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.

Thursday, January 13, 2011



Friend’s of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park are contributors of a historical recipe for “The Forrest Family Molasses Pie” to the Tennessee Cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.” They are also selling the cookbook as a fundraiser for the park.

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Eva near Camden, TN is named for one of the greatest & best-known cavalry raiders of the Civil War. His operations were concentrated along the Tenn. River, where the park is located. It includes a River Folklife Museum located at the summit of Pilot Knob, highest point in West Tennessee, so named because it was used as a landmark by the early riverboat captains (pilots).

This year, 2011 is the beginning of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The approaching 150th Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (2011-2015) offers the current generation of Americans a most important opportunity to know, discuss, and commemorate this country's greatest national crisis, while at the same time exploring its enduring relevance in the 21st century.

I will be doing various book signings for both cookbooks "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities" and "Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities" throughout Kentucky and Tennessee in conjunction with the 3-year event. The Kentucky Cookbook has recipes for Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Battle of Perryville, Columbus Belmont State Park, and Camp Nelson. Check back to my blogspot or website for additional information on book signings and events.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


This past year has been so much fun! I have met so many wonderful people, had opportunities to do book signings in really fun and sometimes once in a lifetime places (2010 World Equestrian Games.) I am sure God created all these events and opportunities for both the cookbooks and for me. For this, I am truly thankful!

The Kentucky Cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” was released just 2 years ago and has been used by over 100 organizations as a fundraiser. The Tennessee Cookbook, “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities" was released by the publisher just 2 months ago and there are over 20 organizations already selling the cookbook as a fundraiser.

One of the organizations is the Knoxville Museum of Art, which was also a contributor. The Tennessee cookbook is being sold in their gift shop. They sent a recipe for Microwave Peanut Brittle.

The Knoxville Museum of Art, located on the site of the 1982 World’s Fair, includes five galleries, as well as a Sculpture Terrace, & 2 large outdoor garden areas. The Museum collection consists of work primarily from the 20th & 21st century. Kitsy Hartley, one of their longtime docents & volunteers makes the peanut brittle & brings to staff functions as well as volunteer activities.

Now to all the wonderful people who have contributed recipes, purchased a cookbook to help with numerous fundraisers, and those who just happen to stop by to read this blog, I hope you had a very blessed Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year. Thank you for all your help and God’s blessings.