Sunday, January 24, 2010



Eagles! Eagles! And more Eagles!!!!! That is what we had an opportunity to see this weekend. We went with friends on a dinner cruise aboard the 95 ft. Louisville-based CQ Princess Excursion yacht. It sails out of Kenlake Marina in Aurora, KY, to see the Eagles on the shores of Kentucky Lake. The eagles are nesting during the winter months in the Land Between the Lakes. We saw between 20 and 30 eagles as well as Blue Heron, Coots, and Red Tail Hawks. The LBL provides wildlife experts to help find the eagles and provide information on them. There are now over 200 eagles in the LBL.

And what does this have to do with the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities?” The Land Between the Lakes contributed one of the recipes in the cookbook. It was not your typical recipe. They sent a recipe for a “Suet Bird Feeder.” For all bird lovers this is a great recipe.

And what is Land Between the Lakes? When the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers were impounded to create Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, an inland peninsula was formed. With more than 170,000 acres and 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, The Land Between the Lakes is the corner stone of Western Kentucky’s $600 million tourism industry. Again, you will have to buy the cookbook to get the recipe.

Up date on new recipes for the latest cookbook I am compiling. It is made up of Tennessee celebrities. I received a recipe this week from the daughter of the late Grammy winning musician John Hartford. He wrote “Gentle on My Mind” and music for “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” among other things. I also received a recipe from Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton.

I just received my booth assignment for the Kentucky Crafted Market held in Louisville. I will be in the publisher’s section in Booth 712. The Market is scheduled for March 4-7. Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 18, 2010


Kassie De Pavia wearing one of her "Happy Hats"

Congratulations to Meryl Streep for winning the Golden Globe for her role in “Julie and Julia.” I could so relate to that movie after creating the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” and presently compiling the second cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.”

I received two great recipes for the new Tennessee cookbook last week. One from Kenny Rogers and the other from animal educator Jack Hanna.

Now I promised to do a blog each week about various contributors to the Kentucky cookbook. Before I start, I have two new organizations that are selling the Cookbook as a fundraiser. The Prestonsburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in Prestonsburg, KY and Cathy Carrico from Springfield, KY. Cathy is selling the cookbook as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Event in Springfield.

I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with these two organizations!


Actor Kassie De Paiva was born and grew up in Morganfield, KY one of four children in a Southern Baptist family (Her father was a minister). She has starred in numerous television roles including Chelsea Reardon on “The Guiding Light”, Melrose Place, & Baywatch. She presently has a leading role as Blair Cramer on “One Life to Live.”

Kassie sent a salad recipe for the cookbook. She is a very caring person, who loves music. She is in a band: Divas of Daytime. They were recently in Franklin, KY doing a benefit concert and she is especially interested in the work and research for hearing loss. She hand makes hats called “Kassie’s Happy Hats”, which you can buy on her website. 100% of the proceeds goes to League of Hard of Hearing. You can go to her website to find out more about her support and interest in this area.

The Morganfield Lion’s Club (where Kassie is from) is presently selling the cookbooks as a fundraiser. If you live in the Morganfield area, show your support for this great organization by purchasing one of the cookbooks "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities".

Bye for now and God’s blessings until next week.

Sunday, January 10, 2010



I have exciting news! The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau (they are non-profit) just purchased cookbooks to give as gifts to various dignitaries and business people that come to Lexington. I hope they will consider it as a promotional tool for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Patricia Knight, Vice President of Finance and Operations said, "Visitors love things like this."

I want to start doing a blog on some of the people and places that contributed recipes to my cookbook. After all, it would never have been possible with out all these wonderful people.

Speaking of Lexington… I received a recipe from Historic Spindletop Hall

The History of Spindletop Hall & Farm

On November 13, 1925, Miles Frank Yount struck oil at the Spindletop field in Beaumont, Texas. The fields produced over 340,000 barrels of oil an acre per year, pumping in excess of 50 million barrels within 5 years. Miles Frank and wife Pansy established a stable of American Saddle bred horses, quickly becoming recognized as a leader in the industry.

Spindletop Hall & Farm was established in 1935 on 800 acres of land in Lexington, KY. When completed, the mansion housed 40 rooms and over 45,000 square feet of floor space.

Spindletop Hall’s Award-winning Chef Ed Valente contributed an amazing recipe, “Sweet Potato, Sorghum, & Bourbon Pie.” He and his culinary team provide a variety of menus to cater to every taste – from regional cuisine to casual fare to five-star gourmet dining.

If you are in the Lexington area, you must visit and dine at beautiful Spindletop Hall and if you want the recipe, you will have to buy a copy of “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities."

Saturday, January 2, 2010



Leigh Landini Wright, who does the TASTE Section for the Paducah Sun recently did a story on her very favorite cookbook. She told of a student (at the school where she does Public Relations) who made a homemade cookbook as a gift for her.

This story brought back some very special memories. When my son was young, our family was very involved in church. One day after church, he ask me for a copy of my Chocolate Brownie Pie, which was his very favorite recipe. He said he could not tell me why.

On the following Mother’s Day, he gave me a homemade cookbook with all the favorite recipes of his bible class. It was made of blue construction paper with the title “COOKBOOK” printed in large letters with a crayon. In his eagerness to put it together, the recipes were stapled in up-side-down.

The cookbook is now very old, the construction paper is faded, and the pages are stained with chocolate and butter. However, each time I open it the cookbook brings a smile to my face. It brings back memories of a young child so loving and caring. A young child so eager to show his love. It truly is my VERY FAVORITE COOKBOOK.

I used the cookbook this Christmas holiday to make the traditional 3 pies. One for our dinner and 2 that I always make for my niece and nephew as part of their Christmas presents. It is still the Family Favorite.

Thanks to Leigh for bringing back such good memories.

I would also like to thank Leigh for doing several stories on the my cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.” I know she has so many request from various contributors. I really appreciated her including the cookbook.

Also if you have not yet seen this, check out the December Issue of “Paducah Life” and the January issue of “Kentucky Living” Magazines, as they both did stories on the cookbook.


God’s blessings,

Pam Whinnery