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

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!

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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Cassie *

Cassie's passion for cooking experimenting with recipes is evident when you take a look at ALL of the recipes (and photos!) she has shared. This Pennsylvania native is the newest member Honorary Kitchen Crew and we're thrilled to welcome her! We can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Didi Dalaba

Welcome to the Honorary Crew Didi! We've learned a lot about Greek cuisine from this New York native, but all of her recipes have impressed us. Wonder what great tricks and tips Didi is going to share next?!

Betty Graves

Betty has joined the Honorary Kitchen Crew ranks and we are so happy to have her. We have loved taste-testing Betty's wonderful recipes. And from the amount of times her recipes have been Pinched, we think you're enjoying her recipes too!


This Georgia native has been sharing her amazing recipes with Just A Pinch for years. And we're so happy she has. With so many great recipes, Freda has something to please every taste bud. We are thrilled to welcome Freda to the Honorary Kitchen Crew.

Dana Ramsey

We're happy to have Dana join the Honorary Kitchen Crew. This home cook loves to cook for her HUGE family. Her and her husband have lots of fun cooking together ... and we have lots of fun eating her yummy recipes!

Bonnie D.

This former teacher and Utah resident, has taught us all a thing or two about cooking through the wonderful recipes she's shared with Just A Pinch. We can't wait to see what she whips up next. Welcome to the Honorary Crew Bonnie!

Teresa Jacobson

This Florida native and self-proclaimed foodie loves everything about food. Cooking it, growing it, talking about it, and of course...eating it! We can't wait to see what delicious recipes Teresa shares next and are thrilled to welcome her to the Honorary Crew!