Knoxville Daily Sun

Sunday Oct. 1, 2011

Signing of Tennessee Celebrities Cookbook to be Held at Museum of Appalachia Fall Homecoming

tennessee celebrities cookbookBy Jeaneane Payne

Every true-blooded Tennessean needs a signed copy of Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities in their cookbook collection.

You can purchase the cookbook and get it signed by its author, Pamela Whinnery, at the Museum of Appalachia Fall Homecoming between October 7-9.

Country Goodness contains over 300 recipes from local and national personalities, including Elvis, Dolly Parton, Mary Costa, President Andrew Jackson, The Chattanooga Choo Choo, and author Sam Pickering. Other recipe contributors are Tennessee artists, writers, athletes, sportsmen, actors, musicians, bed and breakfast inns, restaurants, highly visible Tennessee businesses, and notable events and places. Each recipe contains a brief note about its contributor.

Whinnery began putting together the cookbook following the publication of her first cookbook Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities which will also be available at the book signing.

Whinnery recalls that when sending his recipe, Jordanaires bass singer Ray Walker of Memphis, who sang for years with Elvis Presley, brought a smile to her face. He stated "I could eat this corn chowder every day. We've been married a little over 55 years and Marilyn and the corn chowder gets better all the time."

Probably the most interesting recipe was from Writer/Professor Sam Pickering from Nashville. Robin Williams's flamboyant character in the Academy Award winning movie Dead Poet's Society was based on him. The recipe he selected was Horace Hunnewell's recipe for Dandelion Coffee from one of his books. Pickering, who is known in literary circles for his witty prose, stated, "This is the best I can do. I am an eater, not a cooker. Generations of generous women have shaped my table habits and fed my appetites, and I am too old and comfortable to want to change."

"In my books, Horace Hunnewell's traveling show wanders Middle and East Tennessean. One of Horace's tents is stocked with patent medicines: The Mormon Elders Carbolic Soap, Gomersall's Blood Purifier and System Renovator, and Tolo's Triple Extract of Pepsin. For sale amid the medicines are always a shelf full of the home-brewed and home-cooked. This year the most popular item for sale was Dandelion Coffee, particularly good, Horace said, "awakening torpid bowels and cooling scrofulous eruptions to sleep." Horace's recipes are always a little vague. But his instructions for making Dandelion Coffee are: Gather and wash the roots, but do not scrape them. Cut them into small pieces then roast them like regular coffee. To brew a cup of dandelion coffee, pour boiling water over a portion of roots and let the blend sit for a few minutes." Horace said that the best time to gather roots was in the fall. Once dried the roots kept for years. The amount of roots used to make a cup depended upon taste and experience."

Country Goodness cookbook was published as a fundraiser for the Museum of Appalachia. In addition to being interesting to read, Whinnery believes the cookbook is also a great way to publicize and promote Tennessee tourism, business, industry, historic sites, and most of all the wonderful people who were born, lived, or have ties to Tennessee.

Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival set to begin Friday

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Dyersburg State Gazette

The Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival in Tiptonville will start on Friday and go through Saturday. This is the 40th year of the popular event, which was voted as the best arts and crafts festival in the state by 'Tennessee' magazine.
The Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival in Lake County will be celebrating its 40-year anniversary starting this Friday, Sept. 30. With a forecast of great fall weather, festival-goers are expected to come out by the thousands to enjoy the many exhibitors from over 12 states.

"This is our 40th year and it continues to grow," said Anna Crocker, secretary/treasurer of the Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Association.

Crocker stated they already have 30 more vendors than last year and the crowds have been estimated to somewhere between 40,000 to 50,000.

"Last year was unbelievable," said Crocker.

She noted that the Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival was voted No. 1 in the state by "Tennessee" magazine

Another milestone the area is celebrating is the bicentennial celebration of the formation of Reelfoot Lake. The lake was formed when the region succumbed to three very large temblors during the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812.

The Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial Committee will have a booth (No. 61) at the festival with information pamphlets on the lake's formation. They will also be selling T-shirts to commemorate the event. Pamela Whinnery will be at their booth selling signed copies of her cookbook "Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities". The cookbook has over 300 recipes from local and national personalities, highly visible Tennessee businesses, artists, writers, athletes, sportsmen, actors, musicians, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, notable events and places. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to benefit the bicentennial committee in their educational efforts.

On top of the arts and crafts, Crocker said they will have a lot of food and music to keep everyone satisfied and happy.

"We have old-time string music all three days and gospel singing on Sunday afternoon," said Crocker.

She also noted the music chairman of the festival is 90-year-old Ellis Truett who was an original board member of the Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Association when it started. This year's president, Peggy Burruss is also an original board member.

The festival stretches for a little more than a mile on Highways 21/22 in Tiptonville, encompassing the American Legion Building, the Armory Building and Ellington Assembly Hall.

The festival will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission is free. While some free parking is available on Reelfoot Lake State Park grounds, most visitors pay to park in adjacent lots.

"Parking shouldn't be a problem," said Crocker noting several civic organizations would also be parking cars for a small charge.


10:00 PM, Sep. 3, 2011

Written by Karen Parr-Moody
For The Leaf-Chronicle

Art Walking

With a stop at culinary store Ingredients, visitors were treated to a visit with Pamela Whinnery, the editor of the cookbook "Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities." Helping her sign copies was an originator of one of the recipes, Susan Ford Wiltshire, chair of the classics department at Vanderbilt University. Guests sampled Vegetarian Bar-B-Que Meatless Balls, made by Christopher Burawa, executive director of Austin Peay State University's Center of Excellence.

"I wanted (the book) to feature famous people, like Elvis and Tom T. Hall," Whinnery said. "But I also wanted recipes from the interesting places that make Tennessee unique.


ART WALK: Author compiles recipes of Tennessee celebrities

Gourmet boutique to supply meatless meatball samples 

10:29 PM, Aug. 30, 2011 
Ingredients owner Monica Drake holds a cook book, titled ÒCountry Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities,Ó by Pamela Whinnery. Whinnery will be at the Strawberry Alley business to sign copies during the First Thursday Art Walk. 
Ingredients owner Monica Drake holds a cook book, titled ÒCountry Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities,Ó by Pamela Whinnery. Whinnery will be at the Strawberry Alley business to sign copies during the First Thursday Art Walk. / Greg Williamson/The Leaf-Chronicle
Written byStacy Leiser
The Leaf-Cronicle
WHAT: A book-signing event along with samples from "Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities"
WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Thursday Related Links
  • Clarksville Academy joins First Thursday lineup
  • Ingredients will get a bit bookish for the First Thursday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The gourmet boutique will host Pamela Whinnery, the author of a new cookbook, "Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities." Signed copies of the book will be for sale for $19.95.
"She does have some neat recipes from some celebrities in Tennessee that I recognized," said Monica Drake, owner of Ingredients. "I'm excited to have a book-signing here."Traditionally, Ingredients offers samples of one edible delight or another during First Thursday Art Walk. Thursday's event is no exception, with Chris Burawa, executive director of Austin Peay State University's Center of Excellence, making a recipe from the book to share with attendees.

"The meatless meatballs are going to be made by Chris for tasting," Drake said.

The no-meat meatballs are from a recipe contributed by Nashville author Susan Ford Wiltshire, who will join in a discussion led by Whinnery at Thursday's book signing. Others among the 300 recipes in the book are corn chowder loved by Ray Walker, bass singer for the Jordanaires, and Minnie Pearl's own chess pie recipe. Some of them come from departed Tennesseans who left the recipes behind, like Andrew Jackson, Elvis Presley and Alex Haley. Others are from Tennesseans still making headlines, like Reese Witherspoon, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton and Trace Adkins.

Whinnery started with "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities" and moved on to "Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities." She partners with nonprofit organizations in towns throughout these states to sell copies of her books, with half of the money from book sales going to the organizations.

The organization that benefits in Clarksville is APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, which presents Thursday's book signing as part of its Fall Salon Series. Gerald Gilman, a Clarksville artist who helped to get "Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities" in print, said the history and culture in the book is part of its appeal.

"With every recipe comes a tale," Gilman said in a release from APSU. "Food is evocative. It's a call from the past."

Stacy Leiser, 245-0720
Features reporter


“Country Goodness” features recipes from famous Tennesseans

By Clarksville Business & News | August 9, 2011 | Email This Post Print This Post

The new cookbook, “Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebritie,s” will be officially presented to the Clarksville community from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 1, at Ingredients in the downtown’s Strawberry Alley as part of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Art’s Fall Salon Series. The event, which corresponds with the First Thursday ArtWalk, will feature a discussion by Whinnery, the author, and Dr. Susan Wiltshire, a former Vanderbilt Classics professor and a contributor to the book, as well as food made from the recipes.

Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, often enjoyed a nice slice of gingerbread. Alan Jackson, a famous country music star, thinks chicken salad really hits the spot. The tastes of these two well-known Tennesseans might not have much in common, but what they eat and how they came to enjoy certain foods is a fascinating part of the state’s cultural history.

“With every recipe comes a tale,” Gerald Gilman, Clarksville artist and arts advocate, said. “Food is evocative. It’s a call from the past.”

Gilman stopped by Einstein Bros. Bagels on the Austin Peay State University campus last week for some coffee and muffins and to unveil a new cookbook he helped usher into publication – Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.

The cookbook, by noted food author Pamela Whinnery, features recipes from some of the biggest names associated with Tennessee, ranging from talk show icon Oprah Winfrey to Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon. It also allows home cooks to create dishes once enjoyed by the late author Alex Haley or war hero Sgt. Alvin C. York.

“You look through the attributes, you see that very famous people have contributed to this,” Gilman said. “A few people who’ve died, their estates sent in some of their favorite recipes. Through our cookbook, these great famous performers and wheelers and dealers and educational people survive.”

The cookbook will be officially presented to the Clarksville community from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 1, at Ingredients in the downtown’s Strawberry Alley as part of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Art’s Fall Salon Series. The event, which corresponds with the First Thursday ArtWalk, will feature a discussion by Whinnery, the author, and Dr. Susan Wiltshire, a former Vanderbilt Classics professor and a contributor to the book, as well as food made from the recipes.

“It’s not just food and preparation of ingredients,” Gilman said. “There’s a lot of history and culture behind it. People will recognize not just the sources of the recipes but the food itself. They’ll say, ‘oh, I’ve tasted that before. That’s what that is.’”

Christopher Burawa, executive director of the APSU Center of Excellence, sat next to Gilman that morning, pulling off a piece of a banana nut muffin. Before taking a bite, he mentioned that the cookbooks will be for sale at the salon.

“Pamela is going to contribute half the proceeds of this cookbook to the Center,” he said. “We want people to come out and buy this book, celebrate Tennessee and its culinary history and meet these two marvelous ladies and support the Center.”

The APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts hosts the Salon Series once a month during the fall and spring semesters, featuring distinguished local artists and arts organizations, followed by refreshments and good conversations. For more information on the series or the cookbook, contact the center at 221-7876.


This story was picked up from the (AP) and published by over 50  media news outlets in West Tennessee.

Jackson Sun  May 27, 2011

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The author of a cookbook featuring recipes from Tennessee celebrities will be available to discuss them Saturday in West Tennessee.

Pamela Whinnery, who compiled the recipes in "Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities," will be at the Exit 56 Blues Fest at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.

The cookbook includes more than 300 recipes from celebrities including Elvis, Dolly Parton and Andrew Jackson.

Whinnery pledges 50 percent of all cookbook sales to charities or nonprofit groups.

The heritage center includes three regional museums.

Read more:


Tuesday's Taste Tempters 5.24.11

Union City Messanger

The Messenger, each Tuesday, will feature a recipe on the Community Lifestyles page.
Today’s recipe coms from the cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities” by Pamela Whinnery. The author will be at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville May 28 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to sign copies of the cookbook. The proceeds from the book signing will go to the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center and Museum.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 unbaked (8-inch) pie shell
Combine the butter and sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the butter melts, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and whisk a small amount of the hot mixture into the eggs; whisk the eggs into the hot mixture. Whisk in the vinegar, vanilla and salt. Spoon into pie shell and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings.
Sarah Ophelia Colley, Centerville (Grinder Switch Train Station), known professionally as Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedienne who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and on the television show Hee Haw 22 years.





Inspirational stories.  Q&A with local entrepreneurs.

The Business of Doing Good   

Pamela Whinnery, founder of Celebrity Cookbooks is an example of a social entrepreneur--one who starts a business with the intent of doing good.  Using the influence of Kentucky-native celebrities who agree to share their favorite recipes, Celebrity Cookbooks raises funds for non-profit and charitable organizations.  In addition, Pamela hopes that the distribution of this cookbook will also be a tool for promoting Kentucky's tourism, businesses, industry and the beautiful history and landscape of the state. 

What made you decide to start a business? 
I worked at USEC, took early retirement, my son was going off to college, and I decided I needed something to do. A Hobby! Some people play golf, fish, or quilt. I chose to do this.  I love to cook, read cookbooks and I feel God has blessed me.  Creating the cookbooks and using them as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations was a way I could give back to the community. I do the cookbooks for fun, not for profit and I am having so much fun! 
How do you think you were prepared to start a business?
First of all I prayed. This was the most important preparation for this project. Second, I worked in a quality control lab and this experience enables me to be meticulous and conservative in decision making.
Why did you choose Paducah to start a business?
I grew up in Ballard County and have lived in Paducah for a number of years. I have so many wonderful friends and family here, I cannot imagine starting a business anywhere else. Kentucky has such a great history, it was just the perfect fit to do a cookbook on Kentucky.
Who supported you in the beginning?
First of all my husband, Walter.  He is the most patient and supportive individual I have ever known. He is also incredible with computers. He created a website for me, recovered files I thought were lost forever, and even brought my computer back when it had the "Blue Screen of Death".  Without him my cookbooks would never have come to completion.
Next, all the wonderful people from all across Kentucky or former residents of Kentucky who took the time from their busy schedules to send recipes and stories. That is what makes the cookbooks so special.
Thirdly, Terry Reeves and the Paducah Chamber of Commerce. When I went to the first EntrePaducah meeting, I knew it was just what I and so many others needed for support in our projects.  I cannot say enough about how supportive Terry has been both to my small business, but to friends (with businesses) as well. Terry is so good about adapting meetings to include topics which I and others have expressed an interest in. The program has created numerous networking opportunities. The Chamber is made up of so many important businesses I am humbled that they have taken the time and consideration to create and continue their support of the EntrePaducah Program.
Most important! God. I believe he is constantly creating opportunities  for the cookbooks and fun activities for me.



The Messenger

Hanson Fall Gathering is today

Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010 7:32 PM CDT

HANSON -- The city of Hanson will have its third annual Fall Gathering downtown today, said organizer Teresa Anthony.

There are several activities planned throughout the day, though most are from
2-5 p.m., she said. Businesses will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
and will be serving fall-flavored refreshments.

Pamela Whinnery will be autographing her cook book, "Kentucky Celebrity Cookbook" from
2-5 p.m.
in the Sunset Gallery. The cookbook is a collection of recipes from the state's most famous and infamous celebrities, Anthony said.

For the kids, there will be wagon rides from
2-5 p.m.
and pumpkin decorating at the Sunset Gallery. A Boy Scout troop will be having a popcorn sale and there will also be a bake sale, Anthony said.

A duck pond will also be set up at the gazebo and shoppers can play cornhole, she said. There will also be pumpkin and mum sales





Our Town: Local Cookbook Author, Pamela Whinnery


Last Updated on Sunday, 01 August 2010 11:23 Written by Kelsi Norrington Sunday, 01 August 2010 11:07

PADUCAH, KY- For this week’s Our Town, iSurf spoke with Pamela Whinnery, the author of the cookbook, “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities”.

Whinnery is a Kentucky native and after taking early retirement from USEC, she decided to keep herself busy by creating a cookbook of recipes given to her by Kentucky celebrities.

“Some people quilt, some people golf, I’m doing this just for fun,” she said. Pamela started this project almost six years ago. In her free time she would research celebrities from the state and contact them to see if they would contribute a recipe to the cookbook.

“Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” was published in 2008. It is an assortment of over 300 recipes given to her by interesting people of Kentucky

“It’s not just celebrities; it may be historical figures, it may be real interesting places,” Whinnery said. The book includes recipes from celebrities, local and national personalities, highly visible Kentucky businessman, artists, writers, athletes, musicians and more. Among some of the contributors are Miley Cyrus, Fess Parker, Bill Monroe and Robert Penn Warren.

Since its publication, Whinnery has sold thousands of copies of her cookbook. However, she doesn’t keep any of the profit from her sales. She started the cookbook as a fundraiser for non-profit and charitable organizations. So Whinnery teams up with small non-profits throughout the state and allows them to sell the cookbook as part of their fundraising efforts, and all of the proceeds go to charity.

“Fifty percent of any copies that are sold will be given to charities or non-profit organizations that wish to use it as a fundraiser,” she said. “The other fifty percent is just to cover my cost.”

“I feel God has blessed me and this is a way I can give back to the community,” Whinnery said.

Currently, Whinnery is working on compiling recipes for a “Favorite Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities” cookbook. Then, she said she will probably do a Missouri one. Whinnery said she would like to try and do one for every state, but she figured starting off with the surrounding states would be easiest.

To date, Whinnery’s cookbook has been sold as a fundraiser by 92 different non-profit organizations across Kentucky. As part of her role in the fundraising efforts, Whinnery has traveled all over the state doing book signings for her cookbook.

She will be doing a local signing of her cookbook this Friday, August 6, at the Arts In the Community Reception, held at the Ice House Gallery in Graves County. Whinnery will be doing the book signing from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Whinnery will also be attending the 130th Fancy Farm Picnic this Saturday, August 7, where she will be doing another signing.

If you can’t make it to one of her book signings, and would like a copy of her cookbook, or if you would like to use the cookbook for a fundraising effort, you may contact Pamela Whinnery at (270) 554-5332. Or you can email her at whinneryw@bellsouth.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The cookbook retails for $19.95, with fifty percent going to the non-profit organization.

To find out more about Pamela Whinnery and her cookbook, you can also visit her website

Kelsi Norrington- iSurf Paducah


News Enterprise Newspaper on June 17th.




Authors with Hardin County connections will be among the dozens expected to participate in the Almost Famous Authors’ Faire, an event free to the public Saturday at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown.


The event, which wiis from noon to 7 p.m., is an opportunity to meet authors from Kentucky and neighboring states who will be available to autograph their books.


Fort Knox author Nelda Shattles Copas is scheduled to participate in the fair. Her book, “Twisted Desire,” is a murder mystery set in Bowling Green, and she was a workshop presenter at the International Mystery Writer’s Festival in Owensboro this year.


Retired from the U.S. Army, Copas earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/criminology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling.


She later worked in a variety of roles including victim advocate, drug and alcohol treatment counselor, therapist and social worker. From these occupations she gained experience working with law enforcement personnel.


Though Kentucky author Pamela Whinnery is from Paducah, her book “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” includes entries by Hardin Countians Amy Dudgeon and Becca Owsley.

Among actress Dudgeon’s credits are appearances on TV’s “House,” “Las Vegas,” “ER” and “Desperate Housewives.”


Owsley is a features writer for The News-Enterprise.


Dudgeon’s recipe is Baked Brie while Owsley’s is Spinach, Almond and Strawberry Salad.


Whinnery’s cookbook has been used for fundraising efforts by numerous organizations. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook on Saturday will be donated to a team from Springfield for The American Cancer Society Relay for Life.


AFAF was formed to promote authors at fairs by bringing them together with readers. Authors pay AFAF for table space at the fair and keep all profits from their sales.


For more information about AFAF, contact chairman Gary D. Drechsel at



or Almost Famous Authors' Faire, P.O. Box 16539, Louisville, KY 40256.


Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743.






Cooking with the stars

What do Miley Cyrus, Governor Steve Beshear, and Ashley Judd have in common�besides being
Kentucky natives? They contributed to Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities, compiled over the past six years by Pamela Whinnery of Paducah. The cookbook features more than 300 recipes from Kentucky artists, writers, athletes, leaders, businesses, actors, bed and breakfasts, musicians, historic sites, and restaurants. Whinnery�s goal is for the cookbook to be used as a fund-raiser for nonprofit and charitable organizations, while also publicizing Kentucky�s many tourist and historic sites. If you�re looking for an interesting Kentucky-oriented product to raise funds for your organization, contact Whinnery at or (270) 554-5332.

Sausage Bean Chowder from Kenneth Rollins
Kenneth Rollins from
Wickliffe was on the University of Kentucky�s 1948 NCAA Men�s Basketball Championship Team and won a gold medal for basketball in the 1948 Olympics. This is his favorite recipe made by his wife.

3 pounds bulk sausage
4 cans (8 oz.) beans (kidney, pinto, or navy)
4 1/
2 cups canned tomatoes

6 cups water
3 small onions, chopped
1 or 2 bay leaves
2 1/
4 teaspoons salt

 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
3/4 teaspoon thyme

1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups diced potatoes (4-6 potatoes)
3/4 cup chopped green pepper

Cook sausage until brown. Drain off ingredients. Add to sausage. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Will serve 12 to 16. Freeze leftovers




December 16, 2008

"Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities"

Pamela Whinnery

In the spirit of Kentucky neighborliness, you are invited to take a lighthearted peek into the personal recipe files of celebrities from all across the state of Kentucky as well as those who have strong ties to the Bluegrass State.

This is just what "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities" gives you an opportunity to do. The cookbook has over 300 recipes from local and national personalities, highly visible Kentucky 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 contributor.

Kentucky native Pamela Whinnery, who put the cookbook together, said she did not think of herself as an author. She felt the real authors were all of the wonderful individuals who took time from their busy schedules to graciously share their favorite recipes. She believes they were willing to do this as they knew the cookbook & each recipe is to be a gift to be shared as a fundraiser for Non-Profit Organizations all across Kentucky.

Whinnery's goal is to use the cookbook as a fundraiser for non-profit and charitable organizations. She stated, "Fifty percent of any copies that are sold will be given to charities or non-profit organizations that wish to use it as a fundraiser. The other fifty percent is to cover my cost. I feel God has blessed me and this is a way I can give back to the community."

She started this project almost 6 years ago and has been working on it in her free time.
It has been fun & exciting! There have been so many interesting people and e-mails.
Paducah native, actress Jeri Ryan & her husband French Chef Christophe Eme sent an incredible recipe for lamb, even though they had just had a new baby.

She recalls when sending his recipe, Academy Award Winner Bub Asman of Louisville brought a smile to her face with the statement, "I knew that Oscar would finally pay off."

Probably the most interesting recipe was from Tom Rickman from Sharpe, KY, whose screenwriting/directing feature movie credits include Oscar-nominated "Coal Miner's Daughter," & "Truman," for which he received an Emmy nomination, "Breakfast with Morrie," and "Berry Gordy's Motown," a miniseries.

The description was just like a short story. Rickman said of his Meatloaf Wellington, "I tried this recipe once on a group of friends from whom the reviews were somewhat, well, guarded. It was, admittedly, an experiment: I wanted to make a downhome version of a Beef Wellington, substituting for its upscale (expensive) ingredients some very downscale (cheap) equivalents " meat loaf instead of a choice cut of beef, braunschweiger (or liverwurst) instead of pate de foie gras, etc. My guests applauded the political statement I was trying to make (they were Californians) while politely not asking for second helpings. I liked it though." Unfortunately, because she had to edit the cookbook to the publisher's format, Whinnery could not include that information.

In addition to being a charitable fundraiser, Whinnery believes the cookbook is also a great way to publicize and promote Kentucky tourism, business, industry, historic sites, and most of all the wonderful people who were born, lived, or have ties to Kentucky.

If you would like to use the cookbook as a fundraiser contact her at Pamela Whinnery, 5754 Lovelaceville Rd. Paducah, KY, 42001; e-mail, or she can be reached at 270-554-5332. If you are interested in purchasing an individual copy, they are $19.95 each with $2.95 for shipping. If you want 3 or more copies, the shipping would be $2.00 each or $1.50 each for orders of 10 or more.

D.W. Griffith

Pie crust
3 cups premium flour
1/2 level teaspoon baking powder
1 level teaspoon salt
3/4 cup lard

Sift together dry ingredients, add a pinch of sugar, and work in lard with knife; then moisten with water. Place dough on a board dusted with flour and roll flat, then put in pie pan. Trim edge and punch holes in bottom and sides to keep it from rising. Bake until done (about 15 minutes at 350). Allow to cool.

Lemon Filling
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon flour
2 egg yolks
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon butter
Grated rind of one lemon

Mix flour and sugar, adding boiling water constantly. Cook for two minutes before adding butter, egg yolks, rind and juice. Pour into piecrust and add meringue. Return to oven and bake until meringue is tinged a soft brown.

2 egg whites
1 teaspoon water
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat egg whites and water until stiff. Gradually add powdered sugar. Continue whipping and add lemon juice or vanilla extract.

Shane Woodson,
Louisville has starred in over 20 movies & Television. Joseph Woodson Oglesby, Louisville is a playwright/novelist, journalist & nominated for 2 Pulitzer-Prizes. Recipe from his book on their uncle Producer/Director & Crestwood native D.W. Griffith.