’Tis the season of prime produce in Kentucky, with voluptuous harvests of tomatoes, corn, beans, potatoes, fruits like melons and tons more of delicious, fresh food.
No one is more a fan of this season than Chef Josh Smouse.
We're on the late-winter weather rollercoaster, and there's no turning back now! (Anyone remember The Beast at Kings Island?)
For New Year’s Eve, a house planned its first footing, or First-Foot, so that a tall, dark and handsome man bearing cakes or coins would be the first after midnight to walk through the door. Such a man planting a “first foot” in the house meant good luck for the year.
We have a Christmas cookie streak going in our family and it ties me and, over the last few years, Willa, to my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother every Christmas. I think of them as I read their hand-written recipe cards for the Damn Good Sugar Cookies and the Ice Box Cookies.
It’s tempting to think of hibernating, retreating to the warmth of the wood stove, but much remains to harvest, including greens for salad and cooking, and autumn roots: potatoes, carrots, turnips, radishes, beets.