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Introducing: Jennifer Reynolds, editor-in-chief

By: Jennifer Reynolds

Photography by Michael Alberstat Author: Canadian Living Credits: Photography by Michael Alberstat

Community & Current Events

Introducing: Jennifer Reynolds, editor-in-chief

By: Jennifer Reynolds
I'm the new girl here at Canadian Living, so let me tell you a little bit about the fun things I've been up to so far. As you can imagine, we have a large team of passionate journalists, editors, chefs, art directors, photographers and graphic designers, and lots of space for desks, fashion and beauty samples that come in and out, craft supplies, and piles and piles of books and magazines. But the jewel of our office is certainly The Test Kitchen. On my first day, I walked into this gigantic room with more appliances and counter space than you could ever imagine, and I was blown away by the beauty of the space and warmed by the liveliness and energy that radiated from it.

On my second day, I visited the kitchen to find Food specialist Amanda Barnier working on the gluten-free baking story you enjoyed in the May issue. I had a bite of her strawberry rhubarb pie (my favourite kind!) and really enjoyed it, but Annabelle Waugh, our food guru, knew it could be better. So it was back to the drawing board to try it all over again. And then again. I just happened to be walking into the kitchen when the fifth version of the pie came out of the oven (OK, I could smell it from my office and made a calculated trip). As the flakiest pastry melted in my mouth, I truly understood the Canadian Living commitment to creating the best recipes that work every single time. This pie certainly had been Tested Till Perfect! If you missed the recipe, you can find it at canadianliving.com/glutenfreepie.

By my fifth week, we were working on the rib story you'll find in the magazine starting on page 137. The development for this feature took two glorious meat-eating weeks, and we were collectively 80 pounds heavier. Luckily, week seven had us noshing on healthy superfoods like kale, quinoa and watermelon.

The highlight of week nine was when the best pulled pork I've ever had came out of the slow cooker tasting like juicy, delicious perfection. When that saucy meat hit the bun with fresh coleslaw on top (the recipe is on page 150), it was such a thing of beauty that we knew it had to be our June cover.

As you can tell, I love food. And you may be thinking you've seen me before. Maybe you know me from the six years I spent at Canadian Family magazine. You may have watched one of my regular segments on CTV's "Canada AM," or perhaps you remember seeing me on one of HGTV Canada's many shows, talking about gardening and landscape design. I'm a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a pet lover, a feminist, a pretty good cook, a half-marathon runner, a ball hockey player, an on-again-off- again CrossFitter, a shoe lover, a nature lover, an adventurer and, most days, just an all-around goofball. I am a proud Canadian, and I am over-the- moon excited to be sitting in the editor-in-chief seat at Canadian Living. (Pinch me!)

I hope you like what you see. We have lots of fun planned for the next few issues and are dreaming up fresh ideas every day. What's most exciting is that we're just getting started!

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This story is the editor's letter "Pleased to Meet You" in the June 2013 issue.

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