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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 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 »

Give It a Thai: 9 Ways to Dip, Dunk & Drizzle blog post | Tastefully Simple

Noodle bowls. Lettuce cups. Stir-fry dishes. Chicken skewers. You name it. Try these 9 fresh and fun ideas featuring Thai Peanut Sauce!... read more »

6 Simple Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day blog post | Tastefully Simple

Feeling lucky? Try these 6 easy recipes with a wee bit o’ Irish inspiration – perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!... read more »

Oh, Cheese Balls! blog post | Tastefully Simple

A little retro. A little fancy. And a lot of fun. These 7 simple and delicious ideas definitely aren’t your mama’s cheese balls!... read more »

5 Heart-Shaped Valentine Sweets blog post | Tastefully Simple

Looking for sweet recipes for Valentine’s Day? Stir up these simple, delicious recipes featuring heart-shaped treats, perfect for the sweethearts in your life! ... read more »

Veg Out: Quick & Easy Vegetarian Meals blog post | Tastefully Simple

Ready to veg out? From quick pad Thai to garden-fresh zoodles, it’s easy to toss together these easy “noodle” bowls for dinner, loaded with healthy vegetables. And they’re ready in 30 minutes or less! ... read more »