about

Hello and thanks for stopping by!

My name is Jayme Henderson. I’m originally from Lakeland, Florida, but I’ve made my home here in the beautiful state of Colorado. Occupationally speaking, I am a full-time, CMS-certified sommelier at a busy Denver restaurant. In other words, wine takes up a big part of my life. I co-curate a wine list, create custom pairings with the restaurant’s cuisine, and create cocktails for a living. I have the best kind of homework.

I am also a self-taught photographer, home cook, and backyard gardener. You can often find me gardening in my backyard, cooking in the kitchen, preserving the harvest, foraging along the Front Range or fixing up the house with my boyfriend fiancΓ©, almost always accompanied by our two cats, Kazu and Ash. Our gardening habit has led us to tear up our front yard and almost any exposed area to fill it up with herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

I created this blog in 2012 with the goal of documenting the growth in my garden and the excitement in my kitchen. Since then, this space has blossomed into a creative outlet for me, another sanctuary, parallel to the one I’ve cultivated outside my backdoor. I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey as much as I have, so far.

holly & flora

I post here at least once a week, highlighting the happenings in my garden, in the glass, and at our home here on Holly Street. I create garden-to-glass cocktails and recipes, using the vegetables and herbs I grow in the backyard garden. I am always ready for an excuse to open a bottle of wine – to pair with a specific dish that we’ve made, to share with a friend who has stopped by, or for no other reason than to simply enjoy wine and the fascination of its various components. It’s both my cherished sanctuary and my much-needed therapy. I’ll raise a glass and challenge you to the best margarita possible. One of my best friends {hey, Sta-Tasty!!} and I solidified our friendship over a bar-bet which involved some serious arm wrestling, so BRING IT.

Spoiler alert: I won. πŸ˜‰

blood orange wine cocktails with campari + thyme | holly & flora

I also have the joy of being a wine and cocktail columnist for the Kitchn, a comprehensive, engaging, and essential resource for any home cook. I post my wine finds and offer helpful pairing suggestions there at least twice a month, along with creative cocktails and the occasional gardening piece. I also contribute seasonal “food gift”Β recipes, along with accompanying cocktail recipes, every month over at the story-driven blogΒ and online shop,Β Eat Boutique.

As of April 2016, my fiancΓ© and I are in the midst of planning a move out to the western slope of Colorado to farm a vineyard and eventually make our own wine. I cannot wait to share more about our dream and document its evolution along the way. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Feel free to contact me with questions, a simple hello, or other opportunities at hollyandflora {at} gmail {dot} com. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs are my own, using my Nikon D90 DSLR Nikon D7200 and my iPhone 5s, so please give proper attribution, if you decide to re-post one in a round-up or feature. You can also find me on my other favorite platform, Instagram.

Thank you so much for saying hello!

Jayme

{Thank you, Sarah, for the lovely photo you took of me about to crack up laughing, above!!}

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16 thoughts on “about

  1. Ecospired

    I love your blog! Very inspiring. I’m really thinking about getting CSA (I’m in California) but I’m worried it’s too much fruits/vegetables for one person!

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    1. jayme marie Post author

      Thanks so much! You should absolutely get a CSA membership – even for one! It forces you to learn a lot about preserving and cooking – sometimes I would receive a vegetable that I knew nothing about and was forced to learn how to prepare it (kohlrabi, for example). A lot of CSAs have single shares available, too. I am sure that you have an awesome array of CSA programs to choose from out there in CA!

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  2. Meredith

    This blog is awesome! I think it is so interesting that you’re a sommelier and mixologist! How did you get into that line of work? What books would you recommend on wine and spirits?

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    1. jayme marie Post author

      Hi, Meredith! Thanks for the compliments! I do love my job; it is constantly challenging me and stretching my creativity. My background is eduction, and I was actually a mutual funds advisor for a short stint. I made a choice a few years ago to follow my desires, and the work has come my way. Combined with my love of gardening and cooking, studying wine and pairing food have become central to my daily life. What books do I recommend on wine and spirits? Here are a few good ones…

      The Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
      The Modern Mixologist, by Tony Abou-Ganim, with Mary Elizabeth Faulkner
      Artisanal Cocktails, by Scott Beattie
      What to Drink With What You Eat, by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
      Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, by Ted Haigh
      The Drunken Botanist, by Amy Stewart
      Great Wine Made Simple, by Andrea Immer Robinson, MS
      The Wine Bible, by Karen MacNeil
      Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course
      Wine for Dummies, by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan
      How to Taste, by Jancis Robinson
      The Oxford Companion to Wine, by Jancis Robinson

      I hope this list helps! Some are on the basic side, and others are more detailed. All the best in your wine and cocktail endeavors!

      Oh, and this one, too: The Craft of the Cocktail, by Dale DeGroff

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  3. emily

    Hello! Just wanted to post a quick THANKS for including the pig & quill in your blogroll. πŸ™‚ It’s always so humbling to see other talented bloggers sharing the love! (LOVE those jalapeno-infused blood orange margaritas, by the way — I’m a sucker for a spicy cocktail!) xoxo, Em

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    1. jayme marie Post author

      Emily! I have been on a blog-vacation for about a month – I guess I’ve been making too many margaritas! Thanks so much for your kind words! And you are so welcome – I love your blog and your sense of humor! I’ll be back for more! πŸ˜‰ XO, Jayme

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  4. oawritingspoemspaintings

    I live in a apartment & try to make the most of my balcony & kitchen (!) experimenting with the planting of any seed I can get my hands on mostly from my own food beginning with local as apple seeds leek onion tomato & garlic to exotic as litchis pomegranate lemons kiwis but they are only less than a year old…
    I have a lot of pleasure from my victories (they do feel like that!) & take my failed projects as just that & focus on the growth of what takes root which would be nice if I could apply as a life philosophy πŸ˜‰
    I am looking forward to following πŸ™‚

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    1. jayme marie Post author

      I actually enjoy the challenges of small spaces – do you use a lot of containers on your balcony? I am drying to try planting a lemon tree. Wow, kiwis!? How are they faring? I agree with you about your perspective on failed projects. I just realize I can’t change what happened, but I can take that new knowledge and apply it in the future (it just sucks, when planting experiments fail, because of all the time you put into the projects!). Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

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      1. oawritingspoemspaintings

        Yes, you do put indeed a lot of time & effort & you become attached to them too!
        What I did after trial & error is to let my most exotic plants as lemons,kiwis,pomegranates,litchis all in my kitchen throughout but I have to put on the plant a (open,cut at the bottom) bottle which has the greenhouse effect or they die from cold πŸ™‚
        The rest I “babysit” in the kitchen during winter & bring them on to the balcony around April.
        Wishing you the best of luck for your projects! Let me know how they are doing if you do the exotic ones too, if you need any more details I’d be glad to be of help!
        Have a lovely week πŸ™‚

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