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Founded in 2011, American Hometown Media (AHM) is a digital media company. Based in Nashville, Tenn., AHM transfers traditional publishing DNA to internet platforms featuring food and lifestyle through everyday home cooks.

Putting the spotlight on these unsung heroes is the "secret sauce" that propels us.

Just A Pinch Food Group

Just A Pinch Food Group

Just A Pinch Food Group is a Premium Publisher Group (PPG)... a select group of food-only bloggers. The "next generation" and beyond the modern day networks.

Bloggers that tire of moderate service, poor monetization, and missing out on true publishing expertise have an alternative home. As publishers ourselves, we know what to do... and we love to share the tribal knowledge! From site construction, maintenance and updates to social media trends and best ad practices... your problems are our problems. We provide timely data on your revenues and are your coach, friend and partner.

In addition to unmatched service, the Just A Pinch Food Group provides top-market CPM, eCPM and RPM revenues just as we do for our own sites. We are not a network but a PPG and the last relationship you will ever need.

Those select few that partner with us receive opportunities for ownership providing certainty of being rewarded for all the hard work you do. Another first in the industry... it is one of our key differentiators.

Top Market RPMs

Leading industry RPMs — Increases from what bloggers earned previously have been as high as 100%.

Best Payment Terms

Best payment terms in the business. And we always pay on time... you even get notified the day before the ACH is sent.


We are NOT a network. We are a Premium Publisher Group (PPG) and like you, we are a food publisher. From product to service we are superior.


We are an exclusive food-blogger-only PPG meaning you are not one of hundreds or thousands — you are one of a select few.


We actively work with our partners to enhance their business…you speak directly with us instead of being shielded behind email.


Best dashboard around. Everything in one spot, including daily performance and RPM’s, graphs, charts, statements, payments…even Google Analytics.

Video Production

We've partnered with industry-leading and award winning food videographers... the videos and awards speak for themselves.

Traffic Driving

We share our bloggers' content through our own social media accounts, our millions of daily emails and on the homepage of www.JustAPinch.com — no one else can do this!

Recipe Box Platform

Robust, proprietary digital technology allows users to save recipes and content on your blog and deepen engagement.

Trending Content Platform

Exclusive traffic generating widget delivering new visitors and page views to your site from similar content across the Food Group.

SEO & Social Media Support

Full site audits, monthly reporting, keyword research, problem code identification and targeted SEO and Social Media plans to grow traffic under expert guidance.

Video Distribution (OTT)

Management and distribution of your video content through streaming channels to platforms such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Smart TVs and other OTT devices.

What Our Partners Say

Just A Pinch Recipes

Just A Pinch Recipes

Just A Pinch Recipes (JustAPinch.com) is one of the largest non-major media owned food sites and is the largest repository of user-posted recipes on the internet. Over 500,000 recipes have been posted by home cooks around the country and worldwide.

Designed from the ground up to be a true social network within itself and through connectivity to other social platforms, the website was engineered using best practices of the major horizontal social networks. Unmatched site programming and proprietary functionality allow home cooks to utilize sophisticated end-user capabilities including drag-and-drop technology to build menu planners and grocery lists, an illustrated "home kitchen" to showcase all site activity, and page-turning technology to edit custom cookbooks, all behind an easy-to-use skinning with a touch of nostalgia and whimsy. Moreover, members utilize this platform with some of the deepest levels of engagement to create networks of friends and relationships around posting, swapping and discussing thousands of recipes, sharing cooking tips, earning blue ribbons, printing grocery coupons, creating custom cookbooks, engaging in e-commerce and more.

Referred to by members as "the Facebook of recipes," Just A Pinch actually captures the recipe swapping and sharing, personal conversation and camaraderie that takes place between family and friends around kitchen tables and transfers it to the digital space. With some 40,000+ recipes added by members annually, Just A Pinch is the largest true crowd-sourced recipe site featuring authentic user-generated content.

Visit www.justapinch.com and join in on the fun!





What Our Members Say


Press Releases

JustAPinch.com Releases Data-Driven List of Top Thanksgiving Recipes

Top 10 Tailgating Recipes For The 2018 Football Season

Top 10 Most Popular Recipes of America's Home Cooks

Just A Pinch Wins Silver Davey Award for Lifestyle Site

Just A Pinch Wins Gold and Silver W3 Awards

Home Cooks To Compete at 2014 World Food Championships in Las Vegas

Just A Pinch Launches Responsive Site

Compete.com: Just A Pinch Online Marketing Strategy Gets Digital Right

Just A Pinch Recipes Experiences Meteoric Growth in 2013

Just A Pinch Recipes Honored at the Nashville Technology Awards

Just A Pinch Wins First Ever EPPY Award & Gold/Silver W3 Awards Recognition

World Food Championships 2013 - Just A Pinch Home Cooks Chosen to Compete

Video: Just A Pinch Wins Social Media Award for Best Digital Newsroom

Just A Pinch Wins Pixel Award for Online Community

PRDaily.com: Food-Focused Digital Newsroom Cooks up a Recipe for Success

Just A Pinch Recipes Honored with Awards Across Industries

Just A Pinch Wins Social Networking & PR Awards

NashvilleScene.com: Another Local Hero at World Food Championships, Just A Pinch Recipe Club

Home Cook Takes Top Honors in World Food Championships

Home Cooks Chosen to Compete in World Food Championships

Just A Pinch Launches "Pinch It!" Enhancement

American Hometown Media Receives Entrepreneur, Social & Publishing Awards

AHM & Just A Pinch Nominated for NEXT Nashville Awards

Just A Pinch Reaches 100,000 Recipe Milestone

Social Vertical justapinch.com Honored With Tech & Entrepreneur of the Year Accolades

Nashville Post, Entrepreneur of the Year

Social Vertical 'Just A Pinch' Reports Rapid Growth


Nashville Post, IN CHARGE, A compendium of Middle TN's business, political and civic power brokers

Nashville Post, Tech 25


Former Allrecipes.com Sales Executive Joins Just A Pinch Recipe Club

Former Publisher of Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart Magazines Moves to Just A Pinch Recipe Club

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Meet the Team

Dan Hammond - CEO

Dan Hammond

Founder / CEO

Dan Hammond's career has centered around media. All three of the companies he founded have focused on celebrating the good news story in hometowns and food across America. Couple this theme of community content with a solid background in advertising and marketing, and Hammond has found a recipe for success.

Before founding American Hometown Media, Hammond was the founder of American Hometown Publishing (AHP), which acquires and manages local community newspapers by forming partnerships with local publishers. Through these efforts, AHP helps improve business operations, increase profits and build readership among its paper partners.

Prior to forming AHP, Hammond was the founder, chairman, president and CEO of Publishing Group of America, where he oversaw the creation and launch of American Profile magazine, the largest successful magazine launch in U.S. history, followed by Relish magazine, the largest epicurean magazine in the U.S., with an uncommon focus on American hometown people, communities and food. He also created Hometown Content, the first syndicated service for community newspapers and developed a channel for promotional advertisers to reach Neilson C&D America. Hammond and company sold Publishing Group of America to Bain Capital and Shamrock Capital Partners in November of 2007.

Earlier in his career, Hammond served as the senior marketing officer for a number of Fortune 500 operations. He has directed strategic marketing and media services for national and internationally based consumer and business advertisers, including DuPont, McGregor, Bostonian, NOMA, Clarks of England, Dial Corp. and Ceridian. He serves on various advisory groups and boards including the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and the Tennessee Rugby Foundation.

Mike Meyers - CRO

Mike Meyers

President / CRO

Mike Meyers’ twenty-five year career has been focused in publishing. First analog and then digital media including specialty magazines to websites. Mike has run publishing, operations, revenue generation, business development, network strategy and general management duties including co-founding Sheknows, LLC as CEO of one of the largest women’s lifestyle and advertising networks. Sheknows was successfully grown from concept to 20 million monthly unique visitors and subsequently sold to Evolve Media, LLC.

Saying Mike is an expert in digital media is certainly an understatement. Adding to his repertoire is the fact that having built and run plenty of network models, he has helped create the modern-day network platform concept here at Just a Pinch/American Hometown Media making it a publisher first concept.

Heralding from Wisconsin, media endeavors have taken Mike from the upper Midwest including Chicago, through Phoenix, San Francisco and the Western US, to New Orleans, Atlanta and the deep South, and now placing his roots in the Mid-South of Nashville, Tennessee.

Doli Stepniewski - CTO

Doli Stepniewski


Doli Stepniewski brings with him more than 25 years experience in application design, development and management. Stepniewski is currently CTO for American Hometown Media and Chief Application & Database Architect for Just A Pinch Recipes.

Prior to joining AHM, Stepniewski served as Chief Architect and partner at echomusic, LLC (echo), an entertainment marketing company in Nashville, Tennessee, where he led the development of the patent-pending echotools™, a web application and database that powered more than 300 entertainment brand websites and managed over 20 million consumer records. In February 2007 Ticketmaster purchased echo and the echotools™ which became part of Ticketmaster’s direct-to-consumer ticket sales platform.

In addition to his media work, Stepniewski has developed custom applications for an array of industries. As Interactive Producer at direct marketing company SmartDM (Acxiom), he created compelling web-based data collection portals for their proprietary online CRM solution. And early in his career, he worked at Philadelphia-based Resources for Human Development where he developed custom database applications to manage properties for the HUD funded HOPE3 program, providing home ownership opportunities to hundreds of low-income families.

Meaghan Hickey - Director of Editorial

Meaghan Hickey

Director of Editorial

During the day Meaghan takes a break from attending concerts, trying out new restaurants around Nashville and cheering on her beloved New York Yankees, to develop content for Just A Pinch. She works with the Test Kitchen to award Blue Ribbons, plans content for emails and writes fun articles.

Before relocating from the New York City area to Nashville and joining American Hometown Media, Meaghan held print and digital marketing roles at The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens and Seventeen magazine.

Matt Sullivan - Marketing & Ad Operations Manager

Matt Sullivan

Marketing & Ad Operations Director

Matt takes the lessons learned in fathering his young son to corral the hundreds of revenue solutions available to publishers and packaging them into a turn-key solution for the Just A Pinch Food Group of sites. After crunching numbers, optimizing setups, and managing day-to-day advertising activities, you can often find him in the woods of Tennessee camping with his family on the weekends.

Prior to joining American Hometown Media, Matt was the Quality Assurance Manager and Project Manager for custom ad products at Moontoast, Inc.

Kristen Bowers - Director of Advertising Sales

Kristen Bowers

Director of Advertising Sales

Kristen is pioneering the first American Hometown Media office in Chicago. A Windy City native, she is leading national advertising sales efforts for Just a Pinch Food Group and helping our partners reach millions of passionate home cooks. Kristen’s multi-channel experience includes eight years at Viacom’s Nickelodeon, as well as leadership roles at Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, Meredith Publishing and most recently Taste of Home.

In her off time, Kristen is an architecture buff and enjoys walking around the city looking up. Her wanderings lead her to her passions of theater, live music, and of course food. Hit her up for debate on deep dish vs. thin crust. Spoiler … she loves both.

Alison Phalen - Social Media Manager

Alison Phalen

Director of Social Media

From a dairy farm in Upstate New York to attending Syracuse University (Go Orange!) to working in Charlotte, NC for a startup, Ali's journey to Just A Pinch in Nashville, TN has been an adventure.

When she isn't spending her time creating Pinterest-search-friendly pins, like-worthy Facebook posts or eye-catching Instagram photos, Ali is creeping on her dog via the doggy daycare cameras. Then she is right back to researching new social media trends, responding to customer service emails, writing interesting new blogs and creating fun quizzes.

John Hood - Director of Digital Marketing & SEO

John Hood

Director of Digital Marketing & SEO

A Nashville native (yes, they really exist), John loves his wife, children, dogs, craft beer, Broadway theater, and digital marketing. Mostly in that order, although he often geeks out on digital marketing to the point of being annoying (just ask his wife). He’s built traffic and driven revenue for some of Nashville’s biggest brands and agencies including Gaylord Hotels, Brookdale Senior Living, Livability.com and cj Advertising.

Unbeknownst to his co-workers, he makes the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. The first record he ever bought was A Flock of Seagulls. Don’t judge.

Liz Larson - Premium Publishing Group Director

Liz Larson

Premium Publishing Group Director

When Liz isn't on the hunt for the best new blogs and being an advocate for the Just A Pinch Food Group bloggers, this San Francisco native can be found at Giants or Golden State Warriors games cheering loudly with her husband and their three children.

Liz is a seasoned digital media executive with 20 years of experience spanning strategic business development and partner management nationally and globally. She is an expert in comScore Media Metrix and Nielsen NetRatings, programmatic monetization, and web analytics... somehow she even finds time to run her own blog!

Danielle Whitten - Accounting & Finance Manager

Danielle Whitten

Accounting, Finance & HR Director

While the rest of us are busy making beans, Danielle is counting them. She makes sure our bills get paid, balances our budget, and manages the office and benefits programs while racing between her three daughters' track meets, basketball games, gymnastics tournaments and other after-school activities.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen

Just A Pinch Recipes

The gals in the Test Kitchen cook and review original recipes from Just A Pinch Members - The best are awarded Blue Ribbons! From lending a helping hand to chopping, shopping, and snapping yummy food pics, there's nothing these savvy supergals can't pull off. They don't need capes... They wear aprons!

Shucks - You're Making Us Blush

Just A Pinch Food Group

It is exciting to see your passion for the work and the extremely detailed and well thought out plan for growth as a partner in this endeavor. I see a great opportunity for all of us and relish the combined forces in order to facilitate success for each person involved.

Christy Jordan
Southern Plate

I enjoyed meeting everyone and getting a feel for the amount of work it takes to make this all happen. Thanks for the incredible meals, wine and conversation which are priceless and will remain the highlights of my visit, I enjoyed it all! My video posts have gone bonkers — viewed by millions and shared 100's of thousands of times on Facebook. — Crazy! A good investment and in turn a great month for earnings!

After much careful consideration I decided to join the Just A Pinch Premium Publisher Group and partner with a company who makes my business a priority.

Stacey Little
Southern Bite

Just A Pinch Recipes

This is the only site I use on a regular basis. You can find recipes anywhere. It is the people that make this the best site on the web.

JustAPinch.com Member

I've visited a lot of the cooking sites out there and was even a chef consultant to one of the biggest, but I left because I just couldn't stand how people treated each other. Look around... this site is unique. We have our own personal recipe home page, we have blogs where we can fellowship with each other. We can send each other private messages. I could go on... In a world of cooking sites, we are unique.

JustAPinch.com Member

I became a member several years ago. I just wanted to thank you for this site. It allows me to share with my son who is in the Navy and 3000 miles away. He knows now that my recipes will never be gone! You are doing so much more than just a recipe site, you are bringing families together via FOOD :)

JustAPinch.com Member

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