Dear Abby….

“Dear Abby” can offer helpful advice to the masses, but she can also help you decide what to make for dinner.  I am not surprised, because Abigail Van Buren (real name: Pauline Phillips) was born in Iowa.   Since I have many ancestors and friends from Iowa, I know Iowans are both smart and kitchen savvy!  This is a delightful […]

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Sunday’s Recipe: Lemon Roast Chicken

This is almost a no-recipe, recipe.  While chicken is roasting, it permeates the kitchen with an incredible aroma!  Serve with some spring asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes for an easy, yet company-worthy meal.  Lemon Roast Chicken with Herbs and Garlic Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Rub the skin of a 5 pound roasting chicken all over […]

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Saturday’s Recipe: Herbed Cream Cheese

Here is an easy and less expensive version of that delectable cream cheese spread in the little tubs.  It is an easy make-ahead treat, great served on crackers, spread on bagels, or with fresh cut-up vegetables as a dip.  Serve it for a party tonight! Cream Cheese Spread with Herbs 8 ounce package block-style cream cheese, softened1/4 […]

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Vincent Price Cooks? Now That’s a Scary Thought!

When first holding this cookbook, one might think it is a photo album.  It must win the prize for the most unusual cookbook cover with its plush leatherette embossed with copper.  It just feels like something special in your hands.  And indeed it is.  But then it hits you – Vincent Price, the “Merchant of […]

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Sourdough Paul

Yes, I know it says “Sourdough Jack,” but my brother Paul has always been the sourdough in our family.  Paul is a retired firefighter and paramedic, so of course cooked for his fellow firefighters.  Paul loves this book.  In fact, he carries his with him when he travels back to the states from his home in Tonga, which means it […]

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Paul Newman’s Hole-in-the-Wall Gang

There is no argument that Paul Newman was one of the greatest actors of our time, but he also touched, and continues to touch, the lives of many children with his “Hole-in-the-Wall” camp for kids.  When Mr. Newman first started his food company, Newman’s Own, with only his homemade salad dressing, he probably couldn’t envision it ballooning into […]

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Homemade Baby Food

Look at that little face!  When your children are born, you want to do everything that you think is best for them.  Before my oldest daughter, Kristina, was born, I was determined to breast feed and make her own food.  I was encouraged by most to breast feed, but a lot of people thought I […]

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Cooking for Cash

Did you realize that if you love to cook, there are thousands of contests out there just waiting for your next great recipe?  And that you can win anything from an apron to a million dollars?!  But maybe you don’t know how to find these amazing contests, or understand the rules to enter.  Well, I […]

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