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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Juliann Esquivel

Juliann's Cuban and Spanish recipes have been tickling our taste buds since 2010. Of Mexican and Hungarian descent, she gained her love (and knowledge) for cooking from her grandparents. Next time you're throwing a fiesta, definitely add this Ohio native's recipes to your menu. Welcome to the crew Juliann!

Barbara Oseland

Barbara Oseland has been sharing her comforting recipes since 2011. Whether you're looking for something for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, this Minnesota native has fantastic recipes that your family will love. Please welcome Barabara to the crew.

Nor M.

This native New Englander loves fishing, car racing, floral designing, and food. Cooking and baking and is a passion of hers and Nor's been sharing her tasty recipes since 2012. When you get a moment, try one of her treats. You will not be disappointed. Welcome to the Kitchen Crew!

Colleen Sowa

Colleen Sowa is the newest member to join the Honorary Kitchen Crew. This grandmother of four is helping to raise her grandchildren and loves creating recipes with them. A La Crosse, WI native, Colleen has been a member since 2010. We've loved testing her recipes and how she encourages everyone to have fun in the kitchen. Welcome to the Crew!

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.