We all have a passion for food, just some of us more than others…
First, thank you for visiting my website. Whether you’re here for recipes, the Southern company, or to learn a little about Kentucky from the locals, I’m glad you found us! (“Us,” of course, referring to myself and my sometimes unwilling entourage of husband, kids, friends, or dogs).
My main objective is to make good food simple. Although I have been fortunate enough to eat at some wonderful restaurants, the truth is that normal people don’t have the time or culinary acumen to compete on a similar level at home. Our lives are inundated with food shows and the latest gadgets, techniques, and recipes, yet fast food drive-thrus are always full. Why is that? Wouldn’t we all love to scavenge for the 35-ingredient recipe list and then spend all day cooking? Yes, we would if we lived in a fairytale! Complex recipes aren’t necessarily tastier or healthier than simple recipes. A few, fresh ingredients can make all the difference in the world to your perceived cooking ability and to your health.
Preparing food with a simple focus means choosing quality over quantity. In my own life, I try to buy organic products as much as possible. I also make it a priority to support my Kentucky producers by buying from local farms, farmer’s markets, or food co-ops. Did you know that for every dollar you spend locally, 70% remains in that local community? When I buy eggs, meat, and dairy from my neighborhood farmers, I’m assured that my family is getting the freshest products which are humanely raised by other families in my community who value the same commitment to food as I do.
In addition to supporting local producers, I believe in patronizing local businesses. Call me sentimental, but I can remember a time when mom-and-pop stores were the norm and people actually knew your name. We’ve lost so much of our regional flavor to chain restaurants and big box stores, so I try to contribute my small part by choosing independent businesses over the national behemoths. Since most are overwhelmingly positive, I also try to write about my food-related experiences with Kentucky businesses and producers.
Having been born and reared a Kentuckian, I’ve lived in various parts of the state. I may be prejudiced, but I love our beautiful state and its wonderful residents. I’m proud to call the Bluegrass home and I hope you’ll enjoy a little piece of it through my eyes.