Toto, I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore… but we will be!

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I have an exciting couple of weeks ahead!  I’ll be leaving this week for Kansas (hopefully no tornadoes or wicked witches) where I am meeting up with my daughter Kristina for the National Festival of Breads, a cooking contest sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, King Arthur Flour, and Fleishmann’s Yeast.  Kristina, owner of Cooking Contest Central, was asked to be a judge at this year’s contest.  While Kristina is busy judging, I am going to another part of town on my own adventure at the Kansas State Library.  This library happens to be the site of the extensive collection of cookbook author Clementine Paddleford, who is considered America’s first traveling food writer.  I have already written a couple of blogs about her, but have always dreamed of visiting her archives at the library.

Clementine Paddleford old photo with cat

Yes, Clementine is just as eccentric as she looks and has quite a few stories to tell about regional cooking in America.  I can’t wait to write more about her after my visit to the library.  I think you will find her very intriguing!

After Kansas, I will be flying to Los Angeles to stay with Kristina for a while.  We will be doing lots of cooking, taking photos, exploring parts of LA, and covering another cooking contest, this time for Dole Pineapple where the head judge is Chef Ben Ford, son of actor Harrison Ford.  Another fun report coming!

I’ll be reporting all these adventures soon, so come back later to read all about them.  Just give me a little time to digest all that bread, pineapple, and LA food.

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11 Responses to Toto, I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore… but we will be!

  1. Kim June 17, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Wonderful! I know you and Kristina will have an exciting time and we will look forward to hearing about all your adventures.

    • Debbie June 18, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      Thanks, Kim. We will have a lot of catching up to do, with all your girls’ adventures, too!

  2. Emma Stewart June 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Hope tornado season will be over-I used to live in Tornado Alley! So much fun learning about all of these different aspects of the love of cooking! Have an awesome time!

    • Debbie June 18, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Thanks, Emma! I bet you don’t miss tornados in Australia!

  3. lisa keys June 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    OK-well now I am just sad I did not enter and win these contests. Have a ball!

    • Debbie June 18, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      Lisa- We’ll meet up somewhere again!

  4. Cynthia Harris June 19, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    Welcome to Kansas Debbie. One never knows when a Tornado or bad weather will happen, and as for wicked witches, well, that too can be arranged, especially at the Oz Museum in Wamego, KS, about 20-30 miles east of Manhattan.

    As you know Miss P is a very interesting character.

    • Debbie June 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Cindy, you are such a delight! I could listen to you talk all day about Clementine. Oh, wait – we did! Are you ready for some more tomorrow?

      • Cynthia Harris June 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

        I will be ready when you arrive…see you in the morning!

  5. Roger Adams June 19, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    We’re looking forward to your visit! Thanks for helping get the word out about our outstanding cooking collection, the largest collection of its kind at an American public university.

    (I’m the curator of the cooking collection.)

    • Debbie June 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi Roger- I am looking at this after we met today. I had the best time in your library and can’t wait to get back tomorrow. There is so much to see and I’m afraid my two days will not be enough. Looking forward to more conversation with you. And we forgot to talk about the Food Network..

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