Who Is the Woman Under the Veil?


cooking-brideI am Lisa, a thirty-something-year old “bride” living in the Jackson, Mississippi, metro area. By day I am a wife, mother, and freelance writer. By night, I am a cook, amateur photographer, and food blogger.

Growing up, it was my Dad that loved cooking. I have memories as a small child of my Dad pushing a kitchen chair up to the counter so I could stand beside him and help him prepare whatever it was we were having for dinner that night. We used to pretend that we were chefs in a five-star restaurant and my mother was a very important customer. I credit my willingness to try new and unusual recipes to the adventurous streak my father had with his cooking. Sometimes they were great and sometimes they weren’t, but that was the fun part.

In 2006, I officially became a bride when I married my wonderful and devastatingly handsome college sweetheart.  We are the parents of two boys – Big Brother (aka “Little Tot” in earlier posts) and Little Brother. They definitely keep life interesting!

I started this blog because it combines my biggest passions: writing, cooking, and photography. The recipes you see here are what I serve my family. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it. I love getting feedback so please, please, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think (as long as it’s nice). I also love connecting with readers on social media, so check me out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.


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Photos on this page by Alisa Chapman Photography.


  1. Just found your blog via another one… Congrats, it’s beautiful! I will keep stopping by :)

  2. i love your lil logo on the top, so cute!

  3. Very cute blog! :)

  4. I found your blog via another one too and I’m impressed. Mine is a few days old so I thought I would look around and see how I can improve on mine. Thanks, I’ll be back!


  5. Just wanted to let you know that your blog is now featured on the home page of Mississippi Wiki. Keep up the good work!

  6. Lisa,

    I just discovered your blog from the foodie blogroll. It is a great site, and I can’t wait to come back and read more. I have bookmarked you with Google’s Friend Connect and can get the feed and follow you. I must say your recipes are wonderful — I have found a few to try and will be back for more.

    Good luck on the cookbook — I am sure you will reach the goal you have set out for yourself. By the way, I have fallen in love with your boxer. He is adorable.


  7. Congratulations on your three years of marriage. We are going on 41 this August. Stop by to check our some of our recipes. (son and daughter also post) http://www.rosemaryandthegoat.com — Sherry

  8. Love your blog and will keep on checking your updates!


  9. I just discovered your blog from the foodie blogroll. It is a great site, and I can’t wait to come back and read more. I have bookmarked you with Google’s Friend Connect and can get the feed and follow you. I must say your recipes are wonderful — I have found a few to try and will be back for more.

  10. Quite a beautiful website. I just finished mine and i was looking for some design ideas and you gave me a few. Did you develop the website alone?


  11. Merely a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw great layout.

  12. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  13. Awsome blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also

  14. Your blog just popped up in my Google Alerts (“thirty-something”) and I can’t wait to start reading/cooking/eating!

  15. I stumbled upon your blog the other day and began to follow your posts consistently. I haven’t commented on any blog site just yet but I was thinking to begin soon. It’s truly exciting to actually contribute to an article even if it’s just a blog. I must say I don’t know exactly what things to write other than I really enjoyed reading through a couple of of your articles. Nice posts indeed. I will keep going to your blog regularly. I learned a great deal from you. Thank you!

  16. Lisa,
    Your blog is incredible! Kudos to you for doing such a fantastic job. I love to cook, so this blog will def show up in my favs. I’m pumped about trying the filet with crabmeat cream sauce. I can finally show my brother up with a great recipe. ha
    I did notice that I could not find your name anywhere on your blog. I do tend to read too quickly, so I may have missed. If it isn’t in fact there, I didn’t know if this was intentional, but surely not, since you’re incredible, and EVERYONE needs to know your name! :)
    Keep ’em coming!

    Devonn Tipton

  17. You have such a beautiful blog! I love your recipes and your writing. It’s so nice to read well organized thoughts! I will definitely return to this site. Keep up the awesome work!

  18. sarahsjoys

    I love the bit about your husband rolling his eyes because his food is getting cold! That’s our house exactly!!! “You don’t mind if I take just one more photo, do you honey? You never know which angle will turn out best.” :) Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  19. Love your blog. Gorgeous photos and drool-provoking recipes! Many thanks for this.

  20. Just stumbled upon your blog this morning. Wonderful writing and delicious food. I’ll be back. My Dad was my inspiration in the kitchen too!

  21. I got directed here via WordPress. You do a seriously good job with this website. I congratulate you. I would love to duplicate some of the recipes, but I live in the middle of Mexico and many of the ingredients are not available, sadly.

    You write well, a diminishing talent these days.

  22. This looks like a super cute blog – great writing and yummy food! I’ll be sure to check back…I am also a recent ‘cooking bride’! Heaven knows I could use more ways to impress that husband of mine… 😉

  23. Hi!
    Like to say that you have a nice blog! Really like all the yummy, delicious food that you have share on the blog. Looking forward to your next post! :)

  24. Seriously True

    Love Love Love your blog. Photos of your food is amazing!! Recipes are not bad either. hehehe jk Glad I found it via fb thru a friend. Thanks friend. (^_^)

  25. Denise Lyons

    I wanted to say hello. I came across one of your recipes and am very excited to check out the blog. I am a new bride of 5 months, and deeply share your passion for cooking. I look forward to reading and conversing more.


  26. Ryan Mellor

    I just found the apricot bourbon ribs from a sight called The Chive.com and I LOVED it. It turned me on to your page and the recipes are amazing. I do the cooking at my house and it makes my wife’s day when I come up with something the looks as good as it tastes. Thanks for sharing.


  27. Hi, there. Found you via eat.drink.MISSISSIPPI. Love what you do here! Thank you for sharing.

  28. ArchiesBoy

    I just discovered your blog. WOW! I’m spreadin’ the news!

  29. Awesome Blog! I look forward to checking out all of your recipes!

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