All posts tagged food

Kitchen Gadget

My brother and husband love Think Geek. I always thought it was a nerdy guy website but they have proved me wrong.  For my birthday I received this amazing little gadget! This DIY Citrus Spritzer is perfect for adding fresh fruit juice to any dish. You insert the spritzer head directly into the fruit and then you can spray the fruit juice. It sure beats all of the extra leg work involved in slicing fruit, removing the seeds, and then juicing.

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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.


Holiday Gift Guide – Women

Buy local for your best friends, mom or sister! These gifts are a great way to buy fabulous presents while supporting local artists and businesses.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Children

Buy local for your nieces, nephews, children or friends’ children! These gifts are a great way to buy fabulous presents while supporting local artists and businesses.

These building block toys by Mia Boo on Etsy are adorable! Only $24 and $20 for the sets!

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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

Holiday Gift Guide – Men

Buy local for that special guy in your life. Husband, Father, Boyfriend whomever! These gifts are a great way to buy fabulous presents while supporting local artists and businesses.

Sunergos Coffee beans are locally roasted and I think it’s some of the best coffee in town! They also sell great home brewing equipment for the coffee lovers in your life.

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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