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Hey everyone, we’re the Goods! Welcome to our humble digital abode. This is our place to share our exploration and adventures in food, and we are glad you are here to join! What started as a way to document random creations coming out of our kitchen has become more than we expected. It’s become an encouragement to try and tackle new culinary challenges, its caused us to stop and think about where our food is coming from, its given us new connections and friendships and, despite the fights with writers block, its a blast to write.

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We live in Nashville, TN and love every minute of it. Okay, maybe not every minute – but we’ve officially been here a decade so I guess we are sticking around. It has been a fantastic progression to watch this city and its food identity grow, especially in the past 5 years – and we are excited to see what culinary adventures are still on its horizon. Given that we have set up shop in Music City, USA, we naturally work in music, but cooking and entertaining through food has quickly become our favorite pastime. There is no shortage of impromptu dinner parties here at Casa Bueno, and our sweet pup Stella loves to give new friends a tour of her kingdom.


We hope you will enjoy partaking in this journey with us. You’ll find recipes, you’ll find culinary travels and exploration, you may find a rant or two about eating local and caring about what you put in your body. More than anything we hope you learn a little something, eat well, and perhaps have a good laugh.

Contact us at foodisagoodthing at gmail dot com can also be found guest blogging for the Tennessean – so be sure to keep an eye out!

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  4. Pamela Whinnery permalink
    September 12, 2014 2:03 pm

    As the author of “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities” and “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” I will be participating in a book signing at the Memphis Botanical Gardens, 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:00 to 4:00 during the Mid-South Book Fest. This is a fundraiser for the Literacy Mid-South.
    Both cookbooks sell for $19.95 with 50% ($10.00) from each cookbook going to Literacy Mid-South. You will find attached a press release with a sample recipe, a jpg photo of the cover, and jpg photo of me as the author.
    Thank you so much for helping promote this event. If you have any questions or need additional information please e-mail or call.
    Thank you and God’s blessings.
    Celebrity Cookbooks Publications

    Author: “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities”
    “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities”

    Pamela Whinnery
    5754 Lovelaceville Rd.
    Paducah, KY 42001

    TITLE: “Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities”

    Author to sign copies at Memphis Botanical Garden

    What do Elvis, Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton, Trace Adkins, Pres. Andrew Jackson, and The Chattanooga Choo Choo have in common? They all have favorite recipes in “Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.”

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

    This is just what “Country Goodness: Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities” gives you an opportunity to do. The cookbook has over 300 recipes from local and national personalities, highly visible Tennessee 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.

    Whinnery will be in the Author Hall in the Memphis Botanical Gardens, 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:00 to 4:00 to sign the cookbooks during the Mid-South Book Fest. This is a fundraiser for the Literacy Mid-South.

    In addition to Elvis recipe contributors to the cookbook with ties to Memphis include Blues Icon Milton “Little Milton” Campbell, Today Show Producer & Director Lloyd Thaxton, Pay Pal Founder David O. Sacks, Sun Studio, Stax Museum, Memphis Zoo, Composer John Hussell, Mayor A. C. Wharton, actress and model Clare Grant, Film maker David Appleby, Animator Melissa Smith, & MIT Theoretical Physicist Alan Lightman.

    Whinnery started this project shortly after the publication of her first cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” which will also be available.

    It has been fun & exciting! There have been so many interesting people and e-mails.

    She recalls when sending his recipe, Jordanaires bass singer Ray Walker of Memphis, who sang for years with Elvis Presley, brought a smile to her face. His statement about the recipe he sent: “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.”

    In addition to being interesting to read and a charitable fundraiser for Literacy Mid-South, 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. Both cookbooks sell for $19.95 each, with 50% $10.00 going to Literacy Mid-South.

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Banana Pancakes

    1 1/2 c. flour
    1 tbsp. baking powder
    2 tsp. sugar
    1 egg
    1 1/3 c. milk
    1 c. sliced or mashed ripe bananas

    Sift flour, baking powder, & sugar into a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, slightly beat the egg & add milk. Add this mixture into the flour mixture. Fold in the bananas. Cook pancakes on a seasoned cast iron griddle or skillet.

    Author of The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, & The Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in England. After her father’s death, the family immigrated to Knoxville, in 1865. At age 16 she turned to writing to help support her family, publishing stories in magazines. Special thanks to Biographer Gretchen Gerzinz for providing information for this recipe.

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