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.

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.


Taste the Trend: Kentucky Butter Cake  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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! 

Taste the Trend: Mango Sorbet Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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

Recipe Rescue: Chicken & Rice   Back To Top

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.