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Elaine Wallace, The Cookbook Lady of Kansas

In this U-Haul are 42 boxes filled with 850 cookbooks. The remarkable Elaine Wallace from Wichita, Kansas gave up her precious collection to help rebuild The Culinary Cellar.

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Coming to America

A few years ago we descended upon our relatives in Finland, and now it was time for them to travel to America, some for the first time.

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What A Summer So Far!

It’s been a crazy summer here so far! I have so much to tell you. I didn’t mean to ignore my blog, but it’s been busy around here. But I’m back now, so watch for new and exciting blogs!

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Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookies

I love macadamia nuts in quick breads, snacks, and desserts, but today they are stirred into cookies with chocolate chunks.

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Contest Queen Shirley DeSantis

Longtime cooking contester Shirley DeSantis sent me this chocolate chip cookie book to help rebuild The Culinary Cellar.

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Layered Ice Cream Pound Cake

On a hot summer day, have a beautiful and refreshing dessert on hand in the freezer featuring a prepared pound cake layered with four kinds of ice cream.

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Fathers and Neighbors

It’s been a fun weekend celebrating Father’s Day today and a block party yesterday with neighbors.

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Lady Madonna

My fun and fabulous friend Madonna found the perfect cookbook, which describes New Orleans food with a bit of herself! Read on to see the incredible shrimp dish from the book.

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