Well, hello there! I’m Natalie, the writer, photographer and recipe developer behind this blog. Thanks for visiting! I love to cook and develop simple and healthy recipes for delicious everyday meals, and am so glad I can share them here with you.

Natalie Gruendl | tasteslovely.com-01

I’m a happily married California girl loving the life I share with my husband Shawn and our dogs, living in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

Every recipe I post here has been made by me several times to make sure all the kinks are worked out. I post photo’s and recipe videos to make it easy for you to duplicate and make at home.

I started this blog in August 2013 as a way to document and remember all of my favorite recipes, and to improve on my photography skills. So far it has been a fun adventure, and I’m loving every minute of it.

If you’re new here, you can visually view all of my recipes, as well as visually browse recipes by subcategories. I post new recipes every Monday and Wednesday, so come back often to see what I’m cooking up next. Head over to Table Scraps for all my non-food related posts. To receive updates you can subscribe via email and have all my new posts sent straight to your inbox so you never miss a post, like my Facebook page to have my new recipe posts show up in your feed, and you can subscribe to my RSS feed to add me to your reader.

I hope you find my recipes delicious, my photography pretty, my recipe videos helpful, and my blog inviting. Don’t be a stranger and feel free to leave me a comment or drop me an email! I respond to every comment and email I receive because they’re all important to me. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Can’t wait to chat with you!

Want to know even more about me? Here’s a little Q&A so you get to know me a little better.

How did you meet your husband?

Shawn and I met in high school way back in 2003 when I was a junior and he was a sophomore. I usually call him Grun (our last name is Gruendl, rhymes with bundle). We started dating in May 2003, and spent a few years dating long distance while we attended different colleges. He’s always been my one and only, and the day we finally lived in the same city again was one of my favorite days. We got engaged in June 2011, and got married in September 2012.

He’s my best thing, and I tell him every day. Along with telling him to stop leaving his socks on the floor because it is driving me nuts!

What’s your current job?

I have been working at a local online company since 2008. I do customer service (you know when you call an online company to place an order or ask a question? I’m the girl who answers the phone), am in charge of inventory, purchasing, and do copywriting. I’ve learned a ton about programming websites and HTML code, which has proven very helpful in running the back end of my blog.

The best part? My mom is the manager there, and my sister is in charge of packing! The 3 of us share an office, and get to work together every day. It is seriously too much fun. Barely feels like work. Don’t you just love when everything works out better than you could have planned?

But my real passion (besides this blog) is our videography and photography business. Shawn and I started Acorn Films at the end of 2013, and have since filmed dozens of weddings, and I have even photographed a few too. I love working together, and capturing love. It’s the best.

Who are Nicole & Ken?

Nicole is my beautiful sister.

Nicole and I

She’s my main hang, official closet raider, nail polish borrower, and curling iron breaker. We can often be found watching anything and everything on Bravo TV together with a glass of wine.

Nicole and Ken are also high school sweethearts, dating since August 2004. The 4 of us have really grown up together, and get together just about every weekend. They live less than 10 minutes away.


Shawn and Ken are best buds and love to go shooting at the gun range together, golf for what feels like hours, and bring me and Nicole our glasses of wine while we’re watching Real Housewives.

Tell us about your dogs

We currently have 3 dogs. Lou is a Havanese mix and loves to sit on your wherever you go. Max is a Dachshund mix and loves destroy toys. Jake is a Border Collie and loves to play fetch with a tennis ball. They’re a cute little bunch. And major bed hogs at night.

Lou, Max & Jake | tasteslovely.com

Lovely comments so far...

    • says

      You know, I’ve never tried that Nanette. It may work, but would have a fairly strong coconut flavor. Might be worth giving it a try! Let me know how it turns out.

  1. Emily Barrett says

    Hi Natalie,

    I’m happy to report that we’ve featured your Cucumber Lime Margaritas in our most recent SmartyCents.com blog roundup, now live on the site—10 Three-Ingredient Summer Cocktail Recipes. You’re in great company! We’re looking forward to sharing with our readers and social following on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and we hope you’ll be interested in sharing as well. If you decide to share, whether socially or on your own site, we’d love to hear about it!

    Many thanks,
    Emily Barrett
    PGOA Media, Digital Media Intern

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