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I’m Sheila Thigpen, author and publisher of lifeloveandgoodfood.com.

Welcome to my kitchen!

Sheila of Life Love and Good Food at her kitchen counter

How it all started

Raised on a farm in east Tennessee, I come from a long line of Southern cooks. My grandmother would spend hours in the kitchen preparing dinner for our family. She was a great teacher and amazing encourager, and at her side I learned to cook old-fashioned Southern recipes from scratch.

Right there in our farm kitchen, my love of food and cooking was born.

Later as a working mom with a crazy schedule, I quickly adopted recipes that were faster to prepare and learned a few tips and tricks that made enjoying flavorful home-cooked meals with my family possible even on busy weeknights.

Sheila Thigpen, blogger, with her husband and two daughters

How it’s going

My husband, John, and I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and we’re officially empty nesters living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains. We welcomed our first granddaughter in December 2018 and are over-the-moon in love! Everything they say about being a Nana is true!

In 2018, I left my publishing career to channel all my creative energy and passion for good food into my own blog. During those busy years working full time and raising our girls, catching up around the dinner table was always the highlight of my day — and I hope to help make it yours as well.

Although I’m the cook behind the blog, John has a growing enthusiasm for outdoor cooking and has perfected the technique for making the best smoked beef brisket!

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned for more grilling, smoking, and griddle recipes in the near future!

Our 10 most popular recipes

  1. The BEST Grilled Salmon
  2. Electric Smoker Ribs
  3. Old-Fashioned Potato Soup
  4. Oven Fried Okra
  5. Pan-Seared New York Strip
  6. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
  7. Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas
  8. Catalina Frito Salad
  9. Cool Veggie Pizza Appetizer
  10. Ricotta-Herb Savory Scones

Cookbooks by Sheila Thigpen

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The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook: 90+ Recipes For Busy People Who Love to Eat Well

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Sheila Thigpen for nearly twenty years, and I can assure you that there are very few other people I’d trust to deliver fast, easy, and tasty dinners to the table. Sheila has an innate understanding of practical, time-saving techniques that home cooks are certain to appreciate.” ― Phillip Rhodes, Executive Managing Editor, Garden & Gun, and co-author of The Southerner’s Cookbook

Easy Chicken Cookbook: 75 Simple Meals for Every Day

“Sheila has created a great collection of creative, approachable, and delicious chicken recipes that are sure to please every palate! I especially love the sections on one-pan chicken dishes and recipes that require 5 ingredients or fewer. You’ll want to have the Easy Chicken Cookbook at your fingertips whenever you’re looking for new chicken recipes to add to your weeknight dinner rotation!” ― Karen Lee Young, author of The Electric Pressure Cooker Soup Cookbook and founder of TheTastyBiteBlog.com

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Sheila Thigpen holding her newborn granddaughter

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. — Psalms 34:8

sheila thigpen in her kitchen

Sheila @ Life, Love & Good Food

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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