Behind Closed Doors: Jenni Kayne


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“I prepare most of the meals in our house; I love to cook, it’s my happy place. We eat mostly vegetarian with lots of greens, grains, and veggies, some alternative dairy and fruit, too. I like to keep a lot of odds and ends on hand so I can quickly assemble meals and really get a nice mix of colors and flavors on every plate. I put packaged goods and farmer’s market produce in glass jars because it keeps things fresh for longer and makes it easy to see what’s in the fridge—plus it looks pretty! I do a big farmer’s market haul or grocery run on the weekends but I’m always picking up odds and ends throughout the week. Erewhon is my guilty pleasure. Their prepared foods and juices hit the spot.”



This is where I keep seeds that we sprinkle into everything, and some grains, along with a big tray of farm-fresh eggs. When you have kids, you use a lot of eggs. It’s a great way to make sure they’re getting enough protein, and so easy to whip up.



Bellwether Farms sheep milk yogurt is a mainstay in our fridge. Everyone in the family loves it. I use the plain yogurt in place of sour cream and mayo, too, so we go through a lot of it. We mostly eat fruit—grapes, pineapple, strawberries—for dessert but I also keep a treat or two in the fridge for special occasions. Right now I have some macaroons. It’s also nice to have sweets on hand for when guests come over and you want to put out a little treat.



Kombucha is another good thing to have on hand for friends that drop in. I probably drink one of these everyday myself or I’ll use nut milk and make a cup of tea or a quick smoothie. In the back of this shelf you’ll see a big bunch of cilantro. I’ll add it to most anything.



This is where I’ll stack all of our little spreads and sides. Hummus, kimchi, pesto, nut butter, etc. My kids can reach right into this shelf, which also helps them find what they need.



Scattered in the bottom rows and trays you’ll find more grains and prepared foods. I try not to keep too much bread around unless it a purposeful part of the meal. We love Ezekiel wraps though. It’s a healthy and more flavorful alternative to a basic flour tortilla.”

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