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About Me

Hi! My name is Paula Rhodes.

I’m an Indiana farm girl turned city kid living in the middle of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex area. I have a Home Economics degree and over 45 years of experience in the kitchen. After graduating from Oklahoma Christian University a long time ago, I married a Texan. We now have two married sons and five grandchildren.

About Salad in a Jar

high five with grandchile

Don’t you love the satisfying feeling you get when:

  • Your kitchen experiments turn out better than you imagined?
  • Your bread bakes up beautifully and tastes as good as it smells?
  • You check on the milk you prepared last night and find smooth, thick yogurt?

Then there is the flip side:

  • Spending lots of time on a new recipe that wasn’t worth the time or money
  • The dense loaf of bread that’s too embarrassing to share with a friend
  • The milk that still looks like milk the next morning instead of yogurt

If your kitchen adventures involve bread machine recipes or homemade yogurt, you’ll find plenty of how-to’s, shortcuts, and advice based on experience and research. You can also expect recipes of all kinds filled with kitchen secrets and hacks.

My mission is to provide instruction, encouragement, and advice for kitchen adventures involving bread machines and homemade yogurt. Beyond that, I publish recipes stuffed with secret ingredients and time-saving hacks to share with anybody who needs more than 24 hours in their day.

What to expect:

Recipes utilizing modern appliances like bread machines, microwave ovens, and food processors to produce delicious food from scratch in less time with less fuss (Alternative methods are often listed if you don’t have a particular machine.)

Recipes peppered with cooking tips and secrets–I collect them like some people collect dishes.

Over 50 yeast bread recipes that incorporate a unique technique that uses a bread machine for what it does best (no more baked “doorstops” at your house)

bread machine crash course sign-up

Instructions for making yogurt in your own kitchen and troubleshooting guides when it doesn’t work out (happens to all of us)

yogurt course

Plenty of dessert recipes: Hate to admit it, but I’m a sugar addict. (Mini Fruit Tarts with Vanilla Pastry Cream is my signature dessert and the most popular recipe on this website.) And yes, I make the tart shells from scratch because they are SO MUCH BETTER! You can, too.

What qualifies me to write this stuff?

My background includes a Home Economics degree (emphasis on food and nutrition), commercial kitchen experience, R & D with a national pizza chain, and a history of teaching microwave-cooking schools. I’ve been working and playing in the kitchen for over 45 years, but I still love to keep up with the latest food trends, kitchen devices, and techniques.

vacuum-sealed jars of lettuce

Why the name “Salad in a Jar”?

In 2009, I started to share my unique method for vacuum-sealing chopped lettuce into Mason jars. I call it healthy fast food. My co-workers called it “salad in a jar.” The name stuck.

The next time you want to make bread or yogurt, I hope you’ll remember this website. Whether you need a recipe or you run into trouble, I’m here to help.

Now that I’m retired, there’s plenty of time to answer your questions, hear your stories, and give out “High 5’s.”

Leave a comment or question at the bottom of any blog post. Or email me privately:


Paula Rhodes

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