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This page was updated on July 10, 2018.

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CATALOGS
Over the decades I've received catalogs from hundreds of different companies selling everything from clothing to fruit to computers.  I really enjoyed looking at all the different products the companies offered, but it got to be almost too much to manage and I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.  So, I got off most of the mailing lists but, for future reference, I kept a list of all those great companies, what they sold and their websites.   If you're looking for that unique item that you saw in a catalog, but tossed the catalog and are kicking yourself, well, kick no more!  Chances are I have a link to that company in my database which I am sharing with you below.  I have provided both a PDF file for easy viewing and the Excel 2007 spreadsheet in case you wish to keep it on your computer and add your favorite catalog(s) to the list.   (Right click on the file to download.)

CATALOG LIST IN EDITABLE EXCEL (.xlsx) FORMAT

CATALOG LIST IN PDF FORMAT



COOKING & RECIPES

Many of you know that I used to do a lot of cooking and baking for St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church's big annual food festival, was a cook at Nunu's Mediterranean Café and Market and did private catering.  Below are some food websites that I have found to be most helpful and thought you might enjoy, as well.  Also, I will begin posting some of my recipes here.

Be sure to see the Helpful Info & Links page and look under the Consumer Awareness section for info on food safety.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Most of the websites listed below have pages on various social media websites, so be sure to check them out, too.


Cooking & Baking Supplies & Equipment:
Chefs Catalog

Cooking.com
King Arthur Flour

Spice House  (THE place for spices.)

Bob's Red Mill 

Cooking/Baking Guides:

Ultimate Baking Resource Guide - Review Lab


Mainstream Recipes:

AllRecipes.com

America's Test Kitchen (Publisher of Cook's Illustrated & Cook's Country magazines.)

Better Homes & Gardens

Betty Crocker

Bob's Red Mill

Bon Appetit

Camellia Brand  (beans)

Campbell's

Chicken of the Sea

Cooks

Cook's Country

Crock Pot

Epicurious

Food Network

Johnsonville Sausage

King Arthur Flour

Mezzetta

Pillsbury
Recipes.com

Saveur

Southern Living
Taste of Home


Unique Recipes:

12 Tomatoes

365 Days of Baking and More
A Lot of Recipes

A Pinch of Salt, A Dash of Sass

An Italian in My Kitchen

Aunt Betty's Recipes

Averie Cooks

Awesome Home Recipes

Bacon, Butter, Cheese & Garlic

Baked By An Introvert

Barefeet In the Kitchen

Belly Full

Best Blog Recipes

Bewitchin' Kitchen

Beyond Frosting

​Bitter Side of Sweet

Buns in My Oven

BuzzFeed Food

Cafe Delites

Call Me PMc

Carlsbad Cravings

Centsless Deals

Chef Fanatic

Chelsea's Messy Apron

CheeseRank

Cheese Cutters Corner

​Christy Jordan's Southern Plate

Cookies & Cups

Cooking Panda

Cool Home Recipes

Cookie Rookie

Cooking Panda

Cooktop Cove

Country Cook

Crazy for Crust

Creme de la Crumb

Crock Pot Ladies

Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Delicious Recipes Facebook page (aka Yummly Blogspot)

Delish

Diethood

Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

​Dish of Daily Life

Do Not Touch My Food

Domestic Rebel

​Domestic Superhero

Easy Homestead

Easy Recipes and More

Eazy Peazy Mealz

Fake Ginger

​​Favorite Family Recipes

Fine Cooking

Flavor the Moments

Foodbeast

Foodgasm Recipes

Foodgawker

FoodieCrush Magazine

Foodies TV

Food Charlatan

Food Faith Fitness

Food Hussy

Food Porn Facebook page (Forbidden recipes your mother warned you about!)

Food Thoughts of a Chef Wannabe

Forkly

From Calculus to Cupcakes

Get In My Belly

Gimme Some Oven

Girl Who Ate Everything

Go Go Go Gourmet

Goodful Facebook Page

Grandbaby Cakes

Grilled Cheese Academy    (Free downloadable recipe books here)

Grub Street

Gunny Sack

Heartbeet Kitchen

Heather Christo

Hey Grill, Hey

Homestead Recipes

House of Yumm

How Sweet It Is

I Am Baker

I Heart Naptime

I Wash, You Dry

Idea Room

It Is A Keeper

Jo Cooks

Julie's Eats & Treats

Just a Taste

Just Eating Real Food

​KitchMe

KitchN

Lauren's Latest

​Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Life, Love and Sugar

Life Made Sweeter

Lil' Luna

Love Bakes Good Cakes

LoveFoodies

Magical Slow Cooker

Mantitlement

MasterCook

Meaningful Eats

Mediterranean Dish

Melissa's Cuisine

Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen

Miss In The Kitchen

Mom on Timeout

​Mr Cooking Panda (same as Cooking Panda)

My Baking Addiction

My Foodies

My Fridge Food

My Incredible Recipes

My Jewish Learning recipes

My Recipe Magic

Noble Pig

Noshing with the Nolands

​Nothing Like BBQ

Novice Chef

Peas & Peonies

Pinch of Yum

Pizzazzerie Entertain in Style

Plain Chicken

Proper Tasty

Pumpkin 'n Spice

Real Housemoms

Recipe Critic

RecipeGirl

​Recipe Patch

Recipe Rebel

Recipe Roost

Recipe Station

RecipeTin Eats

Reluctant Entertainer

Sally's Baking Addiction

Scrumpdiddlyumptious Facebook page

Seasoned Sprinkles

Self Proclaimed Foodie

Serious Eats

Seven Plates

Shared Food

She Wears Many Hats

Six Sisters' Stuff

​Skinnytaste

Slow Cooker Kitchen

Slow Roasted Italian

​Snackworks

SoFabFood

So Yummy

South in Your Mouth

Southern Bite

Southern Kitchen

Spaceships and Laser Beams

Spend with Pennies

Spicy Southern Kitchen

Stay at Home Chef

Suburban Soapbox

Sugar & Soul

Sweet Peas and Saffron

Tastee Recipe

Tastemade

Taste and Tell

Taste of Lizzy T's

Tasty Facebook page (recipe videos)

Tasty Kitchen

Thirty Handmade Days

​Tidy Mom

Tip Hero (great kitchen & recipe tips, videos!!)

Today Show's Recipes

Twisted Food

Two Peas and Their Pod

Urban Retro Recipes

Valerie's Kitchen

Wanna Bite

Weary Chef

White on Rice Couple

Wicked Noodle

Wishes and Dishes

Yummly


My Recipes:
Banana Oatmeal Bread

Biscotti, Real Italian

Blueberry Almond Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Buttermilk (Custard) Pie  (Yes, it's really good!)

Caesar Salad Dressing, Similar to Famous Australian-Theme Steakhouse's brand

Chocolate Caramel Toffee Bars

Chocolate Chip/Chunk Cookies (or white chocolate chip & cranberry)

Cream Cheese Pound Cake  [just for you, Cheryl ;-)]
French Epicurean Peas (peas, ham bacon, cream, mushrooms)

Frosted Cashew Cookies (with revised, simpler frosting instructions)

Fruit Cobbler, Easy

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Hummus

Key Lime Pie, Very Easy

Lentils & Rice (mujadara-ruz) with Onions

Magic Bars (aka Eagle Brand 7-Layer Bars)

Meatless Meatloaf (aka Lentil Loaf)

Mediterranean Wheat Pilaf with Tomatoes & Onions

Olive & Artichoke Tapenade

Patella (or Italian Ham Pie)

Pico de Gallo

Pita Chips

Pumpkin Praline Bread

Pumpkin White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Raisin Date Lenten Cake

Rum Cake

Sausage Bread

Spaghetti or Acorn Squash in Microwave

Stew, Hearty Beef Burgundy aka Beef Bourguignon version 1

Stew, Hearty Beef Burgundy aka Beef Bourguignon version 2

Sweet Potato Casserole

Toffee, Chocolate Pecan aka Christmas Crack
Tabouli, Taboula, Tabouleh

Tomatoes, Red Onions, Zatar, Feta Cheese & Olive Oil Appetizer

Vegan Nacho Cheese

Velveeta Fudge (Yes, it's true!  And it's great!)
Vanilla Wafer Cake

White BBQ Sauce

Wild Rice Casserole

Zucchini Bread


Interested in starting your own bakery?  In Oklahoma it is even easier now with the passage of the Oklahoma Home Bakery Act of 2013 - see my For Small Business page for more info.


FOOD SAFETY
American Association of Poison Control Centers  (includes info on dangerous, illegal drugs)

3 Foods You Should Never Wash Before Cooking and 3 You Always Should

​5 Foods You Should Never Wash Before Cooking and 5 You Always Should

8 Objects You Need to Throw Away Right Now

9 Foods You Should Never Attempt to Eat

​9 Toxic American Foods That Have Been Banned Around the World

10 Most Overlooked Food Safety Guidelines

​10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won't Die

Busting the Canned Food Expiration Date Myth

Center for Food Safety

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Eat By Date

​9 foods that never really expire | Clark Howard

U.S. Government's Food Safety page

​Kim Baldwin's Common Ground Food Safety    Facebook page

Food Storage Chart

Oklahoma Poison Control Center 800-222-1222

Poison Control Center (including for prescription medication interactions)

Refrigerator & Freezer Food Storage Chart

Safe Medicine Use & Poison Prevention Tips Guide for Older Adults & Caregivers - US HHS

Safer Products

Severe childhood allergies to peanuts, eggs and dairy directly linked to 'trace' ingredients in common vaccines

Shelf Life Advice

Still Tasty (The Ultimate Shelf Life Guide)

U.S. FDA Food & Drug Recalls


TECHNOLOGY ITEMS
Awesome Stuff to Buy

Dude I Want That! (High tech at its best.)
Etsy

Gadgets and Gear
Gadget Flow

Geek

Geeky-Gadgets

The Grommet (Unique Gifts & Innovations, Citizens Commerce)

NowThis Future Facebook page
Primal Gadgets Custom Car Door Lights

Scientifics Online
Think Geek

This is Why I'm Broke

Touch of Modern
Uncommon Goods
Your Wish Store




WHAT'S GOING ON/WHAT TO DO IN OKC?
405 Magazine (formerly Slice, the magazine of life in central OK)
About.com OKC Events page

Central Oklahoma Frontier Country Calendar of Events

Czech Festival, Yukon, Oklahoma
Downtown OKC Events page

Eventful Oklahoma City

Greekfest OKC (St. George Church)  

Medieval Fair of Norman, Oklahoma

Metro Family Magazine Calendar of Events

NewsOK.com Events page

OKC Talk
Oklahoma City Events page

Oklahoma City Zoo Events

Oklahoma Gazette Events page

Oklahoma State Fair

Old Germany Restaurant's Oktoberfest in Choctaw, Oklahoma

Rush Springs Watermelon Festival Facebook Page

St. Elijah Mediterranean Food Festival Facebook Page
Travel OK Events page

Watonga Cheese Festival Facebook Page
Yelp Oklahoma City Calendar of Events page


Oklahoma Estate Sales:

Do you like estate sales?  Sign up at McNeil Liquidations' website for weekly e-mails with information on all the area's upcoming sales.


Oklahoma Wineries:
Many people are unaware of how many great wineries we have here in Oklahoma. 

Oklahoma Grape Growers & Wine Makers Association

Oklahoma Wineries
Travel OK Wineries page


RV & Camping in Oklahoma:
Discover the Forest (GREAT resource!)

Do You Know America?  10 Hidden National Parks

Oh, Ranger!  Park Finder Smartphone App (GREAT resource!)

RV Camping in Oklahoma: The Complete Beginner's Guide

Bob Wells' Cheap RV Living    YouTube Channel
Enigmatic Nomadics   YouTube Channel



WHAT'S GOING ON/WHAT TO DO IN KANSAS CITY?
435 Magazine - Kansas City's magazine
Visit KC


Dining:
Here are some notable and famous Kansas City establishments that most visitors like to frequent:

Arthur Bryants BBQ

Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ on the Plaza

Gates BBQ

Golden Ox
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que (formerly Oklahoma Joe's BBQ)


Fun & Educational Activities:
American Royal (big annual event)

Country Club Plaza (15 blocks of shopping, dining - famous for the "Plaza Lights" during the holidays.)

Historic Kansas City  (Click on "Upcoming Event in Your Area" tab for walking tour info.) 

Kansas City Fountains

Kansas City Historic Library District Walking Tour

Kansas City Renaissance Festival (RenFest) Facebook page

Kansas City Walking Tours and here

National World War I Museum  (This is a must-see.  Be sure to set aside about 3-4 hours and the guided tour is a must in order to get the most out of the museum!  Go up in the tower, too - a great view of downtown KC.)
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (A world-class museum)

Top 10 Kansas City Tours
Union Station (Several exhibits going on now including the famous "Body Worlds.")
Westport (Music, entertainment, dining district) and here



GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, FOOD, FAMILY, FUN & MISCELLANEOUS
20 Best Websites to Get Free E-Books

American Overlook

Bright Side

Dusty Old Thing

Futurism

Helpful Info & Links

Hometalk

How Stuff Works

ILyke

Knowledge Weighs Nothing

Lifed

Life Buzz
Lifehacker

Little Things - Pets, Food, Parenting, Lifestyle, DIY

Nifty Videos from Buzzfeed

NowThis Future

Penny Hoarder
Spend with Pennies

Tip Hero (great kitchen & recipe tips!!)
Unhyphenated America



SHOPPING TIPS
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