About Just a Taste

Welcome to Just a Taste, where you’ll find inspiration for any meal and every occasion with hundreds of tried-and-tested recipes, step-by-step photo tutorials, and cooking videos to help you save time and up your game in the kitchen. 

Why “Just a Taste?” I have my great-grandmother, Momoo, to thank as my first inspiration in the kitchen. She constantly reminded me to have just a taste of dessert after every meal, and my grandmother and mom continued the tradition by passing down their passions for all things culinary. I’ve never believed in diets but instead enjoy everything in moderation, and hence, Just a Taste was born!

What started as a way to catalog my family’s rich recipe history has since turned into an online destination visited by millions of people a month who cook and share Just a Taste recipes from their kitchens around the world. 

As our Just a Taste community has grown, so too has my own family. In 2016, shortly before the birth of my son, I launched Just a Taste Parents to provide tips, insights, and resources for all types of parents and kids of all ages. 

About Kelly Senyei

I am an on-camera host and professionally trained chef who develops all of the recipes, styles all of the food, takes all of the photos and washes all of the dishes for the countless creations coming out of my kitchen! 

I received my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, my master’s degree in broadcast television from The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and my culinary arts diploma with highest honors from The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. I completed my apprenticeship in the Food Network Kitchens and previously worked at Condé Nast as an editor and on-air talent at Gourmet and Epicurious. 

My husband and I live in Newport Beach, California with our dog, Wiley, and are expecting our first baby this summer. 

Fun Facts

  • Just a Taste was launched at 2 a.m. on a random Thursday in 2008 while I decided to do anything but write my graduate school thesis.
  • I once walked 5 miles and ate nine doughnuts in a single morning during the first-ever Just a Taste Doughnuthon.
  • My all-time favorite food is doughnuts (See above). 
  • My book, Food Blogging For Dummies, was published in 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., which is how our dog Wiley got his name. 
  • I crossed off a major bucket list item when I cooked with Matt Lauer on the TODAY Show and made two of my all-time favorite recipes.
  • I once cooked in a rehearsal battle of Iron Chef America and the secret ingredient was popcorn!

My Latest Posts…

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    The Best Picnic Food Recipes

    Ready to dine al fresco? Celebrate the great outdoors with the best picnic food recipes, including pasta salads, quick-fix dips, savory snacks and more crowd-friendly favorite…

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    Frozen Lemonade Pie

    Hello, heatwave! There's no doubt that summer is in full swing in southern California, and the combination of high temps and being 8 1/2 months pregnant leads to only one ra…

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    Fruit Tart with Vanilla Pastry Cream

    What's not to love about a classic fruit tart? It features the trifecta of dessert elements: a buttery puff pastry crust, silky vanilla pastry cream and refreshing fruit t…

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    The Best Travel Snacks

    Heading out on an adventure on land or sea? Skip the store-bought foods in favor of the best travel snacks you can whip up in your home kitchen, including DIY fruit roll-ups, …

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    Welcome to the New Just a Taste!

    Welcome to the brand-new Just a Taste! I'm thrilled to introduce you to the many updated site features and additions designed to make cooking and entertaining easier than ev…

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    Red, White and Blue Oreo Cookie Pops

    Nothing says "Happy 4th of July!" quite like an array of glittering Red, White and Blue Oreo Cookie Pops. These finger-friendly treats are the triple threat when it comes …


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