Easy Entertaining: Honey

September is National Honey Month, which is as good hook as any for a timely story, but also a good opportunity to remind ourselves of what a remarkable food honey is all year round....

Easy Entertaining — Home for the Holidays

Holidays can be stressful. End-of-year entertaining can present special challenges that don't plague your average host during less hectic seasons. With the never-ending parade of office celebrations, neighborhood gatherings and family functions, holiday parties often seem...

Modern Day Moonshine

Shop any decent liquor store and you’ll find a growing number of clear spirits that aren’t gin, vodka or rum. I’m talking moonshine, a debatably named clear liquor and tasty tribute to the turbulent...

Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

People who know me won’t be surprised by the analogy that came to mind as I sat down to sample Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, a new product from a veteran of the local distilling industry. What jumped into my head was the rabbit-duck illusion, an ambiguous 19th-century German drawing depicting a rabbit that, if you look again, looks like a duck, or a duck, if you blink, that resembles a rabbit. Which creature is it? Read more...

Easy Entertaining — Easy Kebab Party

It’s hard to beat a cookout for casual entertainment. The mood is relaxed, never rushed, and the food is informal, which makes for a perfect opportunity to grill kebabs. This ancient means of grilling food...

Tips for Better Coffee at Home.

We’ve all had that magical moment when at a coffeehouse, a neighborhood diner, or an upscale restaurant, you tipped up your coffee cup and were introduced to that very special memory of coffee that...

Easy Entertaining: Mexican Fiesta

Here’s a party idea perfect for when the weather begins to chill. Take a trip to Mexico without ever leaving your home. Here are a few easy recipes that are delicious, filling and very affordable....
Easy Entertaining: Downtown Triple Crown

Easy Entertaining: Downtown Triple Crown

On the first Saturday in May, Derby season is celebrated in Kentucky and throughout the region. As we hope for another Triple Crown winner, people begin the festivities weeks before the Derby, party hard...

Easy Entertaining — Celebration Dishes

Originally published in the Winter 2015 issue of Food & Dining Magazine. The holidays call for celebratory dishes, special occasion favorite foods which evoke wonderful sights and aromas when getting together with family and friends. Everyone has...

Easy Entertaining — Cajun Crawfish Boil…Made Easy

Up here, north of Bayou Country, Cajun food is party food, the mark of a celebration that includes spicy sausage and seafood, rice and okra, catfish, gumbo, maque choux... And the epitome of Cajun party...

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