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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 and drew standing on a pier in malibu california

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! Aside from helping with the blog, Drew is also a full-time product designer.

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.

Bethany standing by the waterfront in Hoboken NJ with NYC 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.


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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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  • Doris says:

    Congratulations You both, Bethany and hubby Drew, who work to show online FOOD that are prepared with love, indulgence, and balanced ingredients. I’ve been entertained and filled with courage to try something new at 85 years1

    • Bethany says:

      Thank you so much, Doris!! Such kind words. It means so much that we could inspire you to try something new:)

  • Cid Gillispie says:

    Hi Bethany,
    I’m getting ready to make your naan pizzas tonight. Any suggestions if and when to add pineapple and mushrooms as the toppings? Thank you!

    • Bethany says:

      Hi Cid! You can saute mushrooms to cook them prior to layering on the pizza, or slice them thin and top them on the pizza before baking. Pineapple should work too! 🙂 I would bake it on the pizza. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Linda Lewis says:

    Do you have a separate Pinterest page for vegans? I’ve been very unwell and the antibiotics made me feel so sick, but my daughter-in-law made the cauliflower and leek soup and it literally saved me ….. especially as I’m vegan! Thanks so much. Regards. Li da

    • Bethany says:

      Hi Linda, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. But what a wonderful thing to hear that soup was so healing for you. Check out my vegan category! Link – It is full of a lot more soups and stews that can be very healing to the body as well. I hope and pray you feel better!

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