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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

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 »

8 Secrets for Summer Smoothie Bowls blog post | Tastefully Simple

Fruity. Fresh. Fun. Smoothie bowls are such a hot trend this summer. But why are they so good and so good for you? Here are a few facts and feel-good recipes to help you savor every spoonful! ... read more »

Summer Snacks for Kids blog post | Tastefully Simple

You’ve got healthy snacks in the bag this summer! Try these grab-and-go ideas for protein-packed goodies, great for kids on the go. ... read more »

cool tips for summer cocktails blog post | Tastefully Simple

Here are some fun tips and hints to help you literally "drink it all in" this summer.... read more »

7 Tips & Tricks for Your Silicone Bar Pan blog post | Tastefully Simple

It’s easy to clean. It cuts baking time in half for your favorite breads, cakes and brownies. And it creates perfect portions every time. But if you’re looking for more tips and tricks, here are 7 ways to make the most of it!... read more »

Patriotic Desserts for the 4th of July Blog Post | Tastefully Simple

Want to dazzle your friends and family? Check out these red, white and blue desserts, perfect for the 4th of July or any star-spangled celebration. ... read more »

4 Easy Ways to Wing It blog post | Tastefully Simple

No need to chicken out … it’s easy to make your own saucy, fall-off-the-bone, restaurant-worthy wings! Smoky barbecue. Sweet-n-sassy bourbon. Garlicky buffalo. Peanutty Thai. Choose your favorite, or make all four for easy summer entertaining! ... read more »

How to Make the Best Burgers blog post | Tastefully Simple

Want to make the best burgers on the block? From simple seasonings to sassy sauces, here are 10 ways to get grillin’ … and add a little extra sizzle to your first cook-out of the summer! ... read more »