About Kitchen Parade

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 20 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, 35 years after Mom's column ended, people still say, "I made your mother's such-n-such just last week."

Kitchen Parade's column heading 1959-1971, those 'boys' are my sister and me but the dog looks pretty much like our Rusty!

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. For a year, I cooked a vegetable in a new way every single day. Now A Veggie Venture is the award-winning home of 750+ free vegetable recipes, including the 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 Inspiration

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.

So look around the Recipe Box, see what looks good for a Quick Supper or a birthday celebration. (See a recipe you like? It's easy to print a recipe.)

If you like what you see, come back for new recipes once or twice a week. Or better yet, sign up for a free e-mail subscription so you'll never miss a single recipe. For more information, check the FAQs.

Many thanks for visiting, for reading. I hope you'll come back often. And if you have a favorite recipe Kitchen Parade's readers might like, just drop me an e-mail via recipes@kitchen-parade.com. I do love hearing from readers! Often, your comments and messages make my day!

~ Alanna 6/22/10



I just want you to know how much I enjoy your food column ... and the unusual recipes you publish. I find them very different, yet very good, and not exotic.

In fact, I copy them, then after trying them myself, launch them far and wide to Denver, Tuscon, Kansas City, Florida.

Thank you for being so generous with your kitchen knowledge. I look forward, every Friday, to your next contribution.
 
Hi Alanna,

I love to cook and I love your site. I am a weight watcher and I love the fact that you list the point values of your recipes. Thanks so much for the great selection on your site.

I wonder if you can include some Indian recipes. I enjoy trying new cuisines such as Indian, Thai, Mexican etc.

Also if you could include higher fibre ingredients such as spelt, kamut etc.

Thanks again!
Best,
Roberta from Toronto Ontario Canada
 
Hi Roberta,

Thank you for the kind words! You might check out this section for international recipes, you'll find a few ideas for recipes from other countries. I'm careful about them -- ingredients can be hard to find. I'm lucky to have a huge selection very nearby -- I bet in Toronto, you do too -- but not everyone does.

Thanks for the ideas re spelt etc -- I've not 'nailed' them myself and again, there's the question of availability. Still - grains are a major priority to work on this year.

All the best,

Alanna
 
Amazing! I just "happened" onto this site when I was searching for a list of Weight Watchers power foods that I could print and keep.
What a wonderful site this is! I'll be visiting very often.
Thanks so much for such a wonderful site where people can come to check out a host of great recipes to try. You're helping us all get/stay slim!
 
Just tuned in recently and signed up for your newsletter. I'm a WW Lifetime Member who has fallen off the wagon. I appreciate all the WW support information and recipes you have available. Thanks!
 
I found your site on Food Blogs. Love your post and signed up for your feed. Can't wait to learn more about you and your food.
 
Hi Alanna, I have been collecting recipes for 60+ years and a close friend started the favorite food in the the parade section of the post dispatch back in the 50ties.,, I I still use many of these recipes. My two daughters were featured and so was I on different Sunday's . Some of the old ones are still the best and I still use them. I live in Florida now, but remember Saturdays at soulard market and going home to pickle and use the produce . Great days. I don't miss the snow and cold, but I do miss Missouri tomatoes and great Midwest life. Your blog is a joy, thank you,m
 
Marilyn ~ Thanks so much for your kind words, I so appreciate your writing. Today is one of those cold and snowy days you don't miss but those summer tomatoes are only, let's see, five months away!
 
I very much enjoy both your columns- thank you👋👋

Blessings,
 
Pat ~ Thank YOU, it’s my privilege that you follow both my sites.
 

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Thank you for taking a moment to write! I read each and every comment, for each and every recipe. If you have a specific question, it's nearly always answered quick-quick. But I also love hearing your reactions, your curiosity, even your concerns! When you've made a recipe, I especially love to know how it turned out, what variations you made, what you'll do differently the next time. ~ Alanna