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 Tricks & Treats for Halloween blog post | Tastefully Simple

The best tricks. The best treats. This Halloween, it’s easy to bring both to the party! Throwing your own monster bash doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, here are 7 sweet and spooky ways to keep it simple! ... read more »

How to Make Your Own Campfire Cupcakes blog post | Tastefully Simple

Did you know that today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day? It’s the perfect excuse to stir up these cute cupcakes inspired by cozy fall campfires – perfect for autumn entertaining or a fun weekend activity with your little campers!... read more »

8 Easy & Cheesy Apps for Fall blog post | Tastefully Simple

Cheese comes in so many gloriously gooey varieties. And as the weather gets a little chillier and gatherings with friends get a little cozier, there’s nothing better than entertaining with easy – and cheesy – appetizers. From fun to fancy, here are 8 ways to get a little cheesy this fall! ... read more »

7 Days of Wrapped-Up Lunches blog post | Tastefully Simple

Southwestern. Asian. Mediterranean. You name it. From chicken clubs to juicy BLTs, here are 7 easy and delicious wrap recipes – perfect for lunch or quick dinners on the go!... read more »

5 Coffeehouse Drinks & Desserts at Home blog post | Tastefully Simple

Love the coffeehouse – but not the cost? From creamy chai to fresh-baked gingerbread scones, here are five ways to make your own cozy, coffee shop-style drinks and desserts right at home.... read more »

How to Make Loaded Burger Bowls blog post | Tastefully Simple

You won’t even miss the bun! Whether you’re cutting back on carbs or simply looking for fun weeknight dinner ideas for your family, stuffed burgers can be a quick and delicious way to bowl ‘em over. ... read more »

Warm Apple Pie Dip Mix: 7 Ways blog post | Tastefully Simple

Orchard apples. Cozy spices. Luscious goodness. Have you fallen in love with the NEW Warm Apple Pie Dip Mix yet? From tarts to trifles, here are 7 delicious ways to mix it up!... read more »

Days of Back-to-School Dinners blog post | Tastefully Simple

It's almost time for the kids to head back to school! That means it’s time to do a little homework when it comes to meal planning, too. Keep it simple with these 7 quick and delicious dinners – perfect for those busy weeknights. ... read more »