April 17, 2016

Tasting Kentucky Cookbook & Recipes

Tasting Kentucky, 
Favorite Recipes from the Bluegrass State.

I have a new cookbook to share with you today! ...and recipes, ...and a copy of the cookbook for one of my lucky readers! 

A Great Coffee Table Book

If you all don't know how much I love to discover new cookbooks to "read" then you have not been visiting here quite enough! 

To make this cookbook even more appealing...It is a Kentucky book, by a Kentucky author, of Kentucky recipes, from Kentucky restaurants and Kentucky chefs. For me, this is like having all of my eggs in one basket. 

Maggie Green, the author of this beautiful cookbook has produced a gorgeous tome. I think it is worthy of being a "coffee table book."  The photography is by Sarah Jane Sanders, with a foreward by Ouita Michel.

Cornbread and Soup Beans
...a Kentucky dish I grew up on. 

The photography is wonderful, dare I say mouth watering as I write this mid afternoon and want to taste every recipe I am reading. 

Cover of Maggie Green's Cookbook, 
Tasting Kentucky, Favorite Recipes from the Bluegrass State

This lovely book has "favorite recipes from the Bluegrass region."  And I might add...I want to try making most of them. 

This is a great time to be exploring Kentucky recipes as it is spring here...and that means parties and entertaining. Whether you need food for Derby, graduation, or anniversary parties you will find some delicious options in Tasting Kentucky.

Shrimp and Grits Recipe

The cookbook has several sections, with a wonderful recipe from many Kentucky eateries. A few of them are...

Azur in Lexington, 
Bluebird in Stanford, 
The Brown Hotel in Louisville, 
Holly Hill Inn in Midway, 
Snug Hollow Farm B&B in Irvine (an Instagram friend of mine,) 
Patti's 1810s Settlement in Grand Rivers. 

Wonderful Appetizer and Snack Recipes
Soups and Stews for Casual Dining

A Sampling of Recipes

Maggie is treating you to a couple of wonderful recipes right here...

I love cornbread...and this little madeleine cornbread recipe would be such a great idea for an appetizer, or to accompany soup. This recipe was submitted by Chef Mark Wombles from the wonderful Gratz Park Inn in Lexington. (See the recipe below.) Hubby and I love to dine there!

Cornbread Madeleines by Chef Mark Wombles, Lexington, KY

Cornbread Madeleines

Located in downtown Lexington in the Gratz Park Inn and along the
Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Distilled offers fine dining using local ingredients. The menu explores twists on Kentucky’s favorite foods, such as these delicate cornbread madeleines.

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) butter
16 ounces frozen corn kernels
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup milk
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease madeleine pans with
nonstick spray.

In a saucepan, combine the butter and corn and cook until the corn
is tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

Sift the cake flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking
soda into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a blender or food processor, puree the corn until it’s very smooth.
Remove to a bowl and whisk in the cream, milk, and egg.

Stir the corn mixture into the dry ingredients and blend just until

Using a small spoon, individually fill each madeleine shell about half
full. Don’t overfill the shell indentations or the cornbread batter will overflow, the shape of the madeleines will be lost, and they will be difficult to remove from the pan.

Bake until madeleines spring back when lightly pressed in the center, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes in the pan. Cover the madeleine pan with a parchment-lined baking sheet and invert the cakes out of the pan, or, with a small fork, gently lift each madeleine out of the pan. 

Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 4 dozen


I grew up eating my mother's pimento cheese...so I am certainly of that southern persuasion. You can eat pimento cheese on crackers, on bread, on celery, and who knows what other things. This recipe for pimento cheese might be a bit more gourmet than my mother's recipe...and I think it would easily find a place on a Derby buffet as well as on a snack tray during game time tv. This version of pimento cheese is offered by Chef Sara Gibbs of the Ed-Mar Dairy, Walton, Ky. 

Smoked Pimiento Cheese Dip

Fourth-generation dairy farmer Eddie Gibson milks his Holstein herd in northern Kentucky and turns it into Ed-Mar Dairy farmstead cheeses. Smoked Maddie’s Gold is a Double Gloucester cheese, perfect to pair with pimientos in this classic Kentucky cheese spread, but any smoked Cheddar can be substituted. Bourbon Barrel Foods smoked paprika and Worcestershire sauce both enhance the smoky flavor of this dip.

2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimientos, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon creamy Dijon-style mustard
4 ounces Maddie’s Gold or another smoked Cheddar cheese, grated
3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions, green part only

In the bowl of a food processor, place the cream cheese, 6 tablespoons pimientos with their juice, salt, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and creamy Dijon. Process until smooth and creamy. Add the grated smoked cheese and pulse until well combined.

Remove to a bowl and fold in the remaining diced pimientos and sliced scallions. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Store refrigerated. Serve with crackers or crudités.

Makes about 1 cup

How about these tempting recipes...
Bacon-Cheddar Scones
Fried Apples
Snug Hollow Vegetarian Gravy
Zesty Cheese Straws
Beaten Biscuits with Country Ham
Corn Pudding
Holly Hill Inn's Extra-Creamy Cheese Grits
Moonllite Bar-B-Q Beans
Whitesburg Soup Beans
Keeneland Burgoo

Squash with Maple-Bacon Butter

You could plan your special event menu from the selections in this Kentucky cookbook. 

I feel that a region's food is a reflection of its culture! (My humble opinion.)

Tasting Kentucky Author, Maggie Green
From Author Maggie Green, “We’ve got it all here in Kentucky!”  “Diverse people, diverse traditions, diverse heritage; world-class sporting events and top-notch college sports; lakes, rivers, farmland, and mountains—all intersecting to provide ingredients, cooking techniques, and grand occasions that bring everyone to a table spread with food and traditions that only Kentucky can offer.”

“The state’s culinary traditions are unique,” ... “a subset of Southern cuisine unmatched in any other southern state.” 

The hardcover 176 page, full-color cookbook features breakfast dishes, appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts from the Bluegrass State’s best restaurants, cafés, diners, barbecue joints, and bed-and-breakfasts.

chocolate covered figs

I highly recommend Tasting Kentucky, Favorite Recipes from the Bluegrass State.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of Tasting Kentucky to review and to share with you. All opinions are my own, of course!

Enter to Win your own copy of Tasting Kentucky by Maggie Green. Leave a comment below and please be a subscriber to the blog (if you are not already.) (Subscribe in the sidebar under my photo.)  I will add your name to the list and draw the winning name out of a hat on Monday, April 25th. 

Be sure that I have a way to contact you! (blog, email.)Be sure to come to the blog on the 25th to see if you won.:-)

To Buy a copy of Tasting Kentucky...click here

I love to promote and support Kentuckians. So many talented folks! There just must be something in the water, or the hills, or the land!? :-)

Maggie, thank you for sharing your recipes with us!

And,Thank You for visiting. 
Bon Appétit !
Remember to leave a comment before April 25, 2016 if you want to enter the cookbook give away!

P. S. The winner of the cookbook drawing was Linda from Life and Linda Blog. Congratulations, Linda!  April 25, 2016

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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