About Me

In the Kitchen with Vesna, is filled with warm, delicious, and balanced recipes presented alongside step by step photos that will enable the everyday cook to prepare the very best home cooked meals with an international flair! You will find everything from healthy to decadent, simple to intricate and from mouthwatering appetizers to dinner and desserts!

In the Kitchen with Vesna takes the everyday or beginner cook on a multicultural journey of culinary delight. Each recipe has been meticulously refined and simplified through over 30 years of experimentation and practice. It represents highlights from American, Italian and Eastern European cuisine all made easy to prepare and enjoy. Each recipe comes complete with a step by step guide and vivid photos that bring them to life and onto your table.

Vesna Grujic Annese

Mom and Home Chef

My Food Journey

Anyone who knows me knows I cannot sit still for long. If you’re at my house I’m probably multitasking. And by multitasking, I mean doing something in the kitchen, gardening, creating artwork and usually cooking up a storm for family and friends. Nothing makes me happier then to be able to feed and share food with people.

I’m a passionate, creative and self-taught cook. I was born in a small village in Serbia, (the former Yugoslavia) and I’ve learned at a very young age the role food plays in demonstrating love for family and friends. With no more than 4 suitcases to our name, my family and I immigrated to Canada when I was 7 years old. Not speaking English was a challenge that served to bring my family closer and it was the food and recipes handed down through the generations that further bound us together. I now live in New Jersey with my  husband, and our two children that live in nearby towns. I hope you feel the warmth and love that goes into every recipe. With kitchen-tested quality recipes and step-by-step tutorials, my goal is to give you the confidence to bake and cook from scratch.

Happy Cooking, and I look forward to hearing from you!