Hi! I’m Jen. I have a slightly embarrassing obsession with food. It consumes my life in many ways: cooking, learning, trying new cuisines, 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 2010 and have been cooking and baking professionally ever since. I’ve worked as a line cook, pastry chef and cooking instructor.
I’m now a full time recipe developer, food photographer, and blogger living in Washington DC. I published my second cookbook on October 25, 2016.
Savory Simple focuses on well-tested, reliable recipes and tutorials for the home cook.
My recipes range from beginner to advanced. I aim for beautiful presentation, and to get the best flavors out of each dish. My goal is to help you become confident and fearless in the kitchen!
On this website you’ll find everything from classic recipes like guacamole and perfect soft-boiled eggs, to more advanced recipes such as my chocolate espresso layer cake. I also share homemade pantry staples you would normally buy at the store like buttermilk ranch dressing and yogurt.
I thoroughly test each recipe you’ll find on the blog. Ingredient quality is important to me, because it can seriously impact the flavor, texture, and even the color of recipes. Chocolate, vanilla and cheese are perfect examples of this.
I believe that with some basic techniques and a willingness to experiment, anyone can be an amazing cook.
Freelance Work and Features
You can check out my photography portfolio at Jennifer Farley Photography.
Outside of The Blog
When I’m not working, I can be found…
- Hanging out with Jeff, my husband
- Heckling Eleanor Rigby, our cat
- Trying to burn off cupcake calories at spin class or hot yoga
- Painting with acrylics
- Experimenting with skincare products. I have a weird obsession with sunscreen.
What photography equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and alternate between several lenses:
- 100mm/2.8 macro
I also use a Manfrotto 190XPROB 3-Section Aluminum Pro Tripod with a Ball Head. I do post production editing in Photoshop CC.
Do you write sponsored posts?
I am open to writing sponsored posts on a limited basis. I prefer working with base ingredients such as produce, grains, meats, dairy, eggs, pasta, and alcohol.
I also occasionally write travel reviews. Contact me for more information. My media kit is available upon request.
Can I send you a free sample of my product?
I don’t accept free samples. I am very flattered by your interest, so thank you!
Are you accepting guest bloggers?
I’m not accepting any guest bloggers at this time, sorry.
Are you available for freelance recipe development, food photography and paid guest blogging on other websites?
I am! Let’s talk.
My Top 25 Favorite Recipes on Savory Simple
(last updated 4/19/19)
People often ask me what my favorite recipes are. It’s not an easy question, but I’ve pulled together a list of some of what I personally love to make again and again. In no particular order:
- English Muffins
- Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (my grandma’s recipe!)
- Rum Cake
- Eggplant Lasagna
- Mexican Tortilla Casserole
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi
- Crispy Sesame Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce
- Buttermilk Chicken
- Cincinnati Chili
- Penne Alla Vodka
- Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
- Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon
- Greek Pasta Salad
- Horchata Ice Cream
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Wild Blueberry Lemon Cream Tart
- Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream
- Butterfinger Cookies
- Pecan Pie Bars
- Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake
- Key Lime Pie Popsicles
- Blood Orange Gin & Tonic