Molly Allen

location-pin Hood River, OR

School: Central Washington University

Expertise: Recipe development; cooking techniques; baking; beer, wine & cocktails; product testing; food news; grocery shopping; restaurants

Molly Allen

  • 10 years of experience as a freelance writer and photographer specializing in recipes, stories about food and shopping guides
  • Former bakery owner and event planner
  • Pizza oven expert having tested nine different models
  • Passion for grilling and cooking on smokers and fire pits
  • Writer for Taste of Home, Good Housekeeping, Eater, The Kitchn, Simply Recipes and Food & Wine


A former bakery owner and event planner, Molly is a freelance writer specializing in food and beverage, lifestyle, holidays and parties. She brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to Taste of Home readers, drawing on her former life at the bakery to explain the difference between cake and yeast doughnuts, how to make blue velvet cake and the best cheese board pairings for a delicious spread. Obsessed with homemade dough and pizza, Molly has tested nine different pizza oven models across multiple brands. She loves to keep an eye on the latest food trends and kitchen gadgets, while expanding her knowledge of cooking outdoors on smokers, grills, pizza ovens and fire pits.


Central Washington University, bachelor's in English language and literature

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Articles & Recipes

The Best Ooni Pizza Ovens, Based on Our Expert Testing

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Napoleon Grills vs. Weber: Who Makes the Better Grill?

Two of the hottest grill brands, but which is best? We tested both Napoleon grills and Weber grills so you can make the best decision.

The Best Weber Grills [Tested and Reviewed]

Fire up the grill! Find the best Weber grills to fit your needs, according to tests from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen.