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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

7 Tips & Tricks for Your Silicone Bar Pan blog post | Tastefully Simple

It’s easy to clean. It cuts baking time in half for your favorite breads, cakes and brownies. And it creates perfect portions every time. But if you’re looking for more tips and tricks, here are 7 ways to make the most of it!... read more »

Patriotic Desserts for the 4th of July Blog Post | Tastefully Simple

Want to dazzle your friends and family? Check out these red, white and blue desserts, perfect for the 4th of July or any star-spangled celebration. ... read more »

4 Easy Ways to Wing It blog post | Tastefully Simple

No need to chicken out … it’s easy to make your own saucy, fall-off-the-bone, restaurant-worthy wings! Smoky barbecue. Sweet-n-sassy bourbon. Garlicky buffalo. Peanutty Thai. Choose your favorite, or make all four for easy summer entertaining! ... read more »

How to Make the Best Burgers blog post | Tastefully Simple

Want to make the best burgers on the block? From simple seasonings to sassy sauces, here are 10 ways to get grillin’ … and add a little extra sizzle to your first cook-out of the summer! ... read more »

8 Sizzling Tips for Street-Style Tacos blog post | Tastefully Simple

Ready for a new twist on taco night? Teriyaki. Thai. Tilapia. You name it. Try these 8 sizzling tips to make your own street-style tacos this summer – right at home! ... read more »

7 Simple Brunch Recipes for Spring blog post | Tastefully Simple

Love the sweet taste of spring? From weekend gatherings to Easter entertaining, try these easy and elegant recipes, perfect for breakfast or brunch. ... read more »

Fun Ideas for April Fools’ Day blog post | Tastefully Simple

Wait … “grilled cheese” made out of cake? “Cupcakes” made out of meat loaf and mashed potatoes? No foolin’! This April Fools’ Day, make a delicious dinner and dessert in disguise - guaranteed to get giggles from kids and kids at heart. ... read more »

Grain of Truth: Quick Quinoa Recipes blog post | Tastefully Simple

Did you know that quinoa is considered a superfood? Filled with protein, fiber and antioxidants, this healthy and hearty dish is so good and so good for you. In fact, here are three easy ways to mix it up this week! ... read more »