Alison Hein is a food writer and recipe developer who is fascinated by all things culinary. She enjoys mixing up a wide range of new dishes with a focus on fresh, healthy ingredients. Lacking a formal culinary education, she apprenticed at the knees of her grandmothers – one of whom was a health-minded vegetarian, and the other who cooked with lots and lots of butter. She won her first cookie contest at age seven, and learned to bake bread in a wood stove while living in Washington state. Alison has also had the opportunity to spend time learning about food in Germany and Japan, and has been known to sneak into restaurant kitchens to ask chefs for recipes. No wonder she is mixed up!

Alison currently writes a weekly breakfast recipe post (every Wednesday) for the Charles P. Rogers Breakfast in Bed Blog


In the past, she wrote a weekly recipe column for the now sadly defunct Bergen News:

Bergen News

Feel free to contact Alison at: Alison.Hein@MixerUpper.com

Please note that all photos and recipes on this site are original unless otherwise stated, in which case credit is given.

54 Comments on “About”

  1. Tovah
    March 22, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    Nice blog! I’ll enjoy trying some of your recipes.

    • March 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      Thanks, Tovah! Please let me know if you do.

  2. June 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Found you from Dan at Mon Food Blog. I really like your blog, I will enjoy trying some of your recipes.

    • June 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      Thank you so much! I really like your blog, too – wonderful recipe ideas, and amazingly beautiful photos! Now, I just need to practice my French. 😉

      • July 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

        Reading your blog allows me to practice my english too 🙂

        Thanks a lot for the sunshine award. It’s a great honor !
        I will make a post about it soon.

  3. June 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I really like your blog with great pictures and recipes 🙂

    • July 1, 2012 at 12:17 am #

      Thank you so much! I think yours is the blog with great pictures. Very unique and innovative!

  4. July 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Thank you for helping spread the joy of my life——Food

    • July 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

      Thank you, Earl, for visiting my blog! I hope you will come back often, and let me know of some of the interesting foods you find in Israel. I am always looking for inspiration for new dishes. 😉
      It’s fascinating that you decided to emigrate to Israel in your 50s! Your photos are great, and I look forward to visiting to see what you are experiencing.

  5. glennweissel
    July 9, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    I love to cook and enjoy eating most foods. I look forward to trying some of your recipes. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking the recent post

    • July 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      That’s awesome. Please let me know if you try any recipes – I love to get feedback.

      Your photos are really beautiful. I will be visiting your blog frequently.

  6. July 13, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Nice blog! I learned a thing or two about ingredients here…will keep visiting!

    • July 13, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Thank you! I look forward to your visits!

  7. July 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    You obviously know you way around food. Nice blog. You will be seeing me around.

  8. July 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and have nominated you for the Sunshine Award as your recipes always bring a little sunshine into my life. Thanks for taking the time to share. 🙂 More information is available at http://remcooks.com/awardsacknowledgments/

    • July 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

      That’s so nice of you! I am honored!!

  9. backyardvegetablegardens
    August 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Thank You for liking my blog post about Tomatoes. I am an avid home cook and I am loving your Blog site, so many great ideas.

    • August 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      Thank you! I love reading about gardening and looking at photos of fresh fruit and veggies. Unfortunately, our property is so shady I can only grow herbs. Your tomatoes are looking good!

  10. August 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post on my Growing Garden! I’ve enjoyed your blog too and plan to come back often. Lots of wonderful suggestions!

  11. August 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Thanks for the like on my tea cake post! I’ve just had a quick look around your site and need to clear some time to look around in depth – everything looks wonderful!

    • August 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Thanks so much! I look forward to your visits, and to trying your yummy-looking teacakes!

  12. September 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Thank you for the like on my blog! Please do come back and visit again!

  13. September 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Thanks so much for the like on my zucchini explosion post – hope it gave you a chuckle. You have definitely inherited your mother’s talents for cooking. There’s several recipes I’m anxious to try out, including the peach-infused vodka beverage, since I’m now swamped with loads of peaches. I’ll be back to check out more of your blog.

    • September 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      Cool! I love zucchini and all the silly stories that go with them! Thanks for visitng, and please let me know if you try any dishes!

  14. October 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm #


  15. November 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Alison, I love your blog and would like to present you the Sunshine Award. Follow this link for more details. https://soulofspice.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/happy-friday-and-the-sunshine-award/



    • November 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      Charu, how kind of you! Thanks so much for the honor!

  16. cubbycoo
    December 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    i think i love you

  17. January 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi, I’ve nominated your terrific blog for a Liebster Award. For more information see – http://jingsandthings.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/wowee/

    • January 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      That’s so nice of you! I am truly honored!

  18. March 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Your blog is lovely! I enjoyed browsing through. Thanks for stopping by mine and liking my post, Kale Power.

    • March 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      Thanks so much! My grandmother was a vegetarian, so although I am not, I cook and enjoy many meatless meals. You have lots of wonderful ideas on your blog!

  19. May 31, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Thanks for checking out my blog and liking my sign post. You have a nice recipe blog. Do you deal with gluten free recipes or Paleo diet?

  20. June 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Hi Allison – Is your father named Joe?

    • June 3, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Hi Madelaine,

      Yes, my father’s name was Joe. He sadly passed away 2 years ago. You can see a photo of him as a young man in the Memorial Day Pancakes story. Did you know my dad?

      • June 3, 2013 at 11:12 am #

        So sorry to hear of his passing. Yes, I knew him well.
        When I was in college, I worked for him at his VW shop. Helped with billing before your mom took over and even pumped a little gas. lol He was such a lovely man. Last time I saw him was a few years ago in the RP 4th of July parade with his model T. I remember he took my bf (at the time) and me along with your mom on some antique car parade/meet-up many years ago. I have such fond memories of him.

      • June 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

        Wow. Do you remember by sister Janet and me?

      • June 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

        No, I’m sorry, I don’t although your name is familiar. I had a Beetle and used to go there for repairs so that’s how the whole friendship/work arrangement began.

  21. July 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Your recipes sound divine! I’ll be back to try one or two or ten of them….

    • July 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      That’s so sweet! Please let me know if you do try.

  22. August 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi Alison… glad to connect and interact with you.
    Your blog so “yummy”… 😆 Happy cooking and blogging… 😀
    – Thanks for stopping by my blog. Best wishes to you –

    • August 25, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

      Thank you and same here, Bams! I enjoy stopping by your blog to see what’s going on! 🙂

  23. September 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    This is the most edible blog I’ve come across! Some of those recipes look delicious. I am a fan already!

  24. March 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    I like your blog and thanks for stopping by mine too. Did you know ‘gobs’ has a very different meaning in UK English though? I’ll leave you to google it 🙂

    • March 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

      Uh oh, Izz. That’s not very appetizing! Thanks for the heads up. Rest assured I will be updating my wording! 🙂

  25. April 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Appreciate your stopping by my blog earlier Alison. I look forward to browsing through your wonderful recipes.

    • April 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

      Thanks, Madhu! I enjoy your photos every week. 🙂


  1. The Food Club - July 22, 2012

    […] Today, I reached my first ever blogger milestone – an Award! I have been awarded the SUNSHINE AWARD by my lovely fellow blogger Alison Hein from Mixer Upper. […]

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