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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 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 »

Get Loaded: 10 Tips for Cheesy Potato Warm Dip Mix blog post | Tastefully Simple

Baked. Mashed. Whipped. Grilled. Potatoes are pretty glorious in every form. But did you know that you can enjoy all the warm, melty goodness of a loaded baked potato in minutes – in a dip? Here are our top 10 ways to mix it up!... read more »

Gingerbread for Breakfast: 5 Ways blog post | Tastefully Simple

Cozy spices. Rich molasses. Buttery brown sugar. There’s nothing quite like the aroma of warm, fresh-baked gingerbread. But did you know that it isn’t just for the holidays? You can enjoy all of that spiced goodness – all autumn long – for breakfast and brunch. In fact, here are a few ways to fill your home with the magic of gingerbread this fall!... read more »

7 Tricks & Treats for Halloween blog post | Tastefully Simple

The best tricks. The best treats. This Halloween, it’s easy to bring both to the party! Throwing your own monster bash doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, here are 7 sweet and spooky ways to keep it simple! ... read more »

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 »