Monday, January 28, 2008



If you own a business, restaurant, or tourist attraction in Kentucky feel free to send me a recipe. It will help numerous non-profit organizations and it will be good publicity for your business.

D.W. Griffith’s recipe has arrived!!! In my search for recipes from people and places with ties to Kentucky, I found the Official website for actor Shane Woodson. He is the son of playwright/novelist Joseph Woodson Oglesby. After contacting him, he and his father gave me permission to use the recipe from his father’s book “Dinner with D.W.Griffith.” It is GRANDMOTHER'S LEMON MERINGUE PIE. This is the pie Shane’s great-grandmother always made for her son the famous movie producer and director D.W. Griffith.

Shane Woodson was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. He has starred or co-starred in over 20 motion pictures. He has appeared on TV shows such as "Las Vegas,” "Passions,” "Numb3rs,” and "Heroes". He is most proud of his feature comedy "Cain and Abel", which he wrote, produced, directed, and stars in. "Cain and Abel" can be rented at select Blockbusters nationwide, as well as Blockbuster online & Netflix. For more information on Shane go to:

Joseph Woodson Oglesby was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. He is a playwright/novelist and journalist and was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, most recently for his play "The Dodge.” His book "Dinner With D.W. Griffith" (Borgo press) can be purchased at

Now I am trying to get a recipe from someone related or who was a close friend of Robert Penn Warren who is from Guthrie, Kentucky. He was the author of All the King's Men and Band of Angels. I have found a couple pf contacts for him and I am waiting somewhat impatiently.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008




I am still working to get recipes from Famous places and people from Kentucky.

Did you know D. W. Griffith is from Oldham County Kentucky and is buried there at the local Methodist Church. I was trying to find a relative of D.W. Griffith. I received an e-mail from Nancy Theiss of the Oldham County Historical Society with contact information for his nephew. They also sent me a recipe and the following information...

"We did have a recipe from another one of our famous citizen's which is author Annie Fellows Johnston who wrote the children's stories, The Little Colonel series. This is the same storyline developed in the Little Colonel movie starring Shirley Temple.

Mrs. Joy's Jelly cookies are taken from The Little Colonel in the part where servant Mom Beck made Mrs. Joy's jelly cookies for a Saturday picnic for the Little Colonel and her friends."

I knew Shirley was in the original "Seabiscuit" movie, but I did not realize The Little Colonel also had a Kentucky connection. I would love to have arecipe from her as well! JUST WISHING!

Remember If you have a resturant Or a Tourist attraction in Kentucky an would like to be included in this Cookbook please send it to:

Wednesday, January 16, 2008



In my quest for recipes from famous celebrities and places in Kentucky, I have had and continue to receive some GREAT responses!
Kentucky has 2 National Parks. Mammoth Cave and Cumberland Gap and I have recipes from both of them!

Mammoth Cave is the world's longest cave system, with more than 365 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a grand, gloomy, and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name: Mammoth.

Cumberland Gap was the first great gateway to the west. The buffalo, the Native American, the long hunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky.

Today’s adventurer can follow the footsteps of early travelers such as Daniel Boone along the Wilderness Road, experience the stories of the pioneer, the Civil War soldier, and the traveler through the only natural opening in the Appalachian Mountain Range.

Speaking of Daniel Boone. I also have a recipe from Fess Parker, television’s Daniel Boone and a recipe from a descendent of Daniel Boone. More on that in the next blog.

REMEMBER if you own a restaurant, hotel, or tourist attractions in Kentucky please send me your favorite recipe. It will be included in The Kentucky Celebrity Cookbook and will help publicize the GREAT state of Kentucky.

Send recipes to:

Wednesday, January 9, 2008



What does the Tennessee Waltz (Tennessee’s Official State Song) have to do with my Kentucky Celebrity Cookbook? It was written by Redd Stewart who was raised in Louisville Kentucky

Redd's family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, while he was still young. He learned to play the banjo, piano, fiddle and guitar as a child, then dropped out of junior high to perform in local bands. He legally changed his first name to Redd because of his red hair, freckles and fair complexion. 1935 - Redd was contracted to write a song for a car dealer's commercial in Louisville, Kentucky at the age of 14 (he completed only the seventh grade.) He then formed and played in various bands around Louisville, including the Prairie Riders. 1937 - Pee Wee King came to Louisville to play on WHAS and signed Redd as a musician with the Golden West Cowboys. At the time, Eddy Arnold was the band's vocalist. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Redd was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to the South Pacific. While stationed there with the rank of sergeant, Redd wrote "A Soldier's Last Letter," which Ernest Tubb worked on and recorded in 1944, making it a No. 1 hit staying at the top for four weeks out of a seven month stay on the Country charts and crossing over to the Pop chart Top 20. When Redd returned to Pee Wee's Golden West Cowboys at the end of WW II, he became the band's vocalist, Arnold having gone solo. Now Redd started to take songwriting seriously. 1946 - married Frances Jean Grimes at the age of 23. 1947 - appeared on the Grand Ole Opry until 1947 and a year earlier, he and Pee Wee wrote their first major success, "Bonaparte's Retreat," which was Kay Starr's launch-pad to stardom. 1947 - Signed a lifetime exclusive songwriting contract with Acuff-Rose Publications. 1947 - It's a Girl! Redd & Jean's first child was born - Lydia Nixon Stewart (named after Pee Wee King's wife- Lydia.) 1948 - "Tennessee Waltz", his most popular song, was written with Pee Wee King. (King & Stewart decided to write the song after hearing Bill Monroe's Kentucky Waltz on the radio. Stewart emptied a matchbox and tore it open to write down the song.) 1953 - It's a Boy! Redd & Jean's second child was born - Colonel Henry Redd Stewart, Jr. 1954 - It's another Boy! Redd & Jean's third child was born - William (Billy) Rae Stewart 1947-1957 - In 1947, Pee Wee, Redd and the band moved to WAVE Louisville, Kentucky, where they had a weekly radio show and then later in the year, they transferred to WAVE-TV, where they had a television show until 1957. Redd sang on Pee Wee King's 1948 version, which reached the Top 3 on the Country chart and crossed over to the Top 30 on the Pop charts, on RCA Victor. It was re-issued in 1951 and climbed to the Top 10. Other hit versions, in 1948, were by Cowboy Copas (Top 3) and Roy Acuff (Top 15). The following year, Tennessee featured in the title of two other King hits on which Redd appeared, namely, "Tennessee Tears" and "Tennessee Polka." Pee Wee King's version of "Bonaparte's Retreat" edged into the Top 10, during 1950. However, it was in 1951 that Pee Wee had a No.1 hit with the King-Stewart song "Slow Poke," which also became a No.1 Pop success. That year, Patti Page took "The Tennessee Waltz" to No.1 on the Pop chart, which also became a Top 3 Country hit. It went on to sell over 6 million copies. The following year, the song became a Top 10 hit for Hawkshaw Hawkins and "You Belong to Me" became a Pop hit for Jo Stafford. By now, Pee Wee had dropped his band's name and as Pee Wee King & his Band, he racked up "Silver and Gold" (Country Top 5/Pop Top 20) and "Busybody" (Country Top 10/Pop Top 30). Redd was still the featured vocalist on the 1954 Pee Wee King double-sided hit "Changing Partners/Bimbo." Their final hit together was "Backward, Turn Backward." Redd toured with Pee Wee throughout the 50's and 60's, and during that time, their songs continued to be recorded. In 1959, Billy Grammar had a Pop success with "Bonaparte's Retreat" as did Bobby Comstock and Jerry Fuller with "Tennessee Waltz." Other charted versions of Redd's songs were "Bonaparte's Retreat" by Carl Smith (1970) and Glen Campbell (1974) and "Tennessee Waltz" by Sam Cooke (1964) and Lacy J. Dalton (1980). On February 17, 1965, "Tennessee Waltz" was officially proclaimed by Governor Frank Clement as the Tennessee state song. As well as recording with Pee Wee, Redd also recorded on his own, including the 1959 Audio Lab album "Redd Stewart Sings Favorite Old Time Tunes." He also appeared in several movies with Pee Wee King, including "Gold Mine in the Sky (1938), "Ridin' the Outlaw Trail" (1951) and "The Rough, Tough West" (1952), the last two starred Charles Starrett as the Durango Kid. In 1961, Redd and Pee Wee appeared in the movie, "Hoedown." 1971 - Redd re-marries. Marries Darlene Collins (of the Collin Sisters) 1972 - Redd was inducted as a charter member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame- Hall of Fame Highest Achievement 1974 - Redd & Jean's third son marries. Billy marries Sharon Kay Lebo. 1974 - Redd & Jean's second granddaughter was born - Allison Marie Stewart (Billy & Sharon's first daughter.) 1977 - Redd & Jean are grandparents again - Jennifer Lynn Stewart (Billy & Sharon's second daughter.) 1992 - Redd's granddaughter marries - Allison marries Ed Lowery Waterfield. 1992- Redd's first great grandson was born - Joseph Rae Waterfield (Allison & Ed's first son.) 1997 - Redd's second great grandson was born - Christopher Lowery Waterfield (Allison & Ed's second son.) August 2, 2003 - Died at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville. He was 80 years old. He died from complications from injuries suffered in the early 1990s after a fall at his home in Louisville.

Redd Stewart was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, 1970

For more on other Country Music Singers who have Kentucky Ties check back here for future bl0gs about those I have recipes from.


Friday, January 4, 2008


They both have ties to Kentucky and I have a recipe from one of them! This is what makes Kentucky so special. All the wonderful people and places that can be found in the Bluegrass State.

Lily Tomlin and Charles Dickens not only have ties to Kentucky, but to extreme Western Kentucky (Ballard County). Charles Dickens purchased land in Ballard County, while still living in London, England in the 1800’s. He came to America to see his land and eventually wrote “American Notes” in 1865 discussing his trip. Lily Tomlin sent me a recipe for the cookbook. She was born in Michigan, but stayed with her grandmother during the summers in Ballard County. She still has relatives that live there. I also have a recipe from Wickliffe Mounds and Research Center and a museum (Barlow House) that was the home of Vivian Barlow. He was the music teacher at a private school in New England and taught the John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. All of this is what makes Kentucky so great!

Ballard County is located where the Ohio River and Mississippi River join. Hunting is a major part of their economy. I would love to get more recipes from their hunting lodges, restaurants, businesses and recipes similar to these from all over Kentucky.

Check back again and I will have information on other celebrities that have sent recipes.


Hal Riddle (Actor) born 1917 in Fulton, Kentucky
Living in the Motion Picture & Television Fund Country House, Woodland Hills, California

Tom Kennedy (Game Show Host) Born in Louisville, Kentucky

Robert Penn Warren (Author) Born in 1905 in Guthrie, Kentucky
(Deceased) Would like recipe from relative or close associate Kentucky

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Celebrity Cookbook


CELEBRITY COOKBOOKS is a project to obtain recipes from people who make a state (example Kentucky) the great place it is. The cookbooks will be used as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations.We have been concentrating on Kentucky. However the response has been so positive that we want to expand it to other states.

Each cookbook will feature recipes from celebrities, but also we want recipes from others as well. (see the letter below for examples). If you can help with this worthwhile project it would be greatly appreciated.

As we get new recipes we will provide information at this site about the people and places.Often the stories behind the wonderful individuals who have graciously contributed to this project is just as interesting as the actual recipes.
However, we will not post the recipes as we want to save them for the cookbook publication.

If you are someone you know would like to help by sending a recipe and don't forget to include information about yourself, career, business, and why it is your favorite recipe.


Sample Letter
As you have ties to Kentucky I would love to have a recipe from you. Hope you can help with this worthy cause. Thanks!

I am in the process of developing a cookbook celebrating Kentucky and its celebrities. The purpose of this project is a charitable fundraiser and will be sold through and for non-profit organizations. However I am not asking for a monetary donation and there is no charge to you for participating. In addition to being a charitable fundraiser the purpose is also to publicize and promote Kentucky tourism, business, universities, industry, government leaders, and most of all the celebrities such as Actresses, Actors, Professional Sports, Musician, Authors, who were born, lived, or have ties to Kentucky.

We have over 175 recipes and hope to have an additional 50 in time for publication. Some examples of recipes we have are:

Pat Banks (Water Color Artist) Curried Seafood Salad

Vice President Alben Barkley Kentucky Spoon Bread
(Submitted by his Granddaughter)

Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus (TV Hannah Montana) Secret Recipe

Dippin Dot Ice Cream (CEO Curt Jones) Floating Fruit Cobbler

Tom T. Hall (Country Singer) Sausage Casserole

Naomi Judd (Country Singer) Cheese Wafers

Senator Mitch McConnell Senate Bean Soup

Patti’s 1880’s (Restaurant) Sawdust Pie

Mollie Sims (TV Las Vegas) Red Velvet Cake

Weller Haus (Bed & Breakfast) Pineapple Walnut Cake

White Hall (Historic Home) White Hall Biscuits

I would be grateful if you could send me your favorite recipe and a brief statement about why you like it (did your mother, spouse, or another relative make it something special). If you love to cook tell why this is your favorite recipe.

The recipes will be listed in alphabetical order by the name of the business, organization, or the individual’s last name as shown above. Thank you so much for helping me with this project. Again, there is no charge for this. I just want people to know about the wonderful state of Kentucky. If you could send the recipe within 30 days, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Pam Whinnery

P.S. Please consider participating in this project as it would be good publicity for your business and would help numerous worthwhile organizations.

Don't forget to bookmark this page and checkback often to see and hear about the most current searches for recipes and those who are contributing.

Thanks! Pam Whinnery