Author: astarthoraolcom

Simple Easy and Perfect Prime Rib

We always found it funny how many folks say they love prime rib, but never seem to make it at home. Young or old, they just don’t do it. Sometimes they think it is complicated. Others think that the meat is so expensive that they just don’t want to screw […]

Vermont Salad Dressing

We had this dressing for the first time many years ago when visiting Vermont on business. It was just a normal business trip until the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Yep, it was that awful day, 9/11. My two traveling partners and I were originally scheduled to meet […]

Kentucky Shrimp Chowder

Everybody loves a good chowder, especially a seafood chowder. Recently on a visit to Shelbyville, Kentucky and Science Hill we came across another interesting old cookbook. It contained a classic chowder recipe, and after some experimentation with ingredients we worked out what we think is a great shrimp chowder recipe. […]

Swedish Meatballs

When we lived in Minnesota, there were two places that offered some of the best Swedish meatballs ever. Sadly, both Aquavit and the Grill Room at Macy’s have been long closed but I was able to secure elements of those recipes before they disappeared.¬† I took those elements, experimented a […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I have never been much of a baker but I have always loved oatmeal raisin cookies. So my wife went to watch the grandkids in Wisconsin for a couple weeks and I decided to have enough discipline to attempt baking cookies. (Discipline because you have to be exacting in your […]

Maker’s Mark Distillery

People often ask where to visit while in Kentucky. They also mention the plethora of distillery tours available. Well, one of our favorites is The Maker’s Mark tour, South of Louisville in Loretto Kentucky. Not only is Maker’s Mark one of the oldest and well known distilleries in the world, […]

Butternut Squash Soup

I finally hit on a perfect recipe for one of our favorite soups. This Butternut Squash soup recipe evolved over the years, but clearly came from researching a couple old Kentucky cookbooks. The “roasting” preparation technique makes all the difference once my slow mind realized that many of the great […]

Skillet Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of our very favorite vegetables. Unfortunately, many people do not like this delicious side, often because they have never had them properly prepared. This side goes perfectly with steaks in particular. In addition, we occasionally like our steaks Oscar style, covered in hollandaise or b√©arnaise sauce. We […]