The name. It's unusual--she's heard every way to mispronounce it that there probably is, but it is really very simple. Jaa is pronounced like "Jay", it's just spelled a bit differently.

Jaa has been interested in cooking and food for as long as she can remember, and collects antique & regional cookbooks whenever she can find them. She learned cooking basics the old-fashioned way: from Mom, Grandma, and Great-Grandma. Through the years she has been fortunate to learn at the side of professional chefs, but still loves to make and improve old family recipes. Her favorite time of year is the holidays when the cooks in her extended family gather on Thanksgiving weekend for the Annual Cookie & Candy Making Extravaganza--enough treats get made to go through at least a 50 lb bag of flour.

Jaa believes that a recipe is just a starting place; a better recipe is just a spice cabinet away; and a cooking failure may be inedible but next time it will be delicious.

In her spare time, Jaa manages social media and public relations at CHEFS Catalog. She also values our reader's and customer's input. You will see her poking around answering emails, comments, and questions that are posted on posts or come into our CHEFS Mix inbox.


Spaghetti Squash

I got myself on a squash kick. After posting yesterday I made some Spaghetti Squash for dinner. Spaghetti squash, in my opinion, is one of the most underutilized vegetables in the kitchen. A winter squash like pumpkin, this is a delicious and healthy option for either a main course or a side dish.

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Squash at CHEFS Mix

The Joys of Winter Squash

Few vegetables are as dependable - or as heartily satisfying - during these cold months as winter squash. While most other vegetables are coming from the hothouse and do not have the same flavor as the spring crops, this is the time when winter squash is at its peak. I can find a wide assortment at my grocer: from butternut to kabocha, there is a squash for any meal, savory or sweet.

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Valentine's Day Dinner at CHEFS Mix

Valentine's Day Dinner Made Easy

Still haven't figured out what to make for Valentine's night dinner? Today we present a menu that keeps the cooking time to mid-week friendly, but is a little more special than an everday weeknight meal. Added bonus: you probably have most of the ingredients right in the pantry!

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Croissants at CHEFS Mix

Croissants Made Easy

I love croissants! Their tender and flaky texture and buttery flavor are just an ideal combination. Like chocolate and souffles, there is something about the croissant that just is synonymous with Valentine's Day and sweethearts. Maybe it is the vague beginning of a heart in the crescent shape of the pastry, or maybe it is just because they are most associated with Paris, the City of Love and Lights. Whatever the reason, I think they are the perfect pastry for Valentine's Day. Today we take a look at how to make croissants with a perfected recipe from America's Test Kitchen.

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Wüsthof Le Cordon Bleu Kitchen Cutlery at CHEFS Mix

Exclusively at CHEFS: Wüsthof Le Cordon Bleu Kitchen Cutlery

Wüsthof collaborated with the famous Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Academy to create forged knives with unique features that set them apart from other kitchen knives. Today we will explore what makes the Wüsthof Le Cordon Bleu cutlery stand out for the home chef.

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Mardi Gras King Cake at CHEFS Mix

The Mardi Gras King Cake

Looking for something sweet to add to your Game Day buffet or a traditional Mardi Gras party? The King Cake is the answer! With a history dating back to the 12th century, the King Cake is a beloved Gulf Coast tradition. Making one is as simple as making cinnamon rolls.

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February is National Chocolate Month at CHEFScatalog.com


I love chocolate, but sometimes I need help to make my chocolate creations turn out right. Today, I am sharing some of my favorite chocolate resources and some delicious chocolate filled recipes!

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Quick Breakfast Ideas at CHEFS Mix

5 Quick Hot Breakfast Ideas

I have had enough oatmeal for one winter season! I love oatmeal, but I have been uninspired when it comes to my morning meal. This morning's oatmeal sent me over the edge and on the hunt for delicious and nutritious cold morning breakfast ideas.

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Tapas at CHEFS Mix


Everyone's talking about their upcoming football party. I want to serve somthing different than the usual fried pub food or hot wings. My choice this year is tapas!

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Dinner for 2 at CHEFS Mix

Easy Dinners for 2

Valentine's Day is on the horizon, and we are sharing two easy to make dinner menus. Choose from stuffed pork chops or roasted salmon--no special ingedients needed.

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Hot and Spicy

Heat things up without chilies or cool down overly spicy dishes

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Pressure Cookers at CHEFS Mix

Pressure Cookers, Part 2

Cooking with a pressure cooker isn’t hard, but short cooking times mean recipes need a little extra attention. Try these helpful hints and tips to make fantastic recipes with the pressure cooker.

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Pressure Cookers at CHEFS Mix

Pressure Cookers, Part 1

It seems everyone has a horror story about seeing a pressure cooker used. Usually it has to do with seeing food shoot through the pressure nozzle on the top of the lid and coating the ceiling. Modern pressure cookers have advanced with technology, and are a perfect solution to quick homemade dinners. Come learn about the pressure cooker and delicious recipes for tonight’s dinner.

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Bread at CHEFS Mix

Baking Better Bread

Making breads is one of those simple pleasures: warm, filling, delicious, from just a few simple ingredients. CHEFS Mix explores tips for making better bread by hand and bread machine.

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Soup at CHEFS Mix

Building a Better Soup

It's been cold in Colorado. It is the perfect weather for a warming bowl of soup. Discover a few tricks for making a more flavorful soup and share some of you tips.

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Food Holidays and Cream Puffs at CHEFS Mix

January Is...

Food Holidays and In Season foods for the month of January. Printable PDF included! Plus today celebrates Creme Puffs.

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