I love your blog.. the food is beautiful. I wish you a succesful journey to something that u seem to love sooo much..


    1. Awww, thank you so much! <3 I hope continue to come back to the blog and enjoy it! I wish this had given me more information than just Tamara…I know a few Tamara's. Now to figure out which one you are. :)


      1. tamara says:

        LoL….I guess i could have said your co-worker so you would have known…”HAPPY BIRTHDAY”. I knew i had not seen you….so just enjoy your time off….and WoW ! May have to try the fresh..local..good resturant…..THANKS ….u inspire me..!!!!!!!!!


      2. Now, I know which one! <3 Sorry about that. :) Thanks for the birthday wishes, friend! You guys should definitely try Ironhen. We will be there for brunch tomorrow! So tasty!


  13. Ken says:

    Hi ,
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