Gail Kittleson's Quick Mushroom Soup

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An Iowa farm girl, Gail Kittleson appeared with thick glasses and a pile of books at the local library counter every Saturday. After earning her MA in TESOL, she taught English as a Second Language and college expository writing. After publishing a memoir, the World War II bug bit her and she’s never been quite the same. 

Gail’s husband Lance has deployed with the Army several times, and says between him and their son, she has experienced more deployments than anyone in the family. He shares her delight in historical research, their grandchildren and gardening.

The desire to increase appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices veterans have made for our freedom motivates Gail's work. She also loves cheering other writers through facilitating workshops. Learn more about Gail HERE.

Gail's Latest Book Release - Until Then 


March 3, 1943 - Bethnal Green, London’s East End

Shortly after a quarter past eight, a siren split the air. Marian Williams lifted her sleeping daughter from her bed and darted down the stairs. Her mother and father-in-law, off on air warden duty, had left the front door unlocked. She hugged her youngest child close. The blackout made the going difficult, but her husband’s instructions echoed in her brain: “Whatever you do, get down inside the station fast as you can.”

She hoped for a spot near the canteen, with access to milk. Uneven light shone over the paved steps. Then she tripped. Her knee hit the concrete, then something bashed her left side. Someone cried out. Another blow scraped her arm on the landing floor. Where was her baby? She attempted to get up, but an even heavier weight slammed her face down. A crushing burden descended, then all went black.

Riding in the backs of Army trucks across North Africa, throughout the Sicily campaign, up the boot of Italy, and northward through France into Germany, Dorothy Woebbeking served as a surgical nurse with the 11th Evacuation Hospital.

During World War II, US Army nurses worked and slept in tents through horrific weather, endured enemy fire, and even the disdain of their own superior officers, who believed women had no place in war. But Dorothy and her comrades persevered, and their skills and upbeat attitude made a huge difference in the lives of thousands of wounded soldiers. Dorothy and Marian’s stories converge on a simple, hand stitched handkerchief. Buy the book HERE.

Gail's Quick Mushroom Soup

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a soup pot. Stir in 2 tablespoons flour with 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms. Gradually stir in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. Add 1 1/2 cups milk and stir until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 1-2.