about lola


My name is Lesley and if you came by looking for cutting-edge recipes, exotic flowers and drop-dead photos, you’re probably in the wrong place. I love to create fresh and delicious food, avoiding processed foods as much as possible. I love eating real, whole ingredients, preferably from my own garden. I love the smell of dirt and truly enjoy growing my own veggies, herbs and flowers. I live just outside of the Rockford area in Northern Illinois and am lucky to have a good plot of land to grow stuff on.

I also enjoy canning, fermenting and preserving food and learning new techniques in doing so. When I’ve worked really hard at growing something, it comes naturally to me to want to preserve some of it. Photography is just a side passion of mine; food and flowers being my favorite subjects. I also love to remodel and decorate, which consumes my life more than I’m willingly going to admit here. I especially enjoy curling up with a good book, preferably while enjoying a nice glass of red wine or three.

Lola Rugula is a pen name that I created in my head many moons ago and I finally decided to put it to use. The original play was on the word “Arugula”, which is one of my all-time favorite foods. The “Lol” that’s left is simply by happenstance, though I’ll be the first to admit I’m pretty goofy sometimes.

Here on my site, you’ll find easy, delicious recipes, gardening tips and even a couple of design tips along the way.  Cooking should be fun and a little bit adventurous; I always tell people that you can’t be afraid to play with your food and I mean it. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll find something here that touches a chord or inspires you to leave a comment – I would love to hear from you.

As a side note – all of the content and photos here are my own and are copyrighted – you may not use them without my permission.