About What’s Cooking America

What’s Cooking America is one of the original culinary websites first published in 1997 based on two cookbooks from author Linda Stradley; “What’s Cooking America and “I’ll Have What They’re having”.  

What’s Cooking America is a privately owned family-friendly culinary portal with millions of users visiting us annually for recipes, culinary articles, and cooking tips.  Our articles and culinary history have appeared in newspapers, magazines, television, and on websites worldwide.  (See our feature listing below)

Our website is not about American food, necessarily, but rather what we as Americans are cooking and eating.

Linda says, “I have always had a fascination with history.  When you put this together with a love of good food, you have a culinary historian.  The research of the origins of foods of America and beyond have become an obsession that I enjoy sharing with my readers.  This culinary history is what sets What’s Cooking America apart from other recipe websites.  We give you the culinary history so you know more about the food you love to eat.”

What's Cooking America

Linda and her daughters, Nancy Hartman and Brenda Weller, work together to make a place for you to come and find everything you need related to food, and cooking.  We get together to cook, create, test recipes, and explore food cultures from around the world to share with you.

About Linda Stradley:  Linda and her husband live in Oregon and is the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of seven.  Linda says, “I have always had a fascination with history.  When you put this together with a love of good food, you have a culinary historian.  The research of the origins of foods of America and beyond have become an obsession that I enjoy sharing with my readers.  This culinary history is what sets What’s Cooking America apart from other recipe websites.  We give you the culinary history so you know more about the food you love to eat.”

About Nancy Hartman:  Nancy lives in Oregon with her family and works for a local non-profit specializing in database management and professional research.  In 2013, Nancy has picked up marketing research, video production, and recipe writing.  She has also been leading the platform transition coordination as What’s Cooking America begins its quiet behind the scenes make-over.

About Brenda Weller:  Brenda also lives in Oregon with her family.  She is a busy mother of two young children and works for a global software security company.  Brenda shares a passion for cooking with her Mom, Linda, and has contributed several of her favorite recipes to the What’s Cooking America website through the years.  Since 2013, Brenda has managed the social marketing for What’s Cooking America, and contributed several new recipes, food history research, and food photography.



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Google, April 2011 – Google Doodle – Anniversary of 119th First Ice Cream Sundae

PC Magazine, April 2011 – Google Doodle Celebrates 119th Anniversary of First Ice Cream Sundae

Smithsonian.com Magazine, October 2011 – Deviled Eggs and Other Foods from Hell

Chicago Tribune, March 2013, – Crafty; Make an Easter Rainbow


The Salt, June 2012- Five Facts About Pie That Might Surprise You

Kitchen Window, February 2014 Beignets – Fat Tuesday: The Many Different Doughnuts of Mardi Gras

June 2015 –  As American as Iced Tea: A Brief, Sometimes Boozy History

The Daily News, December 2015 – The ABC’s of Taking Over Cooking Duties

The HuffPost.com

April 2014 – The Cooking Oils You Should Be Using, and When to Use Them

March 2015 – The Caesar Salad Was Invented in Mexico. Surprised?

Canada, December 2015 – How to Cook a Turkey

December 2017 –Outside Buffalo, Another Regional Chicken Recipe: Cornell Sauce Chicken

BuzzFeed, March 2014 #3 Pound Cake – 60 Food Facts That Will Blow Your Mind 

Florida Today, September 2016 – Sunday Supper, Shrimp Elevate Classic Grits

Fox News

Q13 Fox December 2015 – 11 People Who Might Enjoy A Fruitcake This Holiday

June 2016 #9: 10 Things You Never Knew About Fireball Whiskey

November 2017 – 5 Little-known Thanksgiving Ettiquette Rules You Probably Don’t Follow

KTBS3 (ABC) December 2015 – It’s National Cookie Day!


Austin EATER, July 2013 – Where’s The Best Club Sandwich in Austin

January 2016 – A Brief History of Clam Chowder

Sunrise Senior Living, Senior Eats, February 2015 – Discover the Perks of Lettuce Wraps

GMA News Online, August 2014 – Learn About the History of Pizza on National Pizza Day

Mauitime, August 2015 – Learn More About a Great Hawaiian Delicacy in our Anatomy of a Poke Bowl

Houston Press, May 2016 – Dish of the Week: The Monte Cristo

Boulder Weekly, September 2016 – A Classic Cookie With a Silly Name

Dallas Observer, November 2016 – No, Chili’s, You Did Not Invent the Fajita

Bustle, November 2016

International Business Times, November 2016 #3 – How to Make A Thanksgiving Prime Rib: Best Recipes, Cook Times, Tips and Ingredients

Orlando Sentinal, January 2017 – New Toy Makes Roasting Chicken Easy

The Hardball Times, February 2017 – Identity Shift

Travelers Today, March 2017 – A History of New Orleans’ Iconic (and delicious) Beignets

The Daily Iberian, April 2017 – Coverup Cooking

The Herald Dispatch.com, April 2017 – Edible Flower Garden Takes Research and Planning

The East Hampton Star, June 2017 – Seasons by The Sea: So Good, They Have a Monster

WTOP (Washington’s Top news), June 2017 – Ice Tea Recipes to Beat the Heat

Romper, September 2017 –  Does Pumpkin Spice Induce Labor? Let’s Ask Science.

Detroit Free Press

December 2017 – Former Employees Give Historic Detroit Candy Store Second Life In Berkley

January 2019 – Celebrate National Popcorn Day With Spicy Hurricane Popcorn From Hawaii

Inquistr, November 2017 – National Sandwich Day

Herald-Mail Media, December 2017 – Long Live the Fruitcake: 4 Fruitcakes Were Put to the Taste Test

Jezebel, January 2018 – Mar-a-Lago Visitor NOT Impressed By Caviar Served With Plastic Spoons

Extra Crispy, January 2018 – Mar-a-Lago Serves Caviar With Plastic Spoons, Rich People Scandalized

Cranbrook Daily Townsmen, February 2018 – Breakfast Spread Cause Riots

Dallas NewsDid You Know? German Chocolate Cake is Not Actually German, It’s Texan.

Care2.com, September 2018 #5 – Ways to Preserve & Enjoy Homegrown Herbs

Culture CheatSheet, October 2018 – Cure Your Sweet Cravings With these 6 Marvelous Meringue Desserts

Yakima Herald Scene, November 2018 – Some of Our Favorite People Share Some of Their Favorite Recipes

Vox, November 2018 – Canned Cranberry Sauce, Explained

The Herald Tribune, November 2018 – In Face of Computer Problems, Cookbooks Still Rule

The Gazette (Colorado Springs), December 2018 – Colorado Springs Pie Maker Hones Festive Lemon Shaker Pie

Culver City News, December 2018 – Flavors of the Mediterranean at Mykonos Greek Grill

Niagara Frontier Publications, December 2018 – Beef on Weck: Buffalo’s Official Sandwich

KSDK 5 On Your Side, April 2019 – Your Guide to the Best Gooey Butter Cake in St. Louis

BlackEnterprise.com, March 2019 – Detroit Couple Builds Chitlin’-Cleaning Empire

The Laconia Daily Sun, January 2019 – How About a Little New England History to Go With Your Soup-er Bowl

Digitaljournal.comGet to Know the In’s and Out’s of the Dinner RTE Foods Market


Sun, August 18, 2019 – National Fajita Day 2019: Best Deals From Chili’s, On The Border, El Corazon, And Fajita Pete’s

November 11, 2019 – National Sundae Day 2019 Recipes and Deals from Dairy Queen, Blue Bunny and more.

Tribune Star, November 17, 2019 – Mike Lunsford: It’s time for chili when it gets chilly

The New Yorker, May 18, 2020 – Tamar Adler: Sourdough Starter for the Baking Skeptic

USA Today 10 Best, May 20, 2020 – Jelisa Castrodale: You Need to Try These Deliciously Different Regional Burgers

Chowhound, June 28, 2020 – Heather Reid: 8 Easy Cobbler Recipes for All Your Summer Fruit

What’s Cooking America is a copyrighted website and an Oregon Corporation (LLC), wholly owned by Linda Stradley.

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Comments and Reviews

30 Responses to “About What’s Cooking America”

  1. Roy

    I like learning more about how to cook and make goodies for my boy’s

  2. Sandra Sexton

    I like to read about the history of cooking, all types of recipes, and anything related

  3. Linda Malnati

    I Love Cooking, Baking, and Canning. I am now Decorating Cookies and Learning a lot of new things. Love your site, and hope to try a lot of your Offerings.

  4. Pamela England

    I’m new to What’s cooking..
    But I know I’m going to enjoy it! I found so many recipes I have been trying to get from family & friends. Love the tips for success also! Really helpful!

  5. Greg Stewart

    I need a substitution for rum as a flavoring in an eggnog recipe. I realize I can use a rum extract or a juice such as pineapple with almond extract added like you mentioned in your article about substitutions for alcoholic beverages in cooking, but you didn’t list an amount of almond extract to use. Also, what would be an appropriate amount of rum extract as a substitute for per ounce of rum. Thank you

  6. Linda K Davenport

    So delighted to have met you Linda, and so excited about your website…did not know about this, but just so perfect for me and my love of cooking and related interests, and so relevant for many friends of mine, who I think would love to access this website and what you share. Hope we can chat further re ideas and friendship etc.! Thanks!! Linda

    p.s. yogurts are GREAT–my husband is very pleased ( so, of course, so am I, haha!)

  7. Maudie Briggs

    Can I deep fry in my pressure cooker?

    • Linda Stradley

      The Instant Pot is not made for deep frying. It does have a saute mode so you can brown meat and saute vegetables.

  8. Larry

    Where’s the whip cream recipe……I was only able to read about your personal lives

  9. Rob Rouse Jr.

    Is there any way to contact you ladies? 🙂

    • Linda Stradley

      Yes, go to the bottom of this web page and click the “Contact Us.” – Linda Stradley

  10. Julie O'Connor

    What do we know about use of molasses in colonial New Netherlands baking?

  11. ellen clarke

    Do the food articles from all newspapers on food topics/recipes still exist? How can we find them? ellen

    • Linda Stradley

      I’m sorry, but they do not exist anymore. Too many newspapers have stop have food sections.

  12. muhammad zeeshan

    Thank you for this. Really nice peice of work. Creation of backlinks made easy because of you. Thanks!
    All the contents you mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. I will keep it in mind, thanks for sharing the information keep updating, looking forward for more posts.Thanks

  13. Guenter Schott

    I have an important question and need to attach 3 pages as an attachment. How can I do that if I don’t have your E-mail address?

    Guenter Schott

    • Nancy

      Guenter, I wouldn’t open the attachment from someone I don’t know. What do you need to ask?

  14. Julie

    So glad I found this site! Our senior care home is always looking for new homemade recipes!

    • Nancy

      Julie, glad you found it too! We have lots of ideas, recipes, and culinary history.

  15. Sheri G.

    Having a very difficult time signing up for newsletter. Once I put in email address and hit subscribe, the link goes no further then was told too many attempts had been made. Please help as I would enjoy receiving emails. Thanks

    • Nancy

      Sheri, not sure what the issue was but I found you on the e-mail list. You are all set! – Nancy

  16. Sheri G.

    Thank you. Look forward to receiving great tips and recipes. Have made Craven County pickles for years-delicious!

  17. Concrete Company

    Thank you so much for sharing! You guys are awesome!

  18. Larry

    These ladies are great! Love tuning into them and their amazing ideas!

  19. Restaurant Kone

    Hi, do you also have a secret recipe when in grilling steak? Does it have to do with the spices or the temperature? Do you use the oven or a grilling pot or something? I would really love to learn much from this blog though.

  20. Rev. Andrea Stoeckel

    My name is Andrea Stoeckel and I graduated in the last class of Miss Farmers School of Cooking in 1977. I am very proud of my studies there as it was nigh on impossible for a woman to be accepted to get into ANY cooking school.

    I am in possession of 100 years of recipe cards that no one in my family wants and am currently looking for a place that might be interested in accepting them in toto.I’d rather see them archived somewhere instead of trashed.

    Would you be interested, or know of another possible place, where I could gift them?
    Thank you for your time.

    • Nancy

      Andrea, you might want to have them digitized so they last longer. I really have no formal place to display or archive recipe cards, but would love to see some of your favorite family recipes.


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