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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My Current Newspaper Column

The "Entertaining with Kathi" column has been a regular food and entertaining feature in the Northeast Chronicle - Tallahassee Democrat newspaper since May 2006.

Writing this column is truly a passion of mine, as are all things where food, fun and creative expression come together in highly original ways. So without further ado, here is my most recent column as it appears in the Gannett-owned newspaper. Enjoy!!

September 24, 2008
This recipe for squirrel will get you cooking
By Kathi Dameron

When the "Revised and Updated Centennial Edition of the White House Cookbook" hit bookstore shelves in 1996, I was among the first in line to get my hands on a copy. It was touted as the most tasteful text to come out of the White House in the last 100 years.

Here was a book that was one of those "must-haves" for my private cookbook collection.
While working on the new seasonal menus for my catering business, I sifted through the pages of this national treasure in search of one or two recipes that might make the cut and end up on this season's menu.

Many of the recipes sounded yummy, but only two nominees would be considered fit to be added to the Canopy Rose collection.

I'd been recipe taste-testing for the last six months and while I've eaten like royalty, there has been one big down side — the weighty consequences.

I was ecstatic when I found out that the authors of this text had revised and updated the recipes with a low-fat twist, especially in light of the fact that I had just rededicated myself to forging forward once again on my quest to be svelte.

But the one recipe that grabbed me by the throat and appealed to my sense of fun, with a paradoxical fit, was White House Squirrel Soup. It won't be found on my catering menu, but it's noteworthy all the same.

White House Squirrel Soup

Wash and quarter three or four good-sized squirrels; put them on with a small tablespoonful of salt, directly after breakfast, in a gallon of cold water.

Cover the pot, and set on the back part of the stove to simmer gently, not boil.

Add vegetables, just the same as you do in case of other meat soups in the summer season, but especially good will you find corn, Irish potatoes, tomatoes, and lima beans.

Strain the soup through a course colander when the meat has boiled to shreds, so as to get the squirrels' troublesome little bones.

Then return to the pot, and after boiling a while longer, thicken with a piece of butter rubbed in flour. Celery and parsley leaves chopped up are also considered an improvement by many.

Toast two slices of bread, cut them into dice one-half inch squares, fry them in butter, put them in the bottom of your tureen, and then pour the soup boiling hot upon them.

Kathi Dameron is a caterer, food writer, guest speaker and teacher of cooking classes. She owns Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company. Visit her at or contact Kathi at either or at 539-7750.

If you are shopping for a Tallahassee Florida catering and special event company for an upcoming party, wedding reception, office holiday party, political fundraiser, working lunch or dinner this Tallahassee caterer is an excellent choice.

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Bread of the Day 1.00

French Bread Baguette Rounds 1.00

Garlic Bread 1.25

Pita Bread 1.50

Corn Bread with Green Chilies and Cheese 2.95

Honey-Jalapeno Corn Bread 2.95

Salsa and Cheese Bread Ole! 2.95

French Bread with Chevre, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Chives 2.95

Strawberry Streusel Muffins 3.95

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins 3.95

Prize Winning Caraway Onion Puffs 3.95

Phyllo Cheese Straws with Pesto 4.95

French Bread w/ Pesto, Feta Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives 4.95

Bohemian Oyster French Bread Loaf 7.95

Butter .25

Herbal Butter .75

Tuscany Cheese Spread 2.95

Hummus 2.95

Spinach Dip 3.95

Catering Menus and Price Lists

Ask about our K.I.S. Catering Specials Starting at $14.95 per person (the perfect option for the budget savvy.)

Our extensive mix and match catering menus follow. Simply click on each category on the top right side of the website, to pull up a list of options.

For those seeking a turn-key catering solution.... our catering packages for receptions, banquets and holidays are simply perfect. These catering packages are also listed along the right side of the website.

For those looking for a highly original menu and theme for their event- Canopy Rose Catering's creativity and ability to create the WOW Factor is legendary! Don't miss the section on our unique catering stations for a taste of the fun of having a Canopy Rose Catered Event!

Weddings and Special Events By Canopy Rose

We really enjoy custom designing your catering for each different event and prefer to talk over the phone, communicate by e-mail or meet in person over a cup of coffee. Please make an appointment with Kathi Bess to discuss your Party and Catering needs. Call 850-539-7750 or email us at

Monthly Catering Special

Make sure and ask us about any catering specials we are running for the month.

The specials are a great way to treat your office, family and friends to the delicious foods of Canopy Rose.

Our catering specials are also a delicious solution for shoestring budgets! They include an entree, salad, crackers or bread. $10.00 p/p light portion / $15.00 p/p hearty portion

Have a big group and a small budget? Don't hesitate to ask us to help you. Canopy Rose is very creative in providing affordable, cost-effective catering solutions.

Kathi Wins Writing Award

Canopy Rose owner, Kathi Dameron has won the 2nd Place Award in the Newspaper Article Category at the 2008 Southern Christian Writer's Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for her article, Simple Act of Sharing Food Can Truly Bring People Together. This article appeared in the Northeast Chronicle - Tallahassee Democrat during the spring of 2008 in the Entertaining with Kathi column.

Grand Prize Winner In Cooking Contest

The year was 1987 when Kathi Dameron, a passionate gourmet cook who spent her days teaching 32 second graders, and her weekends hosting fun parties for her circle of friends at her waterfront home on Florida's North Hutchinson Island, won two prizes in the first cooking contest she ever entered. One of these prizes was the coveted Grand Prize. At that moment Kathi knew that one day in the not too distant future her special dream to launch her very own catering company would be realized. Seven years later that day arrived with the birth of Canopy Rose in Florida's Capital City in 1994.

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Canopy Rose Booking Information

We are delighted that you are interested in booking the services of Canopy Rose! The process is very simple!

Simply call 850-539-7750 (office) or 850-228-0583 (cellular)
(If you should get the voice mail, please leave a message and we will return your call asap.) or send us an e-mail to

In order to best serve you we will need to know the following details:

1. The date, time and location of your event

2. The number of anticipated guests

3. The type of event (ie: office luncheon, wedding reception, holiday party, small private dinner party in your home, legislative cocktail party, etc.)

4. A description of the food, services and catering budget you have in mind.