Chicken short cuts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I am all for tasty, fast dishes that save time and money. While pursuing the poultry counter at the grocery store last March, I discovered Perdue Short Cuts. These are chicken pieces all cut up ready for your culinary inspiration. I like to cut the pieces into bite size pieces and after making Lipton chicken-flavored rice, add the chicken and heat through. See below for another recipe:





Learning how to make…

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever wondered how to make lasagna from scratch? My husband is a connoisseur of Italian food and although I can follow directions like everyone else, my ability to make Italian dishes is politely called “——-“.

During this forced isolation, I decided to dig into old cookbooks and discover new recipes. There was an easier way, I discovered -the internet! Without further ado, I give you, some on-line resources:


I would have copied it all, but it’s mighty long -enjoy!








Food, glorious food!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Who doesn’t like to eat or give gifts of food?? See the samples of breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner below and enjoy your feasting!


Pot Roast sandwich:


How to wrap up food as a gift:




History of cookbooks

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is a reprint from


History of Cookbooks

Up until the 18th century cookbooks were used by the wealthy only. Their servants were not supposed to know how to read a cookbook, so the mistress of the household would read the directions as the servant prepared the mixture. Later, cookbooks were written with the middle class in mind and they began turning up in more homes.

For the chef today, the problem many times is not how to make an unfamiliar dish but which cookbook or recipe to use to make it. The cookbook itself is a recent addition to the culinary scene.

A woman who called herself an American orphan, Amelia Simmons, published the first actual American cookbook in 1796 in Hartford, Connecticut. It was reprinted and revised over the next thirty-five years and was written for the primary cooking source at the time, the fireplace. The book was an American original and the first listed ingredient was cornmeal. It also gave an American recipe for gingerbread (which contrasted with the European recipe which was generally used at that time). By the 1820s other cookbooks followed, “Virginia Housewife” among them, but these cookbooks were different from what we chefs know today. They gave no mention of the size of the dishes used in baking, the number of portions the recipe made, the temperature at which to cook the dish, or even about the addition of flour. It was recognized by all cooks at that time that one added as much flour as needed until the “feel” was correct.

It was not until the 1850s that cookbooks were designed for cook stoves, and even then, no temperatures were given since the stoves of that time had no thermometers. With the advent of gas ranges, cookbook recipes took on a more definite form when the first all-electric kitchen was unveiled at the 1893 World Fair in Chicago.  The cookbook became more precise.

Changes in cooking followed rapidly. In the early 1920s, more cooks were allowed more accuracy with the precise measuring of cups and spoons advocated by Fannie Farmer, a name most of think of as being more fictional than factual. The ongoing changes in the kitchen included the invention of the electric refrigerator in 1916, and from there the freezer. These, of course, helped prevent spoilage having to do with climate-related menus.

…. and the rest, they say is HISTORY!

A salad recipe from Denise:

My Grandparents were both German; they owned a Delicatessen.  In fact, several of the family owned Deli’s; was awesome when we all got together for family picnics.

Authentic German Potato Salad

3 lbs. Red Potatoes

1 / 4 cup White Vinegar

1 / 2 cup Water

2 tsp(s) Salt

3-1 / 2 tsp(s) Sugar

1 Small Onion (finely chopped) I like to use a red onion.

Dash of pepper



In big pot, cover potatoes with skins on in cold water;

Bring to boil with potatoes in the pot;

Boil until potatoes are soft (check w/fork);

Take skins off while potatoes are still warm to hot;

Slice super thin (for flavor).

MIX water & vinegar together; add salt, sugar, pepper & onion.

ADD mixture to the potatoes – let chilly overnight and for the vinegar to seep into the potatoes.

ADD mayonnaise (by sight & taste).  A little mayo goes a LONG way; don’t over add your mayo.

Can sprinkle with top with dried parsley (not too much though); just enough to dress it up a smidge.


Authentic Homemade German Deli Potato Salad!

Cookbooks galore!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

In December, our topic will be collecting recipes. It’s very appropriate as many of us bake a lot during the up-coming holidays. I would like to include a sampling of recipes from my readers. If you would email me a couple of recipes (appetizer, desert, main meal etc.) that would be great. My email is

Thanks in advance,



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