Cafe Beaujolais

Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino, California is legendary.   It was a popular local hangout, but also the kind of place where people would drive for hours to reach and enjoy the incredible food.  Author of this cookbook, and owner of Cafe Beaujolais, Margaret Fox explains in the first few pages why this is not just a cookbook.  […]

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Aunt Thora’s Spoons

Have you ever just touched something or held it in your hands, and it made the hair on the back of your neck stand up?  Just a weird feeling?  Not a bad feeling at all, just familiar somehow but you can’t explain it?  That’s how I felt the first time I touched my Great-Great Aunt […]

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Food and Styles from Weddings of the Past

June marks the beginning of the summer weddings.  “Wedding Styles” was published in 1985, so I didn’t buy it for my own wedding which would have been almost ten years earlier, so I think it was the photos of the wedding cakes that I was interested in at the time.  Even though this is not a cookbook, […]

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Cookbook Give-Away for the week of 6-7-10!

The cookbook give-away for this week of June 7th, seemed to me that it had to be something Chicago.  In the last month, the Chicago area enjoyed having the winners from American Idol and Biggest Loser, and now, the Blackhawks are trying to make it to the Stanley Cup finals.  This is a great cookbook […]

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Pepper-Herb Crust

These are so fabulous!  You can rub the herb mixture over the chops in the morning, cover them with plastic wrap, and they are all ready to grill for dinner!  Grilled Lamb Chops with Pepper-Herb Crust 1 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper1 teaspoon dried thyme1 teaspoon sweet paprika3/4 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon dried mintPinch of cayenne […]

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Saturday’s Recipe: A Refreshing Citrus Drink for Summer

What can beat a nice cold drink on a hot summer’s day?  This drink is filled with citrus juices and fresh mint.  I make it all summer long! Citrus Mintade 3 cups cold water2 cups fresh orange juice1 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice1/2 cup fresh lime juice1/4 cup fresh lemon juice1 cup loosely packed fresh […]

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Road Tasted: 1950’s Style

Did you ever watch “Road Tasted” on the Food Network with Jamie and Bobby Deen?  Or now watch “Road Tasted with The Neeley’s?”  Well, I just found what is possibly the first “road-tasted” cookbook,  formerly owned by Muriel of Chicago, who could have been an original “hostess” on the road.  The Ford Treasury of Favorite […]

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Celebrity Cooking

I find what celebrities cook in their own kitchens more interesting than what they wear on the red carpet.  With clothing, they just name the designer, but with cooking, there is always more of a story behind a favorite recipe.  Regis and Kathie Lee, and now Kathie and Hoda, seem to love having cooking segments […]

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