Cookbook Give-Away for the week of 5-24-10!

Congratulations to Ronna F. from Maryland who won last week’s cookbook, Martha Stewart’s Hors d’ Oeuvres from 1984! This week’s give-away is The Joy of Pasta by Joe Famularo and Louise Imperiale from 1983.  This is a great cookbook that has recipes for fresh and dried pasta made every way imaginable, and contains one of […]

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"Star of the Bar" Contest!

Yesterday, I watched my oldest daughter cook on the main stage at the National Restaurant Association Show, and today I will watch my youngest, Kara, compete for a grand prize of $5,000 in a beverage contest sponsored by Bacardi.  Here is her video entry and recipe that got her a spot as one of 6 competitors in […]

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Restaurant Show Reigning Hot Chef!

I am at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago this weekend, and today I will be watching my daughter Kristina on the main cooking stage demonstrating her “Tunisian Lamb Burger with Harissa Mayonnaise and Orange-Olive-Date Relish.”  Last year, the National Restaurant Association (the other “NRA”) named Kristina their “Hot Chef of 2009.”  She will be […]

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Hog Wild! And How my Daughter Became a "Pork Personality"

Do you know how the term “hog wild” came into being?  Pigs living in colonial times were so prolific they ran “hog wild” in marauding bands through the streets and fields of settlements from Massachusetts to Virginia, not only vandalizing property but creating diplomatic problems with local Indian tribes.  Dutch doors were invented by New […]

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Relaxing with Curtis Stone

Most of the time my cookbook blogs are about out-of-print or older cookbooks, but I couldn’t resist writing about the newest book from Curtis Stone.  I have loved Curtis’s recipes ever since he was on the TLC network show, “Take Home Chef.”  The show no longer airs, but Curtis is still a busy guy.  He […]

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My friend Kim and the little Finnish Cookbook

I met my friend Kim at a cooking contest in 1987.  The contest required the use of Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese and had four winners in different categories.  I was in appetizers and Kim was in desserts.  We became fast friends and have kept in touch for almost 25 years.  Not long ago, Kim mailed me […]

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Cookbook Give-Away for the week of 5-17-10!

If you don’t have Martha Stewart’s Hors d’ Oeuvres cookbook from 1984 and would like a chance to win it, just email me your name and email address and I’ll put you in the drawing.  Let me know by Friday night, and I’ll randomly draw a name.  I will contact the winner by email, and […]

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A Recipe Collection from the Heart

This is what I look for at garage sales or book sales – someone’s personal notebook filled with their favorite family recipes, or yellowed old clippings from newspapers and magazines.  Then I wonder, how did this person’s family let this treasure go?  Or maybe they lost it, and are looking for it right this moment […]

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