Favorite Resources

Here is a listing of my favorite (goto) resources and supplies.  I hope these help you, too!


My absolute favorites are the local church, Junior League, or community cookbooks.
These are the ladies and gentlemen we know and love.  They feed us during the good times and the bad.
They are proud of their family recipes, special techniques and secret ingredients.  Just ask them…
they’ll be glad to tell you.

Here are some favorites from my collection:

  • Junior League of Baton Rouge Louisiana – River Road Cookbooks
  • The Springfield Woman’s Club – A Tasting Tour through Washington County Kentucky
  • The Norwood – Fontbonne Home and School Association – Philadelphia Homestyle Cookbook
  • The Victorian Tea Room – Victorian Sampler: A Collection of Favorite Recipes in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • The Natchez Garden Club – Over the Garden Wall
  • Loch Arbor Baptist Church – A Collection of Recipes from Loch Arbor Baptist Church in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Phyllis Connor – A Taste of the Past
  • Bastrop-Collinston (Louisiana) United Methodist Youth – A Book of Favorite Recipes
  • Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church (Bastrop, Louisiana) – The Episcopal Cookbook
  • Minden, Louisiana – Barbara’s Backporch
  • Helen Hardison – From Helen’s Kitchen
  • Ella Mae Tucker – Dear Daughter Cookbook: Time Tested Recipes of Five Generation
  • 1st Armored Division Cookbook Ansbach, Germany
  • Officers’ and Civilians’ Wives Club-Pacific Panama – Recipes and Remembrances
  • Junior League of Fort Walton Beach, Florida – Sugar Beach
  • Mt. Vernon Baptist Church of West Monroe, Louisiana – Taste and See that the Lord is Good
  • Long Lost Recipes of Aunt Susan  (Oklahoma)
  • The Descendants of The Kings and Sumlers – Yesterday’s – Today’s – Tomorrow’s Cooking
  • Mooresville Volunteer Fire Department (Tennessee) – Our Treasured Recipes
  •  The Junior League of Monroe, Inc. – The Cotton Country Collection


The Blogs

The Gumbo Pages (http://www.gumbopages.com)

Description from his website: “The Gumbo Pages, established in January of 1994, is the World Wide
IntarWeb’s first and friendliest site devoted to the food, music and culture of New Orleans, Louisiana.
It’s also the personal website (we used to say “homepage” way back in Teh Olden Days, kids) of one
Chuck Taggart (me me me!) that’s gotten way out of hand.”

Love Swah (http://loveswah.com)

Description from her website: “A baking-mad graphic designer from Sydney, Australia.  Love Swah is
a blog dedicated to life’s pleasures – baking, travel and design. Featuring delicious dessert recipes and
baking tips, personalised travel guides for the savvy young traveller and design tutorials, Love Swah is
an online hub I have created to inspire and inform you.”

Tori Avey (https://toriavey.com)

Description from her website: “I’m a film and television producer, screenwriter, and food blogger.
If you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you love cooking. Me too! I am fascinated by
the history of food and the stories behind our favorite recipes– why we eat what we eat, how cultural
foods have evolved, and how yesterday’s recipes can inspire us in the kitchen today.”

Divas Can Cook (http://divascancook.com)

Description from Monique’s website: “I’m blessed to have grown up in a family full of southern,
cooking from-scratch women that happily shared their talents and recipes. I’ve learned a thing or
two and here on Divas Can Cook is where I share my passion for simplifying those old fashioned,
from scratch recipes. It is my hope that it will inspire you to get into the kitchen and create
beautiful meals and memories with your family.”

My Husband Cooks (https://myhusbandcooks.wordpress.com)

An older website.  Description from their website: “After a few years of tutelage by me (wink!), my
husband has far surpassed me in his cooking prowess. Now, I’m treated to gourmet dinners several times
a week and delicious desserts far more often than is ideal for my waistline. Please enjoy this
catalogue of his recipes, my consumption of them and other foodie musings.”



The Celebrity Chefs

Tom Douglas (http://tomdouglas.com)

A favorite who is located in the Seattle, Washington area.  From Wikipedia: “Tom Douglas is an
American executive chef, restaurateur, author, and radio talk show host. He is known for winning
the 1994 James Beard Award for Best Northwest Chef. On May 7, 2012, he won the James Beard
Award as Best Restaurateur.”

Rick Bayless (http://www.rickbayless.com)

A favorite with restaurants in Chicago, Illinois.  From his website: “Most people know Rick
Bayless from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, beating out the French and Italian
with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated Public Television Series, Mexico–One Plate
at a Time, has wrapped its 11th season and is broadcast coast to coast. In 2012, Rick was nominated
for a Daytime Emmy for Best Culinary Host.”

Julia Child (http://www.juliachildfoundation.org) (http://www.pbs.org/food/julia-child/)

Who doesn’t love Julia?!

Justin Wilson (http://justinwilson.com)

From his website: “Justin spent his life enjoying people and spreading the Cajun culture
to others around the world. He loved to cook and he love good food.  He said it relaxed
him to stir in a pot and drink and little wine, either alone or with friends.”
As he always said, “I GARONTEE!”


The Ingredients

Brazos Valley Cheese (http://www.brazosvalleycheese.com)

Fat and Juicy Cocktail Mixers (http://www.fatandjuicy.com)

Garrison Brothers Distillery (https://www.garrisonbros.com)

Guittard Chocolate (https://www.guittard.com)

KerryGold (http://www.kerrygoldusa.com)

King Arthur Flour (http://www.kingarthurflour.com)

Mill-King Dairy (http://www.mill-king.com)

Promised Land Dairy (http://www.promisedlanddairy.com)

Spice Wood Food Company (http://spicewoodfood.com)