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Filed under Apple recipes, Apples, Books, Cookbooks, Cooking and kids, Easter, Food patterns and eating habits, Holidays, Regional food

Poppy-seed kolach

Early recollections of Easter dinners bring back memories of coloring Easter eggs and making kolaches. We looked forward to sweet treats because those were given up for Lent. Usually we had a few apples that were wrapped in newspapers to help keep them from shriveling. These made up into delicious apple-filled kolaches.

This is a yeast bread that is filled with any number of fruit and other fillings. There are many variations but a couple of my favorites are the apple-filled kolaches and poppy seed kolaches, shown here.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, April 10th, 2017

Filed under Cookbooks, Free Offer, Recipes, Recommendations, Regional food

shop black bridesmaid dressesI’m excited to announce a new regional community cookbook just published: Cooking in the Midwest – A Collection of Favorite Recipes from the Heartland by Nancy Lantz.

What foods immediately come to mind when you think of the Midwest?

It’s considered the “breadbasket of the nation” so you know much of the basic food eaten comes from this section of the country. It includes Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Illinois and Indiana.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Filed under Books, Cookbooks, Cooking and kids, Regional food


Help your child experience the “Great Melting Pot” through food and the part it plays in America’s cultural diversity. What better way to learn about each other than by sharing the foods and customs of different parts of the country?

The cookbook, Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities by Amy Houts, focuses on helping children learn how different cultures in America came to co-exist, yet continue to celebrate their uniqueness. By settling in different parts of the country, people developed distinctive dishes based on what was harvested and available.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Here are 12 fun, food-related projects you and your children can work on this summer. This will help them further explore their interest in food and cooking. Who knows, your children’s skills and enthusiasm for working with food may be taken to another level.

Children can:

  • begin a food journal by listing favorite foods. Include best food and holiday memories.
  • plan certain meals or menus for a week, then note results in journal.
  • collect favorite recipes and create own cookbook.
  • take a field trip to the farmers market with family.
Comments (4) Posted by Lee on Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Filed under Apple recipes, Apples, Cookbooks, Recipes, Regional food

The crisp Fall air brings with it the wonderful smell and taste of fresh picked apples.

Here are some tips for picking and storing apples:

  • Twist or turn the apple from the branch. If you pull it, the buds next to it will break off and not bear fruit next year.
  • Don’t rely on redness as a guide to flavor.  Apples come in all shades of reds, yellows and greens. Choose clear colored apples. Often those with an intense green undercast or undertone are not completely ripe. Those with a dull yellowish-green undercast may be too ripe.
Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Filed under Cooking and kids, Food patterns and eating habits, Regional food
Food in a restaurant

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Do you eat only because you need food to stay alive? Or only for good health? Of course not! There are so many reasons why you choose to eat the food you do.

Food choices are based on cultural, religious, social, or psychological reasons. Even your own personal values enter into choosing foods. Sometimes, too, you eat what you eat because it’s the only food available when you need it.

Comments (2) Posted by Lee on Monday, September 26th, 2011

Filed under Food patterns and eating habits, Regional food

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Here is a good read about England and their long apple history. This universal fruit has fans the world over – but some fans are more discriminating than others.

I enjoyed reading how apples are viewed by others across the ocean. Hope you enjoy it, too!

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Author: From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers
Apples, Apples, Everywhere – Favorite Recipes From America’s Orchards

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Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Filed under Recipes, Regional food
Vegetable beef barley soup

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Soup makes a good hearty meal, or an addition to a meal, in most any season. When the wind is blowing and the snow is falling, as it is today, I like to make soup and enjoy its comfort and warmth.

Here is a soup recipe from Amy Houts’ cookbook for children, Cooking Around the Country With Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities. In here, Amy features recipes from different regions of the USA, including Alaska and Hawaii. Children can really engage in the history of the United States by learning more about each region through the food grown there and then preparing the food.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Filed under Books, Character building, Cookbooks, Gifts, Holidays, Recipes, Regional food, Special Offer
Four children reading the book How the Grinch ...

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All of our children’s books purchased between now and December 10 can be autographed upon request. Authors will be happy to sign their books. Children love to “get to know” the author. This includes the following books:

The Littlest Christmas Kitten
Cooking Around the Country With Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities
Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids: Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun
Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures

See more info about them at

Thinking Christmas!

Lee Jackson
Images Unlimited Books
Books for children, families and parenting professionals

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Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, November 29th, 2010

Filed under Apple recipes, Cookbooks, Cooking and kids, Recipes, Regional food
Peeling apples
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For those mornings when you have just a bit more time (that does happen sometimes?) get your kids to help you make this coffee cake together. It uses prepared biscuits so it’s a snap to make.

Peeling the apples may take the longest, but this recipe only requires 2 apples. Can you peel the whole apple in one long piece?

As one “long-ago apple saying” goes: If you close your eyes and toss the long peel to the floor, whatever alphabet shape it most represents is the  first initial of the person you will marry!

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, October 15th, 2010

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