About Simply Recipes

Elise Bauer

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.

Does it work? Does the dish make your taste buds light up and your eyes twinkle? Do you want to eat the whole batch by yourself? 

And if it’s good and tastes great, is it worth the effort? Do you want to make it again (and again and again)?

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

We may not always hit the mark, but our commitment is to refine the recipes we develop until they do.

Do you have a recipe binder or a box of recipe cards? This of this site as our sharing our recipe box with you. Our recipes are all tested, usually several times.

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

How we got started

My name is Elise Bauer and I founded Simply Recipes in 2003 (wow, that was a long time ago!) as a blog to keep track of recipes I was learning to cook from my parents in Carmichael, California.

I had been a busy Silicon Valley executive when in 2001 I became sick with a flu that wouldn’t go away. In 2003 I moved home with my parents (then in their 70s, now in their 80s) to help recover. While living with my mother and father I started documenting their cooking on this website. 

Both of my parent are excellent home cooks, having raised 6 kids on a teacher’s salary. My mother has always been committed to scratch cooking and whole food ingredients, and my father loves experimenting with new recipes. He’s the one with 6 extra large binders in the kitchen, all filled with recipes he’s tried.

For the first seven years of Simply Recipes, almost all of the cooking was done in my parent’s kitchen in Carmichael, California. In April 2010, I was finally well enough to go on my own again so I bought a home down the street from my parents. Now most of the cooking for the site takes place in my home kitchen.

These days I cook less with my parents and more often with friends, including my French sweetheart Guy who was raised in Provence, as well as food blogger Hank Shaw, and chef Kathi Riley who cooked for many years at the Zuni Cafe and Chez Panisse.

We also have invited several guest contributors to showcase their recipes on the site.

The family recipe blog that started in 2003 has blossomed and taken on a life of its own. Simply Recipes now reaches several millions of visitors each month!

In April 2016, Simply Recipes was acquired by Fexy Media, a Seattle-based media company who also owns Serious Eats and Road Food. (See the announcement.)


Where we get the recipes

For several years now, we’ve been developing recipes in house, inspired by what is growing in the garden, and seasonal produce we find at the market.

If you look through the archives though, you’ll find many old family recipes, and recipes my family has over 30 years pulled from cookbooks, magazines, and newspaper clippings.

If we have pulled a recipe from another source, we try to attribute that source where we can (sometimes it’s hard when you only have a clipping.)

The recipes we share use mostly whole food ingredients and only occasionally a few things from cans or prepared foods. We believe in a varied, healthy diet, using real butter, real cream, eggs, lots of green vegetables, and protein from meat, fish, beans, and cheese.

About comments

Comments are open on the most recent recipes and posts. I would ask that if you would like to leave a comment that you think of this website as our home and that you wouldn’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. Do please check to see if you question hasn’t 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 (that’s me, gently escorting the misbehaving guest out of the house). 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.

Nutritional Information

One often requested feature is to provide the nutritional information (calories, points, etc.) for the recipes on this site. Unfortunately, we have neither the time nor the expertise to provide this analysis. Simply Recipes is a reflection of how our family cooks and eats, and as we do not analyze nutritional information for our meals, it is not done for the site.

Advertising and Amazon Links

On our book reviews, and in some of the recipes, we may link to Amazon.com to help you find where you can easily buy the books or kitchen items 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 and are interested in placing an ad on Simply Recipes, please see the information on Advertise on Simply Recipes.

Strawberries on Simply Recipes


All photographs on Simply Recipes were taken by Elise Bauer, unless otherwise noted. Information about the camera equipment, techniques, and software used for Elise’s photographs can be found in this article, Photography on Simply Recipes.

Simply Recipes either owns the copyright or has the rights to use all photographs on the site. Please contact me to obtain permission if you would like to use a photo on this site (contact info is below). In general I don’t mind if my 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

If you would like to republish a recipe you find here on Simply Recipes on your own website, please 1) re-write the instructions in your own unique words rather than copying and pasting ours, 2) please do not copy our headnotes, and 3) please provide a working link back to the source recipe on SimplyRecipes.com. I ask that you rewrite the recipes in your own words because Google penalizes sites when they see duplicate content on the web, making it more difficult for readers to find our recipes using Google search.

Book Reviews and Product Reviews

Once in awhile I write about books or products I like. My current policy is to not accept free products or books for review (books by friends are the exception). If I review a book or a product it is because I have personally bought it, and either read it or use it.

Elise Bauer

About Elise

My name is Elise Bauer and I live in Carmichael, California. Formerly I was an executive with an Internet software company and for many years a Silicon valley strategy and marketing consultant.

Contact Elise

I can be reached through email at elise AT simplyrecipes {dot] com. You can also find me on Twitter, on Instagram, PinterestFacebook, and Snapchat.


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