Jelly Toast


Hi There, I’m Emily Caruso.

I’m a work-from-home mom, wife, and freelance photographer/recipe developer/videographer based in Northwest Ohio.

I began blogging here at Jelly Toast in 2012. It originally started as a place to practice my food photography and share my love of food and family. While it’s still those things, it’s evolved into much more and has allowed me to begin a new career as a creative entrepreneur. Here on Jelly Toast, you will find a variety of family friendly recipes, tips and tricks in the kitchen, photography tips, and great behind-the-scenes snippets of life in the Midwest.

In addition to publishing Jelly Toast, I work as a freelance photographer, recipe developer, and videographer for a variety of clients such as the American Pean Council and the Cherry Marketing Institute and Campfire Marshmallows. I also work as a contributor at the incredible website, Hello Glow.

Tart Cherry Amaretto Pie with canned tart cherries

Fun Facts

  • I’m pretty short. I top out at 5’1” on a good day. Or rather, a frizzy hair day.
  • I am a former art teacher, but am now a full time blogger and freelancer. It can be chaotic at times, but I’m so grateful to have the chance to do what I love for a living.
  • Fall is my true love. Sweaters. Cider. Newly Sharpened Pencils. Everything. Spring is a close second place.
  • I’m terrible at spelling and rely heavily on spell check. Just a warning as you dig through the blog.
  • I have not mastered the clean-as-I-go cooking style. I have more of the don’t-step-there-because-I-just-dropped-an-egg kind of cooking style.
  • I can (and do) use “Friends” “New Girl” (or any show I’m currently binging) quotes in just about any situation. I apologize in advance.
  • I can (and do) drink caffeine at all hours of the day, often packed full of butter, coconut oil, or heavy cream.
  • We recently redid our kitchen and it’s renewed my energy in the kitchen! Check out the full details of our black stainless kitchen renovation.

Keep in Touch

Need to get a hold of me or have a question? Feel free to fill out this contact form or just email me {Emily Caruso} directly at

You can find me on facebook and pinterest and twitter and instagram and Google and YouTube.

I’m looking forward to seeing you again soon!