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Healthy Smoothie Recipe

I love smoothies and have started making them almost everyday. I’ve had a low energy level for awhile and am constantly tired due to a Vitamin D deficiency.  In my smoothies, I combine raw fruit, raw vegetables and protein for a big punch of natural energy that leaves me feeling great afterwards.

I was randomly adding flavors into the blender and came up with this amazing treat! This smoothie tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It sounds weird but trust me, it is truly delicious.


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Decca, Louisville’s newest culinary addition, opened its doors in March of this year. Located on East Market Street in the NuLu neighborhood, Decca provides farm to table cuisine made by San Francisco chefs Anne Pettry and Loretta Keller. The menu looks absolutely scrumptious and I can’t wait to eat there.

Read this review from Robin Garr of Louisville Hot Bytes

Read this review from Marty Rosen of the Courier-Journal

I’ve already picked out my meal!

  • Duck Liver Terrine, Cherry Mostarda, Grilled Bread
  • House Made Cavatelli, Shitake Mushrooms, Sage, Bread Crumbs
  • Hard Wood Grilled Skirt Steak, Bone Marrow Butter, Aged Balsamic
  • Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Mango Gelee, Pineapple, Coconut Sable

Photos courtesy of Original Makers Club

Nigella Lawson

I love Nigella Lawson.  She has written a number of cook books and has had a number of cooking shows where she takes a relaxed and fun approach to food.  I love to watch Nigella Lawson because she makes food exciting! Try out some of her recipes and you’ll feel like a celebrity in the kitchen.  She’s not an actual trained chef but a food writer and journalist which gives me encouragement that I can create state of the art food without being a trained chef.  Her website is full of great information so make sure to check it out.

Renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting, Lawson has been called the “queen of food porn”. (Learn more about Nigella from Wikipedia.)

Check out her iphone app!

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Bread Pudding

So I love bread pudding and love to make bread pudding. This recipe is by far some of the best bread pudding I’ve had.

Panettone Bread Pudding


  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 pound Panettone, sliced 1″ thick (you can get it at Trader Joes for $5)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 tblsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tblsp bourbon
  • orange zest


Butter Panettone on both sides and cook in skillet until sides are golden brown.   Whisk together remaining ingredients. Tear Panettone into bite-size pieces and spread evenly in a casserole dish. (13×9 is a good size). Pour in liquid mixture and let stand 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the middle. Bake bread pudding until pudding is set about 30-45 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or homemade whipped cream.


Please and Thank You

Please and Thank You is a little cafe located at 800 East Market street in the NuLu district.  They sell delicious coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and records! It’s one of my favorite places to grab breakfast with my best friends and pick up vinyl for my husband.

Check out some of their delicious food!


Egg Strada (tomatoes, eggs, cheese, pesto) with side salad, Curious Bagel (cream cheese, peppadew, red onion, cilantro, apricot jam), Capriole Special (goat cheese, grapes, rosemary honey) with side of arugula.


Harvest Restaurant

Harvest Restaurant is a local establishment located in the NuLu district.  They feature delicious creations by Chef Coby Ming made with locally sourced ingredients. Their menu is constantly changing but includes items like:

burger, chevre, bibb lettuce, hog jowl bacon jam, pretzel bun

buttermilk fried chicken, arugula biscuit hoecake, smoked peppercorn gravy

ravioli, smoked goat cheese, roasted mushroom broth, garlic crouton, rapini pesto

greens, house cured bacon, scallions, warm sherry vinaigrette, poached local egg

smoked pork shoulder, rapini, potato cakes, garlic-sage jus

sorghum spice cookie / vanilla ice cream / candied bacon

Harvest’s Bar Manager Stacie Stewart had a drink featured in the December 2011 Southern Living! Hot Buttered Rye!

Harvest Restaurant is the happy home to Fly Away Fox blue mason jar soap dispensers!!!! If you haven’t been to Harvest yet, head down there for some delicious local fare and check out my dispensers when you use the restroom.

Harvest Restaurant is located 624 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Lunch – Tuesday – Friday, 11am-2:30pm
Dinner – Tuesday – Thursday, 5pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday, 5pm-11pm
Brunch – Saturday, 11am-2:30pm, Sunday, 11am-2:30pm
Bar – Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-11pm, Friday and Saturday, 11am-12pm


I’m not the biggest fan of turkey so once I have children I’m going to create new food traditions and cook things like pheasant, goose, duck, lobster and venison. Here are some great recipes that I found on to help you spice things up for your Thankgiving dinner.

Stuffed Goose Breast with Caraway and Apples by Mario Batali

Fagiano alla Contadina: Pheasant, Farmer Style by Mario Batali

Whole Duck with Green Peppercorn Glaze by Alex Guarnaschelli

Garam Masala Rubbed Cornish Hen with Maple Tamarind Glaze by Bobby Flay

Pan Roasted Venison with Spicy Cranberry Mexican Cinnamon Sauce by Bobby Flay



Cake Flour

Cake Flour is an all-natural bakery on Market Street.  They have an eco-friendly building with energy efficient appliances and work hard to maintain a minimal carbon footprint. They use no artificial anything in their products. Their eggs are grown locally, their flour is organic and unbleached, even their shortening is all natural!

They offer a wide range of products from quiches to cupcakes and always have daily specials. If you haven’t visited yet, head down for a treat. You won’t be disappointed! Their food is delicious!

Photos from Cake Flour website


This Wednesday Just Creations is hosting their annual chocolate bake off as part of their Choctoberfest celebration! It starts at 6PM and is free and open to the public. Community members signed up in advance to participate in the bake off and anyone can come and sample the different creations! A panel of local food experts serve as judges with first place, second place, and fan favorite prizes! It’s a fun and delicious event!

Check out some Louisville chocolate companies and see what scrumptious items local businesses are creating!

Coco’s Chocolate Cafe

Cellar Door Chocolates

Stellar Sweets



Banh Mi

Banh Mi is a Vietnamese baguette sandwich. A result of French colonialism in Vietnam, this delicious sandwich combines both Asian and European flavors making it a unique dish. Traditional ingredients include pickled carrots, daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chilli peppers, pate, grilled meat, and aioli. The flavors are bright, fragrant and delicious!!!

You can find Banh Mi at the following restaurants in Louisville: Nam Nam Cafe at 318 Wallace Avenue, Coco’s Bakery at 6915 Southside Drive, Annie Cafe at 308 West Woodlawn Avenue, and Pho Binh Minh at 6709 Strawberry Lane

Visit these websites to learn more about Banh Mi and read reviews by Louisville blogs:

Photo from Food People Want website