Jane N

First off, I love food! I started cooking as a kid - my mom was willing to let me try just about anything, and she was not a "hoverer" (thanks, Mom!). I still spend much of my free time in the kitchen, usually experimenting with Tastefully Simple products. I often foist my latest creation upon my very patient family or an unsuspecting neighbor ("Hey - try this!) Whattya think?"). So if you're within 100 yards of my kitchen, watch out!

Jane N's posts

6 DIY Dressings (and a video!)

6 DIY Dressings (and a video!)

Posted by Jane N on June 2, 2022

Have you ever read the ingredient label on a bottle of salad dressing? The list can be both long and chemical-sounding (what is Propylene Glycol Alginate, anyway?) and often contains preservatives, artificial flavors and dyes. If I’m going to eat a luscious bowl of healthy veggies, I want the dressing to be luscious and healthy read more »

Bloody Mary Charcuterie

Bloody Mary Charcuterie

Posted by Jane N on May 10, 2022

Hey friends, have you heard the news? We have a new Bloody Mary Mixer, and it’s only here for a limited time! Bloody Marys are not only trendy and delicious … they are also loaded with antioxidants. And fiber if you add a few veggie garnishes! Our basic Bloody Mary recipe is remarkably simple, with read more »

Let’s Roll!

Let’s Roll!

Posted by Jane N on April 14, 2022

FACT: Things that are rolled, swirled, twisted or spun are FUN! So today, I’m going to share FIVE bold, rolled (and often extolled!) recipes that bring pinwheel panache to the party. First up–Minnesota Sushi! This adorable appetizer is the stuff of our Scanda-hoovian roots up here in the northland. Ham, cream cheese and pickles are read more »

Easy Easter Eats!

Easy Easter Eats!

Posted by Jane N on March 31, 2022

Peter Cottontail is about to start hoppin’ down the bunny trail, so we have an amazingly easy and delicious ham recipe for you today, plus some sides and a dessert too. Let’s start with the star of the show – this wonderfully simple Tangy Raspberry Glazed Ham. Just two ingredients! We also have a video: read more »

Even more reasons to love your air fryer

Even more reasons to love your air fryer

Posted by Jane N on February 24, 2022

The truth is, when I bought my air fryer, I didn’t think I was going to like it. Or use it. It’s huge, and I was hesitant to give up the counter space, plus I didn’t need another cooking appliance … I already had too many! Well, the joke’s on me, friends, because I ♥ read more »

Fresh Recipes for the New Year

Fresh Recipes for the New Year

Posted by Jane N on January 6, 2022

The decadent holiday foods are behind us and it’s time to get back on track, right? I don’t know about you, but I sorta let the holiday foods happen, because ya gotta live a little! So now that January has arrived, we must be grateful for what was and plunge into the new year that read more »

Better Beef Brisket blog post

Better Beef Brisket

Posted by Jane N on December 3, 2021

Hanukkah has begun, and many will celebrate with a delicious brisket! But whether you are Jewish or not, brisket is a wonderful treat to celebrate the season for anyone. And by the way, I am not Jewish … so my blog today is based on info from knowledgeable friends and brisket tips from the world read more »

Turkey Tricks

Turkey Tricks

Posted by Jane N on November 21, 2021

My brother always says that Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday, because it’s all about food and family. I agree! Gift giving is not my love language, so Christmas kinda stresses me out. But I’m all about the food, baby! Most people I know dread making the turkey, but I have a few secrets that will read more »

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

Posted by Jane N on November 9, 2021

Fall is my favorite season; sweatshirts, crunchy leaves, the bugs are gone and the squash is harvested!  Spaghetti squash is a weird and wonderful veggie, so let’s explore that one in particular today. This variety of squash has a very mild, slightly sweet taste. When it’s cooked, it separates into strands that resemble spaghetti. It read more »

National Frappe Day

National Frappe Day

Posted by Jane N on October 7, 2021

Have you ever driven out of your way to get a luscious, frosty frappé from your local coffee shop? Maybe you *sneak* over there? Maybe you can’t believe how much they cost?  Maybe the dang line is half way to Timbuktu and you can’t understand why EVERYONE has to be there too? Well, friend … read more »