Thirsty Thursday: Derby Drinks

This weekend is the Kentucky Derby, one of my favorite fashion shows of the year. If I had my way, I’d wear an ostentatious straw hat plastered with fake roses and lace every day of the year. Although I love mint juleps as much as the next Southerner, making more than two can be a … Continued

Bluegrass Bites: Bourbon Balls

While there will never be a shortage of liquor during a Kentucky Derby celebration, the omission of bourbon balls from a festive spread would be almost as big of a faux pas as leaving the Four Roses at home.

The Indulgence of Pickled Baloney

Many people I know now scoff at the very idea of eating baloney, much less pickled baloney. They do not understand that the purchase of such a thing was an extravagance, an indulgence. This was a different time. A different world.

Bluegrass Bites: The Hot Brown

Drenched in gooey cheese, anchored by salty meat, and with enough thick bread to sop it all up, the Hot Brown is quite possibly the ultimate drunk food.

Amy’s Notebook: Someone Put Bourbon on My Bacon

Earlier today, Sara Wood introduced us to the idea of Kentucky Spoonfish Caviar via her interview with Lewis Shuckman of Louisville. Well, that’s not the only surprising thing going on in the Bluegrass State.

Cured South: Lewis Shuckman

For today’s sneak peek of Cured South, one of our new oral history projects, we dive (pun definitely intended) into fish. Trout. Salmon. Whitefish. Cold smoked. Hot smoked. Caviar. American caviar. Better yet, Kentucky Spoonfish Caviar. When Lewis first pitched Kentucky Spoonfish Caviar to chefs in his native Louisville, here are a couple ways he … Continued

Bluegrass Bites: Dried Apple Stack Cake

The Appalachian Stack Cake is far and away the dessert most associated with Kentucky’s mountain region, and is perhaps one of the most rustic confections still eaten today.

Check's Cafe - Bill Tinker - Louisville Barroom

OKRACAST: Bill Tinker – Longtime Patron of Check’s Cafe

All week we’ve celebrated the Barroom Culture of Louisville, Kentucky. In this week’s OKRACAST meet Bill Tinker, longtime patron of Check’s Cafe in Louisville’s Germantown neighborhood. In 1935, just after Prohibition came to an end, Check Sumpter opened up a tavern in Louisville’s Germantown neighborhood and called it Check’s Café. After nine years in business, … Continued