Salad Peas

I’ve written before about my great love of fresh peas and how hard it is to find them here. You can imagine my excitement then when I found fresh “picked this morning” salad peas at the campus farmers market on its opening day. So what exactly is a salad pea? Good question. In my growing…

Wilted Salad (Killed Lettuce)

Although the calendar says that Summer is still about a month away, here in Kentucky, it feels like it’s well under way. Due to an unseasonably mild winter, schools are finishing up for the year. My Facebook feed is full of graduations, awards days,  and proms. Summer is a wonderful time to be a foodie…

Paula Deen’s Lemon Blossoms

Back before she got so orange and loud and over-the-top with the butter thing, I really loved Paula Deen. The early episodes of Paula’s Home Cooking on Food Network featured some really good, down home cooking. Like many of Food Network’s cooks, she wasn’t a trained chef which made her very relatable to people watching…

Butterscotch Pie

As you may have noticed if you’re a regular around here, I am very fond of pie. It’s not as mainstream, it seems,  as cake or as trendy as cupcakes but to me, pie is the quintessential Appalachian dessert. My mom makes delicious made-from-scratch cream pies like chocolate and coconut. She doesn’t have a recipe…

Pea Salad

Pea Salad is one of those great side salads that you often see on salad bars in these parts. (The really good salad bars, you know, that have like a dozen varieties of creamy, fatty salads.) I’ve always been a fan but then I’m also a fan of peas. And salad. So pea salad is…

General Tso’s Chicken

I love Chinese food. My first experience with it came in the late 80s/early 90s when a Chinese restaurant opened in a town that neighbored my hometown. Chinatown of London, Ky was probably the first Chinese food that many people in my our area ever tried. Maybe it’s because it was the first but no…

Apple Dumplings 

This is one of my favorite recipes and one of the most popular dishes that I’ve ever served.  For years these apple dumplings were a tradition at our homecoming gatherings. People always ask for the recipe and are shocked when I tell them the ingredients include…Mountain Dew! Believe it or not, the soda and butter…