Jill Blashack Strahan
Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple Founder & CEO, is a top female entrepreneur and an inspiration to countless people across the nation. Strahan grew up on her family’s dairy farm in rural Minnesota, where she was inspired by her father’s work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit.
In 1995, Jill launched Tastefully Simple offering high quality, easy-to-prepare foods and gifts. It wasn’t a simple start. Strahan and her young family had a household income of $25,000. Determined, she bootstrapped the business and within eight years, Blashack Strahan grew Tastefully Simple to a $113 million company.
Just three years into the business, Jill was rocked by tragedy and was faced with the decision of whether to continue her business. She chose to persevere, using her obstacles as motivation.
Recognized as an exceptional CEO, she has won numerous awards for her achievements and unique philosophies. Jill published a book about her life lessons and inspirational journey called Simply Shine: Stories That Stirred the Fire.
As a professional speaker, Blashack Strahan inspires thousands across the country, sharing her stories and lessons. Her charismatic and down-to-earth nature make her someone people believe in, and – more importantly – someone who enables them to believe in themselves.
The Casserole Queens
Part kitsch, part dish, all apron. Meet the Casserole Queens, Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook. New York Times Best Selling authors, Sandy and Crystal have taken their fresh-from-scratch meals from their home in Austin, Texas to the stages of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, The Today Show, QVC and more. Featured on Epicurious, Oprah.com and CNN.com, they’ve also been guests on Bobby Flay Radio on Sirius XM and Martha Stewart Living Radio on SiriusXM 110. In between speaking engagements, book signings and cooking demonstrations, they’re also earning a whole new legion of fans as stars of their own web series on the new YouTube food channel, HUNGRY. But who are the Casserole Queens?
Sandy, a graduate of the prestigious French Culinary Institute in New York City, derived the idea for the Casserole Queens during a holiday visit with her family. After making the Pollocks' signature dishes with her mom and siblings, she realized that everyone in the family (all the way down to the tiniest Pollock) was indubitably satisfied. Sandy has happy memories of her family gathering at the dinner table to eat a casserole, and she hopes that Casserole Queens will help build memories for other families, too. Drawing from a diverse culinary background, including stints at Austin restaurants Jeffrey's and Cipollina, Sandy has a knack for enhancing the taste of an old favorite—as well as serving up some uniquely different dishes of her own.
Crystal, a former citizen of Corporate America, brings over 20 years of marketing experience to the Casserole Queens team and an entrepreneurial drive to help execute on their vision. In addition to her strong marketing background, Crystal comes from generations of fine cooking. Raised a true Southern Belle, this Casserole Queen knows her way around the kitchen and into every food lover's heart. It is her goal to help deliver a little nostalgia with every casserole we sell.