Sunday, February 21, 2010



My husband & I attended the St. John’s Catholic Church’s Fish Fry last Friday with our good friends Mike & Yvonne Bosch and Bill & Barbara Gholson. The Fish Fry is one of several annual fundraisers done by the local Parrish’s Knight’s of Columbus & an activity the entire community looks forward too. The fish fry and the church’s annual picnic are major community events, where you go to visit friends, family, and get the best-fried fish in Western Kentucky. The Picnic held in August is a major political event that draws national, state, and regional politicians.

Located just south of Lone Oak & Paducah KY St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church was founded in 1839 by a group of German Catholic immigrants who had settled in Western Kentucky several years earlier and the picnic was started in 1930’s.

What does this have to do with the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities?” The church sold the cookbook as part of their picnic fundraiser last August and one of their members contributed his mother’s Blackberry Cobbler recipe.

St. John’s member Phil Roof was a
catcher for the Milwaukee Braves (1961 and 1964), California Angels (1965), Cleveland Indians (1965), Kansas City Athletics/Oakland Athletics (1966-69), Milwaukee Brewers (1970-71), Minnesota Twins (1971-76), Chicago White Sox (1976) and Toronto Blue Jays (1977).

He is the brother of former
Major League Baseball outfielder Gene Roof and the cousin of former MLB outfielder and manager Eddie Haas.

In 15 seasons he played in 857 Games and had 2,151 At Bats, 190 Runs, 463 Hits, 69 Doubles, 13 Triples, 43 Home Runs, 210 RBI, 11 Stolen Bases, 184 Walks, .215 Batting Average, .283 On-base percentage, .319 Slugging Percentage, 687 Total Bases, 40 Sacrifice Hits, 6 Sacrifice Flies and 18 Intentional Walks.

Roof also served as
bullpen coach for the San Diego Padres (1978), Seattle Mariners (1983-88) and Chicago Cubs (1990-91), and managed for 16 years in the Twins organization before his 2005 retirement.

To get a copy of the recipe and cookbook contact me at or stop by Booth 712 at the Kentucky Crafted Market March 4-7 at the Louisville Fair Grounds.

Monday, February 15, 2010



“Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” cookbook will be a part of the 2010 Kentucky Crafted Market. We will be at Booth 712 in the Books and Publishers Section.
This is such an honor as it is by invitation only.

As this is our first year to participate, we are offering two SHOW PROMOTIONS. For orders placed during the show of 10 or more cookbooks, we will provide FREE SHIPPING. For orders of 20 or more, we will give an additional 10% DISCOUNT on the total order to both wholesale business and individual retail orders.

Be sure to stop by the show at the Kentucky Fair Grounds in Louisville and my booth 712. You can check out their website at

Wednesday, February 3, 2010



Let it snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Paducah and Western Kentucky received from 4 to 7 inches of snow this past week. It was beautiful with ice on our pond and woodpeckers and deer at our birdfeeders. What a beautiful gift from God!

The snow reminded me of a recipe in my Cookbook, "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.” The recipe was for Snow Ice Cream and came from Emmy award winning meteorologist John Belski. John has been the meteorologist at WAVE-TV in Louisville for over 20 years. He likes this recipe because it is directly related to the weather and can make it feel a little like summer in the middle of winter.

In addition to being an Emmy award winning meteorologist, John has received various awards from community organizations and publications including being named Best Of Louisville by the readers of Louisville magazine for a number of years and has been named Best of Kentucky by the readers of Kentucky Monthly magazine and the LEO's Readers' Choice Award. John has received the Special Service Award from the National Weather Service and was presented the Mark Trail Award for public awareness of NOAA weather radios. This prestigious national award was presented on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

His folksy, friendly style along with his weather knowledge makes him a favorite among viewers. Several years ago, John was among a select few TV meteorologists from around the country to be invited to the White House to meet with the President for a discussion on global warming.

If you would like to know more about John, you can go to WAVE-TV’s website and if you would like a copy of his recipe, you can purchase a copy of the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” by contacting me at In the Louisville area, North Middle School in Vine Grove is taking orders for the cookbook as a fundraiser and it is also available at the Hadley Pottery Museum.

Remember the proceeds from individual sales of the cookbook goes to non-profit organizations in the Paducah area and the cookbook is available as a fundraiser for any non-profit organization.