The Test Kitchen

Honorary Crew

This group of Blue Ribbon-winning Just A Pinch Members, prepare and taste the many delicious recipes posted by YOU. They submit stand-out recipes to the Test Kitchen for a Blue Ribbon.

Learn how you can become an Honorary Kitchen Crew Member.

Jane Whittaker

This long-time member is seemingly never without creative, delicious ideas in the kitchen! Her Brie, Pear & Apricot Sammie is a favorite of ours, so much so that it won her a chance to compete at the World Food Championships! She is heading back to the World Food Championships in 2013 - competing in the Pasta category this time.

Marsha Gardner

This home cook was a Blue Ribbon runner-up in the Side Dish category of the Just A Pinch World Food Championships Contest! Dish up a batch of her Spanish Beans and savor her success.

Lori McLain

This creative cook is a ball of energy and endless good ideas! Her Sticky Chicken Naan is one of the best sandwiches around... a true World Food champ! She was back at the World Food Championships in 2015 competing in the Fresh category thanks to her Yellow Polka Dot Zucchini Side. She did so well, it earned her an Automatic Qualifier spot at the 2016 competition. Can't wait to see what she comes up with!

Donna Bardocz

Donna had us at Hungarian Nut Roll! But it was her fantabulous Pimento Cheese Sliders that earned her a spot to compete among the other Food Champs in Las Vegas. Donna will be heading back to the World Food Championships in 2013, competing in the Bacon category.


This awesome home cook won BIG, taking home the Best Side Dish award at the World Food Championships. Try her award-winning Cobb Potato Salad and you'll know why she's so loved around this kitchen. She's heading back to the World Food Championships in 2013 - can't wait to see what she creates this time!

Melissa Baldan

This fiery home cook has a flare for fashion...and for fine eats! She heated things up in Las Vegas for the 2012 World Food Championships, wowing the crowd with her delicious (H)Eat It Up Chili! We can't wait to see how her Blackberry Apple Sandwich with a Kick turns out when she makes an appearance at the 2013 World Food Championships!

Greg Appel

This Maryland grill man won a spot in the 2012 World Food Championships for his amazing Spicy Chi Chi Ribs. Grill on, Greg!

Marybeth Mank

Marybeth shared her all-time favorite recipe from her mom, Swedish Meatballs, and took a well-deserved First Place in the Main Course category of the Just A Pinch Heirloom Recipe Contest! Clearly, good cooks run in the family.

Mary Shivers

By taking a creative spin on her mom's legendary Banana Cake recipe, Mary earned a First Place finish in the Dessert category of the Just A Pinch Heirloom Recipe Contest!

Mary R Morris

Mary paid homage to her grandmother with her wonderful recipe for Eggplant Pie with Italian Sausage and Bechamel. The recipe, First Place finisher in the Side Dish category of the Just A Pinch Heirloom Recipe Contest, is a true delight for the senses.

Jamie Burris

This bust super mom makes her home in Arkansas, but has deep European roots. Her family's Kugelis recipe showcases her love of tradition AND quality eats...and is the deserving winner of the Just A Pinch Heirloom Recipe Contest!

cindy sandberg

Cindy is a Blue Ribbon cook with a wide-range of culinary smarts. Her recipes range from super sweet to ultra savory... and every one we've tried has been 100% de-lish. Congratulations to Cindy and her Ginger Cream Molasses Sandwich Cookies - Runners-Up in the Just A Pinch Cookie Celebration!

Emily Glover

This Kansas gal clearly knows her way around the kitchen! Her honeymoon-inspired Island Cookie Bars had us swooning... and earned Emily a spot in the Honorary Crew and Runner-Up honors in the great Cookie Celebration!

Cassandra Nasr

Cassandra is responsible for one of the most addictive cookie recipes the Club has ever had the pleasure of trying: Chocolate Cherry Beauties! These sweet bites are just a taste of Cassandra's skills. As Runner-Up in the Just A Pinch Cookie Celebration, she earns a deserved spot on the Honorary Kitchen Crew AND a special place in our hearts.

Susan Feliciano

This colorful Tennessee cook has won many Blue RIbbons for her exceptional cooking. She most recently wowed the Club with her impressive recipe for Carrot Cookies with Mascarpone Frosting... Runner-Up in the great Just A Pinch Cookie Celebration!

Jackie Mento

Cookie Queen Jackie took top honors in the Just A Pinch Cookie Celebration contest with her delightful recipe for Hazies! She loves to get creative in the kitchen and encourages everyone to try new recipes and swap old favorites. She'll be making an appearance at the 2015 World Food Championships too. Her Smokin'Turkey Melt with Red Orange Marmalade earned her a spot and we can't wait to see what sandwiches she comes up with.

Melissa Sperka

This mom of two is as gregarious as she is talented! When she's not blogging, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up some of the most scrumptious recipes around. She is also the deserving winner of the Flour Power Baking Contest.

Bill Wentz

This is a man who knows his way around the kitchen! Proud husband and father to two boys, Bill is proud to do the bulk of the cooking for his clan. His recipes never disappoint... especially his signature chili which won first place in the 2011 Sporty Snack Showdown Chili Cook-Off!