Tonia Schemmel

Hi, I’m Tonia, and I am so happy to be here creating recipes for you!  One of my many passions is creating wholesome, delicious food for my family and friends.  From a young age, I was enthralled with my German grandma’s kitchen where food, straight from grandpa’s garden combined with family, was central to everything.

Food has remained a focus in my life from starting the restaurant Mizuna with Sylvia, along with catering, farm-to-table dinners, personal cheffing, and cooking for my family.   I find the ritual of sitting down to a home-cooked meal deeply nourishing in so many ways.

I am lucky to call San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest home where I live with my husband Mike, our kids Zalee and Fin, and dog Bo who all keep me active and inspired!


Suwanee Lennon

Suwanee Lennon

Hi, Iā€™m Suwanee, a Thai-American photographer & food enthusiast living in the PNW with my husband and two young kiddos.

As a first-generation immigrant who came to the US at the age of 13 to live with an American family in the Midwest (Wisconsin), I missed my Thai food so terribly that I started experimenting and teaching myself to cook Thai food ever since.Ā  You can read more about my story here.Ā 

After college, I got married and moved around the world with my Air Force husband and became a professional portrait and wedding photographer. After having my kids, I wanted a career where I could be home with my babies while doing something I love. So I started my Thai food blog, www.simplysuwanee.com as a way to reconnect and learn more about my Thai cuisine.

Iā€™m also a passionate photographer who loves to play around with my camera in my kitchen. Then when Iā€™m done with that, I like to point my camera at my kids, husband, pets, and any other living things that will let me take photos of them. šŸ˜‰

I truly love sharing tasty Thai recipes and bringing a little bit of my Thai culture to your kitchen. Food is such a huge part of Thai culture, and we truly believe that sharing and eating food with others just makes life so much better.

I hope my recipes bring great delight to your heart and home!