– A Simple Palate is a community of food lovers who are passionate about seasonal, flavorful meals that feed the body and soul.

Bethany’s love language is slow Sunday dinners with the echo of oldie classics in the background…

Growing up in a family from Jersey and New York, Bethany’s love for food and cooking began in the kitchen at her mother’s side, learning old Italian recipes that have been passed down from family, friends, and neighbors.

Sunday evenings were almost ceremonious. The aromas of Italian cooking with the voices of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are woven into her most cherished memories - a crowded kitchen full of cooks, splattered recipe cards, and the perfume of authentic Italian dishes. You could practically taste the love that poured into every recipe, and the same remains today. After establishing the same traditions in her family, she decided to share them with the world, too.

And that’s what you’ll find at A Simple Palate: a community of food lovers who are passionate about seasonal, flavorful meals that feed the body and soul.

Minimal ingredients and straightforward instructions are the fundamentals of each recipe at A Simple Palate. Bethany is here to help you navigate the kitchen and create successful recipes time after time, no matter your experience.

‘Cause, that’s amore!

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Bethany as a girl washing dishes in the kitchen Bethany and her mother enjoying a sunny day sailing on the Hudson river Bethany enjoying a slice of pizza at an Italian restaurant
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Hey! I’m Bethany, I’m so happy you found yourself here.

Launched in 2014, this space all began because of the memories I have of cooking with my mother. I learned all of my family’s famous recipes standing right beside her. I remember those slow Sunday dinners and still cherish those memories. From that moment on, food became my life and passion. Now, it’s my full-time job!

Italian cuisine was the first I learned to cook. Here, you’ll find plenty of Italian recipes and then some.

Every recipe at A Simple Palate is tested until perfected, always seasonal, always flavorful, and best enjoyed with the favorite people in your life. We keep things simple around here. That means simple ingredients and simple instructions.

I’m a firm believer that you can be successful in the kitchen no matter your level of experience, and I’m here to help you do just that.

– Fun facts

Bethany and Drew

I’m married to my best friend Drew. Who just so happens to be A Simple Palate’s tech support, web developer/designer, and official taste tester! When Drew isn’t helping with the blog, he is working as a UI/UX designer for a software company based in Los Angeles.

Bethany and Drew on the Malibu pier

We both have a love for traveling and have moved around the US quite a bit together. We love trying all the delicious food along the way of each adventure we take.

Bethany and her dog Hudson at the park

I’m a very happy puppy momma to our English Springer Spaniel, Hudson.

Bethany in hoboken new jersey with New york city in the background

I was born in Jersey and was raised by incredibly loving family members that are from both sides of the Hudson river. So I grew up with a deep love for both New York and Jersey.

Bethany walking with her father towards yankee stadium

I’m a born and raised New York Yankees fan.

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Italian food was my first love and was the first cuisine I learned how to make. Throughout my blog, you’ll find some of my family’s beloved Italian recipes.

If you are interested in my journey as a blogger, take a listen to a conversation I had with Elaine Benoit on her podcast Dishing with Delishes and check out our blogger resources guide.

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– My food philosophy

Using “love” as a secret ingredient

As cheesy as it may sound, my love is best demonstrated through cooking. It’s true that the more you love what you are doing, the more it will show. I put my whole heart into each recipe I create and share with you because I want the food you create to be nourishment to your body and soul.

Room for indulgence

I love eating healthy, but balance doesn’t mean deprivation. On my blog, you’ll find tons of comfort food recipes like pasta, pizza, and cookies. Some of these dishes are traditionally made as a homage to my Jersey roots and love for Italian cooking, others have a modern healthy twist while still being indulgent.

Cooking with “clean” ingredients

I try my best to always cook with products that do not contain preservatives, added hormones, chemicals, or artificial flavors. Because of this, I believe in buying high-quality, local ingredients from businesses and farms that uphold the same values.

Balance

In my daily life and on my blog, I follow a label-less diet. This means eating mostly vegetarian/plant-based, creating baked sweets that are filled with nutritious ingredients, and still enjoying recipes that include meat and dairy in moderation.

– Recipes for every occasion & experience level

View all recipes →

teriyaki chicken

Conquer busy weeknights with our 10-minute teriyaki chicken.

cast iron skillet pizza

Learn how to make crispy New York style pizza with our Cast Iron Skillet Pizza.

almond butter cookies

Satisfy your sweet tooth by making our surprisingly wholesome chewy almond butter cookies.

vegetarian fajitas

Spice up your meatless meals with our favorite vegetarian fajitas.

– Frequently asked questions

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

Friends, I absolutely love sharing my recipes with you. But all of A Simple Palate content is exclusively mine – all pictures, recipes, texts, unless stated otherwise. Do not copy or paste my recipes to your blog/site or any other platform. You are, however, welcome to share my photography with a link credited to the original post. 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!

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49 Comments

  • Avatar for Brenda Rhinehart Brenda Rhinehart says:

    Roasted Lemon Rosemary Chicken with potatoes — can I make this in the crockpot ??

    • Avatar for Bethany Bethany says:

      Hi Brenda! I personally have never tried this. It’s meant to be an oven recipe. But, if you double the sauce, it should work!

  • Avatar for Rich R. Rich R. says:

    Just made your cheesy rotini with roasted vegetables and it’s fantastic. I was browsing around for pasta recipes after my wife and I picked up some gluten-free pasta from Eataly, (Alce Nero, which btw was excellent), and luckily tried yours. Love the website and I’ll definitely be coming back for more ideas. (My one major change, though, was to substitute fontina for the cheddar. I really had to sit there for a few seconds making sure it actually said cheddar.). It’s immediately become one of our new favorites. Thanks for a great dinner!

    • Avatar for Bethany Bethany says:

      Thank you so much, Rich! Love hearing that you enjoyed the pasta so much. And love the idea of using fontina cheese! I will have to try that myself. 🙂

  • Wow. I love this about page so much. Not only are you gorgeous–but your background and history are just as much beautiful. Folks, I knew Bethany growing up, and her family was one that welcomed you with open arms (Barb, I love you like a mother). I always knew Beth had a love for food when she’d whip up things like tomato soup using the most odd ingredients (to me)–but it would taste amazing. Her mom would wake us up with pumpkin pancakes, and I remember feeling bewildered at the combo. Those, of course, were delicious as well. All of the memories I have had growing up with Bethany were not only beautiful, but delectable. Gosh, she truly has a knack for good food. It was engrained in her. I always know I can come to her with any foodie advice. This woman is honest in her life, and in her cooking. She is a true beauty inside and out. Her recipes are straight forward, and mouthwatering.

  • Avatar for Lurra Lurra says:

    WOOW its amazing to read this .
    You made my day .
    Thank you so much for it

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