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Jen's kitchen

I'm the mom of two little boys. Wife. Baker. Lover of chocolate and cream cheese. A self-proclaimed nerd who loves everything from The Office to Star Wars. And a full-time writer who survives on a lot of coffee and a little sleep.

Growing up on a dairy farm, I started baking when I was six years old, so food has always been a passion for me. The best part? I love that it brings people together ... whether you're on a rare date with your sweetheart, laughing with girlfriends over a pizza or gathering around the kitchen during the holidays. The best food has a way of making you feel at home.

my favorites

  • The food I make is ... comfort food with a cool twist.
  • My favorite tool to use in the kitchen is ... my grill pan
  • My favorite Tastefully Simple product is ... a tie between Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix™ and Garlic Pepper Seasoning.
  • In my kitchen, you will always find ... kosher salt, olive oil and crayon masterpieces.

Jen's posts

6 Grilled Desserts for Summertime blog post | Tastefully Simple

Every summer, there’s something about the smoky-hot sizzle of the grill that makes everything taste better. But did you know that you can stay on the patio, soak up the sunshine a little longer, and keep the grill going for dessert? From fruit pizza to the flavor of s’mores, here are 3 sweet and simple reasons to take it outside!... read more »

Get Sauced: 10 Great Grilling Recipes blog post | Tastefully Simple

The warmth of bright sunshine. The crisp taste of ice-cold lemonade. The smoky sizzle of a hot grill. The first signs of summer are officially here. And this year, more than ever, it’s a great time to enjoy the great outdoors – even if it means just kicking back in your own backyard. From dinners on the deck to campfire cookouts, here are 10 delicious reasons to get grilling.... read more »

How to Make No-Churn Ice Cream blog post | Tastefully Simple

Love ice cream? Or looking for a fun and easy recipe to make with your kids this weekend? Welcome to the simple joys of no-churn ice cream. No fancy machines. No long list of ingredients. No fuss. Plus, everybody can mix in their own favorite toppings, making it a great activity to do with your kiddos if you’re all starting to go a little stir-crazy. Here’s the scoop!... read more »

Gather ‘Round: 12 Real Delicious Recipes blog post | Tastefully Simple

Feel like you’re going in circles these days? You might as well have a little fun with it! Today we’re featuring some of our favorite recipes for gathering ‘round – quite, well, literally. From party rings to Bundt cakes to skillets, here are 12 fresh, fun ways to bring it all full circle in the kitchen this week.... read more »

11 Handheld Dinners & Desserts: No Utensils Needed blog post | Tastefully Simple

Forget the utensils, friends. Right now many of us are trading our dressy clothes for comfy loungewear, choosing messy buns over makeup and getting back to basics – from afternoon walks to family movie nights on the couch. Why not keep it casual in the kitchen, too? From burgers to brownies, here are 11 simple yet delicious dinners and desserts that will fit right in – and fit in the palm of your hand.... read more »

Let’s Get Weird: Crazy Foods That Are Crazy-Delicious blog post | Tastefully Simple

Right now, many of us have time to be a little more adventurous in the kitchen. Some of us are also being forced to get creative with whatever’s in the pantry. But you know what? You might just discover that something that sounds crazy is, in fact, crazy-delicious. Here are a few of our favorite strangely addictive flavor combinations and how to make the most of them …... read more »

Think Spring – Spring Rolls, That Is! blog post | Tastefully Simple

Made with fresh veggies and simple rice wrappers, these colorful and crunchy rolls are delicious dipped into all kinds of Tastefully Simple sauces. You can even let everyone in your family make their own, turning it into a fun hands-on dinner activity. Here’s how to make them right at home … easy as 1-2-3!... read more »

3 Ways: Pimento Cheese, Please! blog post | Tastefully Simple

The world is a strange place right now, friends. Does it feel a little odd to be talking about cheese, in light of everything that’s happening out there these days? Yes. Yes, it does. But food has a wonderful way of connecting people. From baking cookies in our grandmothers’ kitchens to first dates to holiday dinners, it’s funny how many of our favorite moments and memories happen around a table.... read more »