She's Empowered Spotlight: Molly Yeh

She's Empowered Spotlight: Molly Yeh

Meet the creator behind Marzipan with Sprinkles — a.k.a one of our most beloved nut butter flavors: Molly Yeh! Not only is she the author of an award winning blog and multiple cookbooks, but she is also the host of Food Network's TV series Girl Meets Farm! You can read more about Molly and her journey below!

Tell us a little about you!

Hi! I’m Molly, I live in East Grand Forks, MN, on a fifth-generation sugar beet farm with my husband, Nick, our two daughters, Bernie and Ira, and a few farm cats. I’m originally from Chicago but moved to this region a little over 10 years ago. 

What do you do for work? Tell us about your professional journey.

I write cookbooks, host a cooking show on Food Network, and own a bakery/cafe, Bernie’s. My recipes draw inspiration from my Chinese and Jewish heritage, my Midwestern surroundings, travels near and far, and my husband’s Scandinavian heritage. I went to college in New York to study music but quickly fell in love with the restaurant scene, which led to me starting a food blog. The blog led to my first cookbook, which led to the show and a few more cookbooks, and now Bernie’s.

What inspired the creation of Marzipan with Sprinkles?

I’ve been in love with marzipan since I was a kid and my dad would come back from work trips to Germany with little marzipan pigs. I had a little collection that lived on my desk and got stale but was still very cute. Almond is probably my favorite flavor in the world, tied with tahini! 

How do you stay motivated?

If I find I’m lacking motivation, it usually means I need more sleep or to eat something really good. So I honor that, I get to bed early, and then I find a really good recipe to make for some inspiration.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in starting a business/blog?

Go through a period in which you say “yes” to every single opportunity that comes your way that is related to your goal, whether it’s a volunteer opportunity or taking on an assistant position, it’s important to learn everything you possibly can about what it is you’re looking to do with hands-on experience.

What are your favorite ways to #spreadgood in your community?

At my restaurant Bernie’s, we’ve partnered with Farm in the Dell, which is an amazing farm near here that employs individuals with disabilities. Farm in the Dell grows gorgeous produce and provides opportunities to people who might have limited employment options otherwise, in a really beautiful setting.

Who is one person who inspires you and why?

GroundUp founders! I am truly the biggest fangirl of this company and believe wholeheartedly that their mission is making the world a better place. And of course the nut butters are the best I’ve ever had, hands down.

How do you work to stay centered and practice self-care in your busy day-to-day reality?

I’m big on routines and big on planning. I plan time to sit down and plan, which is crucial for efficiency and overall productivity. And I consider 8 hours of sleep and at least some exercise to be nonnegotiables in my day, even if it’s just rolling around on the floor with my kids and going through the motions of sit ups. 

What do you like to do for fun, when you aren't working?

I just started playing pickle ball! I’m pretty bad at it but it sure is fun (and a good place for me to bring baked goods that I’ve been testing recipes for). I’m also in a parent and me ballet class with my younger daughter, Ira, and it’s awesome.

What are some of your favorite recipes with Ground Up?

Fry a thick piece of wheat toast in olive oil on both sides, slather with a generous amount of cinnamon snickerdoodle butter, cover with rainbow sprinkles.





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