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The Joy of Church Cookbooks – Amen to That!

There are some cookbook enthusiasts who collect only church cookbooks. Church publications have always been popular and well-received, from every tiny rural church to the massive city cathedrals that publish their own cookbook as a fundraiser.  Some books are nothing more than some xeroxed sheets stapled together, while others are big, spiral-bound, professional-looking books.  One collector told […]

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Healthier Classic Recipes (just in time for swimsuit season!)

I just heard on the radio that most people think the time to diet is the day after New Year’s, with everyone making their New Year’s resolution to lose weight before summer. But statistics have shown that people will show up at the gym, work out for a few weeks, then forget about the resolution […]

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I’m Feeling Blue

When they say on the commercials that “Happy cows come from California,” they must mean the Holstein cows of Point Reyes Station, California.  Their grade A raw milk produces one of the best blue cheeses on earth.  I have read many an article about Point Reyes Blue over the years and how fabulous it is, but, […]

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Somewhere In Time

Yes, I mean the 1980 movie with the gorgeous Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, which was filmed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.   If you haven’t seen the romantic movie and love a good cry, rent it now.  As lovely as the movie is, the Grand Hotel steals the scenes.  The hotel is beyond […]

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High Frequency Cooking: Radio Recipes

Before we watched Julia Child work her magic on “The French Chef,” or cheer on our favorite Iron Chef, there was radio.  There are still some radio shows where chefs will talk about the latest food trends, and a recipe will be given out by Martha Stewart, but in days gone by, radio was the only way some rural […]

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1961 Betty Crocker

Cookbook dealers will tell you that “Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook” of 1951 is a hot commodity.  I have the next one that was published in 1961 called “Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cookbook.”  Even this “new” addition has sold in the past for over $100.  These books are hard to find in mint condition because people used them to […]

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Oh, Sphere, Where Art Thou?

Does anyone remember a magazine from the 70’s called “Sphere?”  It was a Betty Crocker magazine, but more on the gourmet side.  It had fabulous recipes, many of which I still use today.  Not only that, they had amazing photos, decorating ideas, a very unusual wedding cake, and even patterns for clothing.   My mother, who […]

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Kay Sullivan: Cookbook Collector Extraordinaire

Catherine H. “Kay” Sullivan was my hero.  We shared the passion of cookbooks, but Kay took it to a higher level.  Kay’s love of the culinary arts developed into a cookbook business which she called “Kay’s Treasured Kookbook Kollection.”  Kay loved opening up a cookbook and trying out a new recipe, but found equal pleasure […]

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