Friday, May 30, 2014

Hurrah! Gourmand Magazine posted this list of all in USA who won awards in China this year.



Tribute to an outstanding career

Drew Nieporent - The Art of the Restaurateur.


The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook - Michael Anthony, Producer: Dorothy Kalins - Clarkson Potter

Woman chef

Old School Comfort Food - Alex Guarnaschelli - Clarkson Potter


Culinary Nutrition, The science and practique of healthy cooking - Jacqueline B. Marcus - Elsevier

Special Award of the jury

The Yan Can Cook Cookbook - Martin Yan - Broadway Books

Special Award of the jury

Ideas and Inspiration for Your Job Hunt. Great Food Jobs - Irena Chalmers - Beaufort Books

Special Award of the jury

Martha Brooks goes to the Watermelon Festival - A.M. Breazeale - Createspace

Special Award of the jury

The Oldways 4 Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan - Oldways - Oldways

Special Award of the jury

Watermelon for Everyone - Martha Rose Woodward - Illustrations: Pat Griffeth - Createspace

Special Award of the jury

Washington Post Cookbook - Bonnie Benwick, Foreword: Phyllis Richman - Time Capsule Press

Special Award of the jury

Serve to Win. The 14 Day Gluten Free Plan - Novak Djokovic, Foreword: William Davis, MD - Random House - Zink Ink


Art Smith Healthy Comfort - Art Smith - Harper One


The Flying Brownie - Shirley Fan, Photo: Shaina Olmanson - Harvard Common Press


The Healthy Home Cookbook. Diabetes Friendly Recipes for Holidays, Parties and Everyday Celebration - Barbara Seelig Brown - American Diabetes Association

First cookbook

Picture Cook, See - Make - Eat: A Graphic Cookbook - Katie Shelly - Ulysses Press


The Adobo Road Cookbook. From Food Blog to Food Truck and Beyond - Marvin Gapultos - Tuttle

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Asia Cafe Coming Soon to Callahan Drive

                                                For Immediate Release

May 23, 2014
Knoxville, Tennessee
Media contact:
Martha Rose Woodward
Phillip Lim-865 382 6666

            Multi-million Dollar Multi-complex Restaurant Coming to Callahan Road

Who? Phillip and Louise Lim, owners of the highly successful Asia Café North and Asia Café West,  announced this week that they are planning to build a new restaurant, the (Where?) New Asia Café, at 1708 North Callahan Drive. (near Jubilee)

What? The proposed 12,270 square feet building will include a Hibachi grill, state-of-the-art kitchen with ample prep and storage rooms, as well as a Karaoke bar,  spacious front and a rear patios,  a Sushi bar and separate dining facilities for Western-style foods (steaks and potatoes), Mexican, Italian and Asian Dining, along with a 192 square feet dance floor.

(When?) Lim said that the time has come for this expansion. Asia Café will leave their current location at the corner of 6714-B North Central Avenue by July 2015.

Customers for the new facility can expect to see more of the popular LED lighting and live music. An outdoor theatre is planned for the new multi-level complex that will include solar power.

(Why?)“Louise and I are truly excited,” he said. “This is something we have been dreaming about for quite a while. We have enjoyed the planning process. It is awesome to see our ideas come to life. We are doing everything we can to make our new building beautiful as well an environmentally friendly. We have already been working with TVA for help with solar energy.”

“Our loyal customers can expect changes that we think they are going to truly enjoy,” he said.  “Perhaps the best one will be the addition of  a supervised plan room for children that will include an arcade. Parents will not have to stay at home if they cannot find a babysitter. We will provide fun and games for the boys and girls while Mom and Dad enjoy dancing, dining or both.“

Other changes foreseen for the New Asia Café include more restrooms, more parking spaces,  separation to provide dining in some quiet areas of the building while others are participating in Karaoke or dancing to live music. There will also be a break room and separate restrooms for the staff. The plans were drawn by Benjamin Conway Garlington, Architect & Associates of Knoxville.

When asked when he expects the building to be completed, Lim said that the estimated date of completion is July 2015.

Lim said that the New Asia Café will require more employees, thus supplying more jobs for Knoxvillians. He is always on the lookout for good cooks who know how to prepare authentic Malaysian, Japanese/Sushi, Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese dishes.

Sandy Loy and Phillip Lim discussing an upcoming project.

Spent yesterday with 2 of my best pal.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

East Tennessee Plant Swap--FREE PLANTS--all you have to do is show up.

The Spring 2014 East Tennessee Plant Swap will be held at New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane, on Saturday, May 24.

Setup will begin at 9:30 a.m., swapping starts at 10 a.m., and a potluck lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. or noon.

All plants and other items are swapped for free; no money is allowed.

Everyone who loves plants and gardening is invited. You do not have to bring plants in order to swap. Bring items such as gardening supplies, magazines, pots, seeds and one plate of food for the potluck.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ina Hughs gave a nod to my book, "No Spitting Watermelon Seeds."

 From Ina Hughs
 published in the Knoxville News Sentinel Newspaper in April, "If you swallow the little black seeds, will a watermelon really grow in your stomach? “No Spitting Watermelon Seeds” by Knoxville writer Martha Rose Woodward is a book for children about one of childhood’s favorite summer pastimes. She tells the story of the watermelon, beginning with the seeds and ending with well, sliced and ready to eat. Or spit. The photos of real-life watermelons include ones from Butler Farm in Maryville."

Many thanks, Ina

Using remnants to cover milk crates

More fun with free fabric. Making bags from fabric remnants