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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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    Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken and Broccoli

    Skip the dinner stress (and mess!) with a family favorite recipe for Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken and Broccoli. A single sheet pan and five ingredients is all that separ…

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    Easy Chocolate Wonton Pillows

    Keep it simple with a four-ingredient recipe for Easy Chocolate Wonton Pillows that are the ultimate crunchy, chocolatey dessert. Whether you're celebrating with a special …

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    Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

    Skip the store-bought sauces and whip up a quick and easy recipe for Homemade Butterscotch Sauce. I had grand plans today to share a recipe starring nutrient-packed leafy…

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    Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Bake up a new take on a classic quickbread with a family favorite recipe for Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Another day, another creative twist on good ol' banana b…

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    Secret Ingredient Cheesy Garlic Bread

    A surprising addition makes this recipe for Secret Ingredient Cheesy Garlic Bread the best loaf to ever hit your lips! If you've been with me here since Day 1 (way back in …

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    The Just a Taste Kitchen Remodel

    Join me in my kitchen as I share the before and after reveal of the Just a Taste kitchen remodel, including how I created a multipurpose space that functions as my office, pho…


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