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4/21/10 10:05 A

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Good morning all. I was lucky enough to me JoAnna on two of her cruises and once when she was in Michigan. She was just like she was in the newsletters and her books. Down to earth, the neighbor next door, etc. She truly love life and her family.

The thing that I like about her recipes is that -- it's the cooking I grew up with, but only healthier. My grandmother would use non-stick pans, but always added the extra oil or bacon grease. Also, with JoAnna's recipes I don't have to search for some off the wall ingredient or try to figure out what to do with the other 2/3 of the can of ???

I truly miss JoAnna and her encouragment that came with every newsletter.

Deb in SE MI

4/21/10 3:11 A

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I agree I love the intros to her recipes, that's why in fact I always add them when I type of a recipe of hers. To me the recipe isn't complete with out them.

I too wish we could see the rest of the unpublished recipes. And also thought that the newsletter was getting unpersonable when it no longer had any real blurbs about the recipes any more. But, I would of continued to subscribe till I got every last one of her recipes!

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4/20/10 9:08 P

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I met JoAnna while she was doing a demonstration of how to prepare Better Than Candy Pie right in the middle of Fred Meyer. Previously I heard her on Dr. James Dobson's Focus On The Family so it was exciting that she was in Portland, OR as a guest on AM Northwest (local morning television program) and they announced she would be doing the cooking demonstration in the supermarket near where I lived. My impression was she never changed. What you saw was what you got. A wonderful lady with a gift for creating recipes and giving a homey story about it. She had to ask Cliff to get something from their camper before she started and he happily did it.


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4/20/10 8:24 P

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I never met her either, but I did an online chat with her once. she was a gracious lady that is terribly missed.

The recipe 'blurbs' or stories made them personable for me. I never would have tried as many as I did if it were not for those.

She really seemed to want to help people and that is the greatest to do IMO. I suppose that's how come some people choose their professions such as teachers, doctors, ministers, and more, that is to help each other. JoAnna blessed so many lives and many of us here.

I'm glad so many of us still value her work and what it does for us, keeps us healthy and for me, sane with my own food and health struggles. I cook so many of her recipes and almost every one is a winner. the variety of dishes, treats, and more is huge. thank God I came to know the fruits of her gifts. I don't know where I'd be health-wise.

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4/20/10 6:48 P

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I never met JoAnna either. But I am like you, I really enjoyed those personal notes at the beginning of each recipe. I recently tried the rhubarb meringue pie!! And it was a real winner!! DH loved it. I had got her HE exchanges book and audio tape at a thrift store some time ago. I just recently came across it while cleaning and got to reading and listening to the tape. I was so encouraged and inspired. Then I bought some of her books and checked some out at the library. And I was hooked!! I hope I can learn more about her from the rest of you. I missed out on alot by not having her monthly newsletters, etc.

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4/20/10 4:39 P

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I never met Joanna in person. However, she did have Sunday chats on her Website and I got to "talk" to her on them. I liked the way she put the individual amount of servings for each recipes. It helped me know what to give each person. Even though I did not meet her in person I felt like I knew her.

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4/20/10 4:28 P

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Besides the daily messages, I mean? If not, please excuse this, and let me know where to post. I just wanted to start a little discussion about Joanna Lund and her cookbooks, newsletters and recipes. Did any of you actually get to meet her? What do you like best about her work?
I think for me, one thing I really liked was the way she would give a little introduction to each recipe, explaining how she created it, or what inspired it, it would make me want to try the recipe much more than if it was just printed "plain". That was also a great part of her newsletters - her monthly articles, and answers to people's letters. I was very inspired by her faith, especially after her cancer diagnosis. I really looked forward to a monthly "visit" with Joanna when that newsletter showed up in the mailbox. I just pulled out my collection and have been re-reading them. I wonder if that is a big reason the newsletter was discontinued, the loss of Joanna's personal touch.She was such a cheerful, positive person! I can't help but wonder what will happen to those thousands of unprinted recipes she used to talk about. I sure wish someone from her family could publish some of them, it would be a great tribute to a great lady. Oh and one other thing, I really enjoyed the poems written by her mother that she would put in each book. I remember wishing that Joanna would publish a little book of her mother's poetry, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.

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