About Simply Recipes

Southern Biscuits with White Lily Flour - hands holding a plate of biscuits

Hello and welcome to Simply Recipes!

Thank you so much for stopping by the site! If you are new to Simply Recipes, the one thing you should know about us is that we are obsessed with creating scratch cooking recipes that you will love.

Recipes that work

There are two things we think about when deciding if a recipe is good enough to go on the site.

First, does it work? Does the dish make us smile inside and out? Do we want to eat the whole batch by ourselves? 

Second, if the dish tastes great, is it worth the effort? Do we want to make it again (and again and again)?

This is what we strive for—recipes you can rely on to work every time and be worth your time, effort, and $$ to make!

Our goal is to encourage people to cook at home, and to make the process of feeding your family and loved ones less intimidating and more enjoyable.

Our recipes are all tested in our own home kitchens, usually several times.


Where we get the recipes

We develop most of our recipes in-house (Simply Recipes staff and contributors), inspired by what is growing in the garden, and seasonal produce we find at the market.

If we have pulled a recipe from another source, we do our best to attribute the source.

The recipes we share use mostly whole food ingredients but we also believe there is a time and a place for healthy canned, frozen, and other prepared ingredients. We believe in a varied, healthy diet, using extra virgin olive oil, real butter and cream, eggs, lots of green vegetables, and protein from meat, fish, beans, and cheese.

Recipe testing

Since we are developing recipes in our home kitchens, all of our recipes are made with the home cook in mind. We want you to love our recipes as much as we do!

Since not every home kitchen is set up the same way, as of early 2017, we now do an extra round of recipe testing with a team of recipe testers who work from their home kitchens. They make and give feedback on each new recipe that goes up on Simply Recipes, making sure it’s perfect before it goes out the door.

Please try the recipes, and if you have a question or constructive feedback, let us know about it in the comments to the recipe.

Elise Bauer and parents

Elise with her parents Tom and Alice Bauer

A little history of how we started

Simply Recipes was founded by Elise Bauer in 2003 as a blog to keep track of the recipes she was learning to cook from her parents in Sacramento, California.

Elise had been a busy Silicon Valley executive when in 2001 she became sick with a flu that wouldn’t go away. In 2003 Elise moved home with her parents to help recover. Elise lived with her parents for several years, recovering from chronic fatigue and documenting her parents’ cooking on Simply Recipes. (Here’s more of that story.) Over the years, what started as a small blog grew to reach millions of readers every month!

In 2016, Simply Recipes joined forces with Fexy Media, a Seattle-based media company who also owns Serious Eats and Road Food. Then in 2020, Simply Recipes was acquired by Dotdash.com, a New York-based media company.

The team today

Simply Recipes is produced by a team of experienced cooks devoted to high quality, accessible home cooking.

Emma Christensen

Editor-in-Chief Emma Christensen

Our COO and Editor-in-Chief is Emma Christensen. Emma was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of three cookbooks, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College.

Summer Miller

Senior Editor Summer Miller

Senior Editor Summer Miller is based in Nebraska. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Eating Well, Grit, SAVEUR, and Every Day with Rachael Ray among others. Her first book, New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers and Artisans of the Great Plains was released by Agate Publishing in 2015.

Director of Marketing and Sales Megan Gordon

Director of Marketing and Sales Megan Gordon

Director of Marketing Megan Gordon is based in Seattle, WA. Megan is a writer, recipe developer, and culinary educator. She is the author of Whole Grain Mornings and writes a regular column on whole grain cooking for Edible Seattle.

Senior Editor Cambria Bold

Senior Editor Cambria Bold is based in St. Paul, MN. Cambria was formerly the Design and Lifestyle Editor for Kitchn and the Managing Editor for Apartment Therapy’s (now retired) green living site Re-Nest.

Community Manager

Community Manager Claudia Cash

Community Manager Claudia Cash lives near Portland, Oregon. Claudia is the mother of five, including twins! Claudia interacts with our readers daily on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Art Director Andy Christensen lives near Minneapolis in Minnesota with his wife and two kids. He has a background in cartooning and studio arts, and is responsible for everything on Simply Recipes looking ship-shape.

Simply Recipes Founder Elise Bauer

Simply Recipes Founder Elise Bauer

Simply Recipes Founder Elise Bauer lives in Sacramento, California. Elise is a writer, photographer, and recipe developer and has authored over 1400 recipes on Simply Recipes. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University.

Simply Recipes Crew

Our contributors

Simply Recipes is blessed to have several talented writers and recipe developers contributing recipes to the site.

In addition to recipes from Elise, Emma, and the Simply Recipes team, you’ll find recipes from Boston Globe food writer and chef Sally Vargas, food blogger, chef, and cookbook author Marta Rivera of Sense and Edibility, food blogger Nick Evans of Macheesmo, James Beard award winning Hank Shaw of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, cookbook author Garrett McCord, food blogger and author Irvin Lin of Eat the Love, New York Times recipe writer and blogger Aaron Hutcherson, food blogger and photographer Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella, food blogger Cindy Rahe of Hungry Girl Por Vida, and food blogger and author Coco Morante of The Lefty Spoon, among others.

Shout-out also to our former associate editor, Carrie Havranek, who contributed many great recipes to the site and helped shepherd many posts into being.

About comments

Comments are open on the most recent recipes and posts. When leaving comments, we ask that you think of this website as our home. Please don’t say anything on this site that you wouldn’t, as an invited guest, say in someone’s home. Constructive criticism is welcome, as we all benefit from such advice.

Questions are also welcome; we will attempt to answer them in a timely manner. Before you ask a question, please check to see if your question has already been addressed in either the recipe introduction or comments other people have made.

Rude, mean, or obnoxious comments are not welcome and will not be approved to post (we will gently escort a misbehaving guest out of the house). Overly self-promotional or spammy comments will also not be approved to post. Please restrict your comments to the topic at hand, for the benefit of all who may be reading.


Simply Recipes was noted in Time Magazine as being a “great resource for cooks”. We aspire to be just that, a great resource for you and others who love to cook. For more press mentions see the Press and Awards section of the website.

Advertising and Amazon Links

From time to time we may link to Amazon.com to help you find where you can easily buy kitchen tools or books we recommend.

We do receive a small commission for any sales made from these links. These commissions, plus any fees from ads that are displayed on the site, support the running of Simply Recipes.

If you are an advertiser or brand and are interested in working with Simply Recipes, we would love to talk with you.

Strawberries on Simply Recipes


Simply Recipes either owns the copyright or has the rights to use all photographs on the site. Please contact us to obtain permission if you would like to use a photo on this site (contact info is below).

In general we don’t mind if our photos are republished on other sites as long as there is a link back to the recipe from which the photo is taken, and as long as the recipe itself is not also published with the photograph.

Use of Our Recipes

Please do not re-use, reprint, or otherwise republish any of our recipes or their headnotes, including translations, without written approval from the editor-in-chief. Contact information is below.

Simply Recipes Team Photo

Left to right: Megan Gordon, Elise Bauer, Summer Miller, and Emma Christensen

Contact us

  • Sales, marketing, or affiliate partnership inquiries can be directed to [email protected]. Please do not contact Emma Christensen or Elise Bauer for these inquiries.
  • Editor-in-Chief Emma Christensen can be reached through email at emma AT simplyrecipes {dot} com.
  • Simply Recipes founder Elise Bauer can be reached through email at elise AT simplyrecipes {dot] com.

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Thanks so much for visiting Simply Recipes!