Today, Groundhog Day, is Eloise Grubb’s birthday. Many of you have never heard of her. Eloise Chastain Grubbs (1916-1986) lived across the street from the Spencer family in the 1960s. She was born in 1916, the daughter of Mabel (Harmon) and Wesley Erskin Chastain on their farm near Harrison, Arkansas, when her parents were twenty-six … Continue reading "Why Groundhog Day makes me think of Avon"
Mr. David Leong, creator of Cashew Chicken [photo courtesy of leongsasiandiner.com].During our Christmas holiday travels we visited family in Southwest Missouri. One evening we chose Leong’s Asian Diner in Springfield, Missouri. As we were seated, my Dad whispered to me, “Do you know who that gentleman is?” referring to an older man seated alone … Continue reading "David Leong: The Man Who Blended Local and Distant Flavors to Create a Lasting Favorite"