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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 bit with some Kentucky meatball […]

“Real American Dining” Our Best Restaurant (Smithfield KY)

After driving by Our Best Restaurant many times since moving back to Kentucky, we finally stopped by one night for dinner. Are we glad we did. This restaurant sits many miles away from the expressway, on Route 22 East of Louisville in a little town called Smithfield. It’s a classic farmhouse type of structure with […]

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 measurements and recipes when you […]

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, but it sits in beautiful […]

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 forgotten cooks took the time […]

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 much prefer mushrooms cooked in […]

Restaurant Quality Steak Seasoning and Technique

Steak at home is always a trick. Of course, there is no replacement for great meat but, few folks can always afford “real” prime steaks, order Allen Brothers online, or pick up the occasional Wagyu beef at their grocery store or butcher shop. Many people believe all you need for steak seasoning is salt and […]

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Chops for Grilling

A while back we visited Wisconsin and son-in-law Mark grilled us some bacon wrapped stuffed pork chops for dinner. They were great and I left wanting to not just replicate the butcher’s recipe, but add some tricks I learned over the years related to the chops and vegetables that were stuffed inside. After much experimentation, […]

Simple Kentucky Chicken Wings

Anyone can make good chicken wings but it takes more time, and just a few secret ideas, to make them great. Additionally, most people fry wings but we have found that we get a deeper flavor by baking them. You might want to ask what makes these wings Kentucky wings? Well, Bourbon of course! Secrets […]

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