Pasta, Sauce

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

I think we experimented more with this recipe than any other, over the last 40 years. The trick was to get the sauce to a point where the sweet and spicy blend came through, with lower acid tomatoes. We make large portions and freeze the sauce for future use. In […]

Meat

Kentucky Meatloaf

There are a million and one meatloaf recipes, so why is this one included as one of the best Kentucky tasting meatloaf recipes? Well, it is not only tasty as all heck but it’s another secret family recipe we think you find unique. It takes a little more time than […]

Appetizers, Meat

Italian Meatballs

We made these meatballs for the famous Rizzardi Italian family, and they loved them. How could we not include them as one of the best recipes on this blog? Since then we improved our recipe by using pancetta, grating our onion, fresh grating our parmesan cheese and always poaching them […]

Meat, Smoking

Smoked Baby Back Ribs

The great thing about having your family favorite recipes in an online blog is that everyone always has access to them AND that you can improve them when you come across something that makes a great recipe even greater. That’s exactly what I am doing today, after a follower messaged […]

Salads, Sides

Cole Slaw Dressing

This is  our favorite coleslaw recipe, and so much better than most pre-made dressings available in stores. It has a nice blend of spicy jalapeno peppers, sweet sugar, and acid from the vinegar and lemon. It is a perfect side dish with smoked meats in particular, and goes on top […]

Sandwich

Kentucky Hot Brown

It’s pretty hard to make a better Hot Brown at home than you can get at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. This unique Kentucky hot sandwich was invented there in 1926, and it has been a favorite throughout Kentucky ever since. Nevertheless, we spent years trying to make a great […]

Soup

Touchdown Chili

This recipe is the result of living in 14 different houses from coast to coast. We were exposed to 5 different professional football, and 8 different NCAA Division One, types of tailgates in our lives. It seemed every city, and even certain team fans, had a different spin on their […]

Sides

Cornbread

There is nothing more classic than Kentucky cornbread. This simple and delicious recipe took some experimentation (We made so many mistakes) to get the perfect mix of sugar, maple syrup, bourbon and cornmeal. We must have finally got it right since our son-in-law, a lifetime Kentuckian, said he liked it […]