Sample Stories

“Enjoy your food and wit together with a very clever pairing from Marilynn Mendell.”

- Deborah Wilbrink
“Mendell's memoir gives us all a chance to revel in the feel of climbing the slippery ladder of success, using elbow grease. While enjoying her tales of learning the hard way laden with practical and kind advice, you'll find recipes interlaced. After years of avoiding pasta salads, her Shrimp Pasta Salad is now a scrumptious standard in our kitchen. So many more tastes beckon that I'll be cooking and learning for years to come with Elbow Grease + Chicken Fat by my side.”

- Deborah Wilbrink



Baked Ham Easter and
Scalloped Potatoes

Peach and Blackberry Crisp


Introduction/From Scratch

How to Read This Book


Keep Your Sense of Humor | Pumpkin Muffins

Short Branding Lesson | Barbecue Sauce


Faith/Community/Balance | Granny’s Stuffing

Resourceful | Roast Turkey

Pets and Plants | Maple-Glazed Roasted Vegetables

Courage | Bouillabaisse

Trust the Gut | Tenderloin Pasta Salad


The Velvet Knives | Lemon Sweet Potato Pie

How To | Killer Brownies

Ask for Help | Lemon Mousse a lá Jane

Perception vs. Reality | Cherry Pound Cake


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