Kitchen Parade by Shirley

Kitchen Parade celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009 with a collection of my mother's favorite recipes, even her very own columns.

A collection of my mother's recipes ♥, she was Kitchen Parade's original author!

In 1959, my mother Shirley started writing Kitchen Parade for our family newspaper in a small town in northern Minnesota. She 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 her Kitchen Parade column for twelve years and only stopped when our family moved away. After my mother's death in 2002, I resurrected Kitchen Parade in my own style, and later began publishing here online

If there's one thing to know about my mother, it's that she loved a party! So in 2009, to celebrate Kitchen Parade's 50th anniversary, I featured many of Mom's favorite recipes, including – it was fun! – some from her very own columns published in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s! Readers learned to watch for these special recipes – Kitchen Parade by Shirley, they were called – throughout the year.

The result is this collection of my mom's recipes, easy to find, easy to search, easy to love.

~ by Alanna on March 11, 2009,
the 50th anniversary of the publication of
my mother's first Kitchen Parade column

P.S. So, what do you think, is Kitchen Parade the oldest food blog?! It's the only blog which can claim a fifty-year history. Sure, it's only been online since 2005 but its roots go go way way back to 1959. What do you think?!!

Baked Chicken with Herb-Roasted Potatoes
Pork Chops & Rice Oven Dinner
Saturday Soup
Turkey Tetrazzini

Best-Ever Oatmeal Bread
Homemade Yeast Rolls

Baked Apples
Banana Nut Cake with Caramel Frosting
Butter Tart Bars
Cranberry Pudding
Dutch Apple Puff
Gum Drop Cookies
Lemon Pudding Cake
Mom's Blueberry Coffeecake
My Mom's Pancake Recipe
Mom's Everyday Oatmeal Cookies

More of My Mother's Recipes from A Veggie Venture, my food blog about vegetables
Custard with Rhubarb Sauce
Mom’s Favorite Leftover Magic
Mom’s Potato Salad
Easy Refrigerator Salad

Cheese Gnocchi Pie My own debut column!
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Frosty Christmas Trees
Homemade Yeast Rolls
Pork Chops & Rice Oven Dinner
Sesame Candy

Mom's own columns from 1959 to 1971, published online

Mom's Roast Chicken

Alanna Kellogg
Alanna Kellogg

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.


  1. I think this is just so great. What a fantastic tribute to your mom. I'm sure she would love it.

  2. I think this is a terrific way to celebrate your mother and her accomplishments.


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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