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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

How to Make Your Own Campfire Cupcakes blog post | Tastefully Simple

Did you know that today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day? It’s the perfect excuse to stir up these cute cupcakes inspired by cozy fall campfires – perfect for autumn entertaining or a fun weekend activity with your little campers!... read more »

8 Easy & Cheesy Apps for Fall blog post | Tastefully Simple

Cheese comes in so many gloriously gooey varieties. And as the weather gets a little chillier and gatherings with friends get a little cozier, there’s nothing better than entertaining with easy – and cheesy – appetizers. From fun to fancy, here are 8 ways to get a little cheesy this fall! ... read more »

7 Days of Wrapped-Up Lunches blog post | Tastefully Simple

Southwestern. Asian. Mediterranean. You name it. From chicken clubs to juicy BLTs, here are 7 easy and delicious wrap recipes – perfect for lunch or quick dinners on the go!... read more »

5 Coffeehouse Drinks & Desserts at Home blog post | Tastefully Simple

Love the coffeehouse – but not the cost? From creamy chai to fresh-baked gingerbread scones, here are five ways to make your own cozy, coffee shop-style drinks and desserts right at home.... read more »

How to Make Loaded Burger Bowls blog post | Tastefully Simple

You won’t even miss the bun! Whether you’re cutting back on carbs or simply looking for fun weeknight dinner ideas for your family, stuffed burgers can be a quick and delicious way to bowl ‘em over. ... read more »

Warm Apple Pie Dip Mix: 7 Ways blog post | Tastefully Simple

Orchard apples. Cozy spices. Luscious goodness. Have you fallen in love with the NEW Warm Apple Pie Dip Mix yet? From tarts to trifles, here are 7 delicious ways to mix it up!... read more »

Days of Back-to-School Dinners blog post | Tastefully Simple

It's almost time for the kids to head back to school! That means it’s time to do a little homework when it comes to meal planning, too. Keep it simple with these 7 quick and delicious dinners – perfect for those busy weeknights. ... read more »

getting saucy blog post | Tastefully Simple

Tastefully Simple’s NEW Fall-Winter Catalog is here! Wondering how to make the most of that smoky-sweet Cherry Zinfandel Sauce featured right on the cover? Here are 10 ways to sauce up your favorite veggies, meats and more. ... read more »