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A Simple Palate
Bethany Kramer smiling in a bright white kitchen wearing a pink sweater.

Italian-American recipes, & more.

Welcome to A Simple Palate!

Here, you’ll find a variety of my favorite Italian and Italian-American recipes, with a little bit of everything else in between.

Every recipe on A Simple Palate is seasonal, flavorful, and best shared with the most important people in your life. We keep things simple around here. That means accessible ingredients, easy-to-follow instructions, and recipes tested to perfection.

I firmly believe that you can succeed in the kitchen no matter your cooking experience, and I’m here to help you do just that.

Bethany Kramer smiling in a bright white kitchen wearing a pink sweater holding a dutch oven

About Bethany

Nice to meet you! I’m Bethany Kramer, recipe creator, food stylist, and photographer behind A Simple Palate. I started this blog in 2014 with a bold vision to share my love of good food with others. Fast forward 10 years, 200+ recipes, and a new cooking show on Youtube that my husband Drew and I create together, it’s been quite a journey and I’m loving every minute.

How it started

My love for food and cooking stems from my family’s roots in North Jersey and Long Island, NY. Good food was a pivotal part of my life growing up, as my mom and many of my aunts were incredible cooks and big foodies! Rather than tuning into cartoons, I would watch cooking shows with the women in my family instead. I vividly remember starting to cook alongside my mom when I was eight, reading her handwritten recipes on envelopes and playing Frank Sinatra in the background. Italian cuisine was the first I learned to cook, and you’ll see that reflected here on my blog, with plenty of Italian recipes and then some. As I began to cook more and more I realized at a young age that food was the central piece in bringing the people I loved most together in one room.  Some of my most cherished memories with my family have been around a table with heartwarming recipes at the center. My hope is for these recipes to inspire similar moments for you and your family and friends!

My recipes have been featured in Buzzfeed, Shape, Country Living, Oprah Magazine, CNBC, Reader’s Digest, MSN, and countless other sites and publications.


What you will find on A Simple Palate

  • ✓ Everyday, good quality ingredients to make simple, elevated dishes.
  • ✓ Perfectly outlined recipes so that your meals are packed with flavor every time.
  • ✓ Easy, straightforward recipes for any cooking level.
  • ✓ Something for everyone: there are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and meat-focused dishes.

What you won't find on A Simple Palate

  • ✗ Fussy, complicated recipes that take hours to make.
  • ✗ Unusual, hard to find ingredients.
  • ✗ Loads of fancy gadgets or tools. Everything needed is common to home kitchens.
  • ✗ Recipes that aren’t full of color and the best seasonal ingredients.

Fun Facts

Bethany Kramer and Drew Kramer with the beach in the background.

I'm married to my best friend, Drew. When he's not working as a full time Web Designer, he is A Simple Palate's official taste tester, web developer/designer, film crew for our youtube channel, and tech support. He wears many hats!

Bethany as a girl helping wash dishes wearing a hair scarf

I've been cooking for as long as I can remember. From being my mom's helper in the kitchen, to cooking full meals for my family by the time I was 12. The kitchen was where I felt purpose.

Bethany stooping next to her Springer Spaniel Hudson in a field on a winter day

We have an English Springer Spaniel, Hudson, whom we adore. If he’s not chasing birds outside, you can find his little snoot sniffing behind each recipe hoping a delicious ingredient falls to the floor.

A young girl figure skating doing a spiral in a blue dress in an ice rink.

I am a former competitive figure skater so cold ice rinks were where I spent most of my teen years. My dad played ice hockey when he was younger, so he played a huge role in getting me and my sister into skating. I skated competitively through my teen years, then continued lessons in my 20's. I now skate for leisure in my free time and also coach at my local ice rink once a week.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you available for freelance or sponsored work?

Absolutely! Please reach out to me using my contact form. Depending on fit and availability, I would love to work with you.

Where can I find you on social media?

Follow me @asimplepalate on InstagramFacebookPinterest, and Youtube. Sorry fam, I don’t do Tiktok.

Do you take your own photos? What camera do you use?

Yes, that’s me behind the camera! I love photography and food styling, and have learned so much over the years. You can find all of the info about my current camera setup on our Resources for Food Bloggers and Shop page.

Can I interview you?

Absolutely! Please write to me using my contact form for media, press, or publication enquiries and include a brief statement of what the interview will include and where it will be published.

Can I share your recipes on my own website or social media?

All of A Simple Palate content is exclusively mine – all pictures, recipes, texts, unless stated otherwise. You are welcome to share my photography with a link credited to the original post. Kindly, please do not copy or paste my recipes to your blog/site or any other platform. I reserve the right to ask you to remove anything of mine from your site/platform. If you have any questions on sharing my recipes, please ask. Thanks for spreading the word!

Who designed your website?

My husband, Drew – web developer/designer, and official taste tester for A Simple Palate! To find more details, head to our Resources for Food Bloggers page.

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  • Pam Fakatselis says:

    Dearest Bethany and Drew,
    I am the chef in our family and have been cooking for over 40 years using a lot of my family’s recipes as well as my husbands. We too enjoy family tradition. My husband loves watching YouTube videos including cooking videos. He is now hooked on your recipes to the point after all these years actually cooking them himself. He has made your sauce many times and most recently we both made your chicken parmesan meatballs together. They were amazing! After 40 years of marriage we are finally cooking together. Thank you.

    • Bethany Kramer says:

      Pam, this means so much. What a joy to be able to cook together, and make those memories. To know that you’re using some of my recipes out of the sea of people you could choose from means the world. Thank you so much for sharing this! Thrilled you are enjoying the recipes so much💛

  • Lamar says:

    Loved the eggplant parmesan recipe you have online tried it yesterday with my wife’s help and eggplant I grew in my garden here in south Georgia. It was yummy and will use again!

    • Bethany Kramer says:

      I love to hear that, Lamar. Love that you could use your home grown eggplant – its so much better that way:) Thank you for sharing!

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