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Jas of all trades

About Jas

I’m Jas, a cheesecake addict, and a Bosnian expat living in Northern Indiana since summer of 1998 following a six-year exile in Germany. I write this blog and the stories in it, I take these photos (you can often see my reflection in the spoons), cook this food and I eat most of it too, according to my scale.

I was born waaay back in the winter of 1965. I grew up in a traditional European family, the kind of family that sits together for big weekend lunches. Those lunches always began with some kind of soup. It isn’t a big lunch unless you begin it with a spoon.

In the early age of my life food has never had a central position. It wasn’t until much later that I learned to appreciate a good dish. I actually hated eating and hated helping in the kitchen. Cut the onions; peel the potatoes; stir the pot, etc. were unpopular chores ordered by my mom (who is an excellent cook, btw) but while doing them I picked up the basic knowledge for food preparation. The rest came with my curiosity; I am not a trained chef.

I’m a mom to Andrea (31) and a grandma to adorable Avelyn (4 1/2 yr) who loves helping me in the kitchen and Alyvia (1 1/2 yr). I hope I can capture the smells and tastes of their childhood, inspired by mine, so you will find this blog filled with nostalgia. I am also a step-grandma to Alexia (9) and Alaina (7) who love baking with grandma Jas.

I’m enthused by the freedom of substituting ingredients and experimenting with them that cooking allows you. And unlike my mother, I do not like any help (except Ava’s). Stay out of my kitchen while I’m cooking, but you’re welcome to clean it afterward. 🙂

When I’m not busy cooking you’ll find me photographing, birding, spending time with my family, reading, writing, spoiling my dog and tending to my vegetable garden. I also like knitting, crocheting and crafting whatever project I can find on Pinterest.

I enjoy traveling too and besides visiting back Germany and all the countries that once made up Yugoslavia, I’ve been to Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Monaco, Canada, Haiti, and the Bahamas. I hope one day I’ll stay longer than just the layover in England and Spain, visit Greece, Australia, and New Zealand. But one way to travel is to bring the traditional food from around the world to my kitchen.

World cuisine doesn’t have to be expensive. By simplifying them a little I get the same great taste for less money. I hope to inspire you to try new, ethnic food. I assure you if I didn’t like the recipe I didn’t post it, although tastes are different and I can’t make you love or hate something I do.  You just have to try it for yourself 🙂

All that’s me, Jas of all trades.

So maybe you stumbled upon my blog when you were combing the internet for a simple dinner recipe, or maybe you were in need of an idea for European cuisine, or perhaps it was just an accident. Whatever the reason I am delighted you came for a visit. So, welcome to All that’s Jas and thank you for being here. Please stick around, subscribe, and share the love!


Jas and her family on Easter 2017

Easter 2017 – My SIL Aaron and daughter Andrea with Alyvia and Avelyn (Ava) in front of them; stepdaughter Jessica and her boyfriend Nick, with Alaina and Alexia in front of them; husband Rob and me; Brittany my stepson’s girlfriend and Ryan, my stepson.


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my sweet Baylie


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I’m open to hosting giveaways, developing recipes, and providing all products/service reviews for marketers as long as I feel they are relevant to my site and of interest to my readers.

I love comments and feedback so please say “hi!”.  We can get chatty and become friends on social networks – come find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , Google+, and Pinterest or you can email me at allthatsjas1ATgmailDOTcomSee you there!


Also, remember that all the content on this blog is copyright protected. If you want to use my images or recipes please let me know and provide a link to credit my work with appropriate and specific direction to the original content, just like I do. “Thou shalt not steal.”

Thank you!




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Updated: Spring 2017



24 Comment

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    February 11, 2016 at 12:51 am

    HI Jas, great blog!!. I live in Michigan but have family in SB. My husband is Bosnian from Banja Luka! I love Bosnian food and cannot wait to try your receipe.

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      February 11, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Hi, Chep! WOW, small world 😀 I’m so happy you found me. Where in Michigan do you live? I have a friend in GR and visit often. next time you are visiting SB, let’s have coffee! Say hi to your husband – perhaps I know him or his folks if he’s younger generation, although BL is not a small town…

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    December 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    It’s so nice to meet you, Jas. I meet the nicest bloggers through Lisa’s site.
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      December 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much for visiting! I love meeting new bloggy friends! 🙂

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    October 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I wondered when you said northern Indiana….I went to Bethel in Mishawaka, then lived there a few years after. My daughter really wants to go to Notre Dame next year. And we have family there. Small world. Do you like Hacienda? We used to love it years ago, but were back a couple of years ago and found it wasn’t quite the same.
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      October 16, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Yep, South Bend in my new home 🙂 We just had students from Bethel come for a community service day to our office. They do it every day. Small world, indeed. I haven’t been to Hacienda in quite some time…there are always new places to check out. Thanks for stopping in!!!

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    Mary-In the boondocks
    August 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    It is nice to meet you Jas. I live in Greece, but wish I was in USA right now. Nice to meet another European in blogland. I really enjoy looking at your photos. Come and visit me if you have a chance. My blog is Intheboondocks.weebly.com.

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      August 6, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Thank you for stopping in, Mary! WOW, Greece! Lucky you!!! I love meeting bloggers all over the world! Will visit your blog for sure 😀

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    Ann GrubbsnCritters
    June 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Hello, Jas! Just wanted to give you a shout-out and in case the pingback didn’t work, here’s for you! 🙂 Definitely no obligation!

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      June 21, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Aw, Ann, thank you sweetie! I am honored! 🙂

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        Ann GrubbsnCritters
        June 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm

        🙂 🙂 🙂

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    March 20, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Jas, My name is Jasna. I was born in Bosnia, living in Australia. Happy to follow your blog!

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      March 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Hi, Jasna, so nice to meet you! 🙂 My full name is Jasminka and my Bosnians call me Jasna. I’m from Banja Luka and you? Happy to follow you back and try some of your recipes 😀

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    Vintage Mama
    March 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Jas – just now discovered that you live in northern Indiana. So do I! now that we are co-hostesses for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner, thought it would be fun to get to know you. We are west of FW in Columbia City . . . . perhaps we are neighbors??? Have a good week! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

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      March 12, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Small world, Nina! I live in good ole South Bend, just over an hour north from you. I would love to get to know you! Let’s plan something in the near future 😀

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    Megan @ Our pinteresting family
    January 9, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Looks so delicious!!

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      February 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Thank you Megan, No one ever told me I look delicious before, but I’ll take it, LOL

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