Jack and Barbara Nicklaus share favorite recipes in new cookbook

Barbara and Jack Nicklaus with daughter Nan O'Leary. (Allen Eyestone/ Palm Beach Post staff)
Barbara and Jack Nicklaus with daughter Nan O’Leary. (Allen Eyestone/ Palm Beach Post staff)

Food stories have a way of rising like a cheese soufflé in the Nicklaus family kitchen. They linger as long as loved ones around the kitchen island in the Lost Tree Village home where golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara have lived for nearly 50 years, raising four sons and a daughter and feeding 22 grandchildren.

Now those stories are tucked into their newly released cookbook, “Well Done! Life, Love & Food.” Peppered with favorite anecdotes and handed-down recipes, the self-published book offers a glimpse into the family that sat around the dinner table nightly for home-cooked meals, no matter the day’s bustle.

The family meals, inspired by Barbara’s stacks of community cookbooks and jotted-down recipes, unfolded just a stone’s throw from the stretch of State Road A1A that in 2006 was renamed Jack Nicklaus Drive.

Barbara Nicklaus' red velvet cake has a backstory the family loves to tell. (Allen Eyestone/ Palm Beach Post staff)
Barbara Nicklaus’ red velvet cake has a backstory the family loves to tell. (Photo: Allen Eyestone)

When the idea to publish a cookbook came up as a way to raise funds for The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, their powerhouse charitable foundation, Barbara turned to a trusty recipe binder daughter Nan O’Leary had compiled for her in the late 1990s.

“The book would not have happened if not for Nan,” she says. Sales of the book, which costs $39.99, benefit the charitable foundation.

Read the full story and find the recipe for Barbara Nicklaus’ red velvet cake (and how it inspired a favorite family anecdote) here.

Minestrone for the soul: ‘Empty Bowls’ event hopes to curb local hunger

On February 14 & 15 Empty bowls will host a simple communal meal in which participants will dine on a piece of bread and soup in a beautiful handmade bowl. The event is designed to create greater awareness about hunger in Palm Beach County and to raise money for the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Participants get to keep the bowls. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
Photo: Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post

The handmade bowls are almost too pretty to fill, but they are empty to make a point about local hunger.

The folks at the Palm Beach County Food Bank will tell you one in six local residents do not know where their next meal will come from. This is why the annual Empty Bowls Palm Beach charity event has been planned for a third year.

The fundraiser, for which local potters make bowls to be filled with hearty soups made by local chefs, takes place in Palm Beach Friday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Episcopal Church at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, 141 S. County Rd.

Here’s how it works: You purchase a handmade bowl of your choice for $25, then peruse the fresh-made soup offerings for servings of your favorite. After you sample your choice of soups, you get to keep the bowl. All proceeds go to the Food Bank.

You can also order soup for takeout or delivery, choosing from 10 soup options (including The Colony’s mushroom-tarragon with crab, E.R. Bradley’s lobster bisque, Palm Beach Grill’s Firehouse Chili, and Testa’s minestrone). For $25, to-go orders include soup, bread, bottled water, a cookie and a ceramic bowl (optional). Takeout and delivery orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. For a takeout form, email EmptyBowlsPB@bbts.org.

Last year, the soup event raised more than $64,000 for the Food Bank, with 49 local restaurants donating soup and 1027 people buying bowls.

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