Wednesday, March 14, 2012


There is no doubt that this time of year you've either spotted a traveling wagon full of Girl Scout cookies or a table of eager scouts and their moms at the storefont of your local grocery store. Both of these sightings signal that Girl Scout cookie season is fully underway. This year every box of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas (a.ka. Caramel Delites) and Thank U Berry Much's will carry a distinctive birthday greeting from the Girl Scouts. The international group is celebrating their 100 year anniversary.

Photo by Billy Hefton
In honor of this very special birthday, the Girl Scouts have declared 2012 as the Year of the Girl. They invited me to be part of the celebration by cooking a fundraising birthday dinner at the Oakwood Country Club in Enid, Oklahoma. I thoroughly enjoyed working with David North, executive chef and general manager and his terrific staff. We worked together to prepare a four-course birthday feast for every Girl Scout celebrant.

If you are curious about the brave woman, Juliette Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912, you can read about her in one of three biographies that have been published in the last year. She was a trail blazer who influenced a whole host of female leaders. In fact, women like Lucille Ball, Sally Ride, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Sandra Day O' Connor, Condoleezza Rice, Mariah Carey, Barabara Walters, Katie Couric and Ann Landers (among many others) have all had the privilege of being part of the the international Girl Scout troop.