About me


Hello and thank you for visiting Swanky Recipes.

I am a 20-something year old Midwestern girl living in New Orleans.  I’m a Laura Ingalls Wilder cousin/relative and of Charles Ingalls bloodline.  I’ve taken time off of pursuing a nursing career to fulfill my dream of owning my own business and being a food blogger.  I love to write and travel around the United States hiking mountains, kayaking and visiting friends from coast to coast as well as baking for family and friends.

My two favorite cities in the United States are Chicago and New Orleans.   Since November I have been living in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I am loving this transition in my life.  On the weekend I am often baking, hiking at parks with my two Labrador dogs or hanging out with friends.


My friend and I started this blog out of passion for documenting our culinary adventures in the kitchen.  I enjoy baking on a sunny day in my kitchen developing recipes and adapting old family favorites.  Baking for the holidays with family and friends is something I look forward to.  I have fond memories helping my mom in the kitchen when I was a little girl even if it was just adding the flour and butter to the mixer.  My mom was the best baker I knew growing up.  We would often bake a recipe a night starting after Thanksgiving.  This would amount to dozens of cookie recipes that would be frozen for all the holiday parties.


Flour   In my early teens I became a vegetarian.  After school I found peace in baking for myself.  Luckily, my mom understood my healthy perspective on food and let me experiment down this road on my own.  I developed a love for fruits and vegetables and cooked fantastic vegetarian food.


   The best part was that it was not only healthy but was bursting with flavor.  My friends enjoyed my perspective on healthy eating and would often want my recipes over their meat filled dishes.  I stuck with this diet for about 9 years.  In college I started eating non vegetarian food again.  I now happily enjoy a healthy mixed diet.


 Here at Swanky Recipes you will find me writing about my experience in the kitchen trying to new recipes, developing recipes and adapting favorites from other bloggers.  I hope you will enjoy what we have to offer here.


Please feel free email me with any questions or comments as I most look forward to what you have to say.

Email me at Knotj5144 {at} gmail {dot} com


You can also find my work:

Huffington Post –Rice Krispie Treats Pina Colada Drinks

BuzzFeedSlaw Sliders  / Chocolate Chunk Cookie  /  Brownies  / 34 Potato Recipes / Cookie Brownies

Teen Vogue

Cosmopolitan  Chocolate Poke Cake

Country Living  – Best Baked Potato Salads   Spring Cocktails

Better Homes and GardenBHG Food – Mashed Potato Mix-ins

Good House Keeping10 Holiday Punches 50 Best Cookies by Every State

Parade Magazine

Community Table

Womans Day Thumbprint Recipes  Caramel Apple Recipes

Walmart.com – Building photography backdrop

AOL.COM  – food section

MSN.COM/FoodSteak Dishes

Delish BLT Salad  M&M Cookies Most Delish Mimosas Pina Colada Twists

Philly.com Online Newspaper

You Weekly Magazine

Birch Box 

Crowd Tap 

 Brands & Companies I’ve worked with

Southern Living – social media influencer

Delta Faucet – social media influencer

Sweet’N Low® – Brand Ambassador for 7 months

Rubbermaid®- 6 month ambassadorship






Hidden Valley®


Weight Watchers®





Sargento® Cheese Slices

Progresso Soup®

Mike’s Hard Lemonade® / Palm Breeze

Sharpie Pens®


SUBWAY® Restaurants


Edy’s/Dryer’s Ice Cream®

Canada Dry Ginger Ale®



Silk® Almond Milk

Silk Cashew Milk


Hamptons Lane®


Ball park®

Pork Be Inspired

Heirloom Cookie Sheets


Hillshire Farm®

KC Masterpiece®

Birds Eye®

Reynolds® – 3 month ambassadorship

Tasteful Selections®

King’s Hawaiian

Pure Via®



Dunkin’ Donuts

Planters Peanuts

Classico Riserva

PAMA Liqueur

Wright Brand Bacon®

Tortilla Land®

Chevron / Texaco



Ling Lang® Asian Kitchen


NatureRaised Farms®



 Stop & Shop

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