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Midwest Meat-and-Potatoes? Not Hardly!

I love everything about living in the Midwest.  Yes, even the snow.  I find the change of seasons invigorating.  There is the beauty of snow in winter, planting a garden in the spring, harvesting and preserving in the heat of summer, and awaiting the first fall colors, which are all energizing to the soul.  But many have the […]

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The Gentle Art of Chinese Cooking

In the early 70’s as a young 20-something, I lived in Larkspur, California, which is a beautiful little town right over the Golden Gate Bridge.  I loved  visiting San Francisco, and never tired of driving across the bridge to take in the excitement of one most beautiful cities in the world.  I would go to […]

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Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah

No, I am not about to break out in song.  This is actually the title of Dinah Shore’s delightful cookbook, “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah,” published in 1971.  Some of us may remember her Chevy commercials (See the USA in your Chevrolet!) or some may recall her love affair with Burt Reynolds, who was 20 […]

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Mrs. "B" and Craig Claiborne’s "An Herb And Spice Cookbook"

In the previous entry about Bert Greene and his “Kitchen Bouquets,” I mentioned how I loved his chapter titles with names of spices, herbs, and other food items.  Craig Claiborne does the same with his cookbook, “An Herb And Spice Cookbook,” published in 1963.  I found this enticing book at an estate sale for 25 cents.  […]

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"Bert Greene’s Kitchen Bouquets" and The National Beef Cook-Off

I remember the first (and only) time I met Bert Greene.  He was much taller than I expected, and his beautiful smile and engaging personality lit up the room.  The year was 1987, and I was competing at the National Beef Cook-Off in Sun Valley, Idaho.  Cooking contests will sometimes have well-known chefs or cookbook […]

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Miss Fanny Merritt Farmer And My Grandmother

Welcome to my first ever blog entry! Even with the massive number of cookbooks in my collection, it was a no-brainer on which one to select for the first entry. Since today would have been my Grandmother’s 113th birthday, I wanted to honor her. I have in my possession the classic Fanny Merritt Farmer cookbook, […]

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