July 17, 2014

Cream Cheese Enchiladas

Enchiladas stuffed with a savory cream cheese filling and topped with a spicy homemade chili gravy and cheese. These enchiladas are so simple and to die for!



June 30, 2014

Best Thing I've Eaten [June]: Beyond Glaze Donuts



Donuts from Beyond Glaze, a fresh gourmet donut shop located in Utah, are a new favorite of mine. Some of my favorite donut flavors of theirs include: the maple bacon donut, lemon meringue pie donut, and lemon orange donut.


Beyond Glaze Donuts // The Taste Tester

June 23, 2014

S'mores Granola Bars



Soft and chewy granola bars loaded with mini teddy grahams, marshmallows, and mini chocolate chips. These bars are a quick and easy no-bake treat for hot summer days!


S'mores Granola Bars // The Taste Tester

June 9, 2014

Welcome to The New Taste Tester!

My name is Amanda, the cook/photographer/writer at The Taste Tester. I just thought I'd drop in today for a little update because if you haven't noticed some of my older posts have been dropping off this website like crazy. I've gotten a few emails from readers this weekend, so let me offer you a little explanation.

I've been MIA for the past eight months or so. When I originally started this blog in 2012 I wanted it just to be a hobby. Eventually it became a job and it kind of overtook the rest of my life. I was super overwhelmed back in November  of 2013 when I decided to call it quits.

In the meantime I've browsed through the posts on this blog *what feels like* hundreds of times. I've begun to realize that the more popular this blog got, the more I catered to getting views and making money. I took photos for the purpose of making it on Food Gawker or Tastespotting, and that didn't even mean they were always photos I liked. I don't think this blog has really ever showcased who I am. 

It is for these reasons that I've been going through my posts and either deleting them or reverting them to drafts. Some of these posts will eventually reappear on The Taste Tester, just with new photos. Some posts have recipes that are flawed so I'm working on fixing those, too. I left a few posts up for now, but eventually when I'm done this website will have a totally different look and feel.

What I'd like to do is come back and start food blogging as I originally intended; as a hobby and creative outlet for myself. From now on I'd like to share recipes that showcase my personal taste in food and food photography, my creativity, and my personality.

You can read more about the changes to The Taste Tester on my "About Me" page. Essentially I'll only be posting original recipes from now on, with the exception of a monthly series I will be writing called "The Best Thing I've Eaten This Month".

Since I no longer have any social media pages I hope you'll subscribe, if you are interested. If you aren't then I hope you'll still stop by this website from time to time to see what I've been up to.

If there are any recipes that previously appeared on my blog that you made and loved, and you now can't find them, please don't hesitate to email me. I still have most of these recipes on file and I will gladly email them to you. You can contact me at: jenksfamily11@gmail.com




October 15, 2013

Pumpkin Dessert Bars



A pumpkin pie in bar form with a cake mix crust, pumpkin custard filling, and a cinnamon cake-mix crunch topping. These bars are perfectly soft, pumpkin-y, and comforting. They are best when served topped with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and a little sea salt.