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Clementine Paddleford: America’s Forgotten Food Writer

Before Julia, there was Clementine…

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The National Festival of Breads Contest

If I click my heels three times, do you think I can go back to Kansas?  I would do it in a heartbeat, especially to “The Little Apple” AKA Manhattan, Kansas, site of the National Festival of Breads contest sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, King Arthur Flour, and Fleischmann’s Yeast.  All involved in this contest […]

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Oz, Bread, and a Little Black Book

Hi everyone!  It seems like I have been gone for a month and it’s only been a couple of weeks.  I have gone from the wheat fields of Kansas to the sweltering heat of Los Angeles.   Actually, I am still in LA, but headed home soon.   I have so many stories and photos that it will […]

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Toto, I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore… but we will be!

I have an exciting couple of weeks ahead!  I’ll be leaving this week for Kansas (hopefully no tornadoes or wicked witches) where I am meeting up with my daughter Kristina for the National Festival of Breads, a cooking contest sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, King Arthur Flour, and Fleishmann’s Yeast.  Kristina, owner of Cooking Contest Central, was […]

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The James Beard Awards 2013

The James Beard Foundation was founded in 1986, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone in the culinary world who would not love to win this medal, which is equivalent to winning an Academy Award Oscar.  The foundation is dedicated to celebrating and preserving America’s culinary heritage and future. James Beard was a cookbook […]

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On “The Hunt”

Everyone knows that one must buy tickets for the theater, opera, or symphony, but how about for a restaurant?  Chef Grant Achatz’s restaurant “Next” is like nothing you will ever experience in the world of fine dining.  Located in Chicago’s meatpacking district just west of downtown, Next is not your traditional restaurant.  The menu changes every four […]

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Is This Libertyville, Illinois or New York City?

When my daughter Kara flew in for my birthday this past weekend from her home in New York City, we decided to have dinner one night at our newest restaurant in Libertyville, Shakou Sushi.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog, our little downtown has become quite the restaurant row in our area north of Chicago […]

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A Michelin Star Meal with Cuisinart

What could be better than an evening at Michelin-starred restaurant Acadia in Chicago with hosts from the Cuisinart company and table mates being cookbook authors and magazine editors?  Talk about lively conversation!  Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am able to attend these amazing events.  My daughter Kristina and I had another one of our food […]

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