Who is the Jittery Cook?

Holly Botner, a speech/language pathologist by day, Jittery Cook with empty nest syndrome by night.

A Montrealer, Quebecer, globe-trotter, yogaholic, bookworm…

A person trying to keep track of recipes that work so that they join her repertoire.

A mother/aunty trying to pass on some cooking tips to her far-flung offspring/nieces and nephews.

A frustrated, wanna-be grandmother, passing the time until that fateful day.

A person who cares about eating healthy.

A food obsessed person, from a food obsessed family eager to expand her food related horizons.

A sharer of thoughts and feelings.

A blogger who feels the joy every time someone appreciates her jittery efforts.

Meet the family…

My Favourite Robot

My wonderful stepson forever occupied with multiple passions.My daughterMy loving daughter meeting life’s challenges with enthusiasm.

Erin SimmsMy awesome stepdaughter. Words cannot express…

Andrew with lava rock

Our gourmet son. My best taste tester.Touring with my husband

There are times when cooking is the last thing on my mind.enjoying nature

It’s wonderful to be on vacation.Always asking for directions

I’m always asking for directions.Enjoying vacationMy husband loves to get me out of the kitchen!

63 thoughts on “Who is the Jittery Cook?”

  1. wonderful stuff Holly! Keep inspiring us!

  2. Holly..thank you for this wonderful recipe. Will add it to my collection of healthy eating. Just watched a wonderful documentary called ” Knives over Forks”…waiting for my son “Jason” to get home tonight to watch it again with him. His dream is to become a medical doctor but with a twist (and I hope he likes this twist)

    Happy healthy cooking! Keep in touch!

    • Great to hear from you. Check out the other 24 recipes on my new blog. I’m getting a big kick out of sharing recipes and sharing in general. I’m going to check out that documentary you mentioned. All the best, Holly

  3. The blog is great — the design, the recipes, the photography and the commentary. Onward to becoming known by your first name.

    I am adding it to my menu bar.

  4. Holly I love the description of you under who is “jittery cook” ? It is a perfect description of who you are……and that’s a good thing.

    Stay jittery, and enjoy what you are doing. It is great.


  5. Hi Holly!!
    I finally subscribed to your blog! This is a fantastic blog that will motivate me to start cooking! Thanks for the information and keep up the good work!


    • So pleased with every new jittery follower! Great to know that you like what I choose to make. Am loving being Jittery Cook. Imagine you can give yourself a new name and become that person! Who knew?

  6. So I’m finally on! It looks great, can’t wait to try something new and exciting.
    – Aisha

  7. The baked pasta looks yummy…..If we weren’t so busy cooking soups we’d be trying it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have you bought and tasted ChefAndy Soup yet?? Will be looking forward to hearing what you think!! xoxox Layne

  8. Hi Holly,
    I’m trying to track down your zuccini fries – if I could spell, it might help -tks Celine

    • In Vino Veritas, you will find the fried zucchini recipe. I went to Trattoria Trestevere recently and sampled them to verify if they really are as delicious as I remembered. OMG. They are worth the trip there. The Salad Fantasia was amazing too. I didn’t have the nerve to order the manicotti, but I wish I had. It is a tad rich.

  9. I guess I forgot my email address – here it is Celine

  10. Janine Ali said:

    Lovely blog Holly!

    • Thanks! It’s coming along and I’m learning as I go. Just went to a 2 hr spice class at Jean Talon Market and came home with numerous spices I’ve never used before. I’ll be busy figuring it out…passing on whatever I like.

  11. dorothy salomon said:

    Thanks for inviting me to Jittery Cook. I love the way you describe yourself. Now I have to be able to find all these great recipes.

  12. Love your description of the Jittery Cook, but you forgot wonderful, devoted friend!
    Keep on growing, and discovering!

  13. Hi Holly,

    Your Mum told my Mum about your blog so here I am. I thought I knew everything about the Botner Food clan until now. The recipes look delicious ( I plan to try some) and your comments about your family members bring back many wonderful memories.

    Best regards,
    Karen Rosenstein

  14. Anonymous said:

    What a hot cook you are

  15. Kenton Lewis said:

    I too dabble in the culinary arts, but it’s not art when I do it. Like your blog.

  16. dorothy salomon said:

    Since I started receiving your blogs, I no longer hate my stove and oven, especially with the oooo’s and aaaaah’s I get.
    Thanks to you Holly.

  17. OK, I am loving all the appreciation!!! So glad I have a good influence. This food love thing is catchy!

  18. mjustine said:

    Found you on pinterest!
    These are great cooking ideas! Can’t wait to try the bliss balls.

    • Amazing! I can’t even figure out how to use Pinterest! Guess I’ll keep trying.
      So glad you like Jittery Cook recipes.
      Welcome. Subscribe to get emails each time there’s a new jittery post.

      • mjustine said:

        pinterest seems weird at first but it’s great for bloggers, free way to advertise. (reminds me of foodgawker.com but for all interests) if you have an account would love to follow you.

  19. dorothy salomon said:

    I always look forward to your next blog. Love trying out your recipes. All of a sudden cooking has become fun.

  20. You are the best…..
    Wonderfully creative…..
    A great person to learn from……
    A very healthy influence on my life…….



    • Thanks!!! Now, I just need you to comment on the lentil posts. There is a big prize at stake here. I’m about to post my 4th entry and it’s really good. As soon as I can get this last one edited…you’ll see.

  21. dorothy salomon said:

    I always look forward to your next recipe. I love the way you present them and how easy they are. Most of all, how delicious and healthy these recipes are.
    Keep on “jittering”

  22. dorothy salomon said:

    I think I signed your post on lentils a while ago. If not, where do I find it

  23. nextstopispureland said:

    Dear Holly, your business card caught my eye in Votre Sante this week. Lovely blog you’re creating here. Thank you!

    • So glad you told me. A Votre Sante is a great health food store. My very first Jittery Cook post included their miso, which I had never used before.
      I leave my cards in a few choice spots but this is the first time I’ve heard back from anyone. Glad you like the site. Hope you subscribe. There are 96 posts so far. In 3 weeks I’ll be in the triple digits!

  24. We have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award because we think your blog is pretty awesome!


    • Thanks, likewise! I have linked to you in an upcoming blog…my 100th post, I think, as I was inspired by one of your chicken recipes. Connecting with you guys and other like minded bloggers has made this experience oh so much more rewarding.

  25. Bonjour Holly! Yay, I am not alone in a world where there are endless untested recipes being published. I envy that you live in the best city in Canada — for shopping, food and culture. 🙂 Subscribed to both blogs and happy cooking!

    Cynnie, Edmonton

  26. Allyson said:

    Hi Holly, I’d like to send you an email outlining an idea for upcoming blog posts including providing a prize pack for you and one of your readers. Could you kindly contact me?
    Many thanks in advance,

  27. Hi Holly – I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve just nominated your blog for a “Blog of the Year 2012” award. Just follow this link for details: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

    • Mind? I’m honoured! It has been quite the trip – my first whole year of blogging. I still remember worrying that each post was my last as I’d never come up with another idea. You are a doll! Grazie tanto Tom!!!

      • Holly – It was my pleasure. I’ve only been blogging since late July, so when I was awarded the rank of “Brigadier” you can imagine how pleased I was. Continue the good work and don’t over boil the water or burn the toast. Abientot!

  28. You don’t look old enough to be an empty nester!! I understand the pangs of wanting to become a grandmother. I too, can not wait for that wonderful day!
    Your blog is lovely!

  29. “Who is the Jittery Cook? jittery cook” ended up
    being a wonderful blog post. If it included more images it
    would definitely be quite possibly more effective. Regards -Burton

    • I agree with you and I was just thinking the same thing. I am going to either find some existing photos or take some new ones asap. Thanks for the feedback Burton! Much appreciated.

  30. You have one good looking family!

  31. eva kornfeld said:

    i see that your vacation pictures are taken in Israel!
    That’s where I am from !
    Like your recipies very much!

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  35. I think you and the website are fantastic. The way you write and what you write about are so inviting… – Dr. MO

    • Thanks Dr MO! It’s been an amazing journey. I never imagined having this kind of connection with so many people. When I examine the blog stats it freaks me out that there are almost 100,000 page views! That’s a lot of connecting. I’m so grateful that I’m learning and passing on what I’m learning all at once. Ain’t life grand?


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  37. Marian Hoppenheim said:

    I’m so glad I happened to sit beside you
    Friday evening.
    Of course I checked your blog. What fun.
    I love it. So interesting. So many topics
    and directions.
    Especially that you’re in Montreal.
    Makes it more fun.


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