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Minnesota Recipes

From TaterTot Hotdish to Swedish Meatballs…when it comes to comfort food, nothing is quite like a Midwest recipe.

Baked Goods

In the Midwest, we bake for get-togethers. A giant collection of All-American, tried and true recipes.

Family Meals

Easy, approachable dinners for families, regardless of cooking ability!

Shortcut Cooking

Easy recipes with shortcut ingredients so you can serve your home-cooked meal quickly.

Learn to Cook...

Reasons to learn to cook: 1. Homemade food tastes better. 2. Cooking can be really fun, even good therapy. 3. You’ll save money. 4. You’ll likely be healthier. 5. You’ll feel like a badass!

Let us help you learn new skills, techniques, recipes, and more…stuff that will give you more pep in your step when you walk into the kitchen!

Meet our Amazing Recipe Testers

Our recipes are tested by a group of 10 home cooks who represent all walks of life, locations, and skill levels. Yes, it’s true! We rely on them to test our recipes so that you, our favorite home cooks, can understand, follow, and enjoy them! 

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Hey, I'm Nellie!

recipe developer. food photographer. badass.

I believe with all my heart that your kitchen can heal hurts, solve problems, start conversations, make new friends, mark victories, and more. I’ve lived it in my own life.

The best part…ANYONE can learn to cook delicious meals. 

Our Mission

In our company, we aim to make home cooks happy by providing them with the best resources and community, regardless of their experience or budget. 

We believe that home cooks of all levels and budgets should feel confident and supported in their cooking journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the Novice Cook Who Isn't Sure Where to Get Started

We have answers for you!

→ Check out the Kitchen-Reference guide to learn the definitions of various kitchen terms (like what the heck is folding?), what pan to use if you don’t have the one you need, and even how many tablespoons in a cup…etc.   
→ Check out In NellieBellie’s Cupboard for my list of essential kitchen supplies and the quick link to my favorites!
→ Don’t miss the Learn to Cook section.
→ And for SURE don’t miss the 5 Ingredients or Less Section. Those recipes are guaranteed to help you gain confidence in the kitchen fast! 

No way! We believe that home cooks of all levels should feel confident and supported in their cooking journey.” — that includes you! We just ask that you follow the directions, have fun, and watch for the tips and tutorials that we’ve included for novice cooks. I think our Short-Cut Cooking recipes are the perfect place for you to start looking for new recipes. And don’t miss the Learn to Cook section as the perfect starting place for learning new skills!

A large mixing bowl, whisk, chef’s knife, baking sheet, and skillet should get you started on most recipes. As you do more cooking & baking you’ll find yourself building on the basic supplies you need to. In fact, check out my essential supplies list for a tiny kitchen. This list was created when we were renting and I had to condense my supplies down a TON. This list will give you a great place to start as well as tell you how you can multi-purpose several tools, if needed.

To learn more about the tools and supplies I keep on hand in my own current kitchen, check out what’s In the NellieBellie Cupboard for links and info.

You’ll want to keep some basic baking and cooking ingredients on hand. Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, oil, salt, pepper, bouillon, pasta or rice, and canned beans are some items most people find useful. As you start using recipes you’ll learn more of what ingredients would be helpful to keep in your pantry.

If you want to learn more now, check out what I keep stocked In the NellieBellie Cupboard.

We have LOTS of recipes for Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free diets. On the recipe index page we have an easy button to sort via diet. You’ll find lots of great recipes! 

Check out the recipe collection –>.

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