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Fresh Sheet: Chaps first on ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’

The first of the area’s restaurants to be featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” is on the schedule.

Chaps owner Celeste Shaw confirmed the Latah Creek eatery will be among three restaurants featured on the show scheduled to air Nov. 1 at 10 p.m.

“It’s a little surreal, but it’s true,” she says.

“People were just squealing” when Triple D star Guy Fieri pulled up to Chaps in his signature red convertible, Shaw says.

She says they made their signature baked oatmeal and stuffed pork chop during the filming with Fieri.

Chaps and its new bakery Cake are located 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Road. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday 4:30 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 7:30 to 2 p.m.

Farm Chicks Christmas

Fans of homemade goodies, holiday crafts or the Farm Chicks will want to put this book on their wish list.

Farm Chick and Country Living contributing editor Serena Thompson has penned “The Farm Chicks Christmas: Merry Ideas for the Holidays” (Sterling Publishing Co., 2010).

The hardcover book is full of beautiful photography, most of it by John Granen. It sells for $27.95 and hit bookstores last month.

Thompson shares stories of the simple pleasures in life, along with friends and families. She folds in decorating ideas, holiday crafts, packaging ideas and tips for shipping goodies.

The book includes 17 recipes, along with notecards and gift tags for homemade treats.

Thompson is the co-founder of The Farm Chicks Antiques Show and co-authored “The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen” with her original partner in the business, Teri Edwards. Both women live with their families near Spokane.

Edwards has since retired but is featured prominently among the stories and friends in the book. Fans will also recognize the rustic Montana-chic stylings of the aforementioned Celeste Shaw among the decorating ideas.

Thompson opened the first Farm Chicks store this summer in Browne’s Addition, but it has since closed. However, her website and blog show the progress on the Farm Chicks “World Headquarters” on Green Bluff.

There’s more information about the Farm Chicks and Thompson at

We’re always looking for fresh food news. Send story ideas and news tips to The Fresh Sheet, Features Department, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210. Call (509) 459-5446, fax to (509) 459-5098 or send an e-mail to
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