About Jeanette

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am going to be updating and adding new cooking information for spices and herbs as I test them out and love them!

Cooking has always been a passion of mine.

I am a self-taught cook. I live in New England on the coast just north of Boston, MA. I have lived here all my life and was fortunate to be able to raise my kids here as well. The kids are all grown and have their own careers and families, so it’s just my husband, myself and our adorable Bassett hound, Dixie.

My husband and I love to travel, so trying out new foods where ever we go is top of our list of things to do!

I am the Mom of five boys so I had to learn how to create yummy, healthy, and tasty meals and snacks to keep the kids going. Plus, I had to do it on a budget! I’m an advocate of having the kids help around the house whenever they can.

I have 5 grandchildren and whenever they come over to visit, the first thing they ask is, “What are we cooking today?” There are some favorites my granddaughters always ask for but I try to mix it up every time I see them. We cook everything from breakfast to snacks to desserts to grilling outside. We love to decorate cupcakes!

I work in a lab.
As my boss from the first lab job I had out of college said, “People who work in labs are great cooks!” I read cookbooks from cover to cover. I collect them, get my cooking ideas from them and convert them to my own recipes. I suppose I can’t get away from the experimenting with everything!

I have been a lab tech for 23+ years and it’s time for a change.

Working in a lab is not glamorous at all. It is hectic! You are on your feet all day. It is physical, repetitive, and dehydrating. At the end of the day, your back, feet, knees, and hands hurt. Don’t forget your head.

I can attest to this brutal work as I have suffered through many ailments starting with Tennis Elbow, and then Carpal Tunnel surgery on both hands.

All the standing eventually culminated with two knee replacement surgeries 4 years ago. All from working in a lab.  By the afternoon the headaches kick in from dehydration. You are not allowed to eat or drink in a lab, period! Sorry to NCIS, but lab work is not heroic or glamorous, it is hard, tiring, physical work and sometimes breaks are not in the itinerary. Sorry Abbey, no Caf-Pow, or baking cookies in the lab ovens! Oh my, Hollywood!

I’ve had enough, I’m tired! I have had a dream of opening my own spice store.  I love tea too. So if I could, I would open a spice and tea store. I’m a bit old now to take on such a daunting task, so this blog will be my “Helpful Beginnings” to this journey of my dreams. Who knows where it will lead-we’ll have to wait and see.

Food is Life

After my knee surgeries I found it difficult in being able to do the things I was used to. I got help from a life coach and she helped me to understand what I needed to do to get back in my game. She also showed me that you are what you eat and nutrition lies behind a lot of ailments. I want to share some of my finds with you.

Try New Things!

When I go to the grocery store, I look for a new fruit or vegetable to try. There are a lot of new whole grains available. I’m always looking to expand my culinary destinations. Sometimes I like them, sometimes I don’t. I will let you know about my new favorite and not so favorite grocery finds. I will also help you with tips on how to save money.
I will show you how you can create yummy meals using new flavors that you would never have thought of!

Make Something Ordinary, Extraordinary!

I want to share my recipes, tips and a little history about herbs and spices with you so that you will get the inspiration to also experiment with your own recipes and create family friendly meals of your own. You may even develop your own story as you eat your new culinary creation. Spice it YOUR Way! I will show you my techniques for making a recipe you can call your own.

There are many recipes and techniques that I will be teaching you that will be fun and healthy.

Spicing up your life can be so much fun!

Tired of winter? Host an indoor Korean barbecue in February. Electric indoor grills are safe and easy. Break up that winter cold. What better way to keep in touch with family and friends.? Or you can feature a Japanese Hot Pot meal, all you need is a hot plate, a pot and friends. Everyone can help with the preparation.

When spring comes, why not try lightening up your meals with fresh vege’s and fruits. You can make meals fun with a spiralizer. Make a salad exciting, not just your ho-hum tossed salad! I will be giving you all the tips and recipes you need for meals like this and more! You won’t believe how easy it is and you’ll wonder why you never thought to do it before!

It’s a great way to get the kids to be involved with their own nutrition, by helping in the kitchen. It will make them want to try new things! They might even come up with ideas for you to try.

Come back often as I will be updating my site regularly with phenomenal recipes and tips, and where to get the ingredients.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Jeanette Willard



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