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.


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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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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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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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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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, 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, 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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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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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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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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Happy Holidays!

From all of us at CHEFS & the CHEFS Mix Editors

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Holiday Traditions

We hope your Holiday Season is off to a wonderful start. Today is Christmas Eve, and our test kitchen is closed. But we gathered the team together and here are some of the Holiday Traditions that we look forward to in our homes.

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Dinner Ideas: Lasagna

This time of year, after a busy day, shopping for gifts, and weekday activitites, getting dinner on the table can be a challenge. Try this Porcini Mushroom & Prosciutto Lasagna for a weeknight meal. About an hour is all you need to get this dinner ready to eat!

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Stocking Stuffers

Favorite stocking stuffers for the cooks and bakers on your gift list!

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