Mary Jane Miller



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.


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

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

Monday Night Meal: Spring Roll Bowls  

If you crave a delicious meal that's easy to make and will fill you up without making you like you have a food coma, then this Monday Night Meal recipe is going to be a game changer for you. Recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller stopped by to make spring roll bowls, which are a quick dinner you can make for your family or your next get together with friends.

Spamalot Chef Challenge: Spam Musubi  

The musical, Monty Python's Spamalot is will be at the Ordway, April 2nd – 7th.  It’s based off the 1975 British movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  We are celebrating with a Spamalot Chef Challenge!  Chef and recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, prepares a recipe popular amoungst Hawaiians.

Savory Pancakes  

Chances are you eat your pancakes with syrup, the sweeter the better. But recipe developer and chef, Mary Jane Miller stopped by to make savory pancakes she says are perfect for dinner.

Taste the Trend: Monkey Bread  

The viral recipe channel, Tasty, posted a recipe for Monkey Bread Brie Fondue and it has since reached 6.6 million views.  Recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, gave the recipe an overhaul for a much better version.

Blueberry Maple Syrup  

Mary Jane Miller stopped by with a delicious recipes that Buddy approves. It’s a great way to celebrate Ordway's Elf The Musical.  Click here to purchase tickets to the Ordway's Elf: The Musical.

Cornbread Wild Rice Stuffing  

Stuffing is always a crowd pleasers on Thanksgiving Day. Recipe developer and chef, Mary Jane Miller stopped by to make Cornbread Wild Rice Stuffing.

Monday Night Meal: Almost Instant Sausage and Lentil Soup  

When Monday rolls around, we know it can be tough to get back into a weeknight dinner routine. That's why we created a series called, Monday Night Meal to help you get out of a recipe rut and get something that's easy and delicious on the dinner table. Recipe Developer, Mary Jane Miller stopped by to make Almost Instant Sausage and Lentil Soup.

Apples with Sweetland Apple Orchard   Back To Top

Now is the time to make tasty apple treats using different apple varieties. Gretchen Perbix from Sweetland Orchard and Recipe Developer Mary Jane Miller put Gretchen’s Apples to good use and made delicious apple recipes for the fall.

Taste the Trend: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live staff love when chef Mary Jane Miller tears apart a viral recipe and makes it better. It's a series called Taste the Trend. She tackles 5-ingredient chicken stuffed sweet potatoes.

Monday Night Meal: Quinoa Fried Rice   Back To Top

We want you to start your week off strong with a simple dinner idea that's easy to make and will impress your family. That's why we started a new series on Twin Cities Live at Four called, "Monday Night Meal." Recipe Developer, Mary Jane Miller shared how to make a simple and healthy recipe, called Quinoa Fried Rice with chicken.

Taste the Trend: Omelets in a Bag   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live producers found a viral video on Facebook showing how to make an omelet in a plastic, resealable bag. It has over one million views. But our recipe developer says it’s not safe. Mary Jane Miller stopped by to help us Taste the Trend and offered an alternative version on making omelets.

Cedar Roasted Salmon with Blueberry Compote   Back To Top

Recipe expert and chef, Mary Jane Miller shares a simple way to turned your salmon from boring to brilliant.

Taste the Trend: Kentucky Butter Cake   Back To Top

Eleven million people have viewed this viral recipe video.  With that many people taking a peek, you’d think it’s probably a good recipe, right?  When recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller took a look, she thought she could do better!  She rated the original recipe only 3 out of 5 wooden spoons.  She made a few changes and came up with her own recipe that is so much better!

Brussels Sprouts   Back To Top

If you’re Brussels Sprouts taste blah then it’s time to change it up. Recipe expert and chef, Mary Jane Miller shares a simple way to turned  Brussels Sprouts from boring to brilliant.

Apple Recipes with Different Apple Varieties   Back To Top

Your local grocery store isn't doing the apple justice. The supermarket probably carries four or five varieties -- when worldwide there are more than 7500 kinds of the fruit grown. One Minnesota family orchard thinks some of those lesser known apples deserve some attention. Gretchen Perbix from Sweetland Orchard in Webster shared different varieties of apples and recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller shows us what to make with it.

Taste the Trend: Retro Spaghetti-O Jello   Back To Top

We tasked cookbook author and recipe developer Mary Jane Miller with updating a viral recipe for Spaghetti-O Jello for another edition of "Taste the Trend". 

Moroccan Beef Kebabs   Back To Top

12 Days of Grilling presented by the Minnesota Beef Council continues on with Mary Jane Miller’s Moroccan Beef Kebabs.

Taste the Trend: Buffalo Chicken Biscuit Bites   Back To Top

This recipe for pull-apart buffalo chicken bread has almost 90 million views, but our recipe expert and cook Mary Jane Miller says it needs a lot of help. In this edition of "Taste the Trend", she turned this loaf of messy chicken into tasty chicken bites.

Taste the Trend: Mississippi Roast   Back To Top

Cook book author and recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller was put to the task again with a recipe for Mississippi Roast that has taken over the internet!  Mary Jane actually liked the recipe as it was, saying it was “soooo yummy.”  What she didn’t like was all of the pre-made mixes it uses because of the sodium and preservatives they contain.

Grilled Buffalo Steak with Blue Cheese Ramp Butter   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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!