Kitchen Gone Rogue
Hi – I’m Kelly Haffner, a PR and marketing pro by day … a food blogger, recipe creator and food photographer by night (and travel adventurer by weekend).
Kitchen Gone Rogue was born out of a fun idea my husband and I had during our first free weekend after a year spent remodeling our fixer upper house. We are both foodies and love trying out new restaurants and other venues, so we thought — wouldn’t it be fun to share our food adventures online?
It didn’t take long for me to take our leisurely idea and turn it into something more, taking the ball, running with the idea and expanding it by building a website, creating a social media presence and adding recipes to the mix (and then more and more recipes …). Then learning more about food photography (my new passion). I have always loved cooking and concocting new recipes. It’s both calming and energizing for me after a day spent in meetings or, more often, planted in front of a computer. I also have a dairy allergy, so creating and adapting/re-making recipes (especially desserts) has been a necessity for someone who loves food so much!
We Met Over Bologna Sandwiches …
Jason and I met at a food event, making sandwiches for homeless people. Through the reviews corner on this website (a.k.a. Foodies Gone Rogue), we share our take on food, beer, restaurants, cool places we visit and whatever else we feel like sharing. If we love something, we’ll tell you. If we don’t, we’ll tell you that too. Because we love to eat so much, we try to stay active by biking, kayaking, hiking, dancing (Kelly), golfing (Jason) and visiting museums and festivals. You’ll also catch us being incredibly lazy, binge-watching HGTV, car shows (Jason’s favorite) and food shows (Kelly’s fav).
More About Kelly
Although I was a picky eater as a young child, I have always enjoyed and appreciated food (and will eat almost anything now). Inspired by my mom, a talented home cook and baker, I love to prepare delicious meals and desserts for my family and guests. As a single working mom much of my life, I know how to cook on a budget (and tight timeline). “Power cooking” several meals at a time was a regular Sunday event, so we could eat healthy throughout our crazy busy week, without breaking the bank or turning to fast food. With my kids in college now, I have the luxury of more time to cook, write down my recipes and get creative in the kitchen (FUN!). Most of my recipes are dairy-free, thanks to an allergy to cow’s milk I developed as an adult. Some of my favorite culinary creations use coconut milk, almond milk and/or a little goat or sheep cheese (Manchego is my favorite). You won’t find one particular theme here — I love just about anything, from vegetables to desserts. I try to keep it healthy, but sometimes you just have to indulge! During my career, I have worked with several food, chef and restaurant clients, and as a business owner, most of my meetings are over lunch, at new and favorite places across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
More About Jason
When Jason’s day job allows, he is my adventure partner. He’s also a stellar (a.k.a. picky) taste-tester and recipe sampler. Despite a bad sense of smell, he can take a quick bite of something and tell you what spices were used. Early in his life, he worked as a cook, and he loves everything from burger and beer joints to high-end restaurants. Because of his day job, he has the opportunity to travel across Texas and beyond, sampling new and out of the way honey holes that he is now willing to share (with me and Kitchen Gone Rogue’s followers).