What A Summer So Far!

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I’ve been getting emails and messages the last few weeks saying, “Where are you? I am missing your blogs!” Or, “Are you okay?”  My favorite comment was from my mom:  “When are you going to write another blog?  I am getting tired of looking at those same cookies every day!”  Thank you for all the concern and yes, I am fine, and I was getting tired of looking at the cookies too!  It’s just been so busy in the last month.  I was in California visiting my mom with daughter Kristina; we stayed a couple of nights at an amazing winery in Sonoma; we had the most wonderful visit with eight of our Finnish cousins here in Libertyville; we’re still working on The Culinary Cellar work; and we are going to start outdoor work on the house (siding, windows, etc.)  My poor blog has suffered through all this, but now I am back and ready for more fun blogs for you! (and especially you, mom!)

All of the above will have blogs soon, but I had to tell you what just happened this morning.  When I wake up, I always start the day by making coffee, reading the Chicago Tribune, and turning on my phone.  One text was from our amazing family friend and former babysitter for my girls, Leigh.  Leigh said to look on my front porch because there was a surprise box waiting from her and her generous neighbor, Kristy.  I think you can guess what was in the box – cookbooks!  Fabulous cookbooks..

Julia and James Beard!

Junior League books from Lafayette, Louisiana, and Charleston.  I love Junior League books!

A very interesting food history book, and Helen Corbitt!  I love her recipes.

The Restaurants of New Orleans!

Saving this one for my granddaughter.  So of course now I have to show you a photo of her..

Thank you Leigh and Kristy, for these books which I can’t wait to sit down and go through.  I’m quite sure there will be something prepared from them in another blog.  Like I said, watch for some more new blogs sometime next week.

Don’t worry, mom.  No more cookies for a while!

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13 Responses to What A Summer So Far!

  1. Madonna July 20, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    What a nice surprise! “Talk About Good” is one of the best Louisiana community-type cookbooks out there. I think it’s even better than the River Road books. Of course, the very best is the cookbook from the Ladies of the Madonna in New Orleans. I’ve been trying to find a copy for you, but it’s a real rarity.

    • Debbie July 20, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      “Talk About Good” has been hard to put down. It’s incredible! I love the tabs – even one just for Mardi Gras! Your cookbook sounds intriguing. I would love to see it!

      • Madonna July 21, 2018 at 5:09 am #

        I have a copy. One of my Louisiana cousins owned the printing company that printed the book. He might still have some copies. I’ll also check Kitchen Witch.

        • Debbie July 25, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

          That would be amazing!

    • Dawn E. Lowenstein July 20, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

      Thank you for sharing your message and it’s great to see your additional cookbooks! I’m an avid recipe collector myself-I’ve ordered specific cookbooks recently! However, I have to browse through the various recipes to see what to make-that’s the only down side of having a good number of recipes! There are 3 children’s cookbooks which I ordered from Amazon which I’m saving for friends who have a son, 4, a daughter, 32 months and a 7 month-old baby son. The 2 older children love to help their parents in the kitchen and lately, I’d been presenting children’s cookbooks to save as gifts for them during holidays!

  2. Dawn E. Lowenstein July 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your latest post and seeing the latest cookbooks which you’ve just received! I’m a recipe collector and enjoy collecting specific cookbooks and recipes which I have the use for! I’ve bought several children’s cookbooks for friends who have a 4 year old son, a 32-month daughter and a 7-month old baby son. The 2 older children love to help their parents in their kitchen!

    • Debbie July 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      Dawn, I can’t wait for the day when I can teach my granddaughter to cook! I already have a few waiting for her. For now, she just likes to take a wooden spoon and stir in an empty pot. It’s a good start!

  3. Leigh July 20, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    Awwwwww….. you’re too sweet! I will pass this on to my neighbor as well! She is always keeping her eye out for you!!!

    • Debbie July 20, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

      How sweet of your neighbor, Leigh. I need to go add her name to the blog!

  4. Lisa Keys July 20, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

    always something good on your doorstep

    • Debbie July 20, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

      Lisa, isn’t it something they keep coming after a year? Cooks are the kindest of humans!

  5. Kim Marsden July 22, 2018 at 7:38 am #

    Delighted to see your blog back on my email list,! I knew you were enjoying your summer with family, just didn’t know about all the ongoing home improvements! What a wonderful selection of cookbooks. I will look forward to your sharing some recipes soon. And of course, you can never share enough pictures of darling Vivi. She is a treasure!

    • Debbie July 25, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

      Kim, I was all ready to start writing more blogs four days ago, then we lost phone and internet service. It came back on literally about 10 minutes ago! Now I can get busy and should have new ones up starting in the next few days.

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