We, are Julia (Jay) and Bryan. Bryan’s the parental unit and Julia is the Great Great Granddaughter of Julia (Wolcott) Kiene, who wrote many cookbooks for Westinghouse in the 1950′s.

Jay recently discovered that when her grandfather was about her age, he helped his grandmother test the recipes for her cookbooks. One of these books in particular, “The Step-by-Step Cook Book for Girls and Boys”, excited us most. Jay immediately wanted to try some of the recipes and her mother said, “Well, if you’re going to do that, you might as well blog about it.”

Jay, founder of Forest Troll Art, can be found in the forest these days teaching new bunches of kids about nature, making clever and rouge designs for sale, and taking classes at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.

You can still find Julia Kiene’s cook books in used books stores and online. We’ve made a list at Amazon.com to help you browse through them.

Bryan (aka SFDada) has recently brought over his old blog from Blogger to GroovyArtichokes. Together is better and simpler.

2 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi Julia, I know this is out of the blue but I wonder if we might be related. My great great aunt gave me her Betty Furness cookbook by Julia Kiene long ago. I never really looked at the cover and didn’t make the possible Kiene connection til just recently. Please feel free to connect if you would like to follow up with me.

    1. Kathleen, it is so nice to see your comment, we’ll send you an email to follow up. We have a family tree at ancestry that you might be interested in. It’s lovely to hear from you.

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