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

Pig Out Blog Post | Tastefully Simple

Bacon. Chops. Ham. Pork tenderloin. Babyback ribs. Sausage. Roasts. There are so many different cuts of pork – and so many simple and delicious ways to make it for dinner! From smoky-sweet sauces to savory spices, here are 11 of our favorite ways to go whole hog this fall. ... read more »

Cooking with Kids: How to Make Lasagna Roll-Ups blog post | Tastefully Simple

Cooking with kids can be fun. It can also be messy. Most of the time, it’s a little bit of both. As a mom of two boys, I love sharing little traditions with them, like baking muffins and watching cartoons every Saturday morning. But it’s also great to teach them about different dishes and try new recipes together. Of course, as busy parents, I think most of us have more time – and infinitely more patience – on the weekends. So today we’re featuring a fun twist on traditional lasagna, perfect for rolling up your sleeves together on a Saturday night!... read more »

12 Picks for Perfect Fall Picnics blog post | Tastefully Simple

The crackle of leaves. The chill in the air. The smoky sizzle of bonfires. All of the signs of fall will be here before you know it. (Personally, I can’t wait for sweater weather and pumpkin everything.) But this year, maybe more than ever before, I think we all want to make the most of the last days of summer and those early evenings of autumn. So whether you’re bringing a picnic to the park or camping out in the backyard, here are 12 delicious ways to take it outside!... read more »

5 Delicious Twists on Tiramisu blog post | Tastefully Simple

Fun fact: did you know that tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian? With delicate hints of espresso, cocoa and cream, tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, so I couldn’t have been more excited when NEW Tiramisu Cheese Ball Mix made its debut this month. YOU GUYS. It’s amazing! Add cream cheese. Boom. That’s it. You get all the luscious sweetness of tiramisu – without any of the work. Looking for more ways to mix it up? From brownies to mousse, here’s how my family has stirred it up in our kitchen so far … ... read more »

Tasty Tailgating: Easy All-in-One Kit blog post | Tastefully Simple

Maybe you’ll be watching the NFL or your local university team this fall. Or maybe you’ll simply be playing some serious games of flag football in the backyard. No matter what, you can make it into a fun afternoon – and score big with the best snacks on the block. New for fall, Tastefully Simple’s Get Together Kit includes everything you need, including eight delicious products and a complete menu. Here’s what you can make … with a tailgating twist! ... read more »

13 Recipes for National Bacon Lovers’ Day blog post | Tastefully Simple

It’s National Bacon Lover's Day! Smoky. Salty. Sweet. From bacon-wrapped shrimp to egg bakes to fresh salads, here are 13 delicious reasons to bring home the bacon this week (literally) – and make the most of it!... read more »

11 Simple & Satisfying Afternoon Snacks blog post | Tastefully Simple

Need a little pick-me-up? Hitting the mid-afternoon slump every day around 3:00 pm? Or looking for easy afterschool snacks for the kids this fall? From pinwheels to protein-packed smoothies, here are 11 deliciously different snacks – guaranteed to keep you going! ... read more »

Back-to-School 3-Ingredient Bagels blog post | Tastefully Simple

Have you seen these 2 or 3 ingredient bagels that are all the rage? Now to be clear, the texture isn’t quite the same as a chewy authentic bagel. (New Yorkers, my apologies.) But there’s also no rising overnight. No boiling. No long list of ingredients for those of you counting calories and WW points. No fuss. Plus, everybody can play with different toppings and additions, making it a great activity to do with your kiddos. ... read more »