November 1 – It’s all about the Mid-American All Indian Center here in Wichita.  So much is going on here that many don’t know about.  The Museum is great with many interesting displays.  Other aspects include Arts & Crafts Classes, Community Nights, The Culture Dash (happening November 1st 🙂 and of great interest to me is the “Share Our Food” event November 13.  When you attend this event be sure to pick up a copy of the new cookbook.

squash-corn-and-beans-the-three-sisters-of-native-american-agriculture.jpgWhen:  Thursday, November 13, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca (map)
Description: Guests will have their senses engaged as they hear about the history of American Indian food, smell the delicious aroma in the air, and taste the finished dishes for themselves. “Share Our Food” highlights the stories of the individual ingredients that make up American Indian cuisine. Modern versions of traditional recipes will give insight to the American Indian way of life.
Tickets for this dining event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They may be purchased by contacting the Indian Center at 316-350-3345 or e-mailing Education Coordinator Crystal Flannery-Bachicha at
November 8 – My guest is Mirella Amato.
Mirella Amato is a driving force within the beer industry, having carved out her place as an educator and entertainer in the world of beer. As a sensory evaluation specialist and Master CiceroneTM, Mirella is dedicated to the promotion of local beer and the art of beer appreciation through her company, BeerologyTM.
Her new book Beerology is brilliant and a must have for beer lovers of any experience.  Learn more here!

If you’ve ever experienced the pleasure of a pint, Beerology is the ultimate guide to exploring, understanding and enjoying the world of beer.

Beerology Beer Book

Broken down into fun, easy-to-read chapters, Beerology starts with an introduction to beer and tips on storage and cellaring, then leads into a guide on tasting. Amato presents beer styles in four groups—Refreshing, Mellow, Striking, and Captivating—covering everything from the history and origins of specific brews, to brands that exemplify each type. She then gives tips on hosting beer-tasting parties at home, complete with beer games, and includes a chapter dedicated to beer cocktails (who’s in for a delicious cucumber Pils?). Her original take on pairing beer with food—including chocolate and cheese—is perfect for anyone with an inquisitive mind and an epicurean streak.

November 15 – Rick Rodgers is my guest to talk about his new book “The BIG Book of Sides

Rick Rodgers is an award-winning cookbook author and cooking teacher and the writer of more than forty cookbooks on subjects from baking to grilling and more. Rodgers often works behind the scenes as a recipe tester, co-author, and consultant on cookbooks by other authors, including Lilly Pulitzer and Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth’s Bakery. He has also written corporate cookbooks for clients such as Kingsford Charcoal and Sur La Table, as well as many titles for Williams-Sonoma. Rodgers’s recipes have appeared in Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Men’s Health, Food and Wine, and Fine Cooking, among other magazines. He has received Bon Appétit Magazine’s Food and Entertaining Award as Outstanding Cooking Teacher and an IACP Cookbook Award for The Chelsea Market Cookbook. Rick Rodgers has been guest chef on all of the national morning shows.

Whether planning a quick dinner after work or a holiday meal for a crowd, you will never be stumped for a side dish again.
Big book of sidesSide dishes make the meal. Think about it: What’s a burger without fries, turkey without stuffing, or barbecue without coleslaw, baked beans, or macaroni and cheese—or all three? The Big Book of Sides contains more than 450 delicious recipes to complement any dish. Award-winning cooking teacher and author Rick Rodgers has carefully compiled a variety of wonderful options, from traditional to inspired, Americana to ethnic, Southern fare to California cuisine. Sections include “Eat Your Vegetables,” “From the Root Cellar,” “A Hill of Beans,” “Righteous Rice and Great Grains,” and “Pasta and Friends.”

Get a copy NOW!

Rick has been a guest on my show for many years…His Thanksgiving Book is one of my favs and I’m sure we can get him talking about Turkey day fun.  I’ll also have some great wine pairing ideas for you.  🙂


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