In addition to cooking, I like to write about cooks, cooking and food in general . . .

BLOG writing -- a series of three Duncan Hines inspired articles:

“Independent Eating (and drinking) Establishments in South Texas— Our Adventures in Good Eating, part 1

Eating German Crepes Made by a Canadian in South Texas ... and more! “A Few Culinary Surprises in South Texas," part 2

SOCIAL MEDIA -- Abilene APP (a free phone app) & MyAbileneKansas Webpage
  • Garfield Wellness Day -- Kids cooking healthy snacks. ( 5/11/15)
  • Abilene High School Students Cook Up Talent -- AHS culinary arts students prepare for competition. (3/1/15)
  • Elinor Haas is Having a Birthday! Local teacher turns 80. (1/5/15)
  • Little Spirit Recipe for the Holidays -- raise your glass with a delicious recipe for Spiced Cranberry Sparkling Cocktail! (12/30/14) 
  • A Marshmallow Treat for Christmas -- marshmallows & hot cocoa are a perfect combination . . . unless someone forget to add the sugar! (12/6/14)
  • Huntington Chicken Memories -- check out the menu that brings retired teachers back to AHS during American Education Week. (Nov. 22, 2014)
  • A Campaign for Cranberries -- an explanation why cranberries should be considered the All-American fruit + 3 family recipes. (Nov. 20, 2014)
  • Manners Matter in Abilene -- a look at what's happening in the 4th & 5th grade Social Lab. (Nov. 15, 2014)
  • Home-Cooking—Dickinson County Style cookbooks are a series of cookbooks sold at the Dickinson County Historical Center. See :LOCAL COOKS COLUMN below for more details. The 13th and last edition of  Home-Cooking—Dickinson County Style went on sale Dec. 7, 2014. 
  • The Kirby House Cookbook, first published in 2001, has sold over 7000 copies. Read reviews of the cookbook at these online sites (click on the name to access site).
LOCAL COOKS COLUMN IN Abilene Reflector-Chronicle
For 13 years, I featured a local cook each month in “Home-Cooking—Dickinson County Style,” my food column appeared in the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle.
My first column  ran in November of 2001. The monthly articles were formatted into yearly cookbooks by Abilene High School students and printed for sale at the Dickinson County Heritage Center. All13  editions of the cookbook call be purchased  for $4.95 + tax at the Historical Society; mail-order deliveries sell for $8.50. Contact Dickinson County Historical Society, 412 S. Campbell Abilene, Ks. Phone: 785-263-2681;

Meta's photo as it appeared in her last monthly cooking column for the Abilene  Reflector-Chronicle on 9/20/14 (Photo by Tiffany Roney)
Current links . . .
Past articles . . .
  • Food Preparation is a Family Affair (Jim Lillich) -- the original article that appeared in the Abilene RC was reprinted in part, in KSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine “Lifestyles” newsletter.