Wednesday, December 15, 2010






This weekend, Saturday Dec. 18th is the traditional Dec. Basketball game between U.K. & UofL. It is also a tradition to have the annual University of Kentucky Alumni Christmas Dinner at Spindletop Hall on the following Sunday Dec. 19th for club members.

I have been invited to do a guest book signing FOR THE COOKBOOK "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities" that day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with proceeds from cookbook sales going to The Ronald McDonald House in Lexington. The cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities" also has a recipe from Richie Farmer a former U.K. Basketball player and Spindletop Hall’s Executive Chef Ed Valente.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Academy Award winning screenwriter Tom Schulman has a recipe in the Tennessee Cookbook.

Tom Schulman, Nashville, attended Montgomery Bell Academy, & 1 of his teachers, Sam Pickering was the basis of Robin Williams's character in "Dead Poet's Society." Vice president of the
Writers Guild of America, West, his other writing credits include Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Welcome to Mooseport, What About Bob?

I will be at Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, KY to do a booksigning for the Hospital Auxiliary Thursday, November 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary gift shop. This will be the 1st book signing for the Tennessee cookbook at the hospital. They hosted a Kentucky cookbook signing last summer. If you did not get a copy of the Kentucky cookbook, they will also be available.

The auxiliary has over 100 volunteers who provide services to the community at Lourdes. A few of the many opportunities include the Gift Shop, Information Desk, visiting patients, fundraising, and assisting in clerical areas. The Lourdes Auxiliary is an organization of hospital volunteers.

They are also sponsoring a food drive for Paducah Cooperative Ministry on Thursday. If you would like to contribute, bring the food items by the gift shop.

Monday, November 29, 2010



“Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities” will be one of the featured books at the Sixth Annual Hickman County Arts, Crafts and Book Fair.

I will be signing both the Kentucky and Tennessee Celebrity cookbooks. This event will take place at the Clinton Elementry School Gym on Saturday, December 4th from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Authors from around the region will be offering books for all age levels and interests.

Vendors of affordable Christmas gifts for young and old will be on hand with their wares. Organizers anticipate between 35 and 40 vendors.

There will be music at the Fair this year. Shoppers can enjoy a $5 lunch of soup, sandwich, dessert and drink while listening to local musicians perform. Santa will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes.

The Hickman County Arts, Crafts and Book Fair is sponsored by Friends of the Arts in Hickman County. Proceeds from the Fair go to the Hickman County Arts Council which supports arts programs throughout the year.

Arts Council Chair Mary Potter is looking forward to the Fair this year.
“It’s a great time to see old friends, get some unique Christmas gifts and support our local artists. I am especially excited to have music this year during the day. It will add to the total arts experience.”

Wednesday, November 17, 2010



H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. is one of the organizations, which I work with to do fundraising with my cookbooks. They do Horse Therapy with children who have learning disabilities or need speech therapy. They are a wonderful organization made up of volunteers who donate their time and their horse’s time for this valuable work.

After a Saturday bazaar at Kentucky Oaks Plaza, H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center volunteers placed the organization’s large aluminum logo behind the building because it would not fit in the door.



OTHER NEWS: I had the opportunity to participate in the Kentucky State Library and Archives 2010 State book Fair this weekend. Nov. 13. IT WAS A SUCCESS! More than 3,200 patrons supported the fair, with sales of $125,000! The proceeds go to provide grants to state libraries and library scholarships.

Friday, November 5, 2010

29th Annual Kentucky Book Fair



P.O. Box 715,
Frankfort, KY 40602-0715
Cell phone 502/229-2542;
Fax (502) 564-5773
29th Annual Kentucky Book Fair
Saturday, November 13th, 2010

I have exciting news! I have been selected for the second year to participate in the Kentucky State Book Fair. I will do a book signing of the just released “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.”

My cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” will also be available, if you did not get a signed copy last year. It was 8th in overall sales from a selection of 200 authors and 523 books at last year’s book fair.

Here is your chance to get great gifts for family, friends, and yourself.

About the book fair:

The Book Fair, November 13th, opens at 9:00 a.m. to the public and continues until 4:00 p.m. There will be over 200 authors from across Kentucky. The books with authors are in Rows based on subject. The cookbooks and books on bourbon or with ties to bourbon will be to the extreme right in ROW 10 and ROW 3. As of now, my cookbooks are in the back area in ROW 3, which is next to the children’s books. JUST GO RIGHT AND KEEP WALKING! YOU WILL FIND US! :-)

About the cookbook:
There are recipes for Elvis, Trace Adkins, authors Sam Pickering and Tom Schulman (of Dead Poet’s Society fame), Paypal Founder David O. Sacks, and Lovelace Café (and no they did not send their biscuit recipe.)


Thursday, October 21, 2010


The Tennessee cookbooks just
arrived from the publisher!

What does Elvis, Miley Cyrus, Trace Adkins, author Sam Pickering, and Pres Andrew Jackson have in common? They all have a favorite recipe in the Tennessee Cookbook:
“Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities."

The cookbook has over 300 recipes from local and national personalities, highly visible Tennessee businesses, artist, writers, athletes, sportsmen, actors, musicians, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, notable events and places. In addition, there are brief notes with each recipe on the contributor.

My goal is to use the cookbook as a fundraiser for non-profit and charitable organizations. Fifty percent of any copies sold will be given to charities or non-profit organizations that wish to use it as a fundraiser. The other fifty percent is to cover my cost. I feel God has blessed me and this is a way I can give back to the community.

In addition to being interesting to read and a charitable fundraiser, the cookbook is also a great way to publicize and promote Tennessee tourism, business, industry, historic sites, and most of all the wonderful people who were born, lived, or have ties to Tennessee.

If you would like to purchase a cookbook or to use the cookbook as a fundraiser contact me:
Pamela Whinnery
5754 Lovelaceville Rd.
Paducah, KY, 42001
or 270-554-5332.
If you are interested in purchasing an individual copy, they are $19.95 each with $2.95 for shipping. 3 -5 copies $2.00 ea. 6-9 copies $1.00 ea. 10-19 copies $.75 ea. 20 or more FREE Shipping.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Book Signing

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Book Signing

September 28, 2010
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kentucky Experience Pavilion.

The Kentucky Arts Council has invited me to do a book signing during the World Equestrian Games. This is such an honor for me! They plan to feature various authors (book signings), artist, & musicians (Demonstrating art & music) from across Kentucky.

The proceeds from any cookbooks sold will go to the Kentucky Arts Council. I think God is creating so many wonderful opportunities for the cookbooks and for me!

More about the Games: The World Equestrian Games are comprised of the world championships for eight equestrian sports. The Games are held every four years, two years prior to the Olympic Games, and are governed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).
This is the first time they have been held outside of Europe.

I also have 2 other book signings scheduled the next couple of weeks.

16th Barbeque On The River

Sept. 23-25
200 Broadway
Paducah, KY

In front of the Yeiser Art Gallery as a fundraiser for the gallery.

Barbeque on the River, A Community Charitable Event! Can you think of a better way to spend an early fall weekend than enjoying great BBQ, lively entertainment, exquisite crafts, a charming downtown and a great time with friends. Come join us in Paducah, KY for three great days of BBQ Bliss as 50 plus BBQ teams from Western Kentucky and beyond cook up over 60 tons of meat in hopes of taking home the coveted Grand Champions trophy.

5th West Kentucky Highland Games

Oct. 2 Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Murray, KY

I will be at the Benton Arts Council Booth as a fundraiser for the council.

The 2010 Games will be held October 2, 2010. Please join us for a celebration of Scottish-Celtic heritage featuring all things Scottish such as: bagpipe bands, music, amateur athletic competition including: caber-tossing, sheath toss, weighted throws, stone throws, etc., Clan tents, Scottish entertainers, genealogy tent, Scottish vendors, highland cattle, shepherding and MUCH MORE! There are events the whole family will enjoy!

Friday, September 17, 2010


There are 2 Book signings on my schedule this Saturday. Mayfield Gourd Patch Festival and Hanson, KY Fall Gathering

All About Gourds 2010
Book Signing 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Artistry has become the hallmark of the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild’s annual All About Gourds exhibition; and the 2010 show, which is on display at the Ice House Gallery until October 8th, continues the tradition. In its 9th year, the international show features 40 indredible gourd creations from all across the U.S. as well as international artist. This festival also includes arts & craft vendors, food booths, music, and a Gourd Derby Race. Proceeds from the book signing will go to the Ice House Gallery.

Hanson, KY Fall Gathering
Book Signing 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Fall Gathering features everything fall! A Hanson Harvest Market sets up in the Fall to provide color and supplies for our shoppers. Working on the Tried & True Honor System, buyers just pay at any of the shops if no one is there to take their money. Businesses host open houses and there is music and activities for the kids. Bring the entire family and kick off the prettiest season of the year! Proceeds from the book signing will go to the local arts council.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


50th Annual Picnic

Fish Fry-Friday, Sept 10, 2010 4:30-7:30 pm
Knights of Columbus Hall

Picnic-Saturday, Sept 11, 2010
Games, Prizes, and Country Store 11:00 am-9:00 pm
All you can eat Lunch and Dinner 11:00 am-7:00 pm in the Gym
Carryouts/Drive thru Sandwiches and Barbeque by the pound 8:00 am-9:00 pm

Live Entertainment

Political Speeches
KY U.S. Senate Candidates
Jack Conway
Rand Paul

St. John’s Parrish Picnic gets bigger each year, so that it came to be called "The Biggest Little Picnic in Western Kentucky." It is now held the first Saturday after Labor Day, and the proceeds are totally dedicated to St. John and St. Mary parochial schools of the parish.
Barbecued ribs, chicken, pork, and mutton are served, along with hot dogs, drinks and popcorn, funnel cakes, ice cream. Games include bingo, bottle toss, cake wheel, can throw, coin toss, free throw, and ping-pong.
Politicians are always on hand to give speeches, and this year includes Jack Conway. Rand Paul (candidate for U.S. Senate), Rep. Ed Whitfield, Governor Steve Beshear all of whom I have recipes.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010





List of Contributors
Not that anyone is going to read this long list, but...
Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Harrogate
Anwar F.Accawi, Knoxville, (Author)
Trace Adkins, Nashville, (musician)
Ajalon Acres Bed & Breakfast, Sumner County
Lisa Alter, Kingsport, (author)
Apple Jack’s Sandwich Shop, Pigeon Forge
David Appleby, Memphis, (filmmaker)
Katie Armiger, Nashville, (Singer)
Darnell Arnoult, Nashville, (author)
Aunt Granny’s Restaurant, Pigeon Forge
Sybil Baker, Chattanooga, (author)
Coleman Barks, Chattanooga, (poet)
Ken Barnett, Memphis, (actor)
Kim Barrick, Nashville, (artist)
Adrian Belew, Mt. Juliet, (musician)
Bell Witch, Adams
Berries ‘n’ Cream, Pigeon Forge
Blount Mansion, Knoxville
Blue Heron Studio & Retreat, Gainesboro
Blue Moon Farms, Franklin
Bonnie Blue Farms, Waynesboro
Gov. Phil Bredesen, Nashville
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol
Garth Brooks, Nashville, (singer)
Jim Ed Brown, Nashville, (singer)
Gay Bryant, Oak Ridge, (artist)
Roy Burkhead, Nashville, (author)
Frances Hodgson Bunrett, Knoxville, (author)
Butler Museum, Butler
Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theater, Whitwell
Cades Cove, Townsend
Calico Inn, Sevierville
Milton Campbell, Memphis, (singer)
Carter Mansion,
Cascade American Café- Opryland Hotel, Nashville
Steve Curtis Chapman, Franklin, (singer)
Chappy’s on Church, Nashville
Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga
Cherokee National Forest
Cherry Hill Farm B&B, Watertown
Children’s Museum of Nashville, Nashville
Henry Cho, Knoxville, (comedian)
Circle G Ranch Wild Animal Park & Safari, Strawberry Plains
Clarence Brown Theatre, Knoxville
Clear Channel Nashville
Clement Railroad Museum- Hotel Halbrook State Historic Site, Clement
George S. Clinton, Knoxville, (Composer)
Andrea Conte, Nashville, (First Lady)
Malani Coomes, Woodberry, (filmmaker)
Michael Cooper, Dickson, (artist)
Copper Cellar, Knoxville
Chaz Corzine, (Entertainment Manger)
Mary Costa, Knoxville, (singer/actress)
Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville
Crossville Octoberfest, Crossville
Crown Winery & Vineyard, Humboldt
Cumberland Mountain State Park, Cookville
Ben Curtis, Chattanooga, (actor)
Billy Ray & Miley Cyrus, Thompson Station, (singer/ actor)
Dick Dale, Nashville, (musician)
David Crockett State Park, Limestone
Susan DeMay, Nashville, (artist)
Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream, Franklin
Dixie Stampede, Pigeon Forge
Dollywood Blues & BBQ Festival, Pigeon Forge
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge
Duff’s Smorgasbord, Pigeon Forge
Gov. Winfield Dunn, Memphis
Ava Dupree, Knoxville, (singer)
East Tennessee Irish Festival, Knoxville
J.T. Ellison, Nashville, (author)
Sasha Eleyce, Nashville, (singer)
Arlyn Ende, Sewanee, (artist)
Lisa Ernst, Nashville, (artist)
Exchange Place: Gaines-Preston Farm, Kingsport
Fall Creek Falls B&B, Pikeville
Fall Mills, Belvidere
Farewell Drifters, Nashville
Fayetteville Lincoln County Museum & Civic Center, Fayetteville
Felicia Suzanne’s Downtown Memphis,
Festival of Nations, Pigeon Forge
Lester Flatt, Nashville (singer)
Colin Ford, Nashville, (actor)
Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol, (singer)
Fox Manor B&B, Kingsport
Fiddler’s Glen B&B, Jonesborough
Franklin Theatre, Franklin
Sen. Bill Frist, Nashville
Allen Frizell, Nashville, (singer)
Corey Frizell, Nashville, (artist)
Alex Gabbard, Knoxville, (author)
Gaither Vocal Band, Nashville, (Musicians)
Anna Garrott, Nashville, (singer)
Crystal Gayle, Nashville, (singer)
Geni, Inc., Founder from Memphis (computer)
George Dickel Distillery, Tallahoma
Johanthan Kayne Gillaspie, Nashville, (Fashion Designer)
Susan Gilmore, Chattanooga, (author)
Nikki Giovanni, Knoxville, (author)
Mayor Jerry Gist, Jackson
Glory Bugles, Box Springs, (musicians)
Melissa Goodwin, Memphis, (computer animator)
Brentley Gore, Nashville, (actor)
Vern Gosdin, Nashville, (singer)
Gracehill B&B, Townsend)
Clare Grant, Memphis, (model/actress)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ranger Doug Green, Nashville, (songwriter)
Jack Greene, Nashville, (singer)
Gail Grice, Memphis, (artist)
Alex Haley, Hensley, Norris, (author)
Mary Alice Haney, Chattanooga, (producer/TV host)
Tom T. Hall, Nashville, (singer)
Jack Hanna, Knoxville, (animal educator)
Thayr Harris, Sunnertown, (stuntman)
John Hartford, Madison, (singer)
Mayor Bill Haslam, Knoxville
Jon Hassell, Memphis,(composer)
Linda Head, Nashville, (artist)
Sen. Douglas Henry, Nashville
Tim Hodge, Franklin, (director/animator)
Lional Hollins, Memphis, (professional basketball coach)
Holly Tree Manor, Trenton
Steve Holy, Nashville, (singer)
Anna Safley Houston, Chatanooga, (art/antique collector)
Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, Chatanooga
Sam Houston, Maryville, (statesman/soldier)
Jan Howard, Nashville, (singer)
Sierra Hull, Byrdtown, (singer)
Sylvia Hyman, Nashville, (artist)
International Storytelling Festival & Center, Jonesborough
International Towing Museum, Chattanooga
John Rice Irwin, Norris, (author)
Jack Daniel’s Dsitillery, Lynchburg
Alan Jackson, Franklin, (singer)
Pres. Andrew Jackson, Hermitage
Stonewall Jackson, Nashville, (singer)
Jesse & Frank James, Huntsville (outlaws)
Jessie Janeshek, Knoxville, (author)
Terry Mike Jeffery & Co, Memphis, Musician)
Pres. Andrew Johnson, Greenville
Bill A. Jones, Shackett, (actor)
Ashley Judd, Franklin, (actress)
Naomi Judd, Nashville, (singer)
July 4th Celebration & Anvil Shoot, Norris
Marilyn Kallot,Knoxville, (author)
Sen. Brian Kelsey, Germantown
Mary Ann Kennedy, Nashville, (songwriter)
Kentucky Headhunters, Nashville, (musicians)
Knoxville Art Museum
Chris Ladd, Jackson, (actor)
Land Between the Lakes, Northwest TN
Claudia Lee, Liberty, (artist)
Michael Lewis, Nashville, (musician
Alan Lightman, Memphis, (author)
Joe Lindsey, Pigeon Forge, (culinary director)
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville
Lodge at Gunter Hill, Fayetteville
Lovelace Café, Nashville
Loretta Lynn, Hurricane Mills, (singer)
Yuri Lowenthal, Nashville, (voice over/ anime)
Lylewood Inn, Dover
Lynchburg, TN
Jean MacArthur, Murfreesboro (WWII Gen. Wife)
Mafiaoza’s Music City Brewers Festival, Nashville
Magnolia House B&B, Clarksville
Louise Mandrell, Hendersonville, (singer)
Carolyn Martin, Nashville, (musician)
Mayfield Dairy, Athens
Patricia McAnally, Franklin, (Miss Tennessee)
Raymond McAnally, (actor/Comedian)
Martinia McBride, Nashville, (singer)
Gail McDaniels, Nashville, (artist)
Ellen McGowan, Bartlett, (artist)
Kim McMillan, Clarksville, (political advisor)
Govennor Ned McWherter, Palmersville
Memphis Zoo
Jo Dee Messina, Nashville, (singer)
Miss Mary Bobo’s, Lynchburg
Miss Ollie’s Paino Bar, Jackson
Stacy Mitchhart, Nashville, (musician)
John Michael Montgomery, Nashville, (singer)
Bill Monroe, Nashville, (singer)
Rick Monroe, Nashville, (singer)
Llynda More, Nashville, (singer/Miss Tenn)
Mountain City, TN
Museum of Appalachia, Norris
Museum of Appalachia Restaurant, Norris
Odum’s Tennessee Country Pride Sausage, Madison
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Eva
National Banana Pudding Festival, Centerville
Samantha Newark, Nashville, (voice over/anime)
Oak Ridge, TN
Ocoee Winery, Cleveland
Old Butler Museum, Butler
Bobby Osborne, Portland, (singer)
Fess Parker, (actor)
Our Backyard Town B&B, Martin
Dolly Parton, Sevierville, (singer)
Stella Parton, Sevierville, (singer)
Minnie Pearl, Centerville, (singer/comedian)
Cathie Pellietier, Nashville, (author)
David Phelps, Nashville, (singer)
Sam Pickering, Nashville, (author)
Pigeon Forge, TN
Pisgah National Forest, Eastern Tenn/No Carolina border
Vince Pitelka, Smithville, (artist)
Elvis Presley, Memphis, (singer)
Prospect Hill Inn, Mountain City
Curly Putman, Lebanon, (songwriter)
Lori Putman, Franklin, (artist)
Bets Ramsey, Chattanooga, (artist)
Paul Ramsey, Chattanooga, (poet)
Readyville Mill, Readyville
Roan Mountain State Park, Johnson City
Kenny Rogers, Nashville, (singer)
John Ross, Eastern TN, Cherokee Indian Chief
Mark Russell, Greenville, (artist)
Davis O. Sack, Memphis, (business executive)
Sam Houston School House, Maryville
Tom Schulman, Nashville, (screenwriter)
John Scope, Dayton, (educator
Earl Scruggs, Nashville, (singer)
Alfred Sharp, Woodbury, (artist)
LaRita Shelby, Nashville, (singer)
Dinah Shore, Winchester/McMinnville, (singer)
Walter Simonson, Knoxville, (comic book artist/ computer anime)
Greg Sims, Nashville, (composer)
Felicitas Sloves, Memphis, (artist)
Dolph Smith, Huricane Mills, (artist)
Smithville’s Ole Time Fiddler’s Festival, Smithville
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Smoky Mountain Llama Treks, Sevierville
Sperry’s Restaurant, Nashville
Splash Country Water Adventure Park, Pigeon Forge
Phil Stacey, Cleveland, (singer)
Stax Museum, Memphis
Steel String Band, Coppertown, (musician)
Redd Stewart, Ashland City, (singer)
Tom Stoviak, Oak Ridge, (actor)
Sun Studio, Memphis
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Hampton
Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga
Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, Chattanooga
Tennessee Beef Council, Murfreesboro
Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Nashville
Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Norris
Tennessee Valley Eggs, Englewood
Lloyd Thaxton, Memphis, (producer/TV host)
The Big Bungalow B&B, Edgefield
The Silver Caboose, Collierville
Thistletop Inn, Goodlettsville
Thomas House, Boiling Springs
Lily Tomlin, Nashville, (comedian/actress)
Randy Travis, Nashville, (singer)
Tuckaleechee Caverns, Townsend
Tanya Tucker, Nashville, (singer)
Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail
Ray Walker, Waverly, (musician)
Mimi Walsh, Nashville, (artist)
Michael Lee West, Lebanon, (author)
Mayor A.C. Wharton, Memphis
Karen Wheeler, Lebanon, (singer)
Allen Wier, Knoxville, (author)
Wilburn Brothers, Nashville, (Musicians)
Williums Country Sausage, Union City
Leigh Wilson, Rogersville, (author)
Susan Wiltshire, Nashville, (author)
Oprah Winfrey, Nashville, (producer/TV host)
Jerry Winsett, Clarksville, (actor)
Reese Witherspoon, Nashville, (actress)
Rick Wittrig, Lebanon, (artist)
Sen. Jamie Woodson, Knoxville,
Yammer Inc., Founder from Memphis, (computer)
Trisha Yearwood, Nashville, (singer)
Dwight Yoakam, Nashville, (singer)
Sgt. Alvin C. York, Pall Mall, (WW I Hero)
Curtis Young, Jordanaires, East TN. (singer
Donna Zimmer, Lewisburg, (artist)

Friday, August 20, 2010

BBQ on Barkley, Kuttawa, KY

"Favorite Rcipes of

Kentucky Celebrities"

to be at 2 events this weekend!

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend and an opportunity to help some very good organization? You have 2 opportunities this weekend.

The Lyon County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a book signing this Saturday in conjunction with the Barbecue On Beautiful LAKE BARKLEY Kuttawa Beach, Kuttawa, KY I-24 Exit 40. This is a KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Cook-off for Professional & Backyard Cooking Teams. There will be free concerts and a special appearance by 2010 Miss Kentucky. I will be signing books as a fundraiser for the Lyon County Chamber of Commerce & will be at the booth next to theirs.

The other event is Ladies’ Society Social Lourdes Hospital, Nemer Pavilion 1530 Lone Oak Rd. 6:00 pm Gather some women for a good time and a great cause! Join us as we celebrate the Spirit of Hope recipient Kelly Smith. Tickets are $40 each. Food by Whaler's Catch Catering; spirits by Roof Brothers. Silent auction and vendor booths, too! Buy tix online or call 444.0384. The cookbook will be part of the silent auction and Lisa O’Rourke will have additional cookbooks available for purchase., with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


The 130th Fancy Farm Picnic will be this next Saturday Aug. 7. It is drawing major news coverage, NOT because of the book signing I have been invited to do during the picnic, but because of the Nov. Senatorial race. Republican Candidate & Tea Party supported Rand Paul (son of Presidential candidate Ron Paul) and Democratic candidate Attorney General Jack Conway should draw major crowds. It is being shown live on KET and will be shown for the first time on C-Span.
Fancy Farm Picnic is famous as a traditional political gathering attracting statewide and occasionally national candidates. The picnic began in 1880 as a purely local affair. It takes place mostly on the grounds of Fancy Farm Elementary School. Since 1956 it has been held on the first Saturday in August. It has come to represent the traditional starting point of the fall campaign season in Kentucky.
The picnic was of purely local interest until A.B. "Happy" Chandler began making appearances, going for the first time in 1931 while running for Lieutenant Governor.
National figures that have made speeches include George C. Wallace and Al Gore. Vice President Alben Barkley, known for his oratorical skills, spoke many times over the years before his death in 1956.
In addition to the political appearances, the picnic offers traditional fair activities like Craft items, book signings, bingo, and raffle prizes. Food includes barbecue, a Knights of Columbus fish fry, and homemade baked goods.
The event was recognized in the 1985 Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Largest Picnic", for the consumption of 19,000 pounds of mutton, pork, and chicken. The picnic is profitable and proceeds are used to finance local improvements. About 12,000 to 15,000 people attend each year.
Stop by the Country Store in the Knights of Columbus Hall (Just across from the dining area,) to get a copy of my cookbook "Favorite Recipe of Kentucky Celebrities.” It has recipes from Gov. Steve Beshears, Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S Representative Ed Whitfield, & former Vice-President Alben Barkley (sent by his granddaughter).

Thursday, July 22, 2010

DAVID DICK 1930-2010

DAVID DICK 1930-2010

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of David Dick, who passed away this week at his home in his native Bourbon County Kentucky. He was 80.

He was a former CBS News correspondent and bureau chief. David worked at CBS from 1966 to 1985, winning an Emmy for his coverage of the assassination attempt on then-presidential candidate George Wallace. He also served as South American bureau chief from 1978-1979.

After his years at CBS, David went on to become Director of the University of Kentucky's School of Journalism. He and his wife Lalie own Plum Lick Publishing and together they have written over a dozen books on their beloved state of Kentucky and its people.

I had the pleasure of meeting David and doing a book signing with him and his lovely wife Lalie last year at Historic Penn Store. It was such an honor! He will be sadly missed.

Thursday, July 15, 2010




We now have over 230 recipes for the Tennessee Celebrity Cookbook.

I just received a recipe from John Schorr, President of Sun Studios Memphis. He sent Elvis’s Fried Banana Pie.

Sun Studios located on Beale Street is the legendary recording studio, and birthplace of rock and roll, widely known for recording Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash.

We also have received recipes with other Elvis ties! The Banana Pudding recipe the cook at Graceland always kept fresh in the refrigrator. This came from the folks at Graceland.

The Jordanaires were one and the same with Elvis for years. Ray Walker, their fabulous bass singer sent his wife's recipe for Corn Chowder. He said he had been married to Marilyn for 55 years and she and the corn chowder got better every year. I loved that!

Gospel Music was a big part of Elvis’s life. The Stamps Quartet sang with Elvis in all of his gospel recordings. The original lead singer Ed Enoch has graciously agreed to send us a recipe.

This is so exciting! I believe all these wonderful people sent recipes as they knew the cookbook is to be used as a fundraiser for various non-profit organizations all across Tennessee. We have already had several organizations that have sold the Kentucky Cookbook that want to sell the Tennessee one as well.

I think God is constantly creating opportunities for the Cookbook and fun activities for me.



NOVEMBER 1, 2010!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


This weekend I had the pleasure to do a book signing at ROMP “River Of Music Party” , sponsored by the International Bluegrass Museum. It was so much fun. They had bluegrass bands from as far away as Japan, Hungary, and Sweden. Bill Monroe would have been pleased.
One of the most interesting bands was the Professors of Bluegrass, who are all professors at Yale and their Bass Player is the Provost there.
Bluegrass is the official State Music of Kentucky, and Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" shares with Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" the honorable distinction of being the official Kentucky State Songs. The infectiously energetic style of dance that grew up around bluegrass and old time music is clogging, the official Kentucky State Dance.
The International Bluegrass Museum, established to preserve the history of the music Mr. Monroe created, is located 30 minutes from the little town of Rosine, Kentucky, and Jerusalem Ridge, the homeplace where he was born and grew to manhood, and where he and members of his family now rest in peace.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in the RiverPark Complex in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. As you draw near, you'll hear the sounds of bluegrass music emanating from the museum's radio station, RBI, with audio speakers taking the music to the streets. Only a few hundred feet from the museum's entrance, the sound of music drifts downstream via the mighty Ohio River, the subject of more than a few memorable bluegrass songs.
For more information on the Museum go to their website at

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Book Fair In Elizabethtown KY

Special thanks to Robert Villanueva and Becca Owsley, who helped promote the book fair held this past weekend in Elizabethtown, KY. The following is a story done on the book fair in the News Enterprise Newspaper on June 17th.

Authors with Hardin County connections will be among the dozens expected to participate in the Almost Famous Authors’ Faire, an event free to the public Saturday at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown.

The event, which wiis from noon to 7 p.m., is an opportunity to meet authors from Kentucky and neighboring states who will be available to autograph their books.

Fort Knox author Nelda Shattles Copas is scheduled to participate in the fair. Her book, “Twisted Desire,” is a murder mystery set in Bowling Green, and she was a workshop presenter at the International Mystery Writer’s Festival in Owensboro this year.

Retired from the U.S. Army, Copas earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/criminology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling.

She later worked in a variety of roles including victim advocate, drug and alcohol treatment counselor, therapist and social worker. From these occupations she gained experience working with law enforcement personnel.

Though Kentucky author Pamela Whinnery is from Paducah, her book “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” includes entries by Hardin Countians Amy Dudgeon and Becca Owsley.
Among actress Dudgeon’s credits are appearances on TV’s “House,” “Las Vegas,” “ER” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Owsley is a features writer for The News-Enterprise.

Dudgeon’s recipe is Baked Brie while Owsley’s is Spinach, Almond and Strawberry Salad.

Whinnery’s cookbook has been used for fundraising efforts by numerous organizations. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook on Saturday will be donated to a team from Springfield for The American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

AFAF was formed to promote authors at fairs by bringing them together with readers. Authors pay AFAF for table space at the fair and keep all profits from their sales.

For more information about AFAF, contact chairman Gary D. Drechsel at

or Almost Famous Authors' Faire, P.O. Box 16539, Louisville, KY 40256.

Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc.

H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc.

I had the opportunity to meet this week with members of H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. This is a wonderful organization. The members are part of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center designed for individuals with physical, mental, or emotional challenges. They are a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that is run entirely on grants, donations and with the assistance of volunteers.

Their instructors are certified by NARHA through a stringent training course and continuing education. Classes are designed for the needs of each individual. They also have a licensed Physical Therapist and offer Hippo Therapy, which is physical therapy on horseback using the horse as a tool to achieve maximum benefit for the rider.

They are expanding their services to include Speech and Occupational Therapy. If you are interested in finding out about their services, volunteering (you and your horse), or working as a licensed therapist go to their website:

to find out more about our organization!

H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. will be participating in a booth at various County Fairs across Western Kentucky to promote their services and will be selling my cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” at their booth as a fundraiser.

For all the horse lovers out there the cookbook has a recipe for a cookie you can make for your horse. It was contributed by Old Friends Equine, which provides a home for retired racehorses. The horse that starred in Seabiscuit lives on the farm. The cookbook also has recipes from Kentucky Derby Museum, The Red Mile, Keeneland, and the singing Cowgirl Dale Evans.

Sunday, May 23, 2010



Actress Reagan Payne and Actor Ben Curtis sent me e-mails about exciting events!

Writer & actress Reagan Payne was born & raised in Murray, KY. Having graduated cum laude from Sewanee, she has performed in Theatre, film, & television, including co-staring in “Charmed” & “The Closer.” Reagan sent a recipe for Homemade Honey Granola for my Kentucky Cookbook.

Reagan Payne vowed to complete 50 charity activities in one year, blogging every inspiring and surprising step of the way and Readers Digest did a story on it! If you want to know more about it go to:

American actor and former spokesman for
Dell Computers , Ben Curtis will be the featured actor in The OBIE and Lucille Lortel award-winning PECCADILLO THEATER COMPANY’S first revival in decades of LILLIAN HELLMAN’S “ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST” at THEATRE AT ST. CLEMENT’S 423 W. 46th St. (bet. 9th & 10th Aves) NY, NY

Ben, who is from Chattanooga, was kind enough to send his grandmother’s recipe for the Tennessee cookbook, which I am working on.


Friday, May 7, 2010



May and June are traditionally the months when the American Cancer Society conducts Relay For Life Events across Kentucky.

This year we have had an opportunity to be a small part of this program. This is special to me as my father Wilson Allcock had cancer and passed away in 2001. I think he knows that I am helping with this and is pleased!

Several teams are using the cookbook as a fundraiser. If you want copies of “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” and want to help the American Cancer Society, PLEASE contact one of these teams.

Benton, KY: Stilley House: Contact Gina Wallace

Paducah, KY: Jackson Oaks Apartments: Contact Denise Rupp

Shepherdsville, KY: Bullit Co. Homemakers: Contact Joyce Crigler

Springfield, KY: Bank Relay For Life Team: Contact: Cathy Carrico

Lancaster, KY: Whitaker Bank: Contact Wilma Floyd

Danville, KY: Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center: Contact Melissa McCraw

Special Note: We did a Mother’s Day Book Signing last Wednesday and Thursday at Lourdes Hospital here in Paducah as a fundraiser for their Auxiliary. Nina Woods the Director for the Auxiliary has invited me to come back to do another book signing June 8. I guess that is for Father’s Day Dad’s that like to cook!

Thursday, April 29, 2010



In Gathering recipes for my Tennessee Cookbook, I have started collecting recipes from authors, writers, etc. I received a recipe from Sam Pickering (Robin William’s character from Dead Poet’s Society was based on him), John Rice Irwin Appalachian author and founder of the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, and a recipe for Banana Pancakes for Frances Hidgson Burnett (author of The Secret Garden). Her Biographer sent this recipe, she found while researching the book. The Tennessee Cookbook should go to the publisher in September.

I also said earlier, I would do blogs on various contributors for my Kentucky Cookbook. I am doing this on Academy Award winning writer Tom Rickman He sent a funny story that had to be edited to the publisher’s format and therefore I was unable to include. I am posting it today. If you want the entire recipe, you will have to get a copy of the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities. ENJOY!


I tried this recipe once on a group of friends from whom the reviews were somewhat, well, guarded. It was, admittedly, an experiment: I wanted to make a down-home version of a Beef Wellington, substituting for its upscale (expensive) ingredients some very downscale (cheap) equivalents – meat loaf instead of a choice cut of beef, braunschweiger (or liverwurst) instead of pate de foie gras, etc. My guests applauded the political statement I was trying to make (they were Californians) while politely not asking for second helpings. I liked it though.

Make the meatloaf the way Mama made it (mine, anyway): a couple of pounds of hamburger, some diced onions and celery, maybe a carrot, and a can of tomatoes.

Tom Rickman from Sharpe, Ky ,whose screenwriting/directing feature movie credits include Oscar Winning “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” & “Truman,” for which he received an Emmy nomination, “Breakfast with Morrie,” “Berry Gordy’s Motown,” a miniseries.

Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Fantastic Fiber Competitiion/Exhibition

Tues. April 20 - Sat. April 24



Held in conjunction with the 2010 Fantastic Fiber Competition/Exhibition and National Quilt Show

Yeiser Art Center
200 Broadway
Paducah, Ky
10:00 am

What do Hannah Montana, Fess Parker, Bill Monroe and The National Quilt Museum have in common? They all contributed recipes to “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.” In the spirit of Kentucky neighborliness, you are invited to take a lighthearted peek into the personal recipe files of celebrities from all across Kentucky, as well as those who have strong ties to the Bluegrass State. This is just what “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” gives you an opportunity to do. The cookbook has more than 300 recipes from local and national personalities, highly visible Kentucky businesses, artist, writers, athletes, sportsmen, actors, musicians, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, notable events and places. In addition, there are brief notes with each recipe on the contributor. Kentucky author Pamela Whinnery will be at the Yeiser Art Center to sign copies of the cookbook, with proceeds going to the Yeiser Art Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info, contact Pamela, 270.554.5332.

More on the 2010 Fantastic Fiber Exhibit!

The response to this year’s Fantastic Fibers Competition/Exhibition has been nothing short of…well, fantastic! Contemporary and innovative artworks created with fiber as the primary medium from three continents will be on display at the Yeiser Art Center during the month of April. Panoply of materials, techniques and processes take the form of two-dimensional wall hangings, three-dimensional object and sculpture, wearable art, and temporary installations. Techniques include embroidery, quilting, felting, tapestry, braiding, weaving, basketry, and a variety of mixed media, non-traditional processes. Materials range from traditional cotton, silk, and wool to a wide range of synthetic fibers and manmade materials.

Three jurors chose 56 works created by 45 fiber artists from
Lima, Peru; Durban, South Africa; and 25 states including Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Close to 600 entries were submitted by 137 fiber artists from Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Peru, South Africa, and from 38 states.







Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Southern Kentucky Book Fest

Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Saturday, April 17, 2010 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Join us at our new location:
Carroll Knicely Conference Center
Bowling Green, KY
We are thrilled to be one of the authors invited to participate in this event.
The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is the state's largest literary event and is presented by WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Library, and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Held annually during National Library Week, the Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors.
The 2010 SOKY Book Fest will be their 12th and is a fundraiser for the promotion of literacy in our community. The Book Fest was recently named one of Kentucky's Top 10 Events and attracts people from several surrounding states.
I have not received information on my booth number, so just look for the cookbook section or
Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities
Book Description:
What do Hannah Montana, Fess Parker, Bill Monroe, and Robert Penn Warren have in common? They all contributed recipes to “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities”
In the spirit of Kentucky neighborliness, you are invited to take a lighthearted peek into the personal recipe files of celebrities from all across the state of Kentucky as well as those who have strong ties to the Bluegrass State.
The cookbook has over 300 recipes from local and national personalities, highly visible Kentucky businesses, artist, writers, athletes, sportsmen, actors, musicians, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, notable events and places. In addition, there are brief notes with each recipe on the contributor.
Author Biography:
Kentucky native Pamela Whinnery, who put the cookbook together, said she did not think of herself as an author. She felt the real authors were all of the wonderful individuals who took time from their busy schedules to graciously share their favorite recipes. She believes they were willing to do this as they knew the cookbook & each recipe is to be a gift to be shared as a fundraiser for Non-Profit Organizations all across Kentucky. She is presently working on 2 other cookbooks: a second Kentucky cookbook and one with Tennessee celebrity recipes.

Friday, April 9, 2010

2010 National Beta Club Convention, Louisville, KY

Bob Bright, who is the National Beta Club Kentucky State Chairman & National Convention Planning Chair, has selected our cookbook "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities," to give as gifts to various dignitaries and officials attending the national convention in Louisville. We are so honored to have the convention in our state and to be a part of the event.

The National Senior Convention and The National Junior Convention with over 5,000 in attendance are held in June and bring together thousands of Junior and Senior Beta Club members. National Conventions have been held in such locations as Orlando, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Nashville, Tennessee.

This years theme is A Circle of Winners!

The 2010 National Senior Beta Club Convention will be held in Louisville, KY June 30-July 3 at the Galt House/Kentucky Int. Convention Center

In addition, the 2010 National Junior Beta Club Convention will be held in Louisville, KY June 26-June 29 at the Galt House/Kentucky Int. Convention Center.

Sunday, April 4, 2010



This year I will be doing a BOOK SIGNING for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Team, at Stilley House Monday April 5 (TATER DAY) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, Mike Driver and his wife Ann have graciously accepted an invitation to help me sign the cookbooks.

Mike contributed a recipe in memory of his father Restaurateur Jim Driver. Ann and mike are owners of historic Aire Castle Inn B&B, 413 Salem Chapel Road North, Benton, KY, near beautiful Kentucky Lake. Ann sent me a recipe for the Lady Ann's Hashbrown Heaven she serves to her guest at the Bed & Breakfast.

MORE ABOUT TATER DAY: Tradition claims Tater Day was established in 1842, the year Marshall County was founded. At that time first Monday in April marked the beginning of county court. Local people took this day to come to Benton and transact their business. Many traded for their needs and one of the main items traded was sweet
potato slips, hence 'Tater Day.'

Old timers can still remember when mule buyers came from the South and nearby states to trade and buy livestock. A special section of the court square was set aside near 13th and Poplar for the trading ring for horses, mules, hogs, and sheep. This horse-swapping ring was usually the busiest part of Tater-Day but plenty of other entertainment could be foundaround the court square.

Today Tater Day also includes a parade, giant 'Flea Market' is the antique lovers' delight, Horse races, pony-pulling contests, and a Four-Wheel Drive Drag Race.


Monday, March 22, 2010


FESS PARKER 1924-2010

Our thought and prayers go out to the family of Fess Parker, who passed away this week.

In 1964, Parker began filming his network television series, Kentuckian Daniel Boone. During six years as one of the highest rated shows of its time, Parker not only starred in the series but also co-produced it.

In 1987, Parker purchased a 714-acre ranch thirty-five miles north of Santa Barbara, in the Santa Ynez Valley, where he promptly set about planning and establishing Fess Parker's Winery & Vineyard.

Fess sent us a recipe for the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” because he portrayed Daniel Boone. The recipe was for a Quiche made by his neighbor Otto Eitel. He said they often served it with wine tasting at the vineyard.


This weekend we will do a presentation and book signing at the Kentucky State DAR Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Lexington March 26-27 from 8:00-5:30. The book signing is to be a fundraiser for Duncan Tavern Historic Site located in Paris, KY, which is the DAR’s State Headquarters.

We will also do a book signing on the Thursday prior to the Conference at Varden’s Café in Paris, KY from 11:00- 6:00. Steve Varden is going to plan a special menu with items from the cookbook to be served the day of the book signing. The proceeds from the book signing are to aid the conservation of a Ranney portrait of the "Boone Party" coming over the Cumberland Gap. The painting is located at the historic site. We are delighted to have this opportunity to help such a deserving organization.”

Maybe I can talk Steve into helping sign the cookbooks as he contributed a recipe for the cookbook!