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 Add yours

  1. Tovah says:

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

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

  2. cendriani says:

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

      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. 😉

      1. cendriani says:

        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. louiseagnes says:

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

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

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

      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 says:

    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

    1. MixerUpper says:

      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. Alice Yong says:

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Thank you! I look forward to your visits!

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Same here! Love your farfalle!

  8. 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/

    1. MixerUpper says:

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

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  10. backyardvegetablegardens says:

    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.

    1. MixerUpper says:

      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!

  11. mariedittmer says:

    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!

  12. kdrizzleuk says:

    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!

    1. MixerUpper says:

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

  13. babso2you says:

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Same here! Will do.

  14. 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.

    1. MixerUpper says:

      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!

  15. soulofspice says:

    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/



    1. MixerUpper says:

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

  16. cubbycoo says:

    i think i love you

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Love you too, cubbycoo!


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

    1. MixerUpper says:

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

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

      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. Rosemarie says:

    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?

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Thanks, Rosemarie! I have a gluten free section on the sidebar of mixerupper. There are also some gluten free recipes on my weekly Charles P. Rogers Breakfast in Bed post. Here’s a recent post you may enjoy: http://www.charlesprogers.com/blogs/archives/7532

  20. Madelaine says:

    Hi Allison – Is your father named Joe?

    1. MixerUpper says:

      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?

      1. Madelaine says:

        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.

      2. MixerUpper says:

        Wow. Do you remember by sister Janet and me?

      3. Madelaine says:

        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. bikerchick57 says:

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

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

  22. Bams Triwoko says:

    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 –

    1. MixerUpper says:

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

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

  24. izzwizz says:

    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 🙂

    1. MixerUpper says:

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

  25. Madhu says:

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

    1. MixerUpper says:

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

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