Kitchen Parade is the food and recipe column written by Alanna Kellogg, a second-generation food writer and a home cook in a home kitchen in suburban St. Louis. It features fresh seasonal recipes for everyday healthful eating and occasional indulgences.
But of course, there's more to the story.
A Mother's Legacy
My mother started Kitchen Parade in 1959 for the weekly newspaper serving my hometown, a Minnesota-Ontario border town of just 1600 people. Mom was a young wife and new mother then, also a home economist and city girl finding her place in a small town. Week in, week out, she wrote the column for twelve years and only stopped when our family moved away. When my parents returned twenty years later, Mom was tickled when local cooks would stop on the street to welcome her home and add, “I got my favorite recipe for such-‘n’-such from your column.” When I visit my dad there now, decades after Mom's column ended, people still say, "I made your mother's such-n-such just last week."
That's Kitchen Parade's column heading between 1959 and 1971, when my mother wrote the column. That man with his nose in the newspaper is my father and those two "boys" (oops) represent my sister and me. The dog? She looks pretty much like our sweet border collie named Rusty but how my mom is depicted with such an unstylish kerchief is incomprehensible for she had a genuine flair for fashion. In 2009, I marked the 50th anniversary of my mom's first column by collecting her recipes in one place in Kitchen Parade by Shirley.
Now my father, my sister Adanna and I remember that during the Kitchen Parade years, meals could be, errr, interesting at our house. But I believe it was the rich mosaic of Mom’s cooking that instilled my appreciation for simple food prepared well.
After my mother’s death in 2002, I read her columns for the first time and learned that Mom was a woman ahead of her time, counseling teenage nutrition and advocating fresh food years before the topics became common. Moved by both grief and admiration, I felt called to resurrect her column in my own style under the Kitchen Parade banner. And as mothers and daughters and life come full circle, now people stop me on the street and in the grocery store and leave comments online to say, "I made your such-n-such this week!"
I ♥ Food Blogs
I also write A Veggie Venture, the month-long project that took on its own life back in 2005, one of the very first food blogs. For a year, I cooked a vegetable in a new way every single day. Now A Veggie Venture is the award-winning home of 1200+ free vegetable recipes, including the famous Alphabet of Vegetables, Weight Watchers low-point point recipes and five-minute vegetable recipes. From Asparagus to Zucchini, from simple sides to vegetable salads to soups and even desserts, A Veggie Venture is my food playground, a true 'food blog'.
The online audience for Kitchen Parade has grown many-many-many fold. Thank you, readers! It thrills me that so many cooks are inspired by simple recipes made from whole and wholesome ingredients. Your notes, your e-mails, your comments, they truly inspire me. I wake up every morning thinking about what you might want to cook today, tonight, this weekend.
With Kitchen Parade, my goal is to inspire both new and experienced cooks, even as I learn more about food and explore new recipes, ingredients and techniques. Here's what to expect from Kitchen Parade.
- A familiar, over-the-kitchen-table writing style
- Recipes made from easy-to-find and 'whole' ingredients
- Long-time favorite recipes from family and readers
- Tried-and-true recipes, though often with an unexpected or unusual touch!
- Recipes tied to the seasons, holidays and family festivities
- Kitchen tips for busy cooks, or cooks new to the kitchen
- Nutrition information and Weight Watchers points
- Product and cookbook recommendations only when I really love them myself
Here you may count on: fresh and seasonal ingredients; classic recipes, though often with a twist and often simplified; real ingredients, especially pantry ingredients; an emphasis on getting supper on the table; plus recipes for special occasions.
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