Just A Pinch Blog: Janet's Notebook



A Toast to a Tasty St. Patrick's Day
March 14, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookA Toast to a Tasty St. Patrick's Day
By Janet Tharpe

One of the members of the Test Kitchen is of Irish descent and originally from New York City. So to say St. Patrick's Day was a big day for her...

Casseroles Your Family Will Crave
March 7, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookCasseroles Your Family Will Crave
By Janet Tharpe

Casseroles are one of my go-to meals on a crazy day. They are prepared in a snap and are great comfort food. Life always seems great when you take a...

Freshen-Up Your Fish Friday Recipes
February 28, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookFreshen-Up Your Fish Friday Recipes
By Janet Tharpe

As many of you know from my past posts, I love fish and many weeks I do Fish Friday. A technique I frequently use when preparing the meal is to...

Get Crockin' in the Kitchen
February 21, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookGet Crockin' in the Kitchen
By Janet Tharpe

Things have been so busy recently my slow cooker is getting quite the workout. Breakfast, dinner or dessert there's no meal the crock pot can't handle. Starting breakfast the night...

Chocolate Recipes Guaranteed to Feed Your Cravings
February 14, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookChocolate Recipes Guaranteed to Feed Your Cravings
By Janet Tharpe

Let's be real, in my mind chocolate should be its own food group. It's my weakness and I can never pass up a bite. Chocolate covered strawberries, cake, mousse, ice...

A Sweet Start to the Day for Your Sweetheart
February 7, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookA Sweet Start to the Day for Your Sweetheart
By Janet Tharpe

Valentine's Day is around the corner and I plan on showing my husband how much I care with a special breakfast. Typical weekday breakfasts are nothing elaborate, so I think...

Game Day Grub That'll Make You the MVP
January 31, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookGame Day Grub That'll Make You the MVP
By Janet Tharpe

Are you ready for some football? I am! The big game is this Sunday. While technically it's about the two teams playing, in my book it's all about the food....

Comforting Dinner Recipes to Brighten Up Your Day
January 24, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookComforting Dinner Recipes to Brighten Up Your Day
By Janet Tharpe

It's been pretty gloomy this past week in my neck of the woods. One day it's warm and the next cold but, consistently rainy and dreary. When the weather is...

Easy Homemade Soup Recipes
January 17, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookEasy Homemade Soup Recipes
By Janet Tharpe

In my part of the country, one day it's cold the next it's warm. I'm not sure Mother Nature can figure out what season it is. Even if the weather...

It's Chilly... So It's Time for Chili!
January 10, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookIt's Chilly... So It's Time for Chili!
By Janet Tharpe

Hearty and flavorful, chili is my go-to recipe when the weather turns cooler. Serve with a side of cornbread and you have a comforting dish. Plus, it makes the house...

Lite Bites for the New Year
January 3, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookLite Bites for the New Year
By Janet Tharpe

I ate my way through the holidays - cookies, cakes, pies, etc. No thank you was not in my vocabulary the past couple of months and I definitely need to...

Tastefully Kicking Off the New Year
December 27, 2016
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Janet’s NotebookTastefully Kicking Off the New Year
By Janet Tharpe

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017! Wow, this year flew. Feels like just yesterday I was making my resolutions and anticipating what 2016 had in store. This New Year's Eve, we're heading...

Family Favorite Christmas Recipes
December 20, 2016
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Janet’s NotebookFamily Favorite Christmas Recipes
By Janet Tharpe

One of the best gifts I get each year is biting into a sugar cookie. It's a recipe I used to make with my mom and grandmother as a child....

Gather Around the Table for a Memorable Christmas Meal
December 13, 2016
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Janet’s NotebookGather Around the Table for a Memorable Christmas Meal
By Janet Tharpe

There are 12 days until Christmas! Wasn't Thanksgiving just yesterday? Hopefully, you've wrapped up your holiday shopping and can now focus on that daunting item on your to-do list... planning...

Tasty Homemade Gifts to Give This Christmas
December 6, 2016
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Janet’s NotebookTasty Homemade Gifts to Give This Christmas
By Janet Tharpe

Something I love to do each holiday season is to give homemade gifts. Not only is it economical and tasty, but it's special for the recipient. Who doesn't love to...

Sweet Cookies for the Holiday Season
November 29, 2016
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Janet’s NotebookSweet Cookies for the Holiday Season
By Janet Tharpe

Take out the flour, check the sugar and leave the butter on the counter to soften, it's Christmas cookie season! This is one of my happiest times of the year....

A Sweet Ending To Thanksgiving
November 22, 2016
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Janet’s NotebookA Sweet Ending To Thanksgiving
By Janet Tharpe

The turkey has been eaten, leftovers are packed up and hopefully, you picked the winners in the Thanksgiving football games. Now, it's onto dessert. Were you tasked with making the...

Let's Talk Turkey!
November 8, 2016
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Janet’s NotebookLet's Talk Turkey!
By Janet Tharpe

The star of Thanksgiving dinner can be finicky to make and a tad daunting. There's nothing worse than serving guests a dry turkey. Prepare one of these mouthwatering recipes and...