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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Wendy Rusch

We're thrilled to welcome this Wisconsin native to the Honorary Crew! Wendy's been dazzling us with her recipes since 2010. Her sweet treats have caught our eye, but everything the shares looks delicious. Welcome to the Crew!

Lynn Socko

This Texas native has been wowing Just A Pinch with her recipes since 2010 and we're thrilled to welcome her to the Kitchen Crew. Lynn loves to cook... and we love eating what recipes she shares. We can't wait to see what she whips up next!

Trish Morris

We're thrilled to welcome Trish Morris to the Honorary Kitchen Crew. This Washington native is heading to the 2014 World Food Championships competing in the Dessert category. We couldn't get enough of her Raspberry Marzipan Tart and we bet you will love it too!

Lori Frazee

This self-proclaimed foodie loves to challenge herself to do better and cook more. She'll be taking this philosophy to the 2014 World Food Championships. Her Peppy Pimento Grilled Cheese earned her spot and we can't wait to see what she comes up with out in Vegas!

William Smith

This caterer loves everything about food and that's evident in his Tomato Bacon Bon Bons with Bacon Taziki Sauce. He'll be competing in the Bacon category at the 2014 World Food Championships. If this recipe is like his others, be on the lookout for big things from him!

George Levinthal

This California native and avid home cooked, impressed us with his Kicked Up All American Cheeseburger and earned his spot at the 2014 World Food Championships. We can't wait to see what burger he comes up with next. Welcome to the Honorary Crew!

FH Browne

This Ridgefield, WA native and published author wowed us with his RB's BluBarb Pie recipe. We bet it's going to wow the judges too when he whips it up at the 2014 World Food Championships!

Hidemi Walsh

This Indiana resident is one flavorful cook! And her ability to pair fabulous flavors earned her a spot at the 2014 World Food Championships! Will she cook her Wasabi Mayo Salmon and Avocado Sandwich or come up with something else? We know whatever Hidemi cooks will knock the socks off the judges!