Get to know author, blogger, & cooking diva Jorj Morgan and her website offering recipes, cooking, entertaining advice, & more!
About the Author
One of my first cooking experiences was hosting a surprise 45th birthday party for my mom in my teeny tiny apartment when I was just 22 years-old. I invited not only her close friends, but also many of my father’s out-of-town business contacts and they all came! I served Lobster Thermidor that everyone ate on their laps, spilling out my front door into the hallway and up the stairs. That evening sealed the deal for my hubby, George who was in awe of my entertaining naiveté and pure gumption in pulling the party off.
From there I went into catering with my two earliest gal pals. Our first party was a luncheon for 300 guests. We created what looked like a giant tool box and served cold salads, homemade muffins and four types of brownie bars. This success led to corporate picnic suppers, yacht cruises, barbecues, children’s parties and much more. Raising children interrupted my career, but not my love of cooking and entertaining. I regularly entertained hosting both small and large parties and chaired numerous galas, fairs and fundraisers. Once I coerced volunteers to cook all of the carny food for a three day city-wide festival – that was FUN!
The explosion of the internet led to my first website and ultimately to my first published cookbook, At Home in The Kitchen. Several books and hundreds of blogs later, I published my first ebook, Sunday Best Dishes last year. It’s primed to be one of the first print-on-demand books (as soon as the in-store technology catches up).
Today my passion still includes food and entertaining as well as my strong love of family and community, but my views have changed – dare I say they have been enhanced by the experiences that lead me to my current status – NANA.
In this website I write about my passions. In my Provisions section you'll find my recipes. I love healthy foods, with bold flavors, but I don't shy away from tummy comforting fare like pimento cheese grits and "Pumpkin Donuts". My mantra has always been, “everything in moderation”. I'm just leaning a little more to the indulgent side these days.
In my Parties section I'll show you some of my fun events with family and friends including menus, recipes, themes and do-ahead schedules. Early on my father-in-law pegged me as a party girl and about this he was dead-on!
Everyone has their favorite products and I'm no exception. I must admit I'm loyal to several brands, but you will find me hanging out in Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table way more than I do at the designer section at Neiman’s. So my Products section showcases some of my favorite things new and old as well as my new favorite food finds.
Like many of my fellow NANAs (and PAPAs too), my current stage of life allows us to travel more than when we were in-the-trenches raising our three sons. Our winter home in South Florida opens the door to a palate enticing menu of diverse dishes while our summer home in the mountains of North Carolina leads me to the leisurely, slow-cooked comfort foods that have been enjoyed for generations. My Places section showcases my finds along the way from my favorite dives to the tippy top of gastronomical experiences.
And finally, as a NANA, leading a full and rich life with the blessings of healthy children and grandchildren Philanthropy is of utmost importance. In this section I’d like to explore needs in our communities and come together as NANAs to fill some of these needs. Together, we are a strong and resourceful group and today’s need is great.
My dear friends often talk about enjoying, extending and making a difference with our QTR (Quality Time Remaining). I hope you’ll join me as we strive to do just that.
Love and Hugs,