sign in

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

5 Easy Recipes for Holiday Potlucks & Parties blog post | Tastefully Simple

Want to bring something special to the table? Here are five fun and festive recipes, perfect for holiday parties and potlucks … including one that’s ready in under 15 seconds! ... read more »

9 Reasons to Love & Shop Local with TS Meal Kits blog post | Tastefully Simple

Making your list? Checking it twice? Here are 9 reasons you’ll love giving – or getting – TS meal kits for the holidays, including shopping local! ... read more »

Holiday Cheese Balls: 3 Cute & Crafty Ideas blog post | Tastefully Simple

Pretty pine cones. Funny turkeys. Even cute little woodland hedgehogs. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or entertaining for the holidays, it’s easy to make a fun – and festive – appetizer! ... read more »

6 Easy & Delicious Nachos blog post | Tastefully Simple

Did you know that it’s National Nachos Day? Celebrate with these six delicious ways to make “nacho” average snacks – right at home.... read more »

Cooking with Pumpkin: 6 Fresh & Festive Tips blog post | Tastefully Simple

Hey there, gourd-geous. Not sure how to make the most of those fresh pumpkins this fall? Here are six simple and delicious ways to get cooking. ... read more »

What’s Brewing: 7 Halloween Cocktail Ideas blog post | Tastefully Simple

Cute or creepy? Sweet or spooky? Whatever your style, you can create some killer cocktails this Halloween. In fact, here are a few of our favorite tricks (and treats!) to make it frighteningly easy. ... read more »