About

sq-DSC_7121Hello! I’m Jen. I’m the crazy gal who dropped her entire life and went back to culinary school.

I have a slightly embarrassing obsession with food.  It consumes my life in so many ways: cooking, learning, trying new cuisines, reading books and traveling the world in search of new culinary experiences. It is for this reason that I decided to change career paths and dive headfirst into the food industry.

I graduated from L’Academie de Cuisine in December 2010 and have been cooking and baking professionally ever since. I’ve worked as a line cook, pastry chef and cooking instructor.  I’m currently working as a full time recipe developer, food photographer and blogger in Washington, DC. I’m also working on my first cookbook. It’s a busy way of life but I love it.

My blog focuses on well-tested recipes, bold flavors and quality ingredients. All of the recipes are either my original creations or are adapted from cookbooks, food magazines and family recipes. When I created this site I was more of a cook than a baker, hence the name “Savory Simple.” As time has progressed I’ve developed more of a sweet tooth, so you’ll find a mix of both sweet and savory recipes on the site. Sometimes the joke around here is that my site should be called “Sweet Complicated.” But I do try to keep things relatively simple most of the time, for your sake and mine.

Feel free to contact me with questions, comments or recipe requests. If you have a specific question, you may find the answer you’re seeking on my FAQ page.


  • http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com dawn

    culinary school eh? lucky you, I want to do that at some point, but for now I’m self-taught; that can be good or bad LOL

    where are you going?

  • http://happyshoes.wordpress.com happyshoes

    As someone who is not a cook and needs simple instructions to make delicious, healthy dishes, I really like your blog. I’m adding it to my blogroll. Best of luck in culinary school!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net savorysimple

      Thank you!

  • Nikki

    Best of luck with your adventures in chef school!!
    I’ve wanted to wander down that path myself, but don’t think it’s quite my time to do so yet… Something about the hours I’d be working as a chef don’t fit into my lifestyle at the time being… But maybe someday!

    Your blog is really well written, and I enjoy reading through your recipes every so often!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net savorysimple

      There are so many things you can do these days with a culinary career aside from working as a chef! Always follow your dreams :)

      • Nikki

        You’re so right… There really are limitless options…which does give me comfort and hope!
        :)

  • http://ajunkyard.wordpress.com njsul

    Thanks for the feedback. Some great stuff here :)

  • Pam

    Hey Baltimore Bloggers, finally, your efforts are rewarded! Want to join us for a virtual bloggers’ dinner? Our first Blogger’s Dinner will be help on Thursday, March 25. And we ‘d love to have you join us for some sumptuous food, a cocktail or two, and all the while, share your opinions with you readers.

    The fun starts at 6 p.m. There will be live music and while we get together to enjoy some chilled seafood, tuna two ways, and Shirley Phillips’ famous crab cakes, all served family style for all of us to share, you can blog away, right there for all of the world wide web to see—but please swallow before sharing!

    This is a un-precedented event, so sign up early by calling us for a reservation to avoid a “blog-jam”.

    Space is limited and available on a first-come basis. So give me a call at 215.731.2000, x207. And I’ll save you a space.

    Bon Appetit.

  • http://www.htmi.ch Hailstones

    Dear Savory Simple,

    like the honesty & freshness of your pages, i think in education of my culinary students to bring ‘thought’ through their blog etc has brought even more depths and possibilities to grow further.

    Keep up the interesting work and keep fresh!

    David

  • http://thebakingconnoisseur.wordpress.com thebakingconnoisseur

    Wow…such an inspiration! How has culinary school been? As tough as it’s reported to be?

    • http://www.savorysimple.net savorysimple

      Culinary school has been an amazing experience. It has been incredibly challenging and rewarding at the same time. I’ve had moments of euphoria and a few meltdowns. But I wouldn’t take any of it back!

  • http://stuffurface.wordpress.com Amanda

    Congrats on culinary school. I do envy you, I would love to attend culinary school. Sounds like we have much in common! Your blog looks great!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net savorysimple

      Thank you so much! I’m graduating Friday! It has been quite a year.

  • Janae

    Very nice site! Love your pictures, too :)

  • http://girl-in-the-pink.com Girl In The Pink

    Your photography is lovely and your recipes look amazing!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Thank you very much!

  • http://magpiesinthekitchen.wordpress.com magpiesinthekitchen

    Hi, I love the beautiful photos on your site! Keep up the good work.

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I really enjoyed reading through your blog as well!

  • http://hampshirecook.wordpress.com hampshirecook

    Best of luck to you, you have a lovely blog.

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Thanks, you do as well!

  • Susan

    What a beautiful blog! Susan x

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Thank you so much! You have a lovely blog as well.

      • Susan

        And stunning photos! I’ve added you to my blogroll. I love the way you think about food.

  • http://budgetcookingblog.wordpress.com Dan McCullough

    Your blog is beautiful! And your recipes are cool, too. Are you working in a restaurant now? Good luck and keep up the good work!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Thank you! I’m working at a recreational cooking school, which I absolutely love.

  • elaina

    How absolutely wonderful!! I’m really looking forward to following your blog…looks like you’ve got some amazing recipes with beautiful photos to match. Love it . x

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I appreciate the follow!

  • http://searchingformiddleground.wordpress.com searching for middle ground

    I’ve certainly and excitedly added you to my blogroll and look forward to catching up on all the delicious recipes on your website!

  • Megan Ramaley

    Hey! Thanks for the comments on my blog – i’m just starting up and it”s always nice to hear from more established bloggers! When did you start blogging?

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I started in 2008. It’s addicting!

  • Megan Ramaley

    I know! I would love to add you to my blog roll!

  • f00dangel

    Your blog is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

  • http://theorangebee.wordpress.com The Orange Bee

    Your blog is beautiful – I’ll be back to grab that recipe for the apricot bars – they look scrumptious.

  • ambrosiana

    Stunning site and recipes!!! One of the best I have ever seen!!

  • http://innerscientist.wordpress.com innerscientist

    I’m loving your blog. Delicious! Thanks for sharing your love of food and I wish you luck with your culinary school! :)

  • Megan Ramaley

    Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for an award on my blog today! Thanks for being so inspiring! http://wp.me/p1hj6p-3x

  • http://chillininja.wordpress.com chillininja

    I love your site! Really informative, with good instructions and great pictures, which I think makes all the difference when following a recipe. I must try your tasty looking pizzas and add some of my chillies to the mix.

  • Rachel

    I really like your site! Full of lots of great information and photos.I am just getting mine started…it’s a work in progress, but thanks for visiting! Hopefully you will visit again when it has more to offer.

  • http://artistrybyadele.wordpress.com Amanda (Adele) D

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog today :) http://artistrybyadele.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/versatile-blogger-award/

  • http://sandranguy.wordpress.com sandranguy

    Great entries and love your photography, will definitely be coming back often to see what you have to share!

  • http://musicisedible.wordpress.com Gulliver

    Looking foward to reading a lot more of your blog! Very inspiring :)

  • http://holdthecroutons.wordpress.com megan12ca

    I LOVE your stuff! I would love to go to culinary school as well. Can’t wait to dig into more of your archives.

  • saiyiu

    It’s very brave of you to step out of your regular routine and into culinary school .. and what amazing things you’ve made and photographed on this blog! I especially like the autumn apple theme you have going in the past little while — looks delish!

    Many happy kitchen tales to you.

  • sweetlab

    I don’t mean to sound unoriginal, but I LOVE YOUR BLOG and the photography. Two things:

    1. I can’t believe you went to L’Academie! I just started the pastry arts program there and I would eventually love to teach at a recreational school. What a small world!!

    2. I have the same problem that you mentioned about not having good natural lighting in my apartment. I am always forced to bake in the morning to get descent pictures. I almost didn’t submit my last blog entry due to the poor quality of the pictures. Do you recommend the Lowel EGO Digital Imaging, Tabletop Fluorescent Light Unit to solve that problem?

    Thank you and keep up the good cooking/baking!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      That’s so exciting about L’Academie! Good luck with everything. Pastry Chefs Somchet and Teresa are wonderful. I worked with Chef Sam a few times as well and she seemed very nice. Sometimes I wished I was in Pastry Arts instead of the Culinary Arts program. We would be running around a hot kitchen cursing while the pastry chefs worked in a cool space. Not that I don’t think the pasty students have to work extremely hard. I can’t wait to read about your journey! I’ve followed your blog.

      The Lowel EGO Digital Imaging isn’t as warm as natural lighting, but you can use it to take beautiful photos if you have a good SLR camera.

      • sweetlab

        Yes, I do notice the culinary students hustling and stressing over next door. They prepare yummy meals every day for lunch and I’m so thankful for that! I love my professor. Chef Teresa is super knowledgeable and nice. Chef Somchet is sweet and hilarious. I love her passion for food and teaching. I will keep following your culinary journey through your beautiful blog! Well, off I go! I have to work on this notebook…I’m sure you remember and know exactly what I’m referring to…

        • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

          I certainly do! Tip: save your files under their English spellings in addition to the French spellings. It will make your life so much easier down the road.

  • thesweetkitten

    Hi,
    Thx for reacting on my blog! Yours look stunning!!! Great food, and stunning pictures!!! I subscribed to it, because I really want to follow this! Keep up the good work!
    Do you take the pictures yourself?

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I do, check out my FAQ

  • http://globetrottingforfood.wordpress.com ashkitty

    a very well made website…am going to add you to my blogroll not only for your recipe index but to also remind myself of what I want my website to look like when I have more to spend on it!

  • http://myhappyhappenings.wordpress.com sheelbeel

    That is incredible! When did this journey begin? Are you working as a chef? I would absolutely visit your restaurant – your recipes are incredible!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Thank you! I’ve worked over the past couple years as a line cook and a pastry chef. At the moment I’m working as a cooking instructor and social media marketer.

  • http://willyoubemyguineapig.wordpress.com willyoubemyguineapig

    love your blog, photos and writing. Admire your courage to change career paths. Maybe I will too….some day :). Good luck!!!

  • Sarah

    I have enjoyed reading your blog.

  • http://healthyfoodini.wordpress.com healthnhorizons

    Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog! I’m just getting started and found your blog inspiring. The photographs are really great. I, too, was in IT and changed career paths to go to Nutrition school ! Maybe Culinary school is next :) Good luck and will follow for sure!

  • http://palmtreesandmanatees.wordpress.com Tammy

    Congratulations on pursuing your passion! What a fun and beautiful blog! I look forward to your recipes!

  • http://detroittokyo.wordpress.com detroittokyo

    Thanks for checking out my blog and liking my post! I’d love to go to culinary school and wish you the best of luck :)

  • scolgin

    Lovely blog.

  • http://jewelzsays.wordpress.com jewelzsays

    Any tips on culinary school? I’m hoping to start Baking & Pastry at Le Cordon Bleu Austin this January. It’s only a 1 year program, M-F for 4 hours a day, and a 3 month externship.

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      If you have any specific questions, ask away. As far as general tips: don’t talk back to the chefs and label your equipment. I know your tools will be different from mine since I was in the Culinary Arts program, but the same rules apply. Use a particular color of tape to identify your stuff. Some students in the CA program even get their knives engraved. I walked into the kitchen one time and saw one of my classmates removing the tape from my slicer and putting it in their bag. That was a fun conversation.

      Also, take care of yourself. Culinary school is exhausting. Try to exercise and eat well, because you’re going to be fed a lot of really fattening food every day.

  • http://jewelzsays.wordpress.com jewelzsays

    Thank you so much for the tips, I would not have thought of the labeling tools.. If I think of any more specific ones I’ll let you know, but I don’t think I have any yet. :)

  • http://delacasa.wordpress.com christinajane

    Love your space. We have a lot in common :P Will be following you! Keep posting gorgeous recipes.

    Christina x

  • J. A. Robinson

    Thank you for visiting my “punny” photoblog and leaving a “like”! I have just subscribed to your blog. I follow 2 other cooking blogs with beautiful step-by-step photography:

    http://sydneyskitchen.tv/

    http://janaemonir.wordpress.com/

    John R.

  • http://dpageek.wordpress.com mwolowicz

    Great recipes. I love your photos, too. Do you take them yourself? They make the dishes look amazing !!!!
    Great job !!!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Thank you! I do take my photos, I explain the setup in my FAQ if you’re interested.

      • http://dpageek.wordpress.com mwolowicz

        I will definitely take a look, thank you !!! :)

  • Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric

    Great blog and very inspiring photography too! Looking forward to reading more!

  • http://foodismylife.wordpress.com Jasline

    I wish I have the courage to go down this path and attend culinary school… hopefully I’ll be able to do so in the future! I heart the photos and the food on your blog! (:

  • http://fiftytwotreats.wordpress.com fiftytwotreats

    I’m so glad I saw your blog! I recently decided to attend culinary school for pastry and baking…I start in January…wish me luck!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Good luck! You’ll do great!

  • http://tangerineyes.wordpress.com Tangerine Eyes

    This is a great blog! I’m adding it to my index of food blogs! :)

  • Huy-zer

    Thank you for making food fun and approachable. I’m adding you to my Blog Roll!

  • themidlifesecondwife

    Just want you to know that I’m adding you to my Blog Roll, which is actually called “The Blogs of Others” on my site because, you know, I don’t want people thinking it’s a list of ingredients for a type of bread. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes, especially the one for Puff Pastry Brie Bites. (Actually, if there were such a thing as a Blog Roll, it might look like that.)
    Keep up the great work!!

  • http://lifeasaculinarygirl.wordpress.com smileycook

    I think it is awesome that you followed your dream and went to culinary school. I’m a culinary student myself whose started a food blog. I hope to get to the level of your post, your food looks amazing! My question to you is how do you make your pictures and post look soo amazing!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Hey there! Congratulations on starting school!

      If you visit my Amazom Store (linked on the top menu) under the phography section, you can see the photography products I use. I also discuss it in my FAQ. I think I cover everything there but let me know if you have any other questions :)

  • Kathy

    Really loving your blog – nominated you for the Versatile Blogger, though it looks like you’ve already been nominated :) Looking forward to reading much much more!

  • Granny

    Greetings! I’ve just nominated you for the Food Bloggers Unplugged Award. Surprised? I was too. I hope you don’t mind my passing this on. Simply return to Granny’s Parlour to retrieve 10 questions. I had a lot of fun doing this light-hearted soul searching this morning. I hope you enjoy it as well. ~ Granny

  • http://sugardishme.wordpress.com Heather Tullos

    Your site is gorgeous!

  • http://atasteforchange.wordpress.com atasteforchange

    Your blog is fantastic, the photography stunning and so many of your recipes are on my wish list … I’ve been wanting to bake with lavender for years but just haven’t gotten around to it. I did a similar thing to you, was a teacher but found I wanted to spend every spare second I had cooking, reading about food, watching food, talking about food. I’m now an apprentice chef and am just loving the learning – it’s a tough road though. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Thank you for the kind words! Being an apprentice chef can be very tough, hang in there! Let me know how it goes.

  • http://sandranguy.wordpress.com sandranguy

    Hi Jennifer,
    I’ve missed seeing your stunning food pictures and enticing recipes the past few weeks :) I would like to pass on the “One Lovely Blog Award” to you: http://sandranguy.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/one-lovely-blog-award/

  • wanderingladle

    Recently landed at your blog and am loving it. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful recipes.

    Best,
    Sihi

  • http://notimeforironing.wordpress.com notimeforironing

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I just had a browse through your recipes, I want to make them all, they all look so delicious!

  • http://youmeandaworldtosee.wordpress.com/ Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See

    I love the double entendre of “insatiable passion for food.” Wonderful blog!

  • http://cateskitchenadventures.wordpress.com Cate’s Kitchen Adventures

    Hello! I love your blog, such beautiful recipes and photos. I nominated you for a One Lovely Blog Award, hope you don’t mind :-)
    http://cateskitchenadventures.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/the-kindness-of-strangers/

  • http://thefitspirit.com Jess

    So wonderful that you are doing something you love. Really like your blog. I’m always loony for new recipes- sadly I’m not the most talented cook! :)