Meet “The Girl”

Hi, I’m Christy Denney and I am a foodaholic.CDenney -153
I am the mother to three wild and crazy boys and two sweet little girls. I grew up in Mesa, Arizona and am the youngest of ten kids. I love to dance. I took ballet and contemporary dance for 14 years. I also played the viola for 10 years so music is a big part of my life. Which is why on any given day, you can find me in the kitchen with the tunes cranking!
I graduated from BYU with a degree in Computer Science and worked at a Forensic Science software company until I had my first son in 2005 but I still get in the trenches every once in a while. We’ve been living in sunny Florida for 10 years now where my husband plays for the Miami Dolphins.
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December 2015
I have always loved food but didn’t really start cooking and baking until I got married and realized I needed to feed this huge man! We’ve been married 14 years and The Man Who Ate Everything gets the benefits of the dishes that turn out and stomaches the ones that don’t.
July 2011
General Mills 2017
The one question people ALWAYS ask how I am not 500 lbs and the answer is…hmm…I don’t know. I do like running and am slowly, ever slowly learning moderation. But I really, really love to eat.
Betty Crocker Kitchens – November 2010

I started working for Tablespoon and General Mills in October of 2010 doing freelance writing and recipe development. I couldn’t ask for a better company to work for. I just recently ended my work there to make more room for my crazy life with five kids.

Betty Crocker Food Styling Kitchen – November 2010
Betty Crocker Kitchens – November 2010

Betty Crocker Kitchens – 2017

Me and Betty Crocker – 2017


For more about me and the blog check the FAQ page.

Speak Your Mind



  1. Thank you very much for sharing all your recipes with us, you’re a true source of inspiration! =)

  2. can you use a bread machine to make your rolls

  3. I just discovered your blog while browsing on pinterest. Everything looks amazing and I cant wait to taste your recipes. I really wish I had your metabolism! You have a lovely family. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Just discovered your blog on Pinterest and I am in love with so many of your recipes! I do not cook at all but i am so excited to try them. Anytime you want to have me over for dinner, i wouldn’t mind. hahaha

  5. My husband loves bread pudding and I have been promising to make it for a long time. Well tonight is the night he gets his wish “Blueberry Croissant Puff”. He loved it!!!!

  6. I used to refer to myself as the girl who eats anything,.,. and then I stumbled across your blog, LOVE that you love good food as much as I do! You definitely inspired me to rekindle my love for cooking and to get back to basics and make some AWESOME classic italian food (referencing your panzanella recipe).

  7. Julie Holle-Krause says:

    Thank you for inspiring me to cook. I’ve been living on take out and sandwiches for years. I am beginning to get a passion for cooking. Thanks to you and Ina Garten, I’m learning about the artistry of cooking. God bless you and your precious family.
    Love always,

  8. Phil Cardenas says:

    On a whim, I Googled Cafe Rio’s tomatillo ranch dressing and found your site. After living in Provo for 14 years, (yes, BYU grad!) and now living in San Antonio, I’m having major Cafe Rio withdrawals. You are right–if they would only franchise a CR here in SA, I would personally keep them in business!!! So glad i found you–I’ll look forward to the other recipes.

  9. I love your recipes! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  10. Hi,Christy, I really enjoy your recipes i’ve tried a few but,have been still looking up more.Your doing an awesome job especially with having young kids to look after…thank you for your recipes they sure have come in handy for me and my family is basically grown..thank you again Debbie

  11. I cant believe I never made peanut butter & jelly cupcakes. Stumbled onto your site & saw your receipe sounds yummy, will try this wknd. Love baking, & love peanut butter & jelly, but like u, moderation is my mantra, plus lots of yoga. Keep.doing what your doing:)

  12. Great recipes and wonderful family too, Christy!

  13. Beautiful family and AWESOME recipes ! Can’t wait to make my kids the taco rolls and buffalo chicken potato casserole this weekend ! Thank you soooo much for sharing ! 🙂

  14. I cooked professionally for 17 years. I just want to say I really enjoy your recipes and ideas about food. I visit your website often for inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing with everyone!

  15. trinidad lemus says:

    Hola soy amiga de su hermano el esta prestando su mision aqui en colombia y queremos preparar algo que les recuerde lo que su mamá le preparaba rico y especial por fabor podria enviarme al correo una receta especial para preparar con el gracias

  16. Congratulations, your blog like I hope I inspire ‘, if you like have a look at my recipe Italian

  17. Regarding the Monster Cookie Dough Dip….is there something I can use to replace the cream cheese? It sounds amazing and I would love to make it, but am wondering if it will be just as good if I leave out the cream cheese, or use a substitute…..
    Thanks…really enjoying your website!!

  18. I am more than happy (and impressed) that I found your web site. I will be trying your chicken gyros recipe tonight. p.s. You have a beautiful family 🙂

  19. What a lovely family. Food looks amazing. Something to aspire to.

  20. Hi! I just came across one of your recipes on Pinterest while looking for something to make, (chocolate chip cookie pizza YUM) and I am very excited to try out all of your other recipes. Keep baking!

  21. Hi, Christy! I am SO grateful to you for sharing your recipes with the rest of us Moms trying to balance flavor with nutrition. I was concerned when our family went to a whole-food menu, but your talent has made the feeding frenzy a pleasure to prepare! You have an entire boys hockey team begging me to bring something to every game day (they play 2 games back-to-back every weekend or so). It is an honor to bring them healthy snacks for between-game fuel and something more hearty on nights we travel. I am sure with your husband as a professional athlete and three boys, you know how particular they are about their meals. Thanks from the Adirondacks (upstate NY)! You make me look good. 🙂

  22. Christi Smith says:

    Amazing recipes!!x

  23. I love your Blog/web page and Tweets! Wonderful! Thank you so much <3

  24. Thank you for inspiring me with your story. You are an amazing woman. I love your recipes and appreciate you sharing them.

  25. Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas and my husband said this is the best thing I have ever eaten! We have ot to have a dinner party and you need to cook these! Also, he said don’t loss this recipe!!

  26. You have a beautiful family and I LOVE your recipes. The meals are very simple to make and I love that you have pictures to go with the recipes. Can you start a Gluten Free website that is only GF meals. Thank you sooo much and by the way I love to eat everything too. Keep up the very good work!!! I will share on facebook

  27. Nice

  28. Suzy McGregor says:

    Hi there Im from Adelaide South Australia and im really excited to try ur recipes. You do have a gorgeous family im really happy for you. Ill keep you posted as I go, so nice to meet you 🙂

  29. Yentl Helene Bohm says:

    Thank you also from Germany for sharing recipes with us 😉

  30. Diane Shleibak says:

    Read your “about me” and I have an official lady crush. You are super cool. Keep doing what you’re doing pls!

  31. I know it shouldn’t matter, but finding out you are married to an NFL player makes me like you even more 😉
    You have a great blog! Thank you so much for sharing all of your recipes with us!!

  32. I’m 15. I really wanna prove my parents that I can cook, and actually do something. but I just dont have the things too make all the ideas in my head. but your story inspires me more. God Bless!

  33. So sorry your Facebook page was hacked. However, I’ve found your web page and can follow your blog posts via email. LOVE what you share with us!

  34. Julie Sanchez says:

    Love your recipes!!! I just got back from leaving my niece in Utah to attend UVU and was introduced to Café Rio…I ended up eating there every day! Mexican food and sweets are my downfall! I just have a quick question…what is cookie butter?

  35. Hi Christy,
    Love your Blog and recipes! You have a beautiful family and love that your hubby plays for
    the Miami Dolphins!! Love football!! I actually live in Delray Beach so we both live in South Fl!!
    I have to confess and tell you I am a Huge Vikings fan!!(sorry) can’t help it, both sides of my family are from Minnesota. And the funny thing is I grew up in the Chicago suburbs!! Could never live that down.. “The Bears”
    Thanks for the great recipes and love your story!1Keep em’ coming!!

  36. Carla Humphries-Hill says:

    I love your recipes!! I love cooking too and I’m always looking for new, different and delicious dishes. thanks for sharing

  37. Your recipes are fabulous and I loved that you answered the question “Why are you not 500lbs?”. As a coach, I really try to teach people balance and moderation. People who try to deny themselves all things delicious just set themselves up for failure. I will be visiting your page again for some ideas on weekend indulgences!

  38. I’m still in elementary, but my older brother initiated a love of cooking in me at a young age. When we found this blog, we were instantly hooked!

  39. I just tried your Best Shrimp Ever, yesterday! It was fantastic and will be added to my personal cookbook. I wonder how it would be substituting Ranch dressing for the Italian? Shrimp are on sale, here, this week!!

  40. Hi! I found you on Pinterest and my family and I instantly fell in love with you. I am a stay-at-home-mother of a 2 year old wild and crazy boy and a sweet 1 year old little lady (not to mention a wife to a 6’4″) Husband). Yesterday, I made your “melt in your mouth pumpkin cookies” along with a few other recipes and I cannot get enough. Your recipes are so easy to follow and I am very entertained reading the stories behind those recipes of yours. Great job and I am so impressed with your story. Thanks!!

  41. Hello!

    I found your apple muffins recipe as I was searching for a recipe without baking powder– they turned out deelish! But I was curious to read your “about me” page and found it so uncanny how much I have in common with you! I’m the youngest of 10 as well, grew up in Phoenix, Az, and have a passion in dance and music! It is why I moved to NYC for a career in dance. :). And the most common trait – I love love love food~ I love baking and cooking. Thanks for the recipes. I will enjoy making some new dishes for my hubby and three kids…

    Keep it up, fellow sister! And many blessings to your gorgeous family!!

  42. Your recipe are awesome. love your blog.

  43. Love your recipes. Always looking for enjoyable easy recipes. Keep me on your Facebook

  44. OMG I don’t cook but these are soooo adorable – I sent the link to a bunch of my friends (Hope I get some at Christmas 🙂

  45. Your recipe ideas are fantastic. I am a recent college grad who has always enjoyed cooking. I can cook all of the basic meals with basic seasonings, but have been dying to try new, adventurous, more creative meals. Your website is a great eye opener!

  46. I looked up your hard boiled egg recipe. OK, I’ll start with cold water. But do you know about shacking the eggs in cold water to peel them. Google it, it works! I’ve known about this for several years now and the idea also came from a fireman.

  47. Hi Christy! I am the Captain of Madonna University’s Love Your Melon Campus Crew located in Livonia, Michigan. I am reaching out to those individual’s who I believe would be willing to make a difference. I would like to personally invite you to participate in Love Your Melon’s “Celebrity Challenge.” It is a competition through December 31st between colleges throughout the U.S. in which campus crews seek out individuals with more than 10,000 followers or likes on their social media pages in a desire to shine light on Love Your Melon’s worthy cause, which is to give a hat to every child battling cancer in America, fund childhood cancer research initiatives and provide immediate support for children and their families. It is as simple as posting a picture wearing a hat that we will provide you free of charge on all of your social media outlets. Please feel free to reach out to me if this is something you might be interested in. I would be more than willing to provide you with more information. Also, you can check out Love Your Melon at Thank you in advance for you time. It is most appreciated.


    Madonna University Love Your Melon Crew Captain

    PS. My mom is a HUGE fan!

  48. hey , everything here looks so tastaaay :'( <3 any recipes for diet or healthy eating ?

  49. I am new to following blogs and yours is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing you talents with us. I ‘m inspired to try new recipes again.

  50. The only actor of the original four not showing their age was Chewy.

  51. Sorry posted to wrong page about the Star Wars thing. Did, however, print and am going to make your Pecan Pie Muffins. They sound delish.

  52. Daisy Stauffenecker says:

    I REALLY REALLY like your Mini Cheese cakes with the Oreos. I made them for my family and they turned out great!!!! This is now my new favorite website for cooking!!!! And my next dessert will probably be somthing from YOUR website. THANK YOU SOOOOOOO much

    ~Daisy Stauffenecker.

    PS: Im a big fan of your husband

  53. Your site is *fantastic* – found it a few years ago when I was looking for a knock off Cafe Rio tomatillo dressing recipe. The top notch pictures really help a guy like me that has trouble visualizing what a dish looks like. We’ve made all sorts of dishes you’ve posted and they’ve all been successful. Just wanted you to know that this Arkansas family appreciates your efforts.

  54. Thank you so much for the Panera Bread broccoli soup recipe. I made it today and it was delicious. Will try more of your recipes.

  55. Thank you sooo much for the Brownie Pudding recipe. It is AMAZING.

  56. Evelyn S. Bailey says:

    Hi Christy i’m so glad to have found you and all your wonderful recipes. I can’t wait to try everything it all looks so good and my picky children cannot object to all your wonderful recipes. I on the other hand have many allergies to foods and am looking for recipes that are dairy free, salt free, and animal protein free and still taste good….have any suggestions? i’m stumped when it comes to dinner and i am tired of eating plain salads and vegetables. I have heard that you need a lot of protein to lose weight (although i know this is not your expertise) i was wondering if you have any good recipes that are high protein but not animal protein and are salt and dairy free. No worries if you can’t find any recipes for me, i know it’s difficult because i have been looking for a very long time. Thank You and have a very blessed day.

  57. Dear Christy,

    I must say i was very lucky to find your blog, i am a chef, who studied culinary arts, but you know what i really love that i can see the passion and love for food which you have.

    i think your recipes are very nice indeed and stories are great! well done.

    i wish your all the success !

  58. Christy,
    I just found your site yesterday for the first time and love it!
    You are gorgeous, I love your writing, and I have never found a site where there are more delectable sounding recipes!
    Sending my thanks, love, and best wishes to you!

  59. Maureen Conklin says:

    I have a bread machine and would love to use it more. Do you have any good recipes and or ideas and ways to use the machine, I have lost the instructions, and I know there is a certain order to put the ingredients in.

  60. New to your website/blog..great layout and easy to follow recipes!!
    look forward to seeing/reading more..

  61. Michele (Packer) Butler says:

    Are you kidding me!!?? “The Girl” is Christy??!! I’ve loved on your blog a few times over the years and had no idea it was you! So fun to read about ya and the fun things you’re doing. Keep it up …. this is awesome! Hope you’re doing well! 🙂

  62. Brenda Robinson says:

    Christy, I am in love with your broccoli cheddar soup. It’s awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  63. JASKA RUSSELL says:

    My daughter and I are starting a cookbook. Any advise? Did you find a publisher or self-publish. We have just started our blog “Ya’ll come on in” . You can find us on Facebook too. Would love anything you could be willing to share with us. Thank you. P.S. Just ordered your cookbook, can’t wait to get it.

    • Thank you so much! I had several publishers approach me over the years and I just waited until I felt it was right. You can definitely turn in cookbook proposals to publishing companies that you like. They approached me because my blog already had a following which makes it easier for them to sell books.

  64. You are amazing Mom, truly an inspirational. A very smart, successful and great Mom for sure. I was so inspired with your talents and a loving heart in sharing your thoughts ! Thank you very much for your blog.

  65. Thanks for your recipes. I am new to Pinterest and was familiarizing myself with it and you happen to catch my interest. Which is kinda cool as I am also a Miami Dolphin fan and have been for many many years.
    Thanks again :))

  66. You have a very beautiful family; they are lucky peoples!

  67. I would love you to have an app with recipes and videos!!!

  68. Thank you for helping me to help my wife to spice up my (pasta) lunch box. It is a gym related thing, eating semolina pasta and other salad for lunch at work. Newcastle, KZN, South Africa.

  69. Thank you for all the great recipes! You have a wonderful family. I am a horrible cook, but I was searching up how to slice watermelons into sticks one day because I was bored and discovered this great website! And I successfully cut a watermelon into refreshing sticks. Have you tried frozen watermelon? Frozen watermelon, grapes, and blueberries are really good. I even tried making a popsicle with the fruit frozen inside it. Do you have a recipe for that? Keep cooking! 😉

  70. You’re recipe for Mexican Stuffed Shells is one of my all time favorites. Thank you for sharing your love of cooking.

  71. You have a recipe for Chicken Enchilada Roll Ups that I love. Can you use the canned chicken breast in place of the regular or rotisserie chicken breasts? If so, would you use 1 can per chicken breast? Thanks.

  72. Christy, Please tell me what I did wrong. I made these muffin sized Pineapple upside cakes and they are delicious, but when I turned them out all the pineapple stuck in the pan. I had to spoon it over the muffins. I sprayed plenty of Pam in the tins so I don’t know what happened. Please reply.
    Thank You, Jean Arbuckle

  73. Oh my, oh me! I’m 75 year old who can’t think of anything new to cook (or anything old) until I ran on to your wonderful recipes sent out by Pinterest and took time to browse through them. Now I am excited about cooking again and am going out and get your cookbook! I had forgotten all about Swedish meatballs, and
    next to make will be pumpkin cream cheese muffins. Thanks for being an inspiration for an old gal!!

  74. Hi Christy!
    I’ve known about your fabulous blog for a while, but just took the time to read about you personally tonight. We have lots in common and it would be so fun to meet and chat someday! I’m a mom by day, food blogger by night, graduate from BYU (Idaho), and I have played the Viola for many years as well :0) I was wondering if you were planning to attend Everything Food Conference in SLC next May?
    I wish you and your blog all the best!

  75. Dig your site with the ideas , and a big fan of the unsung work your husband does for the Dolphins .
    Will bust a grub . Merry Christmas to you and your family . Thanks John for your accuracy and tenacity .

  76. You are a beautiful lady with a beautiful family. Bless you for the pico de gallo. FYI, I like my pico grilled and I eat it on near everything.

  77. My Daughters and I love cooking together. I see a lot of memories being made, using your recipes. 🙂

    Thank you so much!

  78. Glad to find your blog. I have already pinned your vegetable soup. You have a beautiful family. And, my name is Teresa Denney. You need to meet our sons and their little Denney’s.

  79. I made your Taco Lasagna the other night and it was AMAZING! 🙂

  80. Mary Anne Matheson says:

    Your Crunchy Pea Salad sounds delicious. Please tell me what kind of dressing you used in the video. It looks creamy so could not be zesty Italian as stated.

    Thank You!

  81. The blueberry recipes without lemon caught my eye. My husband is allergic to lemons and it seems they’re in every blueberry recipe. Thank you for making without, please your easy recipes. FYI, I see your husband plays for the Dolphins. My husband has been a Dolphins fan since 1971 (but has never even been to Miami!). I look forward to more of your recipes.

  82. I like your blog – have been following for a few years now. I’ve tried a number of your recipes that I really like. However, I really dislike the new auto-playing (with sound!!) videos. I admittedly sometimes view your site at work, and to have the music suddenly play is disjointing and I have to rush to find and shut it off. Autoplay without sound, or better yet, let me hit play would be great. Just my opinion. Thanks!

  83. Howdy Hi! 🙂 Will you please add me to your mailing address that I may receive your wonderful recipes? 🙂 Thank you, ahead of time! 🙂

  84. Kathy Fletcher says:

    HI-you have a beautiful family. I am 56 yrs old- recently have lost around 40 pounds and I need to loose more- so can you tell me some healthy- good food to eat that will not taste like cardboard and is easy to make? I need all the help I can get…..

  85. You are quite the awesome lady and God bless you. Now, I do not believe you about all you say you eat, you are just lovely and I see not a sign of fat on you 🙂 I think you are telling us a fib 🙂 But then with five beautiful children, I would have been skinny too 🙂 God Bless you and just keep the wonderful recipes coming, hugs to you and yours, Mary B.

  86. Thank you for sharing your recipes! I recently became chief cook and bottle-washer for my small household. I appreciate the reliable, quick, tasty recipes you’ve posted. No weird ingredients, no “at the last minute …,” no hours at the stove, no 20 billion steps, yet plenty of flavor and variety. When I want a new recipe, this is the first place I come now.

  87. Meet to you

  88. Bess Eberhardt-Cox says:

    Glad I Found your website and blog. Excited to try some of your recipes.

  89. Laurie Bogema says:

    I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! I just made your ‘Best Sweet Cornbread ‘ and you were 100% correct… It is THE BEST I have ever made (and I have made a lot!). I even made it gluten-free and my family devoured it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  90. Hi there! Hope your family stayed safe & dry & Irma didn’t wash you away. Hope things return to normal for you soon!

  91. Hey girl! I had no idea about your background!
    In my house it’s Bills, Broncos & brownies!
    I also love food and workout to enjoy it!
    Which is bad I hear, but hey – there’s worse addictions…:P
    Long story short (which is never true but said all the time!)
    I’m making this recipe for MY pregnant daughter.
    She’s due Dec 1 and the holidays will be hopping here!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Rock on TGWAE!

  92. WOW! What an awesome life you have. Thanks so much for sharing.

  93. Im a 13 year old boy baker with a business and i hope to have a website like yours some day

  94. Carol Feeny Potts says:

    Dear Christy,
    I saw your recipe for Marinated Cheese (I am married into a family where cheese is about as important as oxygen), and thought, “Aha! A fellow (sister) traveler).” I read your comments and saw your photos, and I want you to never listen to people who say the wrong thing, whether intentionally or mindlessly. You are a sweet, dear, giving person. And, you’ve had five kids. No one. Criticizes. You. Ever.
    Thank you for the wonderful webpage, and even more, for wonderful you

  95. Lisa T. Krasovska says:

    Christy dear,
    Thank you so much for an interesting read. I was overseas with my parents, and my mum asked me, “so, what do real Americans cook and eat at home?” You know, there is a stereotype (don’t you hate the word?) that Americans are kinda frumpy people who eat at McDonalds and never cook. Boy, were we surprised after I randomly found your blog! A gorgeous woman with a bunch of the cutest kids and a huge deal of amazing, bright, exotic recipes! Stereotypes, eat that! My mom was very very surprised – “hey, if they all are like that, wow! It’s tough to live up to such standards!” I told her, that you are an exception in many senses 🙂 But nevertheless, we were very impressed. Thank you for destroying the stereotypes – in style!

  96. Hi Christy

    Hope you’re well.

    I’ve just stumbled across your tasty looking blog on Yummly, and absolutely had to get in touch.

    You seem like a hugely successful blogger, whose brains I totally have to pick. Don’t worry I’ll be gentle 🙂

    As an ex-chef turned product designer I want to improve the way people cook, so have come up with a useful little tool called Cookt (

    I just want to get your thoughts on how useful it could be.

    What do you think?

    I’m just starting out with this product, and really want to help, though as a non-blogger I’m a bit lost, so wondered if you had any advice.

    If you could you spare 5 or 10 minutes next week for a Skype chat, or just let me know what you think from here then that would be great.

    I appreciate your help.



  97. Thanks for sharing!

  98. Michelle Payne says:

    Please add me to your list.

  99. What a great story! Just made a modified version of your Healthy Chicken & Vegetable Soup. I can’t wait to try more of your foods.
    Thank you!

  100. i love your recipes. also… im alot like u, i never stop eating and i honestly dont know how im not 1000lbs.

  101. Hi,
    I was wondering if you could email me your easter bunny cake recipe with the diagram on how to cut it. I am a Foods teacher at a high school in NC and was hoping to get the students to make this cake. My email is:
    I would truly appreciate it!

    Tammy Nelson

  102. Hi there,

    Dave Pinna with Cheney Brothers, Inc. Just had the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando tell me they want to start selling Chocolate Covered Key Lime Pie on a stick at the pool this summer?

    Any interest ?

  103. Thanks for sharing information about yourself – beautiful family, and I do wonder how you don’t weigh more . . . . . Just kidding. You look marvelous for having had five kids and working with so many foods!

    I am looking forward to exploring your recipes. Thanks for you work. I found the link to your website on Noom.

  104. I tried your big fat chewy oatmeal raisin cookies….they are excellent….do you have an equally delicious peanut butter cookie?