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 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 now a full time recipe developer, food photographer, and blogger living in Washington DC. I recently published my second cookbook on October 25, 2016.
When I’m not in the kitchen, I can be found hanging out with my husband Jeff, heckling my cat Sofi, or trying to burn off cupcake calories at spin class or hot yoga.
Savory Simple focuses on everyday gourmet recipes for the home cook.
Please don’t be intimated by the word gourmet! Many of my recipes are extremely easy. I aim for a beautiful presentation, and getting the best flavors out of each dish. To me, that is the essence of gourmet.
On this website you’ll find everything from classic staples like guacamole and perfect soft-boiled eggs, to more advanced recipes such as my chocolate malt layer cake. I also love experimenting with DIY kitchen staples we all normally buy from the store like butter and yogurt.
I’m slowly building up an arsenal of tutorials and guides that I will link to from relevant recipes, so you can better understand the how and why of certain techniques. My goal is to help you become more confident in the kitchen.
I thoroughly test each recipe, and love working with bold flavor combinations. Ingredient quality is important to me, because it can seriously impact the flavor, texture, and color of recipes. Chocolate, vanilla and cheese are perfect examples of this. I believe that with some basic kitchen techniques and a willingness to experiment, anyone can be an amazing cook.
What photography equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and alternate between several lenses: a 50mm/1.4, 35mm/1.4, 100mm/2.8 macro, 27-70mm/f2.8, and 85mm/1.8. 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 creating sponsored posts on a limited basis. I particularly like 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, but I am very flattered by your interest!
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 10 Favorite Recipes on Savory Simple
(last updated 3/10/18)
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:
- Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake
- Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (my grandma’s recipe!)
- Rum Cake
- Eggplant Lasagna
- Mexican Tortilla Casserole
- Cincinnati Chili
- Horchata Ice Cream
- Wild Blueberry Lemon Cream Tart
- English Muffins
- Blood Orange Gin & Tonic
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About the Author
Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.