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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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    The Best Pumpkin Bread

    Preheat your oven for a fall classic with this family favorite recipe for The Best Pumpkin Bread. I don't know if there's ever been a more tried and tested recipe in th…

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    Easy Caramel Apple Slab Pie

    Tangy apples and chewy caramel join forces in this crowd-friendly recipe for Easy Caramel Apple Slab Pie. I'm coming off a whirlwind weekend in Chicago, where I attended my…

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    Easy Apple Turnovers

    Transform store-bought puff pastry into a family favorite recipe for Easy Apple Turnovers. We are fresh off the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Just a Taste. …

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    Easy Homemade Candy Apples

    Add color and crunch to your holiday table with a simple recipe for Easy Homemade Candy Apples. Have you ever tried to bite into a candy apple? I don't think it's humanl…

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    Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

    The quintessential fall flavor stars in this family favorite recipe for Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting. We're jumping into fall with a tried and tested recipe that…

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    Just a Taste Celebrates 10 Years

    Take a walk down memory lane as we recap the past decade on Just a Taste, including how many people have visited the site and the #1 most popular recipe! It was 2 a.m. on a…


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