Monday, December 5, 2011





The Mayfield Woman’s Club is hosting a Book Signing with my cookbooks as part of their Annual Christmas Tour of Homes Sunday, December 1 from 12-4 p.m. The signing will take place at the Emerald Waters Lodge, 371 Straight Church Road, Mayfield. Proceeds will benefit Graves County and Mayfield Elementary Schools Backpack Program and Grace Medical Clinic.

For more information on the cookbooks you can go to the author’s website:
And for information and directions to Emerald Waters Lodge:

Come to Emerald Waters Lodge, meet the author, and get a signed copy of the cookbooks. It is the perfect Christmas present for that special cook in your family, teachers, employees, and a person who has made a difference in your life this year.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Jon Ashton

Relish Executive Chef and Show Host

Ted Jatczak with the Kentucky New Era and The Eagle Post has invited me to do a book signing during Relish Magazines Christmas Cooking Show as a fund raiser for the Fort Campbell Armed Services YMCA .

I am so excited to be a part of this event. My father served in WWII and my brother served during Vietnam so I am thrilled to do the book signing for this organization.

Location and Details:

The Relish Cooking Show

Oak Grove, Ky.Kentucky
New Era/Ft. Campbell CourierValor Hall
105 Walter Garrett Lane Oak Grove, Ky. 42262
Dec 1, 2011 - 5:00

About the Show:

The Relish Christmas Cooking Show, which brings Relish—the nation’s largest food magazine—to life in cities across the country. The two-hour cooking show with , takes you into the Relish kitchen for cooking techniques that will help you get dinner on the table with ease. Learn how to sauté, dredge, toss, fold and whip with Relish Executive Chef Jon Ashton, who will teach you how to cook with confidence, while bringing a sense of humor to the table.

The entertaining two-hour cooking show, combined with a local business expo and VIP Backstage Party, is an evening you don't want to miss. It’s for anyone who cooks, wants to cook better, or just eats. You’ll be eligible to win a fabulous assortment of prizes at each show, courtesy of local and national sponsors. You’ll also get a fully loaded goodie bag that includes a special 50-page Relish keepsake cookbook, great coupons and samples.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011




It is Deer Season in Southern Illinois. So while the guys are out deer hunting the Ladies are invited to a Ladies Day Out at Hogg Hollow Winery. Steve invited me to do a book signing with “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.” with proceeds going to MASH 62398 a local Golconda Cancer Support Group. The cookbook has recipes for Elvis, Alan Jackson, Paypal Founder David O. Sacks, Dolly Parton, Pres. Andrew Jackson, and The Chatanooga Choo Choo.

What a great way for the Ladies to kick off deer season and kick back to have some fun. There will also be representatives from:

Pampered Chef
Lia Sofia
Thirty One
Stephanie Milligan Photography
ReNew Therapeutic Massage

The Winery will have wine tasting, finger foods, and fresh Sangrias on sale for $3.00 a glass.

Hogg Hollow Winery
Ladies Day Out Event
Nov. 19 (Saturday), 2011 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
48 East Glendale Rd.
Golconda, IL
(Fundraiser for MASH 62938 Local Cancer Support Group)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011



This is the flyer they sent me with details on the bazaar. What a great way to start the Chrismas Season!

Northside Baptist Christian School
711 N. 12th St, Mayfield
Thursday, Nov 17 4:00-8:00pm
Over 20 booths to shop from!!

FREE supervision for children while you shop.

Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Avon, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, Just Jewelry, Sports Cards, Christmas Ornaments, Premier Jewelry, Pillow Case Dresses, Saba Discovery Toys,
Shadow Boxes, Tastefully Simple, Lia Sophia, Butter Braid Breads, Survivor Bracelets, Celebrity Cookbooks, Spirit Cards, BeautiControl, Feathers, TidalCreek Soaps, The Funky-Chic Bowtique

Refreshments and Gift-Wrapping Available Plus DOOR-PRIZES

Monday, October 31, 2011





November 5, 2011- Madisonville-Hopkins County Library will host a book signing and discussion of my cookbooks “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” and “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.” The discussion will take place at 2:00 p.m. The cookbooks serve as fundraisers for non-profit organizations and I pledges 50% of the proceeds from cookbook sales to the fundraiser. For information on fundraising, you can send an e-mail



Saturday, October 22, 2011


This next weekend I will have the opportunity to participate in the Evansville Midwest Writers’ Guild Book Fair. As always, I pledge 50% to a local Non-profit. At the suggestion of my friend and fellow author Cora Seaman, I have chosen the Evansville Literacy Program, to receive 40% and 10% will go to the Writers' Guild.

On October 29th and 30th, 2011, the Midwest Writers Guild of Evansville is sponsoring a “Fall Book Fair” for any published author. The event will be held at Vanderburgh 4H Center located north of Evansville on Hwy 41. The Book Fair will be held in conjunction with the Fall Collector’s Carnival. We will have a separate room at this event, set aside for authors only. Collectors Carnival is a well publicized event and usually has an attendance for the two days of more than 5000 shoppers.

This two day event begins on Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. through 4:00 P.M. and again on Sunday from 9:00 to 4:00.

I am really excited about this event. Although I have done a signing in Owensboro and near Madisonville, this is my first time to do a book signing in Evansville.

Stop by and do your Christmas Shopping, pick up a copy of “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” and help a great Evansville organization.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hopkinsville Pink Ribbon Network

Jon Ashton delights the crowd

at the Relish Magazine Cooking Show

Ted Jatczak with The Kentucky New Era newspaper has invited me to do a book signing at the Relish Magazine Cooking Show in Hopkinsville. I will be the "Pink Ribbon Network" booth (a local breast cancer support group.) to sign the cookbooks. I pledge 50% of the $19.95 cost to them.

The 2011 show, scheduled for Thursday, October 20 will mark the fourth year in a row Relish Magazine has extended the invitation to the Kentucky New Era. No other newspaper in the country has hosted more which is a testament to the success and value offered to sponsors and vendors.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Place: James E. Bruce Convention Center

Time: VIP ticket holders doors open at 4:30 p.m. with VIP mix, munch and mingle beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets $35.

General Admission seating doors open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets $10.

Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Its this weekend! Paducah's First Ever Book Festival! At Carson Park as part of the HORSES Inc. Expo. Held in conjuction with their Horse Show, Arts & Crafts Fair, and Christmas Expo.

This one day event will encompass an array of activities, truly something for everyone to enjoy. Held at Carson Park in Paducah, Ky. on Saturday October 15, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Here are just a few of the activities you can find…

There will be a wide variety of vendors set up with unique gift ideas and specialty items

The special riders will showcase their skills in the “Boots and Bridles Competition” obstacle course where they earn ribbons

A book festival will be held with authors presenting their own published books

Local entertainment throughout the day

2 concession stands

2 bands from Lexington, Ky. perform in the afternoon/evening

Students will conduct a canned food drive for local food pantry

Raffle drawings throughtout the day

and much, much more! So, whether you come to do some early Christmas shopping or come to cheer on your favorite rider in the Boots and Bridles Competition, you’re sure to have a good time and support a worthy cause. So don’t miss out!

DON'T MISS IT. OCT. 15, CARSON PARK 10:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011



He passed away last March and will be remembered at the Memorial Service on Saturday.

Homcoming is a wonderful tradition. Authentic, old-music fills the air at the Museum of Appalachia’s Tennessee Fall Homecoming in Norris, TN, Oct. 7-9. With musicians performing simultaneously all day on five different stages, seasoned festival-goers stop at the information tent for the daily music schedule to plan their day. Some 400 nationally and regionally known musicians will perform traditional mountain, folk, Gospel, and bluegrass music throughout the three-day event. The Homecoming is internationally renowned as one of the oldest and most authentic festivals of its kind.

Homecoming also includes demonstrations of pioneer skills, a large craft fair with authentic Appalachian artisans, and traditional Southern foods.

Tickets are available at the gate; plenty of free parking is available.The Museum offers a picturesque backdrop, with dozens of authentic log buildings, display halls filled with artifacts, and garden and farm animals surrounded by split-rail fences.

All Homecoming proceeds go toward the Museum’s mission to preserve Appalachian culture & heritage. A non-profit organization, the Museum is an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Monday, September 26, 2011



Sept. 30 to Oct. 2

I will be signing the cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities" at the Bi-Centennial Committee’s booth (NO 61) as a fundraiser for them.

Working with the state parks and local authorities, the festival has grown since 1971 to an estimated crowd of over 45,000 people & 300 different vendors in 2010 The festival is always held on the first weekend with an October date in it. There is free entertainment with artists from the area. People come and sit in the shade to enjoy old time string music and singing.

Come enjoy the festival and soak up on the local flavor as well. Great restaurants, great fishing, beautiful scenery with nature walks along the lake; we look forward to sharing it with you.

Celebrating 200 Years of Reelfoot Lake

1811/1812 -- 2011/2012

..."On the 16th of December, 1811, about two o'clock, a.m., we were visited by a violent shock of an earthquake," writes Eliza Bryan, a resident of the area at the time. The quakes continued, almost daily, until February 7, 1812, when the most violent of all occurred. In Eliza's words, "At first the Mississippi seemed to recede from its banks, and its waters gathering up like a mountain...then rising fifteen to twenty feet...and expanding, as it were, at the same moment, the banks were overflowed with the retrograde current, rapid as a torrent...the river falling immediately, as rapid as it had risen...and lately it has been discovered that a lake was formed on the opposite side of the Mississippi, in the Indian country."1

This is how Reelfoot Lake was formed, a natural phenomenon, a cypress forest covered with water from the mighty Mississippi River when it flowed backwards for a time.
The complete eyewitness account by Eliza Bryan can be found on the New Madrid Earthquake website.

1 From "Lorenzo Dow's Journal," Published by Joshua Martin, Printed by John B. Wolff, 1849

Sunday, September 18, 2011


I will sign my TN and KY cookbooks at the Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway just across the Gazebo as part of Paducah's 12th Annual BBQ on the River this weekend.

BBQ 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. Along with delicious mouthwatering food and fabulous fun you will be helping out many local charitable organization.

Make your plans now to be in Paducah, September 23 thru 25, 2010 for our 16th Ever BBQ on the River.

The cookbooks are also available in the Paducah area at:

Market 315 proceeds going to Paducah Cooperative Ministry

BBQ & More proceeds going to BBQ on the River Fundraiser

Lourdes Hospital Gift Shop proceeds going to Auxiliary

Purple Toad Winery proceeds going to St. Mary's High School

Western Baptist Hospital proceeds going to Auxiliary

And in Western Kentucky:

Ice House Gallery, Mayfield Proceeds going to Graves Co. Art Guild

Miss Scarletts, Grand Rivers proceeds going to Grand River Tourism

Moors Marina, Benton proceeds going to local tourism orgnization

The Market Place, Draffenville proceeds going to Marshall Co, Scholarship Fund

The Kentucky cookbooks are also available at Kentucky State Parks including Columbus Belmont, Kenlake State Park, Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley State Park

Wednesday, September 14, 2011




On Saturday, September 17, Mayfield will once again pay homage to the humble gourd. The seventh annual Gourd Patch Festival, sponsored in cooperation with the City of Mayfield, the Mayfield Tourism Commission, and the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild, will celebrate the modest cucurbit with an international gourd art exhibition, gourd vendors and crafters, music and dancing, children’s activities, a gourd racecar derby, concessions, a farmer’s market, and other activities. Simultaneously, the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild’s Ice House Gallery will be hosting its annual All About Gourds exhibition, which is the focal point of the festival. Quality craftsmanship and creative abandon abound in this year’s exhibit. Now in its nineth year, the show features over 75 pieces by 28 artists from 11 different states as well as an artist from India. Festival activities will be centered between the Ice House Gallery at the corner of North and North 8th Streets and Regions Bank on North 7th Street in Mayfield from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

I participated in this last year signing the Kentucky cookbook. I have been invited back to do a signing of the Tennessee Cookbook, "Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities."

Friday, September 2, 2011




Scooter Davidson, Executive Director of Mellwood Art Center has invited me to do a book signing at this years Art Fair. As a fundraiser for St. Joseph Children’s Home. Stop by BOOTH 160 and pick up a copy of “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” cookbook with proceeds going to St. Joseph. The cookbook will make a perfect Christmas Present and at the same time help a wonderful organization. "Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities" will also be available.

BOOTH 160 is directly across from the parking area on the end near the children’s arts and crafts. Beside St. Joseph’s booth!



Monday, August 22, 2011




Dr. Susan Wiltshire has graciously accepted an invitation by Christopher Burawa, executive director of the APSU Center of Excellence to co-sign my cookbook as a fundraiser for the Center. Dr. Wiltshire contributed a recipe that she makes and said was her daughter’s favorite.

Dr. Susan Ford Wiltshire is Professor of Classics Emeritus at Vanderbilt University and served as department Chair for 9 years. The Tennessee author is a graduate of Columbia University and written numerous books including “Public and Private in Vergil’s Aeneid”; “Greece, Rome, and the Bill of Rights”; “Seasons of Grief and Grace”; “Athena’s Disguises; and Windmills and Bridges”: “Poems Near and Far”.

She has served on the Board of the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Ingredients For The Gormet In You will soon be celebrating their 2 year anniversary in business in Historic Downtown Clarksville, TN located on Strawberry Alley. They offer a wide range of items including kitchen accessories, food items, wine supplies, cookbooks, and cooking classes.


Come join us Sept. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. for a presentation and book signing of the cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities”
BY BOTH Dr. Wiltshire and me, author Pamela Whinnery

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

1ST Thursday Gallery Walk and Book Signing, Clarksville, TN

September 1st is the start of a full 2 months of book signings. Everywhere for Evansville, IN to Norris, TN

It is going to be great fun!

First Thursdays in Clarksville, TN will kick things off.

The signing will be at a specialty kitchen (cooking) store called Ingredients in downtown Clarksville. The address is:

100 Strawberry Alley

Clarksville, TN 37040-3837

(931) 542-6935.

The signing will begin at 5 PM and run to 8 PM. Christopher Burawa Director of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University invited me to do the book signing as a fundraiser for their scholarship fund.

THE EXCITING PART ABOUT THIS IS: Dr. Susan Wiltshire a Tennessee author and Classics Chair for Vanderbilt University is co-signing the cookbooks. She is one of the individuals, who graciously contributed a recipe for the cookbook.

Stop by on the First Thursday Gallery Walk and pick up a copy of the cookbook. It will make a great Christmas present signed by two authors and it is never too early to start!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fancy Farm Picnic Book Signing

Fancy Farm Picnic

Book Signing

If you want to be elected in the Bluegrass State, there's only one place to be the first Saturday in August: Fancy Farm, Ky, where old-fashioned politics meets dyed-in-the-wool religion, and the differences are evened out by the glorious, gluttonous, gastronomic magic of charred pork and mutton at the annual Fancy Farm picnic-cum-political rally.

What do political leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell, Gov. Steve Beshears, Sec. of Agriculture Richie Farmer, and Vice-President Alben Barkley have in common? Three will be there this Saturday and one helped organize the political speaking years ago. They also sent a favorite recipe for the Kentucky Cookbook, “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.” Alben Barkley’s Granddaughter sent the recipe for him.

The cookbook also has recipes from Miley Cyrus, Tom T. Hall, Lance Burton, Naomi Judd, and Kentucky Derby Museum and you can get a copy this weekend at the Fancy Farm Picnic.

Local author Pamela Whinnery will be at the picnic to do a book signing with proceeds going to St. Jerome Parrish. She will also have her recently released cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Cookbooks.”

Both cookbooks have over 300 recipes from local and national personalities, highly visible 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 contributors, and calendar of events


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2nd Annual Women Celebrating Women



Thursday, July 28

2nd Annual

Women Celebrating Women

This should be fun!
Julian Carroll Convention Center 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Free event designed to promote women business owners and businesses that cater to women and children as well as provide health, nutrition, education and finance information to women. There will be vendors with jewelry and fashion accessories as well as local restaurants and therapist. There will be a fashion show, cooking demonstrations, a live Zumba class, door prizes, fashion displays, and refreshments. It's all free, educational and fun. Sponsored by Paducah Business and Professional Women.

I have bee invited to do a book signing of both my Kentucky Cookbook and the Tennessee Cookbook, with proceeds going to the Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship Fund.

Sunday, June 26, 2011




July 16th will be the 30th Anniversary of the National Corvette Homecoming. It takes place at Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, KY. Bowling Green is the home of the one and only Corvette assembly plant.

They are having an iconic display of Corvettes from each and every year produced at the Bowling Green plant. 1981-2011.

Joe Pruitt Director of the Homecoming just announced that leading off the 30-car display would be the very FIRST production Corvette off the line at Bowling Green. VIN #00001 will be unveiled at the Meet & Greet and will be on display to celebrate its very own 30th Birthday. But not to be left out, for this very rare occasion only, they will also have the LAST Corvette off the St Louis assembly line as well! Both of these cars have no miles and look like they've been in a time capsule for all these years.

Isn’t this amazing! And I get to be a part of it! Joe contributed a recipe to the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.” He has invited me to do a book signing for a special event they are having Corvettes Conquer Cancer.”

AS always, I am donating 50% of the proceeds from the book signing to the fundraiser for the Bowling Green Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

I love what I get to do and participate in with my book signings.

Come join the fun!

Sunday, June 19, 2011





If you love bluegrass music The International Bluegrass Museum is hosting ROMP, its Annual Bluegrass Festival. June 23 to 25 in Owensboro, KY. There are some amazing and unique bands including The Carolina Chocolate Drops, coming from the Piedmont Region of North Carolina. They play in the old traditions, but are extremely talented, modern musicians.

And The Professors of Bluegrass. The members of this band will tell you when they are not playing Bluegrass they moonlight as Professors of Yale University. With the exception of their bass player Peter Salovey, who is the Provost at Yale. The band has been together for 20 years and they are returning again to play at ROMP. Peter told me if I ever did a cookbook on Connecticut, he would send me a recipe.

Speaking of bands, which have played previously at this event, one of my favorites was the Steel String Session. This GREAT band played last year and their fiddle player Lisa Jacobi sent me a recipe for the band to be included in my most recent cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.”

Steel String Session, Copperhill, is a dynamic group of acoustic multi-instrumentalists from Ocoee River region of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They play “Rockabilly-Jazz-Grass.” Lisa Jacobi said of her Bachelor Pasta recipe: “It is great when you work with a bunch of guys in a band or kayakers.” Her husband is Olympic Gold Medallist Joe Jacobi.

Don’t forget to Stop by and get a copy of either the
“Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities" or “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.”


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Farewell Drifters Preforming at ROMP

The Farewell Drifters

I promised to do a blog on some of the performers at the Owensboro ROMP Festival, who also contributed a recipe to the cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.” The group I am blogging this week is The Farewell Drifters.


The Farewell Drifters are a band based in
Nashville, Tennessee. They began when Zach Bevill and Joshua Britt met in Nashville and played some music together. Britt coming from a family of former touring musicians played in high school garage bands with his brother Clayton in Franklin, Kentucky. Joshua brought brother Clayton along, then they added violinist Christian Sedelmyer and bassist Dean Marold after the move to Nashville.

They sent a recipe one of the band members mother prepares for them when they are in town.

Don’t forget to stop by and pick up a signed copy of the Tennessee cookbook. If you did not get a copy at last years ROMP, I will also have a few copies of the Kentucky cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” available.

Remember, proceeds

from the Cookbook

Signing go to the

International Bluegrass Museum!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book signing International Bluegrass Music Festival

Steve Martin

Book signing at

International Bluegrass

Music Festival

THIS IS AN EXCITING MONTH! The International Bluegrass Music Museum has invited me to return to do a book signing at their ROMP Celebration in Owensboro June 23, 24, 25 featuring Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers and EmmyLou Harris.

I did a book signing last year for the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” which has recipes from the museum and Bill Monroe. This year the book signing will be the recently released “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities,” with recipes from Bobby Osborne, Flatt and Scruggs, Farewell Drifters, Steel String Band, etc.

Check back the next couple of weeks for additional blogs on contributors, who will be participating in this year’s festival.

For more information on the festival go to:

and on the cookbooks:

As always, I pledge 50% of the proceeds from the cookbooks to non-profit organizations. Proceeds from this book signing will go to the museum.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011




I will be at West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, TN for its annual I-40 Exit 56 Blues Festival, May 28, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They have invited me to do a book signing as a fundraiser for the Center.

I have been doing blogs related to Blues and the Festival. This week I am doing one on Stax Museum. They sent a recipe for Greens. It is a GREAT recipe for Greens using Turnip, Mustard, and Collard Greens. I know it is great, because I just made it.

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of the legendary Stax Records is the heart of Soulsville USA at 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, Tennessee. This 17,000-square-foot facility with more than 2,000 cultural artifacts, music exhibits, video footage, and items of memorabilia is designed to preserve and promote the legacy of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records. With permanent Soul Music Exhibits
, like Soul Train.

The mission of the Stax Museum is to keep the memory of Stax soul
music legends such as Otis Redding, Booker T, Isaac Hayes, Memphis Horns, and Little Milton alive forever.

Stax is the only soul music museum in the world and you'll find programs, special events, concerts, exhibits, and memorabilia dedicated to other soul music artists and labels, including that of Muscle Shoals, Motown, Atlantic, and Hi Records.

Don’t forget to stop by this Saturday for the Blues Festival in Brownsville, some really good music, and a SIGNED copy of my cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.”

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blues Icon “Little Milton”

Blues Icon “Little Milton”

Milton Campbell recorded with Sun Records & Stax in Memphis. He garnered such honors as the W. C. Handy Blues Entertainer of the Year Award, a Grammy Award nomination, inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, & numerous billboard blues smash hits.

His friends said, “Milton just loved to cook for himself, his family, & his friends.” We have a recipe for “Little Milton in the Tennessee cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities”

As I will be doing a book signing Saturday, May 28 at “The Exit 56 Blues Festival” at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, TN (Just east of Memphis) I am doing a blog on blues contributors to the cookbooks. I will do a blog next week on Stax Record Studios, which also sent a recipe.

Milton “Little Milton” Campbell” found an early connection to Country and western music and later fused it with the other two predominant musical influences of the Mississippi Delta: Gospel & Blues. A youthful “Little” Milton began studying what he heard and practiced; mastering songs and reciting them, no matter what the style or difficulty. By his early teens, he was performing in local clubs and bars across the Delta.

He carefully developing his craft and attracting the attention of established acts and local record labels. By the time Ike Turner introduced Milton to Sam Phillips of Sun Records in the early 50's, he was a young but seasoned performer with a momentous live show that created a buzz in every town he played. His debut single Beggin My Baby was recorded and released at the same time Sam Phillips was molding the sound of another unknown talent from Mississippi: Elvis Presley.

He sky rocketed to success with such blues hits as I’m a Lonely Man, Baby I Love You, If Walls Could Talk, Feel So Bad, Who's Cheating Who? and the unforgettable Grits Ain't Groceries.

Little Milton signed with Stax and joined a virtual who’s who of influential black recording artist of the day including Isaac Hayes, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Albert King and, Johnnie Taylor. Milton’s legend only grew at Stax, where from 1971 through 1975, he stacked up more mega hits including Walking The Back Streets and Cryin and That's What Love Will Make You Do.

He was the man who made the THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT a national anthem with blues enthusiasts around the globe.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sleepy John Estes

Blues Festival Brownsville, TN

West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, TN will host its annual I-40 Exit 56 Blues Festival May 28, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They have invited me to do a book signing as a fundraiser for the Center. I will do a couple of Blogs in the next couple of weeks on places and events with Blues connections, who also contributed recipes to the Tennessee cookbook.

About the Festival

Live Music from the Porch of the Home of Blues Pioneer Sleepy John Estes

All concerts will be performed from the porch of the last home of Blues Pioneer "Sleepy" John Adam Estes, located on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

Check back in the next

couple of weeks for blogs on

Stax Recording Studio


Little Milton.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011




Here are 2 GREAT opportunities to get a cookbook for Mother’s Day and help 2 wonderful organizations. I have 2 book signings this weekend. The first is at Lourdes Hospital Cafeteria on Friday May 6 and the second is Saturday May 7 (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE DUE TO FLOODING IN NOBLE PARK) at Tilghman High School Football Field.

Lourdes Hospital Auxiliary Bake Sale

Date & Time: May 6, 2011 6:30 AM
Location: Lourdes Hospital
Phone: 270-444-2552
On Friday, May 6 there will a Lourdes Auxiliary Bake Sale in the Garden Room from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All proceeds from this event will go to Lourdes Foundation.

March of Dimes March for Babies

Time: May 7, 2011 - 10:00am

Note: Due to the temporary closure of Noble Park, the walk will be held at the Tilghman High School football field and track.

The March of Dimes McCracken County March for Babies at Noble Park. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the walk at 10:00 a.m. The park will not be closed to the public during the event: however, please use caution around the walkers.

Last week I was so busy I did not have time to do a blog. I did a book signing for Yeiser Art Center, during the National Quilt Show in Paducah. There were over 35,000 quilters from around the world. They loved the cookbooks PERFECT KENTUCKY SOUVENIR.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

2011 Southern Kentucky Book Fest/ Robert Penn Warren


BORN APRIL 24, 1905

The nation and Kentucky celebrate National Writer's Week. All the events in Kentucky are tied to Author Robert Penn Warren's Birthday. There are numerous activities and events. One of these events is:

2011 Southern Kentucky Book Fest

Carroll Knicely Conference Center

2355 Nashville Road

Bowling Green, KY

April 16, 2001

I will be participating in the 2011 Southern Kentucky Book Fest. The Director, Tracy Harkins has invited me to do a panel discussion. I am so honored and humbled by this invitation. My table number at the Book Fest is 44 and the presentation time is 12:00.

Be sure to stop by to check out my recently released new cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.” Mother’s Day is near and if you have a Mom, who is an ELVIS FAN or a Country Music Fan, this would be the perfect gift. Of course the Kentucky cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” will also be available. The Kentucky cookbook has a recipe for Robert Penn Warren. STOP BY FOR A FREE RECIPE!

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state's largest literary events 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 and purchase signed copies of their books. Their website is

The 13th Annual 2011 SOKY Book Fest is a fundraiser for the promotion of literacy in the Bowling Green community. This year’s Book Fest is on Saturday, April 16 and is from 9 am to 4 pm.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

GOV. NED McWHERTER 1930-2011

Gov Ned McWherter


Former Gov Ned McWherter passed away yesterday, April 4. He was at the center of power in Tennessee for more than two decades, first as speaker of the House of Representatives for 14 years and then as a two-term governor from 1987 to 1995.

Ever folksy, Mr. McWherter often joked during his campaign that he would need just four vanilla wafers and a cup of coffee to be ready to start work as chief executive. Friends said that kind of talk was central to his appeal and was genuine.

He was probably one of the greatest leaders in Tennessee History. As governor, Mr. McWherter lived in Nashville but remained true to his rural roots with what he called his "95-County Jobs Plan," which aimed to stimulate economic development beyond just the state's biggest cities. Mr. McWherter also pushed through a sweeping education reform package that equalized state funding for schools & raised graduation standards.

He sent a recipe for my cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.” From Palmersville, is mother owned & operated a small restaurant in Union City. His son Mike said his father’s fondest memories were helping his mother in the restaurant when he was growing up. She served this cake Lucille McWherter’s Cold Oven Pound Cake at the restaurant.

Our sympathy and prayers go to his family.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Actor & Professional Football

Player Lee Reherman

Lee Reherman of Louisville was a standout at Cornell University before playing pro football with the Miami Dolphins as part of their offensive line. While working on his PhD. at UCLA he could be seen as “Hawk” on the television series American Gladiators. He sent a recipe for BBQ Chicken for the cookbook "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities."


321 Broadway

Paducah, KY 42001


Susie Dawahare and David Boggs, Directors of Paducah’s BARBECUE ON THE RIVER have opened bbQ & MORE at 321 Broadway. They are planning an Official Grand Opening in the near future.

The store and BBQ on the River are Community Charitable organizations. The store is to help promote and fund the Sept. main event.

They have invited me to do a book signing at the Grand Opening with proceeds going to Barbecue on the River. Stop by and help a great organization.

More on Barbecue on the River:

Each September, more than 15 tons of chicken and pork is smoked, grilled, and barbecued at this Also, Marine Industry Days and children's events on the riverfront. An annual event in which local volunteers donate proceeds of barbecue sales to charities and non-profit organizations of their choice. Regional media personalities compete to become the Grand Champion in the Media Cook-Off Tournament!

It's serious fun on Paducah's riverfront today as backyard cookers and professional competitors challenge each other in four categories: chicken, pork shoulder, whole hog and pork ribs. They have to enter all four categories to win the coveted Grand Champion title. Free live music, booth shopping, and a variety of activities, including a race, towboat tour and line tossing contest, keep folks coming back the three days. Games, pig calling and chicken clucking contests make this a unique event that's fun for the whole family.

Friday, March 25, 2011


I am doing a couple of blogs on contributors to the Kentucky cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” who also participating in The Kentucky Crafted Market.One of the contributors is artist Lanette Freitag from LanMark Farm located in Sharpsburg, KY

About the farm:

The farm is a working sheep and cattle farm that has been supporting families since 1824. The land and buildings have been loved and cared for by many generations and the love of the land has always been deep rooted.
Today's innovations will continue to create a sustainable agriculture future for the farm.
The products are made with a newly patented feltloom developed by artist and farm owner Lanette Freitag. To view the FeltLoom visit their website The fibers that are shorn from their different breeds of sheep and llamas continue to play a large part of the feltloom. Lanette also works with other Kentucky farmers using their wool that meets the high standards set for usage. LanMark Farm is also home to Kentucky Wool Society

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Kentucky Folklore Program Director Bob Gates from the Kentucky Arts Council has invited me to do a presentation and book signing on the Food Stage at the 29th Kentucky Crafted, The Market in Louisville. I will be doing the presentation at 2:00 p.m. Sat. March 19th. This is such an honor for me! Stop by, as I will be preparing actress Reese Witherspoon’s favorite recipe.

I am doing a couple of blogs on contributors to the Kentucky cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” who are also participating in The Market.

One of the contributors is artist Gary Bertram from Georgetown, KY. He will be at Booth 410 at the Kentucky Crated Market. He is such an incredibly talented artist.

Drawing has been one of Gary’s passions since he was a child, but he didn’t become a professional artist until later in life. He has spent the past twenty nine years working as either a teacher, a minister of music, or an associate pastor. However, during his college years, he started doing portraits of people, and for the last twenty years has been doing them on commission. Then in 2001, Gary became interested in wildlife portraiture, and in short order began exhibiting in some of the most elite wildlife art shows in the country, including the Safari Club International and the Southern Wildlife Festival, where in 2006 he won the coveted "People’s Choice Award." Gary has won numerous first place awards, including "Best of Show" and "Best of Professional" in many of the regional art shows.

Gary has also produced equine art of such high quality that it is registered with the Saddlebred Museum at the prestigious Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as with the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Kentucky. In 2010, the Kentucky Arts Council nominated Gary to the Southern Artistry Organization. These artists are nominated based on the quality of their work by their state arts agencies, and is designed to spotlight the talent of the South's most acclaimed artists. Gary is also an associate member of the "Oil Painters of America.”

When coming to Kentucky
Crafted Market be sure to
stop by Gary’s Booth 410
and my Booth 714 as well.

Saturday, March 5, 2011



I wanted to remind you that I will be in Booth 714 at the Kentucky Crafted Market, March 17-20, at the Kentucky Fair Grounds, Louisville, KY, with the cookbooks “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” and the recently released “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.” We have some special SHOW PROMOTIONS. The cookbook is the perfect item for gift shops, Kentucky Souvenirs, and Mother’s Day Presents. It was part of the Nov. Kentucky Dept. of Libraries State Book Fair and was 8th in overall sales from a selection of 523 books.

About the Promotions: 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.

You can check out the Kentucky Crafted Market’s website at

Be sure to stop by the show March 17-20, at the Kentucky Fair Grounds in Louisville and my booth 714 in the publishers section.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

175th Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo

175th Anniversary of
The Battle of the Alamo

No I did not drop off the face of the earth. I just returned from a stay in San Antonio, TX.

While there, I learned The Daughters of The Republic of Texas is hosting the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo Events this year. What does this have to do with the Tennessee cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities?”

I have 6 recipes with ties to Texas and those following my blog might find the Texas Ties interesting. The Friends of David Crockett State Park, Lawrenceburg, TN sent a historical recipe for David Crockett. Fess Parker sent a recipe as he played David Crockett in both movies and television. The curator for The Hermitage sent a recipe for Pres. Andrew Jackson, who was President at the time of the battle of the Alamo.

Megan Buro who is with the The Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Texas sent 3 recipes. One which was for Sam Houston, another which was used for the Sam Houston School House Historic Site. This is a log cabin school located in Maryville, TN and is the oldest school in Tennessee, built in 1794. Sam Houston taught there.

She also sent a recipe for John Ross, also known as Koo Wes Koo We. He was the Chief of the Cherokee Nation, when it was in TN, GA, and NC. He went to Texas with Sam Houston and fought with him at Horse Shoe Bend.

So, whether you are from Tennessee or Texas check this cookbook out. It has great recipes from amazing people, and is a celebration of our great heritage.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Emmy & Grammy nominated composer George S. Clinton from Chattanooga, TN has written the musical scores for over 80 feature films, television movies, and mini-series including Mortal Kombat, Austin Powers, Cheech & Chong, Big Momma’s House, & Santa Claus 2 & 3. Clinton said of the potato salad recipe he sent, “This is a family recipe made by my grandmother, aunt, & sister.”
The East Tennessee Historical Society is now selling my Tennessee cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities” in their Museum shop located at 601 S. Gay St. in Knoxville, TN.

About the cookbooks East Tennessee Ties: There are recipes from Stella and Dolly Parton, Sevierville, Jonesborough Storytelling Festival, Artist Vince Pitelka, Smithville, American Idol finalist Phil Stacey, Cleveland, Austin Powers Music Composer George S. Clinton, Chattanooga and you will have to go by the museum to see the other East Tennessee contributors.

About the Museum: Recognizing that East Tennessee’s history, heritage, and geography are distinct from the rest of the state, the East Tennessee History Center provides services uniquely tailored to the region. Visitors can attend workshops and conferences, enjoy a lecture, peruse exhibitions, research family history, or a special historical subject, participate in student and teacher educational programs, as well as find a wide selection of books, crafts, and history-related items in the
Museum Shop.