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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    Fresh Cherry Cheesecake Dip

    Four words: Fresh Cherry Cheesecake Dip. The key word here is “fresh,” because you’ve probably seen dozens upon dozens of cherry cheesecake dips floating around the…

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    Easy July 4th Ice Cream Cake

    When it comes to festive desserts, we've dabbled in nearly every variety of red, white and blue, from patriotic pinwheel cookies and layered cheesecake parfaits to star-stu…

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    Greek Orzo Salad

    Everyone needs a go-to pasta salad recipe that covers all the necessary bases: It can be whipped up in minutes. It can be enjoyed hot, cold or at room temp. It ca…

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    Rainbow Dipped Waffle Cones

    I have a real soft spot for dipped waffle cones. What began as an impassioned love of all things chocolate-covered and sprinkle-topped as a child, has since grown into an …

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    Fresh Greek Nachos

    Nachos? Weeks before the official start of summer? What are we doing here, Kelly? I know, I know. Because nothing says "this bod's ready for the beach" quite like a big o…

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    Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    The first official day of summer may still be a few weeks away but we are going full speed into stocking your recipe repertoire with all the warm weather essentials. First u…


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