This year I planted a Romanesco Zucchini plant in my garden, and I’ve had a beautiful, abundant crop of striped green fruit all summer long. Sometimes its hard to come up with new ideas for the same produce over and over, but Zucchini is easy to use and the ideas just keep flowing (not that […]

I love dishes that are simply brilliant. Short prep time and a dish you can walk away from in the oven are two great factors. Take that and combine it with the fact that you can impress your guests with a unique ingredient like Miso, and you look like a seasoned pro. “Yeah, I cook […]

On July 4th I hosted a cookout, and my friend Andy brought enough poundcake, ice cream and berries for a small army. So, what to do with all the leftover poundcake and berries? A light and fluffy buttermilk bread pudding with a spike of bourbon was the perfect option. It was the first time I […]

Every year, I pull out my colored pencils and sketch out a plan for my garden. There are numerous planning tools online that allow you to create something more technical and perfect, but the whimsy of putting colored pencil to paper makes me feel more connected to the process. And hells bells, it’s just more […]

Strawberry season has trailed off, but there are still berries on the shelves to choose from that would be lovely in this lemony cornmeal cake. I recently made two of these to take to two dinner parties in the same night. They were a tasty success, and the plates at both parties disappeared quickly (even […]

I’m often asked about how I clean and maintain my cast iron. It is really much more simple than you might think, and is just as easy to maintain as pots and pans you throw in the dishwasher. I greatly increased my cast iron stash recently and purchased a pretty impressive set from Lodge Cast […]

If you haven’t had Edamame or Bok Choy you’re missing out on some tasty, Asian inspired eats. Edamame are young, green soybeans and Bok Choy is a variety of Asian Cabbage (related to varieties of Western Cabbage and, oddly enough, Turnips). Both are light and uniquely flavorful veggies with a rich texture. Combined with Sweet […]

This delectable sweet and salty dish of pear, figs, honey and cheeses on puff pastry is amazingly simple to prepare yet complex in flavor. You can make this for one meal and reheat the leftovers in the oven for an appetizer for dinner with friends later in the evening or the next day. The strong […]

I recently hosted brunch for a group of friends over a holiday weekend. Everyone brought a dish and the spread was impressive- Spanish Tortilla, Leek and Brussels Sprout Egg Casserole, Fruit Salad, Donuts, Carrot Souffle, Lucky Charm Treats (YUM!) and Mango Sorbet Mimosas. Amidst all that delicious sweet and savory loveliness these hearty Bacon and […]

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~Muhammad Ali His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed the city of Louisville with a three day visit last week as part of the city’s annual Festival of Faiths. He had a laugh that lit up the room and immediately brought tears […]

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