Jill Chen

Jill Chen, photographer, graphic designer, and urban farmer resides in Toronto, Canada with her chickens and mini pet pig named Henry. After running a design studio for twenty years, Jill gave it all up for a simpler way of living. When she's not making food or photographing food, she's growing food with the goal of being self-sustaining with year-round organic produce, despite the harsh Canadian winter. Charcuterie, wine-making, mushroom cultivation, aquaponics and shrimp farming are just a few of the projects on her plate right now. You can follow Jill's blog, Freestyle Farm, for beautiful photos that will inspire you to cook or grow something.

Roast Breadcrumb Potatoes

Posted September 30, 2013

Occasionally I’m completely into the idea of making a complicated, technically-difficult, watch-it-or-its-ruined dish for company. But most of the time I want to enjoy myself. These breadcrumb potatoes are the perfect dish for entertaining, because they’re quick, the work is…

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S’mores Pizza

Posted September 8, 2013

Jill and I talked summer campfire food recently. When she mentioned this quickly-assembled recipe for a S’mores Pizza, I knew it would be a lovely adieu to the season. It can be made with the fanciest ingredients or with the…

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Chocolate and Cheese Panini

Posted February 10, 2013

Love means never having to apologize for needing a bit of chocolate every single afternoon. Dark or milk chocolate will do, and it’s even better paired with cheese or fruit or both. Jill satisfies my craving with this perfect pairing…

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Rustic Apple Custard Pies

Posted February 4, 2013

I make no secret that I’m a true fan of canning. But there are some other things in jars that I also love, like desserts. Jill took this book we love, got inspired, and served up very pretty apple custard…

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Bacon Cheddar Cornbread

Posted November 16, 2012

Every time I look at this beautiful cornbread recipe, I get excited for Thanksgiving. That holiday is all about the side dishes for me and this is one side dish that will be at my dinner table. What’s your favorite…

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Grilled Turkey

Posted November 13, 2012

Cooking turkeys has long been fodder for sitcoms, with the overachieving first-time-holiday-hostess haplessly serving a frozen bird or salvaging a charred turkey from the depths of the oven. Even for a seasoned cook (in real life), the turkey plus all…

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Tomato Basil Jam

Posted September 16, 2012

This is the time of year where beautiful tomatoes of all shapes, colors and sizes abound! Our annual Labor Day tradition has been  making tomato sauce, but this year we’ve also added Tomato Basil Jam to the pot. So simple,…

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Blackberry Peach Pie

Posted September 2, 2012

I promised fruity crisp-like concoctions and Jill does not disappoint. Before the chills begins to stick and sweaters feel far more familiar than flip flops, gather up some peaches and blackberries and make this beautiful Blackberry Peach pastry – it’s…

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