About Us


Who is MJXS?

M -- Attorney by day, chef by night.  I enjoy making my own recipes, experimenting with new techniques, and (most importantly) eating.

J -- Excel master by day, amateur photographer by night.  Enjoys eating my food and venturing to new restaurants with me.

Xerox -- Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mix.  Likes to stand directly underneath me when I'm prepping food, hoping for a morsel or two (which he usually gets).

Salty -- Our newest addition.  Adopted on 10/30/2010 from Bideawee, this little poodle/terrier mix is a sweetheart, and loves food almost as much as we do.

What's with the name?

The blog began in the fall of 2009, when M had little to do between graduating law school and starting a job in Big Law.  We, at the time, lived in a second floor walkup - hence the name.  We have since moved (July 2010) to a fourth floor elevator building (with terrace and dishwasher - yessssssss), but are keeping the name as an homage to our first apartment together.

Where do you get the recipes?

I make up most of my recipes (unless otherwise stated).  I usually decide I want to make something, then read sample recipes in several cookbooks to get a basic idea of the ingredients involved.  Then, through a little creative license and adjusting for my personal tastes, a recipe is born.

What about the pictures?

I take pics (with the occasional help of J) using J's Canon Rebel XSi DSLR.  I generally use a macro lens and an external flash.

What font did you use for the header?
It's not a font - I piped it on brown parchment paper using colored buttercream, took a photo of it, and voila! Logo!

But what if I can't cook?

Everyone can cook.  Start with recipes (like mine), take a deep breath - if it doesn't work out, it's not the end of the world.  Most problems with cooking come from the cook freaking out.  In the end, you need to cook a lot and eat a lot.  My recipes don't always turn out great the first time, but you learn to recognize what went wrong, and how you can change it.  You'll learn what works and what doesn't. 

I want to know how to make xyz, do you have a recipe for that?

I might.  If I don't, I can come up with one.  Just email me at mjx [at] secondfloorwalkup [dot] com.

Do you have advertisers?

I'm part of the Amazon Associates program and Google Adsense, but try to keep the ads to a minimum.  If you're interested in advertising your product, store, blog, or restaurant on 2FW, please contact me at mjx [at] secondfloorwalkup [dot] com.


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