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 that help you prepare easy but impressive dishes the whole family will love.

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 sons, Julian and Evan, 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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    Chocolate Chip Shortbread Brownies

    Enjoy the best of two dessert worlds with a crowd-friendly recipe for Chocolate Chip Shortbread Brownies. Shortbread, meet brownies. Brownies, meet shortbread. Now that ev…

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    Quick Bruschetta Chicken

    Keep it fast and fresh with a 6-ingredient recipe for Quick Bruschetta Chicken. School is back in session and summer is officially winding down, but that doesn't mean we ca…

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    Julian’s One-Bowl Banana Bread

    Transform overripe bananas into the easiest-ever recipe for One-Bowl Banana Bread studded with chocolate chunks. That sticky little finger up there belongs to, you gues…

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    Muffin Tin Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

    Add a fun twist to a dessert classic with this recipe for Muffin Tin Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups that can be filled with frosting, ice cream, ganache and more. They're soft.…

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    Melon Ball Cocktail

    Eat your melons and drink them, too, with this refreshing recipe for a Melon Ball Cocktail, starring lemonade and vodka-soaked fruit. It's been a scorcher of a summer h…

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    Five-Spice Beef Kabobs

    Fire up the grill (or stovetop grill pan!) for a quick and easy Five-Spice Beef Kabob recipe paired with a cool and creamy yogurt dip. Grilling season is beginning to fade …


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