El Camino Restaurant and Tiki Bar in Louisville, KY

Aku Aku Lapu Punch at El Camino

El Camino 1314 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40204 502-454-5336 What do you get when you combine a Southern California Surfer theme, classic Tiki drinks and straight-from the-homeland Mexican street food including scratch-made tortillas from fresh Masa? El Camino, the latest bar and restaurant venture of co-owners Larry Rice and Shawn Cantley, and executive chef Jonathan […]

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How to Clean Your Cast Iron

Cast Iron Cleaning 4

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 […]

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Best of St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Round-Up

Market window in Ireland with Lean Ham and Rooster Potatoes known for great taste and cooking quality. "Washed" potatoes have good shape and are usually smooth with less eyes and blemishes.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays simply because I’m Irish and the holiday gives me the perfect reason to cook good Irish food. Below are a few of the best Irish themed recipes I’ve created over the past few years. Since my kitchen is still in its final remodeling stages, I wasn’t […]

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Foodie Penpal Package Reveal

Foodie Pen Pal Package

This month I participated in the Foodie Penpal exchange for the first time, and it was great fun! Once a month Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean pulls together over a thousand participants to exchange packages of food goodies around the United States and Canada. Bloggers and blog readers can participate, so visit her site […]

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Chef Edward Lee’s MilkWood at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville – A First Look

MilkWood 316 West Main St. Louisville, KY 40202 502-584-MILK (6455) Chef Edward Lee of Louisville (since 2002, originally from Brooklyn) is making his mark on the city with the newly opened MilkWood in the basement of Actor’s Theatre. Last night I was lucky enough to attend the opening with ten friends in celebration of our […]

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A Night at RouXbarb with Chef Bruce Bogartz in Knoxville, TN

Beef Ribs at Rouxbarb

I was recently at the first ever Southern Food Writing Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee where I was lucky enough to stumble upon one of the best meals of my life. Minutes after arriving in town with my amazingly fun and fabulous friend Joyce Pinson (you can see her full accounting of this hot spot at […]

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Strawberry Season Recipe Round-Up


Strawberry season is the perfect time of year, and strawberries are my all time favorite fruit. A friend of mine pretty much summed it up with, “I love strawberries because they’re awesome.” Yep, I totally agree. I’ve posted recipes for a few strawberry goodies on this site: Sweet & Savory Strawberry Salad, Strawberry Shortcake Muffins […]

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Guerrilla Cuisine with Anthony Lamas and Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, KY

Avocado Ice Cream with Liquid Nitrogen Sorghum Popcorn and a Nasturtium Garnish

On April 3, 2012 Louisville hosted its first ever Guerrilla Cuisine dinner. The concept for Guerrilla Cuisine, created by Jimihatt, caught on like wildfire in Charleston, SC and is slowly moving into other cities around the country. Louisville was the location for the fifth event outside the state of South Carolina. I joined my writer […]

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Best of Easter Round-Up

Easter Bunny and Violets

One of the best parts of being a food blogger is getting to know so many wonderful people who also happen to be excellent cooks. Because I travel frequently, I don’t always have enough time to make the foods I’d like for a given holiday. This Easter is one of those busy times. Luckily, I’m […]

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Best Mardi Gras Recipe Round-Up

Mardi Gras

Laissez les bons temps rouler – Let the good times roll! Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! It’s officially Mardi Gras and the South is atwitter with the merriment of the day. Mardi Gras dates back to Spring pagan celebrations of the ancient Romans, and evolved over time to become the last celebration before the beginning of […]

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