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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

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

To all of the busy mamas out there: this one is for you. Maybe you already know what “back to school” will mean for you and your kids this fall. Maybe you have no idea, and you’re stressed even thinking about it. We can’t help with 4th grade math or those 7th grade science projects. But when it comes to quick and delicious dinners that your family will love? We’ve got you covered.... read more »

8 Sweet Ideas for (Virtual) Ice Cream Socials blog post | Tastefully Simple

Staying at home? Have kiddos who miss seeing their grandparents or cousins? Or looking for a way to connect with a few friends? Have an ice cream social – virtually! Zoom. Google Duo. Teams. Facebook Messenger. Whatever your app of choice, schedule a virtual video call and get together with your friends and family. And if you need a few ideas for your ice cream social, we’ve got you covered. Here are eight sweet ways to enjoy a sundae fun day … any day of the week! ... read more »

How to Create Your Own Burger Bar blog post | Tastefully Simple

Cheeseburgers. Pizza burgers. Turkey burgers. Whether you’re a fan of classic grilled hamburgers or you like to get a little adventurous, we all have our personal favorites. Why not let your family create their own combinations this summer? Here’s how to build your own burger bar, perfect for kicking back in the backyard – especially with picky kids! ... read more »

If You Like Piña Coladas: 6 Tastes of the Tropics blog post | Tastefully Simple

Looking for some of those vacation vibes right now? Even if you can’t take a tropical getaway, don’t worry! You can still kick back with these six cool, coconutty and colada-inspired ideas, perfect for summertime.... read more »

In the Limelight: Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix blog post | Tastefully Simple

Creamy. Cool. Completely refreshing. In honor of Tastefully Simple’s 25th birthday, Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix is back for a limited time! Swirling with tangy-tart sweetness, it’s like the best baked-from-scratch pie – without all the work. Here are 8 sweet ways to stir it up … ... read more »

14 Recipes for Summer Staycations blog post | Tastefully Simple

Staying home? Even if you can’t travel far this summer, don’t worry – you can still give your tastebuds a little getaway. Beachy drinks. Baja bowls. Bistro cuisine. Whether you’re dreaming of a tropical paradise or a passport to the Italian countryside, these 14 fresh and delicious recipes will be just the ticket.... read more »

12 Delicious Dips for Summertime blog post | Tastefully Simple

Soaking up sunshine by the pool. Fishing with friends at the lake. Listening to the soft sounds of the surf with your toes in the sand. Let’s be honest – no matter where you live, summertime may be a little different this year. But you can still find all kinds of fun and fresh ways to “take a dip” – even if you’re staying closer to home. From delicious dips to dipping oils, here are 12 ways to keep it simple, kick back and keep your cool all summer long.... read more »

6 Grilled Desserts for Summertime blog post | Tastefully Simple

Every summer, there’s something about the smoky-hot sizzle of the grill that makes everything taste better. But did you know that you can stay on the patio, soak up the sunshine a little longer, and keep the grill going for dessert? From fruit pizza to the flavor of s’mores, here are 3 sweet and simple reasons to take it outside!... read more »