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

12 Spring Potluck & Party Recipes blog post | Tastefully Simple

Spring is on the way! Baby showers. Grad parties. Office potlucks. As the days get a little warmer and sunnier, your calendar is about to get a little brighter – and a whole lot busier, too. Want to bring something special to the table? From dips to desserts, here are 12 fresh, fun spring recipes – fit for a crowd!... read more »

7 Sweet Ideas: Strawberry Shortcake Cheese Ball Mix blog post | Tastefully Simple

There are so many sweet surprises in Tastefully Simple’s NEW Spring-Summer Catalog. But my personal favorite: Strawberry Shortcake Cheese Ball Mix. Whether you’re looking for something special for spring entertaining or easy ideas for your Easter table, here are 7 simple ways to mix it up!... read more »

11 Ways to Use Magic Chicken blog post | Tastefully Simple

Have you heard of “Magic Chicken” yet? It’s the secret way to always have juicy, tender, perfectly seasoned chicken at your fingertips – ready for quick weeknight dinners. And it’s so easy, it’s like magic! Here are 11 ways to make the most of it …... read more »

Simple & Saucy Chicken in 15 Minutes blog post | Tastefully Simple

Have chicken breasts in your freezer? You’ve got dinner covered. In fact, Tastefully Simple’s website has more than 900 chicken breast recipes for delicious dinners, perfect for those busy weeknights. But want to know my absolute favorite trick for transforming ordinary chicken? Here’s a little secret! ... read more »

5 Boozy Cakes & Bakes blog post | Tastefully Simple

Cakes. Cocktails. Ready for the best of both worlds? Think Irish cream. Fruit-kissed rum. Coffee-infused liqueur. Even rich, dark stouts. Now obviously boozy brownies and spiked cakes aren’t everyday desserts for most of us. But from girls’ night to romantic dinners for two, sometimes a splash of liqueur can transform a traditional dessert into something really special. ... read more »

9 Kid-Approved Dinners & Desserts blog post | Tastefully Simple

You never really need an excuse to spend more time with your kids in the kitchen. But if you do need a little extra inspiration, we’ve got you covered! Here are nine fun dinners and desserts that you and your kiddos will love to make – and love to eat – together. ... read more »

How to Make Perfect Personal Pizzas blog post | Tastefully Simple

Ah, pizza. There are so many reasons to love it. But if your family is anything like mine, you all have your own personal favorites when it comes to pizza toppings. Some love sausage. Some hate it. Some love pineapple, while others passionately believe that fruit NEVER belongs on pizza. (Seriously, I think the pineapple-on-pizza debate is as controversial as politics in some households.) So what’s the answer? Behold: build-your-own-pizza night!... read more »

7 Wonderful Winter Salads blog post | Tastefully Simple

Ready for a fresh start? If you’re looking for simple recipes to refresh and renew your dinner routine, we’ve got you covered. In fact, here are seven of our favorite winter salads!... read more »