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 son, Julian, and our dog, Wiley.

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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    Cauliflower Fried “Rice” with Pineapple

    What's low carb, packed with veggies and trending all over? Cauliflower fried rice! Well, to be more accurate, it's more like "rice" because this healthy alternative to t…

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    In Season Now: Beets

    What better way to add vibrant color to your table than with earthy, sweet flavored beets! Ranging in color from candy cane stripes to the more common golden-yellow and deep…

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    Easy Homemade Granola

    The first job I ever had was working as a hostess at The Cottage in my hometown of La Jolla, California. It's one of the best breakfast spots in the nation, and that ranking…

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    Easy Baked Broccoli Tots

    Step aside, tater tots. There's a new family favorite in town and it'll have you skipping the spuds in favor of a more figure-friendly alternative. Welcome to the potato-fre…

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    In Season Now: Oranges

    Add a colorful citrus twist to your next meal with one of the few fruits in season during the cold winter months, oranges! With two broad categories, sweet and bitter, orang…

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    Crescent Roll Veggie Bars

    We are going back, way back to the Just a Taste archives for this recipe that's been in my family's holiday appetizer lineup for more than 50 years. It's a culinary throwbac…


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