meet alyssa

Welcome to my kitchen!  I am Alyssa Rivers and the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic.  The blog launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking.  I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.  Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved. Inspired by cookbooks, other food blogs, magazines, and family recipes, I try to make practical and easy family friendly recipes on my site that can bring your family together at the dinner table.

Nestled in Utah, I spend all of my free time being a busy wife and mother to three, almost four children.  They can be my toughest critics when it comes to the food that I make.  They especially enjoy cooking in the kitchen with me and helping to create delicious recipes to share.

Delicious Recipes from Alyssa Rivers of The Recipe Critic

the blog

The Recipe Critic has grown and blossomed to become a huge part of our life.  It attracts a diverse group of devoted readers across the globe reaching over 6 million readers per month.  It has more than 175,000 daily readers with over 3 million Facebook followers,  200,000 Pinterest followers and 64,000 Instagram followers.  I have been featured in Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Delish, Today Food, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, and the Deseret News.  I have also worked with several brands such as McCormick, Pillsbury, Quaker, Lucky Leaf, Cache Valley Cheese, Kroger, Hidden Valley Ranch and Rubbermaid.

If this is your first time here, feel free to browse the recipe index to become inspired on what to make in your kitchen.  You will find easy, family-friendly recipes that you can create in 30 minutes or less. This helps to bring the busy family together and add bold and fresh flavors to your dinner routine.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  We hope that you enjoy our recipes and stay connected.


The Recipe Critic has a team of contributors that bring you delicious “tried and true” recipes right from their kitchen! Each of them will be posting here every month and sharing a new favorite recipe from their family to yours. I just love my team and I know that you will too!