Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmastime is here...

All the wishes of the season for a wonderful holiday ! CINCINNATI AND SOUP will be "underwriting" some of the holiday programs on WGUC-FM and wanted you to know that we continue to support community here in Cincinnati !
People will be directed to our FACEBOOK site for a complete list of retailers who carry Cincinnati and Soup and C & S prints this holiday season.  For your reference:
Cincinnati and Soup: Books and Prints:
The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Little Red Gift Shop ( Montgomery), The Villager ( Mariemont),
Picture This ( Lebanon), Nature's Niche in the Hamilton Co. Parks
Cincinnati and Soup and A Second Helping Books :
Joseph Beth Booksellers, The Museum Center Shops, Jungle Jim's-Fairfield only: Jasmin's Gift Shop and the Galleria, Dorothy Lane Markets : Oakwood, Washington Sq and Springboro.
Other places: The Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Museum: Book 1 only, Katies Hallmarks: Selected Stores. Online: Amazon and at :
Thought you all would enjoy this fabulous cover off a long ago Christmas album with Ruth Lyons and her cast . Hope you will have wonderful and happy holidays !

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dip 101 and 7 Hills BB Q on FOX 45

Just in case you missed the Shillito Tearoom's 7 Hills BB Q last week- you will want to check out the link at FOX 45 for this and 3 - got it- 3 EAST Dips for upcoming holiday parties.
Also this week is the Dorothy Lane Market Booksigning Tour :
Oakwood Dec. 14 2-5
Wash. Sq Dec 15 1-4
Springboro Dec 16 2-5
This is a good time to get those gift books autographed and it IS the only place in Dayton we will
be having an booksigning before Christmas ! The video for today is at FOX 45/ Dayton WRGT as is the recipe. vid 1595.shtml

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Busy December!!! New Recipe Online !

It has been a busy month so far- and we are only in week1 ! Have a new recipe for you over at FOX 19 this morning 12/5/12 for the Shillito 7 Hills B-BQue and a great Taco Party Dip you will love.This has been Bengals "theme" week at Fox so it was a Bengals Food event happening this morning.
should link you into the video.
Also this week:
Dec. 8 2-5: Booksigning at Little Red Gift Shop in Montgomery OH
Buy Books at:
Joseph Beth Booksellers,Cincinnati Museum Center, Taft Museum,
Jungle Jim's:Galleria and Jasmin's Gift Shops
Greater Cinti Police Historical Museum
In Dayton:
All Dorothy Lane Markets
Katie's Hallmarks ( some stores)

 These stores also carry our prints in addition to our books:
 Cincinnati Art Museum
 Nature's Niche ( Hamilton Co. Park District)
 The Little Red Gift Shop ( Montgomery)
 Picture This ( Lebanon)
 The Villager ( Mariemont)

Online: and Amazon
Photo: Cheri at Little Red Gift Shop , Dec. 2011.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Busy November is Upon Us !

November is suddenly here ! I am soooo thankful for all the blog watchers and FACEBOOK friends who follow Cincinnati and Soup! THANK YOU!
This week I am included in on my FOX 19 FAMILY Thanksgiving Recipes on Wed. Nov. 7 at 8:45 a.m. I will be doing our famous TURKEY TET recipe. This will be available later in the day on the
FOX 19 website too. This is a great leftover dish which can also be made "1st run" with precooked turkey or chicken. Alsi if you have started your Christmas shopping and need some autographed books I will be at Jungle Jim's FAIRFIELD- :  Galleria ( cookbook and kitchen shop) on Sat. Nov 10 from 11-4 . DO stop by. Nov 13, I will be doing my CINCINNATI AND SOUP: Agra History program at the Mariemont Public Library at 6 p.m. You will need to reserve a seat so call:
369-4467. The program is FREE.
Later on this month I will be at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Gift Market, from 12-4 with the Little Red Gift Shop for  a booksigning : Sat. Nov 16 from 12- 4 . This is at the Duke Energy Center. The ONLY  day I will be there will be on Sat. . ( The Gift Market is a 3 day event) Early wishes for
an amazing Thanksgiving!
Photo:  Fall scene at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbus Indiana

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Harvest Party Time is here !

Thought I would share this"harvest" cake with you. There are so many things you can make between now and Thanksgiving which are seasonal, fall and harvest themes. This decorated cake can be a plain yellow, spice or carrot . This one was decorated with a white vanilla icing and then the "pumpkin festival" stacked pumpkins are held on top with icing. It is a fun dessert to
brighten up a party , social or Sunday dinner. Hope you are enjoying the lovely fall colors this year which is the only good thing to come out of the drought this past summer.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN too to those of you who are planning to trick or treat or hand out candy.. let's hope for good weather this year. Also preview for Nov: We will have a FOX 19 watch out for Nov. 7 at 8:45 **( later time) more next week as we get closer to our BIG November.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Busy Week- FOX 19 Recipes

This is an oops over here! With the busy week coming up and the FOX WATCH on a MONDAY it got pretty crazy around here. This a.m. Oct 8 I was fortunate to DO my HARVEST PARTY Recipes and they are on the FOX 19 webpage.The video was not at last look- but may be up later on.
The recipes are for HAYSTACK candy and a BASIL-PESTO CHEESE Spread.. both yummy fall treats.
This Thurs, I will be helping out KINDERVELT with a booksigning at  The Little Red Gift Shop
in Montgomery from 4-8. This will be another fabulous Girl's Night Out with wine ,snacks and fun.
10% of the sales go directly to KINDERVELT .
On Sat and Sun : I will be at The Farbach Nature Center for Black Walnut Weekend with snacks and fun. There will be arts and crafts ,nature walks, treats from black walnuts, and a big pike of leaves to jump in!! Hae a great week and hope to see you at one of these events !

Saturday, October 6, 2012


We are happy to announce that Oscar 9 the mascot who was our four legged "stroller" for the CINCINNATI AND SOUP team- completed the 1 mile stroll first ! This was a big deal for his short little legs.. and we were very proud of him. Here is his picture at the finish line. There is still time to donate to the CINCINNATI AND SOUP team at the Humane Assn .of Warren Co. website- through this week.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stroll for Strays- Join Our team!

Hope that you are doing your part for animal rescue in your area. We here at Mac Guffin Productions are actively helping out the great places which help place dogs and cats in our part of Ohio.
Oct. 6 is the Stroll for Strays at the Humane Assn of Warren County. 9:30 a.m. Registration opens. CINCINNATI AND SOUP is forming up a team NOW .We are also accepting "Virtual Strollers" -those who don't choose to walk in the event but MAY donate to it. We would appreciate your help on this . Info on Stroll for Strays: ( The Humane Assn. of Warren County)

At the present time we are going to be walking with "OSCAR" the mascot from, THE pet information site in Cincinnati. ( If you aren't signedup for their newsletter you are missing great ideas for dogs and cats!) As Oscar is a miniature poodle he will be only up to the 1 mile walk- you can walk 2 or 3 miles on Sat. Oscar is "in training"now for the walk doing 1 mile every day to "get in shape" ! By the way , Oscar IS a rescued dog and is happy to be one. Hope to see you on Saturday and hope that your home and
heart has room for a shelter or rescued dog or cat . They are waiting for YOU now!
See  you on Saturday !
Photo: Oscar, the Petluxe Cincinnati Mascot enjoying a treat !

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wine and Whiskers

Thought I would give you all a "heads up" on WINE AND WHISKERS, which is a great wine, craft beer AND bourbon tasting  event for the League for Animal Welfare in Cincinnati, Sept. 29, 2012. This is an "advance ticketed" event ONLY so you have to  pre-register at the League for AnimalWelfare website: CINCINNATI AND SOUP will have some of our decorator prints at the silent auction so this is a great time to pick some up as holiday gifts and help LFAW  care and feed their rescued dogs and cats.
Got an event coming up?CINCINNATI AND SOUP/MAC GUFFIN PRODUCTIONS would like
to help. Contact us at :

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cancer Free Kids Booksigning event-: Sept 13

Just wanted to let everyone know that Thursday, Sept 13, 2012 from 4-6 pm I will be at The Little Red Gift Shop in Montgomery for their benefit event for Cancer Free Kids. This is a great organization and I am really delighted to be asked to be a part of their fundraising effort.
A portion of all sales will go to CFK and it will be a fun "girls night out" . Wine and snacks will be served.
The promotion for CFK will go Friday and Saturday as well but I will  ONLY be there on Thurs.
I hope that you will drop by- this is a great time to get those holiday books signed and donate to
a good cause.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Surprise! Muffins! Great Fall treat! Bridge Riding for the Disabled: RIDEATHON

Hope that YOUR Labor Day wasn't a complete washout-- but now with the end of summer and fall rapidly approaching..we are thinking busy cool days ahead and delicious muffins for breakfast and snacks. On Sept . 7  at 8:15 I will be on FOX 19 making Surprise! Muffins! The  complete recipe will be on FOX 19's website FREE for you to print copies. This one IS NOT in the cookbooks so you will want to get the recipe for these easy tasty fruity muffins made with pancake mix! Also wanted to let you know that we are highlighting the big RIDEATHON for Bridge Riding for the Disabled. This is their annual "horse show" put on by their riders. Bridge Riding also has a fundraiser coming up, Oct 20 at Heather's in Springboro, 5-10 pm. Tickets are $40.00. This will be a beer and winefest event with an auction . CINCINNATI AND SOUP will be donating a basket for the event. So mark your calendars ! PHOTO: Volunteers at Bridge Riding assisting a young rider.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Summer ! New Barbeque Sauce Recipe -Lebanon Blues Festivall

I hope that you have been enjoying our sizzling summer and keeping cool!This has been a busy time at our house with a wedding and working on the new book : CINCINNNATI AND SOUP: FESTIVALS AND FROLICS: THE CINCINNATI FESTIVAL BOOK which will come out Spring 2013. Aug 2, 2012 on FOX 19 at 8:15 a.m. I will be making a homemade barbeque sauce served over meatballs on a roll as a great quick fall sports or anytime sandwich ! You will love this recipe and find it a real time saver when you need to feed a crowd in a few minutes. The recipe is free on the Fox 19 website !
This Sat. Aug 4 I will be meeting , greeting and signing books at PICTURE THIS in Lebanon,OH. from 2-4 p.m. during the Lebanon Blues Festival. There will be a classic car show -150 cars - 8 blues bands, BBQ and beer. PICTURE THIS is a Lebanon gallery, gift and frame shop. Becky Gebhardt the owner also is VERY Ohio centered  and has an Ohio State shop as well as Cincinnati/Lebanon/Ohio gifts as well. Stop by PICTURE THIS while you are at the Blues Festival. I would love to see you ! PHOTO: Becky Gebhardt in PICTURE THIS.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Southseas Dessert /FOX 19 WATCH June 8 other news

Hope you are enjoying the great weather we are having !! I wanted to let you know that I will be on FOX 19 8:15 this coming Friday, June 8 with a new never before published recipe for "Southseas Dessert topping".. you will love this one. EASY too ! Be sure to check out the recipe at the FOX 19 website. Also we are having another $1000.00 in One Day promotional with the Cincinnati and Soup matted print sets. We will be giving FREE with a $50.00 direct donation to the Hamilton Co. Parks Foundaton for the Simmonds Dog Park,  this Sunday from 1-4 at the Trilliam Art Fair in Glenwood Gardens . I will be booksigning in the Nature's Niche Shop. This is a  great time if you want to give an autographed cookbook for Father's Day to dad or those summer birthdays coming up.Other news: After a lot of requests from those of you who follow FACEBOOK we are now also on FACEBOOK . The new media outlet will have similar information to the blog at this time so you can stay right here if you choose.
Photo: Waterfall at Edisto Gardens, Orangeburg , South Carolina

Monday, May 7, 2012

League for Animal Welfare Benefit This Week/ Fox 19 Watch

Sometimes things are really hopping and they sure are this week! Wed, May 9: We have a FOX 19 watch at 8:15 coming up for a "cool" mom for Mother's Day we are making Southwestern Cobb Salad and White Sangria - if you can't watch it - be sure to check in at the Fox Morning Extra for the recipes.
These are Fox Exclusives and not in the books this time !!
Also this week: League for Animal Welfare Benefit :Girl's Night Out -- IS Thursday May 10 from 4-8 pm at The Little Red Gift Shop. This is part of our GIVE BACK 2012 -$1,000 in One Day Events! Write a check ( directly to LFAW) and you get a FREE set of our new Cinti and Soup Art Prints to take home. Only the first 20 checks apply to this so get moving on TH. There is GREAT shopping as well at The Little Red Gift Shop- we will be having snacks , wine, Ruth Lyons commercial candy and there will be a raffle. woo hoo !! Time to come out for a great time and meet other rescue pet friends.

Also this week: Dayton Friends: There will be a booksigning at Dorothy Lane Market: Oakwood from
2-5 pm on Friday, May 11. This is a good time to pick up an extra AUTOGRAPHED copy of CINCINNATI AND SOUP or A SECOND HELPING
for Mom for Mother's Day.
Photo: Ollie: This is the rescued toy poodle which we had for 15 years who came from
League for Animal Welfare. He was one happy and great little dog - who although gone will always remain in our hearts ! Think about LFAW for you next pet- it is a great place to go !

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lots of Events and Making New Friends

This is always a very busy time of year and I wanted to take just a moment to introduce to you a few new friends I have made this spring. For sometime we have wanted to put the CINCINNATI AND SOUP books in "eastern Cincinnati"... well it finally happened and we are now on the famous Mariemont Square at THE VILLAGER . Kate is the owner and in addition to having  a USPS in her store she has all the Cincinnati and Soup line ,books and prints and "fun" stuff like jewelry, Vera Bradley, baby items, toys, candles and terrific creative greeting cards. She has free parking in the back and is right across the street from the Mariemont Inn with their fine dining restaurant.
We are having our  first Mother's Day booksigning and Ruth Lyons candy tasting and raffle- this Sat. May 5 from 1-4 p.m. This is a great time to get those personalized copies of CINCINNATI AND SOUP for friends and relatives.
We also are pleased to announce that we are now in Fairfield ! JUNGLE JIM'S INTERNATIONAL MARKET and the largest market in the State ( I think) will also be carrying both CINCINNATI AND SOUP books.
All you foodie "tourists" can check out all the really exotic items and pick up autographed books on Sunday May 6 from 2-5 p.m. in JASMIN'S GIFT SHOP in the front of the store. This is  excellant boutique with many choices for Mother's Day gifts. Vera Bradley, Leslie Paint Glass, Brighton Jewelry and a lot of really wonderful things to make this a very special Mother's Day. The books will also be carried in the GOURMET GALLERIA area where the cookbooks and cookware are located as well.
It is always a pleasure to make new friends and be in new areas of the Tri-State where some people are just hearing about CINCINNATI AND SOUP for the very first time !

Also on the calendar - and more about this as we go along:
FOX 19 WATCH: May 9, 2012 : 8:15 a.m. : SOUTHWESTERN COBB SALAD and WHITE SANGRIA ( Recipes will be on FOX 19 after the show- these are NOT in the cookbooks they are part of my FOX EXCLUSIVE Recipe Collection ! So DO go to the the FOX MORNING NEWS and
check this out.) Be sure to tell your friends to watch and check out the FREE recipes online!

May 10, 2012: $1,000.00 in ONE DAY for LEAGUE FOR ANIMAL WELFARE at the Little
Red Gift Shop- 7925 Remington Rd. 45242--
 Donate$50.00 or more and get a FREE set of Cinti and Soup Art Prints.
Wine, Snacks, Raffle, booksigning and SHOPPING !!!  These "girl's night out " evenings are a real blast. You WILL have fun !! Also if you have never been in The Little Red Gift Shop-they have everything . Jewelry, Baby Gifts, Custom ceramics, Salsa from Texas-Men's gifts and they
even have a separate Christmas Shop.

May 11, 2012 : Booksigning event: Dorothy Lane Market- Oakwood. This is the Dorothy Lane
on Far Hills Dr. Come by to chat and sample Ruth Lyons candy.

MAY 13 IS MOTHER'S DAY--- just a reminder.. !!! Photo: Kate in THE VILLAGER in

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mother's Day : A Reminder to Visit Our Nonprofit Shops

-- It's that time of year again and a reminder to get out there and start seeing and doing all there is to DO in Cincinnati ! This means visiting our museums and parks and also doing some shopping while you are there.
Currently you can : VISIT FRANCE: See some of Monet's waterlilies at the CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM and also pick up CINCINNATI AND SOUP (  both books and prints !).
VISIT ITALY: See POMPEII ! the new and exciting touring exhibit and pick up a books for mom
in THE MUSEUM CENTER gift shop. SEE NATURE: The Hamilton County Parks are open year round for discovery and family fun for an inexpensive $10 yearly pass you are in for the entire spring summer and fall and be sure to check out NATURE'S NICHES which are a collection of great gift shops with all the CINCINNATI AND SOUP products in each of the Hamilton Co. Parks!
Be sure to drop by Farbach Werner  Nature Preserve May 5-6 for their Painted Pots weekend- a wonderful family event. Also we are in THE TAFT MUSEUM ( Gift shop has books only) and for Book 1- THE GREATER CINCINNATI POLICE HISTORICAL MUSEUM. There are a lot of other great gifts in these museums so make sure when you are visiting these exhibits DO check out the gift shops.
Photo: Farbach Werner Nature Preserve

Monday, April 23, 2012


Just wanted to let you know that we had our first paid "ad" in the Cincinnati Enquirer, April 22, 2012
to let everyone know WHO our major retailers are at this time. We want people to patronize the stores
not always shop online... also we DO have Cinti and Soup Book # 1 at The Greater Cincinnati Police Museum and in selected Katie's Hallmarks in the Dayton area both books  #1 and 2 they are not in all stores so if you want the books from those stores you do need to call before you head out the door.
We are looking at a very busy May with more events and food tips. Hope you are enjoying the extra "soup weather" we are having-- I made a pot of White Bean and Pasta Soup yesterday and it really hit the spot with the after church crowd. Photo: Edisto Gardens: Orangeburg S.C.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Cincinnati and Soup is now in the midst of our first "GIVE BACK" event! Over the spring we have been involved in donating our new art prints of our 2 covers re-invented to decorator prints by artist, Erin Beckloff to promote charitable giving.
So far we have had one event for BRIDGE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED: April 7, we will be having a second for LEAGUE FOR ANIMAL WELFARE on May 10 4-8 at the Little Red Gift Shop and a third. June 10 from 1-4 at Glenwood Gardens for the HAMILTON CO. PARKS FOUNDATION: Dog Park ( more later)
These are great events where we will raise awareness and for every $50. donation you will receive a gift FREE of the 2 matted Cincinnati prints. ( They retail in gift shops for $25.00 a set.)Also be watching for our first ad in the Cincinnati Enquirer on April 22 in the Local Section with our current retailers listed. In addition, you can still order books from:
I am currently working on our 3rd book- Cincinnati and Soup: Festivals and Frolics !
This has been an amazing spring so hope that you are cooking up a storm and enjoying the weather.
PHOTO: Pat and Steve from Bridge Riding for the Disabled

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Spring !!

Spring has really sprung early this year.. and in honor of this I am getting my Easy Easter Dinner tips ready to share with you on Fox 19 , April 2, 2012 at 8:15 and Fox 46 on April 3 at 8:45 a.m.
I will also be out and about April 7 from 1-4 pm at PICTURE THIS, 26 Broadway in Lebanon, OH for a fundraiser for Bridge Riding for the Disabled. This great organization assists many youngsters and adults work toward more independent lives through horseback riding.
We will be giving away $500. in CINCINNATI AND SOUP prints for each $50 + donation.
This is to help raise $1000.00 for BRD in ONE afternoon. We will also sample Ruth Lyons commercial candy, have a raffle , book signing and meet a volunteer from BRD who can give you more details.
And a tip for now is that you should check your garden- the asparagus is coming up- way early this year !
(My friend Catherine even had enough to eat this past week !) If you are looking at the supermarket you will also find fresh asparagus "in season". Watch to feel how "woody" or large they are. This is one veggie where slender is usually more tender. White Asparagus is also in the stores now . They will always be larger and thicker- a trait of the white asparagus. Be sure to chop off the woody ends before serving. Photo: Butterfly at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus

Monday, March 5, 2012

Spring and the new prints are coming !!!

Just had to post again- with another visit to FOX 19 in the offing I wanted to give you all a "heads up" that I will be with Sheila and Rob on March 13 at 8:15 a.m.
This will be a great chance to pick up on a low calorie version of my Italian Market Soup good also for those of you who are observing Lent too.
Also thought you would like to see Sheila's new suit. Love the color!
The NEW CINCINNATI AND SOUP ART PRINTS go on sale next week. IF you can make it we will be having the "official" opening at The Little Red Gift Shop in Montgomery on March 15 from 4-8 p.m. This will feature a booksigning, the prints , shopping discounts and of course snacks and wine. Betty and Kelly who own the shop are really great gals and we DO want to keep the small shops open in these less than stellar economic times so DO plan to come out and join the fun ! We will have more on all the places you can buy the prints and an image next post !

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cincinnati and Soup Becomes a Real Part of Cincinnati History

This past month I was delighted to present to the Cincinnati Historical Library and Archives copies of CINCINNATI AND SOUP and CINCINNATI AND SOUP : A SECOND HELPING.
This is a great opportunity to have the books preserved for posterity and be available in the future to historical researchers who are working on Cincinnati driven historical projects. The Library and Archives are located at the Cincinnati Museum Center in the Union Terminal. ( If the name isn't familiar to you it is the newer name of the Cincinnati Historical Society!)
Photo: Cheri presenting the Cincinnati and Soup books to Scott Gampfer, Director of the Cincinnati Historical Library and Archives

Sunday, February 5, 2012

FOX 19 : Feb 8. Girl's Night Out: Feb 9, 2012

We have a FOX19 watch coming up on Feb 8 at 8:15- I will be doing a presentation on Valentine Treats ! YUM. Some great ideas for Valentines Day parties and romantic evenings at home. Recipes will be online. Thinking about Valentines Day we are thinking "strawberries" ( photo) and "cherries" for that vibrant red color and the
healthy flavors. Plan to use strawberries in some of your meal plans the coming week or on Valentines Day.
Ideas: Start the day off: Strawberries topping a canned fruit cocktail cup.
Strawberries with Bananas topped with vanilla yogurt and the top sprinkled with
Strawberries with Strawberry syrup on heart shaped pancakes, waffles or heart shaped french toast.

Also this week :

Had enough of gray days ? rain ? Well to remedy all of this my friends over at The Little Red Gift Shop in Montgomery have picked a great evening- Feb. 9 from 4- 8 pm
to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE !! This will be fun - valentines, chocolate, discounts,
shopping and a free raffle.. also they are planning wine and snacks.. plus I will be there for a CINCINNATI AND SOUP book signing of both books and the first sneak preview of our new CINCINNATI AND SOUP print sets !
This is one of Cincinnati's finest suburban gift shops with gifts for everyone and for the home. By everyone,this includes; men, babies, and pets too. They carry unique and reasonable jewelry which we all need... to perk us up.. and great home items. This will be a fun evening so come on by- You know you NEED a little retail therapy. Hope to see you there !

Monday, January 23, 2012

January Update-

Thought I would check in with you all and wish you the best for a wonderful New Year.
I had the opportunity to be a speaker at the Forest Park Branch Library on January 21sliding off to Forest Park on the ice and back. I will be coming back to the library to repeat the program later on this year in more "clement" weather I hope.
Currently there is big excitment going on over here at MacGuffin as we are going to release the two cover images from the books enlarged as "limited edition" prints of Historic Cincinnati. This is in process now and we are really excited about this as many people have told us that they would love to have these to hang in their kitchens. Also be sure to set the DVR's or tune in to FOX 19 AM Cincinnati, Feb. 8 at 8:15 for my Valentines Day recipes and menu ideas.
Photo: Me and Erin Beckloff ( our cover artist) with the two Cincinnati and Soup books which will have the covers adapted into prints. This was taken at Books by the Banks, OCt. 2011.