Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free

Chelsea Clinton’s wedding reception featuring vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes has certainly caused a stir among the fooderati.  Everyone from caterers to food columnists are speculating on the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding menu and what it will do to mainstream American cooking.

Funny that vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are the rage all because of a power wedding.Continue reading

Taste Memories & Time Travel

Not sure about everyone else, but when I taste certain foods my mind wanders back to a different time. The time travel I experience through taste memories isn’t déjà vu (which is an odd phenomenon itself), but an overwhelming sensation of nostalgia, mild sadness, and glee, all at the same time.Continue reading

Tea Parties Have a Twist on Tradition These Days

My oh my, tea parties have a whole new meaning these days, don’t they? Today my friend, Ruth, and I were discussing the Tea Party movement that seems to be gaining ground with the “mad as Hell, and not going to take it any more” crowd. (She told me she’s thinking of becoming a member, although she might not appreciate my publicizing her neo-political point of view).

Hmm. As for me, I prefer the old-fashioned traditional tea parties that “civilization” has enjoyed for centuries. Nice finger sandwiches, brewed tea in a pot, small milk pitchers and sugar bowls, delicate China cups and saucers, doilies, and good manners. Continue reading

Wedding Bells & the Recipe Box


Ruth came over the other day to see our lovely recipe box assortment that I was bragging about. “Crowing was more like it,” Ruth wisecracked as she turned over the recipe box we aptly named Chicken with Checkers to inspect its interior and exterior.

After her examination and seal of approval, Ruth said she really liked all the pretty recipe box designs, and as usual, came up with a wonderful suggestion.Continue reading

Basic Rice Recipe, Ruth, Brides, The Rice Game, and All That


“1-2-3 is the basic recipe,” I said to Ruth, who was having a slight senior moment regarding how to cook rice.  “One cup rice and two cups of water makes three cups of food.”

“Oh yes,” Ruth said. “I was thinking 3 cups of water to one cup rice was how my mother used to make rice. It was always so moist and tender. I forgot the 1-2-3 rule.”

“Well, all I know is that one cup of rice can feed three people. I play The Rice Game quite a bit, and it is amazing how one cup of rice can swell up and make a difference for people in so many countries. It is one staple that truly has global reach.”

That little conversation got me thinking about all the rice in the world, and how odd it is that June brides of the past could waste such a precious food by having guests throw rice at weddings. (While I understand the custom, I much prefer the more recent rose petal tossing or bubble blowing activities at weddings instead of getting whacked in the eyes by errant grains of rice.)Continue reading

Brides Take Their Wedding Cookbooks Seriously

The last time I went to a wedding, I was amazed at the details put into the beautiful occasion by the bride and her family.  With the average cost of a wedding at approximately $16,000, no wonder many brides-to-be look toward unusual wedding favors to personalize their special day.

One great way to cut costs and still have a wonderful personalized memento for guests and family members is to ask them to contribute recipes to compile in a wedding cookbook. The wedding cookbook can contain photos from the wedding, as well as any messages guests may write (perhaps during the reception) along with their recipe.Continue reading

Don’t Plan a Cookbook For Your Wedding. Plan a Wedding Cookbook.

Wedding Cookbook

Sarah Jones had the stressed out look of an engaged bride-to-be who suddenly feels like six months wasn’t nearly enough time to plan.

“I’m giving up on the wedding cookbook, Matilda. It just isn’t going to happen. There’s no way I’m getting it together with everything else going on.”

“Your mistake,” I replied, “is in trying to get your wedding cookbook done in time for your wedding.”

She stared at me like too many young people stare at too many old people. “You just don’t understand, Matilda. There’s so much to do.”

“So why not let your guests do some of the work?”


“Have you sent out invitations yet?”

She sighed. “Not until next week.”

“Print up a card to go with your invitations. Just a business card size will do. On it, write (in the same style as your invite, if you like): ‘The Bride And Groom wish to make a Jefferson Family Wedding Cookbook after the wedding. Please write on the attached recipe card your own favorite recipe that you think they would enjoy. Also, please mention if you’d like a copy of the finished Jefferson Family Wedding Cookbook mailed to you as a memento.”

She stared at me for a moment. “Wow. What a great way to get everyone involved! I could put your cards out on the plates at the reception, and people could fill them out then too. It’d be a great way to get people talking to each other. My aunt will be sitting next to Jeff’s sister, and they could share casserole recipes.”

“And,” I continued, “a few months after the wedding, people would be getting a keepsake in the mail that they never got at a wedding before.”

She looked positively gleeful. “I’ll take photos from the disposable cameras at the wedding and use them to decorate pages! Maybe use a formal wedding pose for the front cover!”

Her eyes fell. “Oh god! The disposable cameras! I need to get them too!”

And just like that she marched away, mumbling about Kodak and Polaroid. I guess there’s only so time you can give a bride with just six months left to get ready.

Here’s a nice story from a customer about their own wedding cookbook. Just scroll down a bit.

If you are thinking about making a wedding cookbook, please look at my cookbook software.