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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 Perfect Personal Pizzas blog post | Tastefully Simple

Ah, pizza. There are so many reasons to love it. But if your family is anything like mine, you all have your own personal favorites when it comes to pizza toppings. Some love sausage. Some hate it. Some love pineapple, while others passionately believe that fruit NEVER belongs on pizza. (Seriously, I think the pineapple-on-pizza debate is as controversial as politics in some households.) So what’s the answer? Behold: build-your-own-pizza night!... read more »

7 Wonderful Winter Salads blog post | Tastefully Simple

Ready for a fresh start? If you’re looking for simple recipes to refresh and renew your dinner routine, we’ve got you covered. In fact, here are seven of our favorite winter salads!... read more »

Fa La Lattes: Coffee & Cocktails blog post | Tastefully Simple

Have you tried Spiked Maple Latte Mix yet? It’s like your favorite coffeehouse latte – with a kick! Just add whiskey and milk for frosty, creamy cocktails, made for holiday entertaining with friends. Or serve hot for cozy fireside drinks, perfect for curling up with your favorite slippers and a good book. Here are five of our favorite ways to mix it up!... read more »

11 Holiday Side Dishes in a Dash blog post | Tastefully Simple

Hosting a holiday dinner? Planning the office potluck? Or traveling over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house this year? Whatever your holiday plans, it’s easy to bring something special to the table. In fact, today we’re putting side dishes in the spotlight, guaranteed to dazzle (even when you’re in a dash). From bright salads to buttery breads, here are some of our favorite sides for the holidays!... read more »

Ho Ho Holidays: 9 Easy Cakes, Cookies & More blog post | Tastefully Simple

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But it can also be the craziest – especially if you have a lot on your holiday list. Don’t worry! When it comes to baking, you can make it special – and keep it simple. From cakes to cookies, here are nine of our favorite ways to make the season a little sweeter.... read more »

How to Make Holiday Gingerbread Cookies blog post | Tastefully Simple

Tis the season! There’s nothing quite like the aroma of warm, spiced gingerbread to fill your home with the magic of the holidays. But what if you don’t have the time to stir up holiday goodies from scratch this year? Don’t worry! You can still make festive, fresh-from-the-oven gingerbread cookies – with a little help. ... read more »

7 Tips for Turkey Leftovers blog post | Tastefully Simple

Turkey. Cranberries. Mashed potatoes. Pumpkin Pie. There are so many delicious, timeless traditions at Thanksgiving. But if you have leftovers for days, well – it can be hard to get your family to gobble them up. Need a few ideas for bringing out the best of that bird? Here are some of our favorite ways to talk turkey!... read more »

Holiday Cheese Balls for Thanksgiving & More blog post | Tastefully Simple

Pretty pumpkins and pine cones. Cute cornucopias. Festive trees. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or entertaining for the holidays, it’s easy to make a fun – and festive – appetizer!... read more »