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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    Healthy Cauliflower Fritters

    It takes only a few minutes scanning around these pages to discover that I am a fritter fanatic.What started as a love affair with 5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters has sin…

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    In Season Now: Citrus Fruits

    Citrus fruits add a burst of color and flavor to a variety of dishes, transporting our taste buds to the tropics during the cool, drab winter months. They peak between late …

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    Homemade Coconut Granola

    No need to pack your bags because Homemade Coconut Granola is serving up tropical tastes, sans the travel outside your kitchen. This flavor-packed twist on my go-to granol…

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    Chocolate Puff Pastry Twists

    Puff pastry twists or puff pastry braids? No matter what you call them, one thing is certain: Dessert doesn't get much easier or more impressive than these buttery, chocolat…

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    In Season Now: Potatoes

    Potatoes may be the most modest vegetable from the garden. They have been cultivated for more than 5,000 years and are grown in many countries worldwide. Although versatile,…

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    Hot Chocolate French Toast

    What do you get when chocolate milk and carbs join together in culinary matrimony? None other than Hot Chocolate French Toast!This mashup is as simple and satisfying as …


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