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Commemorating Dorothy Dean with updated recipes

October marks 80 years since the start of The Spokesman-Review’s beloved Dorothy Dean Homemakers Service.

The newspaper launched the service in 1935 with a test kitchen and cooking school. Recipe leaflets and a telephone hotline were also part of the popular program.

Dorothy Dean was the pseudonym for the food editors and writers who worked for the service, which ended in 1983. To commemorate the start of Dorothy Dean, the Food section is looking for favorite old Dorothy Dean recipes that could use an update for the modern era. Less butter, perhaps? Or the addition of a trendy flavor? Maybe an ingredient or two that was uncommon in the 1930s, ’40s or ’50s?

Each person who shares a Dorothy Dean recipe that he or she thinks is in need of a revamp will be entered in a drawing for a cookbook. We may use your contributions in an upcoming article celebrating the beginning of Dorothy Dean.

Please send a recipe and short explanation by Sept. 30 to Food Editor Adriana Janovich. Find contact information at the bottom of the column.

Feeling crabby

Clover is hosting a crab and lobster boil Tuesday night.

The event had been scheduled for July but pushed back because of hot temperatures, according to chef Travis Dickinson.

Choose from Maine lobster or Dungeness crab with all kinds of traditional sides: corn, potatoes, clams, Andouille sausage. The cost is $100 per person and includes wine, salad and dessert.

Dinner is 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Clover, 913 E. Sharp Ave. Call (509) 487-2937 or email info@clover On the Web: http://clover

Eat it. Find it. Grow it.

Have you checked out the food blog of the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition?

The ad-hoc group aims to strengthen the health of the Palouse-Clearwater food system and increase production, distribution and consumption of locally grown food and agricultural products.

One of the ways it does this is by sharing seasonal recipes spotlighting locally produced ingredients on its PCWFoods blog, which files posts under the subheadings of “Eat it,” “Find it” and “Grow it.”

Find the local food blog by going to the organization’s main website at and clicking on PCWFoods blog, or by visiting https://pcwfoods.word

Do you have fresh food news? Write to: Fresh Sheet, Features Department, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210. Call (509) 459-5446 or send an email to adrianaj@