Meet The Crew


In the Test Kitchen, your hostess Janet Tharpe works with her daughter-in-law, Krissi, to prepare and sample hometown recipes submitted by Just A Pinch® Members. It is a labor of love for them both as they share traditions, swap stories and sample some of the tastiest food around! Together with the rest of the Kitchen Crew, these gals work to keep everything running deliciously!

Janet Tharpe

Janet Tharpe

Born in Lexington, Ky., Janet first developed her passion for cooking and baking at the early age of 14. As a child, she loved cooking for her grandfather and his workers. Now she shares her culinary skills by participating in church socials and potluck dinners as she adds to her own recipe box.

For the past five years, Janet has served as a chef assistant at a culinary school in Franklin, Tenn., fine-tuning her skills and swapping hometown recipes with friends and neighbors. Her culinary skills, combined with a dose of southern hospitality, make her the perfect host for the Just A Pinch® online community.

Not only is she a remarkable chef, she is also an accomplished seamstress. She taught herself to sew at age 11, won an international sewing contest and owns Through Grandma's Eyes, a small specialized sewing business.

Janet worked with American Airlines as a flight attendant for nine years before trading in her wings for an apron in 2001. She currently enjoys the quiet charm of Franklin, Tenn., with her husband Hugh, son Jason, daughter-in-law Krissi and grandson Connor.

When she isn't working on new recipes, Janet spends her time gardening, sewing and serving as an elder at Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church. But don't let this hometown girl fool you; she's also a blue belt in Taekwondo!

The Just A Pinch Kitchen Crew

Kitchen Crew

These folks keep the club running smoothly and looking pretty as a picture. From creating snazzy designs, to lending a helping hand, to chopping/whisking, to grocery shopping, to snapping yummy food pics, to working the occasional clean-up duty, there's nothing these savvy supergals can't pull off. They don't need capes... They wear aprons!

Honorary Crew

This team of Blue Ribbon club members helps prepare and taste the many delicious recipes submitted by YOU. Stand-out recipes are awarded a Blue Ribbon, so be sure to look for that stamp of approval when browsing recipes. (Imagine an entire week's menu filled with Blue Ribbon recipes... yum!)
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Brenda Washnock

Brenda's not afraid of a little spice. Her Garam Masala Dark Chocolate Cupcakes will be spicing up the Dessert category at the 2016 World Food Championships. Welcome to the Honorary Kitchen Crew Brenda!

John Barnes

Seafood is the name of John's culinary game! His Seared Cod with Cilantro Lime Rice has earned him a spot in the Honorary Kitchen Crew and at the 2016 World Food Championships competing in Seafood. Go John!

Amy Freeze

Amy will be heading to the World Food Championships to compete in Sandwich thanks to her flavorful Southern Gentleman's Grilled Cheese Sandwich. We can't wait to see what sandwich twist she creates at the WFC. Welcome to the team Amy!

Nancy A.

This mom of two boys has been cooking and baking since she was a little girl. Taught by her grandmother, she was encouraged to "cook what you love and love what you cook" and "never be afraid to try new things." Her Blueberry Brunch Cheesecake is delicious, unusual and earned her a spot at the 2016 World Food Championships.

Greg Buerger

Welcome to the Kitchen Crew Greg! Greg decided to enter his Peaches N’ Sour Cream Pound Cake Bread Pudding into the World Food Championships and now, he'll be proudly representing Just A Pinch in the Dessert category. Go Greg!


Shea Goldstein

This self-proclaimed Southern belle always has food on her mind. We're thrilled she shares her culinary creations with Just A Pinch. Shea's Sirloin and Pork Burger with Blue Cheese Slaw earned her a spot at the 2016 World Food Championships!

Andreann Geise

Welcome to the Kitchen Crew Andreanne! This Myrtle Beach, SC native is heading to the World Food Championships to compete in the Bacon category. If you haven't, check out her flavorful Bacon Shrimp & Tomato Salad on Garlic Bacon Toast.

Lisa G. Sweet Pantry Gal

A member since 2012, Lisa has been cooking and learning new recipes since she was 11. Her time in the kitchen has paid off and she's contributed 450 recipes to date. That's a lot of cooking! We're thrilled to welcome this proud mom and grandmother to the Kitchen Crew.