Mary Jane Miller
Name: Mary Jane Miller
TCL Contributor: Professional Cook
Hometown: I grew up in Indianola, Iowa just south of Des Moines. Now I live in Buffalo, MN. We’ve been here for 17 years.
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Who do you live with: My husband, Michael, and son, Mark (plus two border collies, Parker and Tippy, and my son’s cat, Tonks)
Where would you like to live: It would be nice to have a place in the country. I love the Midwest and the change of seasons. The horrible winters make travel to the tropics truly sweet.
Your favorite occupation: I love what I do. Corporate consulting is exciting, working with farmers is fascinating, teaching home cooks is so rewarding.
Person you'd like to meet: A really good handy man (or Weird Al...)
What do you order in a coffee shop: Dark roast pour over coffee with cream - or a macchiato for a treat
3 TCL regulars who you'd like to have dinner with: Antigoni, Laurie...anyone else...they are all great.
Favorite State Fair food: Cheese Curds - guilty
Favorite TCL moment: Boning a whole turkey for the Thanksgiving show in 2013.
One thing you can't live without: My chef's knife.
Dream TCL interview/segment: Cooking with Greg Reynolds - the farmer I blog for
What is your motto? Dig and be dug.
 

 

Grilled Buffalo Steak with Blue Cheese Ramp Butter  

TCL is Your Town is in Buffalo! Chef Mary Jane Miller coincidentally calls the lovely town of Buffalo home. She's grilled up some buffalo steaks!

Pumpkin Lasagna  

Best week ever continues with Chef Mary Jane Miller! Over the years, Twin Cities Live has prepared a lot of yummy food on the show.  Elizabeth loved her Pumpkin Lasagna recipe, which is simple to make! 

Taste the Trend: Mango Sorbet

This three ingredient Mango Sorbet is blowing up on Facebook. We thought it would be the perfect recipe for Mary Jane Miller to get her hands on!  She tried out the recipe for herself and then kicked it up a notch.

Fix My Food: Zoodles with Meatballs in a Rustic Tomato Sauce  

There's nothing like a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs when you're looking for delicious comfort food.  But in honor of the New Year, we’re ditching those calories and carbs with a lightened up version of this classic with the  help of Chef Mary Jane Miller.

Green Bean Casserole and Fall Fruit Terrine  

Mary Jane Miller tackles a Thanksgiving "Recipe Rescue" by upgrading green bean casserole and jello recipes you'd find on the back of a box. For more about Mary Jane, click here.   

Top Secrets in the Kitchen  

Cookbook author and Betty Crocker recipe developer Mary Jane Miller shares her secrets every cook should know.

Recipe Rescue: Chicken & Rice  

A TCL viewer emailed us asking for a little help from our recipe expert, Mary Jane Miller.  She just couldn’t seem to get her Chicken and Rice recipe to turn out right.  Mary Jane did a little tweaking and found just the right combination.

Taste the Trend: Pork Roast with Apples and Sauerkraut   Back To Top

Chef and cookbook author Mary Jane Miller is our "Taste the Trend" expert. She takes a viral recipe, breaks it down and makes it better! She's tackling this recipe for a "sweet pork loin". She took one look at it and said that the cinnamon was already too much. She added apples and sauerkraut and more!

Taste the Trend: Blueberry Pancake Muffins   Back To Top

Recipes are being shared on Facebook and when you see them you probably think they look so good and it looks so easy to make!  But are they really as good as they look? Who better to test out these recipes than a recipe developer?  We put Cookbook writer, Mary Jane Miller, to work testing out Blueberry Pancake Muffins that have been shared over 38,000 times.

Taste the Trend: Ham & Cheese Chicken Roll-up   Back To Top

Once a month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackles a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing a “Ham & Cheese Roll-up” recipe.  She gives this a 3 out of 5 wooden spoons but shows us why owning a meat mallet is so important when cooking chicken.

"Ten, Ten, in Ten" Cooking Challenge   Back To Top

We gave TCL regulars Mary Jane Miller, Laurie Crowell, and Rob Barrett 10 kitchen tools, 10 ingredients, and 10 minutes from start to finish, to make a meal. The results of our "Ten, Ten, in Ten" Cooking Competition are wild! 

Taste the Trend German Apple Pancake   Back To Top

Every month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackle a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing “German Apple Pancake”.  She give this 3 out 5 wooden spoons and gives her suggestions on some variations!

Taste the Trend: One-Pot Basil Pasta   Back To Top

Once a month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackles a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing “One-Pot Basil Pasta” recipe.  She gives this a 3 out of 5 wooden spoons but says it’s worth boiling the pasta separately.

Taste The Trend: Lasagna Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread   Back To Top

Once a month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackles a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This time she’s testing Lasagna Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread.  She rated this recipe a “½ a wooden spoon”!  Don’t worry, she fixed the recipe so it’s easier to make and there is no stuffing garlic bread either!

Hottest Hot Dish: Beef Enchilada Hot Dish   Back To Top

The perfect winter go-to dinner is hotdish and we’ve gathered some of our favorite foodies to do a week full of hotdish!  Cookbook writer, Mary Jane Miller turns a classic Mexican dish into a Minnesota Staple.

Taste the Trend: Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats   Back To Top

TCL regular and cookbook recipe developer Mary Jane Miller tackles another viral video recipe that is all over social media. She shares her review of Tip Hero's Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats and makes a revised version.