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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    The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    Find inspiration for the best Thanksgiving side dishes with classic and creative recipes for mashed potatoes, butternut squash fritters, Brussels sprouts and more festive fav…

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    Pumpkin Dip with Pie Fries

    Our Thanksgiving countdown is in full swing around these parts, with endless ideas swirling around for crowd-friendly appetizers, creative side dishes, and best of all, endl…

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    Cheesy Baked Penne Pasta with Sausage

    And the award for King of All Comfort Foods goes to ... Cheesy Baked Penne Pasta with Sausage! Because what's not to love about a hearty meal-in-a-bowl that comes together i…

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    The Best Pancake Recipes

    Whip up the ultimate family-friendly breakfast with classic and creative pancake recipes, including light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes, cheesy leftover mashed potato pancake…

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    Easy French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

    A simple search for "French toast" around these parts may give some indication as to my obsession with this beloved breakfast classic. There are the creatively shaped Frenc…

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    Glazed Asian Chicken Meatloaf

    Ready to ditch the takeout menus and switch up a comfort food classic? Then look no further than Asian-inspired chicken meatloaf! This crowd-friendly favorite is packed wit…

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