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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

Go Fish: 7 Fresh & Fun Recipes blog post | Tastefully Simple

Eating healthy isn’t always easy. But if you’re trying to make some better-for-you choices, eating more fish may be your simplest – and most delicious – way to keep those resolutions. So dive in with these 7 fresh fish recipes! ... read more »

Ho Ho Holiday Mules: 3 Ways | Tastefully Simple

Ready for a cup of cheer? Try these three simple holiday recipes for a fun and festive twist on traditional Moscow mules. ... read more »

11 Hints for Easy Holiday Entertaining blog post | Tastefully Simple

Discover tips and hints for making holiday entertaining a whole lot less stressful and more enjoyable. ... read more »

How to Make Holiday Honey Lemon Punch blog post | Tastefully Simple

Eat. Drink. Be merry. Ready to get into the holiday spirit? It’s easy to “punch it up” with this fun and festive recipe, perfect for holiday entertaining!... read more »

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 »