Just A Pinch Blog: Janet's Notebook



Dive Into the Weekend With a Pool Party
June 20, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookDive Into the Weekend With a Pool Party
By Janet Tharpe

Whether you're lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, belong to a community pool or own a kiddie pool (don't judge, they work wonders on a hot day...

Grill a Great Meal for Dad
June 13, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookGrill a Great Meal for Dad
By Janet Tharpe

Three cheers for dad! The man who was there to play catch after a long day at work, who taught us how to drive a car with a smile on...

Kicked-Up Burgers for Your Next BBQ
May 30, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookKicked-Up Burgers for Your Next BBQ
By Janet Tharpe

What's better than a nice and juicy hamburger? The more napkins the better in my book! It's a must serve at cookouts nationwide. And to think a burger is so...

A Flavorful Menu for Your Memorial Day Cookout
May 23, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookA Flavorful Menu for Your Memorial Day Cookout
By Janet Tharpe

We're gearing up for Memorial Day weekend in my house. While we remember those who served in the armed forces and died for our freedoms, it's also a time to...

Strawberries Sweeten-Up Delightful Dessert Recipes
May 16, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookStrawberries Sweeten-Up Delightful Dessert Recipes
By Janet Tharpe

You know warmer weather is approaching when strawberries first make their appearance at the market. They're great in jams, salsa, salad and, my favorite, dessert. Strawberry shortcake is a popular...

A Memory of Mom in Every Bite
May 9, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookA Memory of Mom in Every Bite
By Janet Tharpe

It's funny how our memory works. Smell freshly cut grass and you may think of playing as a kid. Or going outside after a rainstorm on a hot day may...

Throw the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
May 2, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookThrow the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
By Janet Tharpe

My husband and I decided to have a few friends over for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta this weekend. The only thing I love more than a themed party is...

Unusual Cheesecake Recipes That'll Delight Everyone
April 25, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookUnusual Cheesecake Recipes That'll Delight Everyone
By Janet Tharpe

Decadent and creamy, it's hard to pass up a slice of cheesecake. There are many types of cheesecake, but traditionally it has a graham cracker or cookie crust and is...

Simple Dip Recipes For Your Next Gathering
April 4, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookSimple Dip Recipes For Your Next Gathering
By Janet Tharpe

From spinach and artichoke to classic onion and cheese, there's nothing better than starting an evening with friends than with a tasty dip. It's like a magical appetizer nobody can...

Three Cheers for Tasty Cauliflower Recipes
March 28, 2017
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Janet’s NotebookThree Cheers for Tasty Cauliflower Recipes
By Janet Tharpe

When have you heard that at the dinner table recently? I can't tell you how many times my son, as a youngster, said cauliflower is boring. Cauliflower gets such a...

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...