About Miss NiNi

Miss NiNi developed a passion for baking in her youth. Over the years, that passion has done nothing but intensify, leading to the rebranding of Encore Desserts as Miss NiNi’s Fine Desserts.

Just one look at Miss NiNi’s baking background validates her standing as a master in the kitchen:

  • Taught to bake while tugging on the apron strings of her homemaker mother
  • Award winning 4-H food exhibitor (Miss NiNi is shown here as a teen preparing for a 4-H contest)
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food and Nutrition
  • Home economist for a midwest power company, specializing in demonstrating food creativity using electrical appliances for the home through television and live deomonstrations
  • Wife, mother and homemaker, offering the opportunity to build baking skills over a lifetime
  • Taught daughters baking skills that enabled them to become local and state champion 4-H bakers
  • Developed creative dessert recipes as freelance home economist
  • Championship competitive dessert baker
  • Founder of entrepreneur-growing Miss NiNi’s Fine Desserts

6 Responses to “About Miss NiNi”

  1. Joan Roets July 16, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    How exciting! My friends and I will be there. I know all about Jane’s fab baking and etc. Doc And Rosemary Leonard, Rosemary is my sister,
    speak highly of the Knopp family. Especially the baker!!!!! Congrats Jane

    • Janine Knop July 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks Joan. We think very highly of Doc and Rosemary, too. I think when the services of a veterinarian are required for a livestock operation, that medical provider becomes part of the family.
      We will look forward to seeing you at the desserterie late this fall.

  2. Patrick Mitchell July 20, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    Joan, I am counting on you to fill the big void here in Des Moines when it comes to baked goods or a bakery. I see you throwing around “french” terms so does this mean something or just your word choices. What type of goods are you going to offer us here that are starving for something sweet and no place to go?


    • Janine Knop July 21, 2016 at 7:28 am #

      Hello Patrick, Thanks for your reply. In addition to enjoying creative baking, I am a writer and love to compassionately weave words together as well as create words. To me, the term “Desserterie” appropriately fits the concept of our business. These are my word choices. Thanks for asking!
      Please refer to my website for an introduction to the award-winning desserts we will sell at Miss NiNi’s Desserterie in West Des Moines/Waukee. Just as I “play” with words, part of the “designer” within me enjoys playing with ingredients to create new recipes. Those desserts will be served as “Feature Desserts” when the time comes. Of course, I’m always interested to know what types of desserts appeal to our guests, too.
      May I suggest that you refer to my website in order to view the many national unbiased reviews that my handcrafted cheesecakes and coffee cake have received? http://missnini.com/category/expert-reviews/
      I am looking forward to having you as our guest when the desserterie opens in the late fall. NiNi

  3. Michelle Buboltz September 20, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    I’m super excited about this shop opening in November! Baking is a small passion I have too. I was in 4-H in Cass County and had your help Janine, learning a few new tricks to help perfect my breads. My friends and I will be there when you open!

    • Miss NiNi September 21, 2016 at 8:30 am #

      Cool! Thanks for the note, Michelle. I will look forward to seeing you and your friends when we open in November/December. NiNi