All About Chef Savvy
Hi, I’m Kelley Simmons!
Welcome to Chef Savvy! A food website filled with my most popular tried and tested recipes. With a culinary degree and years of experience in the food industry my goal is to make cooking easy and fun for my 1+ million monthly readers!
I started Chef Savvy back in 2014 as a way to provide delicious, easy, quick weeknight meals that your family will love. Every recipe is very clear, concise and easy to follow. All of my recipes include nutritional information as well as substitutions, tips and variations to take the guess work out of cooking!
Please contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas. I respond to emails as soon as possible. Thank you so much for reading Chef Savvy!
What you’ll find here
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I couldn’t do everything without the help of my amazing team! I have assistants that help me post to social media, edit posts and do lots of the behind the scenes stuff! The beautiful videos you see are from my friends over at Tried and Tasty! And I can’t forget to give a shout out to my husband for helping me create and test recipes. As well as helping with my least favorite task: cleaning up after cooking all day.
My two year old daughter Adeline also likes to get in the kitchen and help me too! My husband and I call her “the littlest chef”
I was born and raised in Newark, Delaware. I still live 10 miles from where I was born! I learned how to cook professionally with a Culinary Arts Degree from Delaware Technical Community College (I met my husband in food prep class!) and a bachelors in Business from Wilmington University. Both these skills have helped make this blog so successful.
I love being outdoors bike riding, walking, camping and going to the park with my daughters. On a rainy day you’ll find me painting, testing recipes or finding a new home project for my husband to do.
My Top 5 Kitchen Tips
- Measure flour correctly: This is often so overlooked and makes such a big difference when baking. To properly measure flour use the spoon and level method. Simply spoon the flour into your measuring cup and use a knife to level the flour. That’s it!
- Under bake your cookies: I always bake my cookies for 2 minutes less than any recipe says. I also like to look at my cookies and not at the clock. When my cookies look set around the edges that is when I remove them. Letting them continue to cook as they cool on the cookie sheet ensures a soft and chewy cookie every time!
- Keep fresh herbs around: They are an easy way to add so much flavor to a dish without adding extra calories! My rule of thumb is to use 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs to 1 teaspoon of dried herbs.
- When baking room temperature ingredients are key! Whenever I am making a batter I always start with room temperature ingredients. That includes butter, eggs and wet ingredients like yogurt or sour cream. This helps create a smooth lump free batter.
- Start with a hot pan: If a recipe says to add something to a hot pan only add it when the oil or butter in the pan is sizzling. If you add protein or vegetables to a cold pan they will steam, not caramelize and will also stick to the bottom of the pan.