Sharon Thompson: Pickled okra joins chef Quita Michel's product line

swthompson@herald-leader.com,Sharon ThompsonSeptember 26, 2012 

Restaurateur and chef Ouita Michel has added pickled okra to her line of food products.

Sold under the Windy Corner Market label, pickled okra is organic and made from a variety of okra grown on Berries on Bryan Station farm.

Farm owners "Erik and Gayle (Walles) developed the recipe using organic garlic, dill and other herbs from their farm," Michel said.

The pickled okra is $6.95 for a 14-ounce jar and is available at Windy Corner, 4595 Bryan Station Road, Lexington; Wallace Station Deli, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, and The Midway School Bakery, 510 South Winter Street, both in Midway; and Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles.

A fall CSA season

Three Springs Farm in Carlisle is accepting subscriptions for its fall season, which begins Wednesday and runs through Oct. 24. Cost for four baskets, filled with a variety of greens, winter squash and root vegetables, is $90; two baskets are $50.

Deliveries will be made on Wednesdays to two locations: Temple Adath Israel, 124 North Ashland Avenue, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, 4 to 8 p.m. Call (859) 289-2562 or go to Threespringsfarmky.com.

Top food blogs named

Food bloggers have shaped and influenced the world of food writing, and there are hundreds out there. Why are some so successful?

The Daily Meal, a food site on the Web, says a food blog needs engaging content about specific subject matter, stellar photos and a hefty dose of in-the-know opinion. The Daily Meal has named the top 25 food blogs on its Web site at Bit.ly/T59TMb.

According to the site, the top 10 blogs remained pretty much the same as in 2011, with Simply Recipes taking the No. 1 spot for the third year running. But the rest of the order changed significantly. Serious Eats moved down three spots to No. 5, The Pioneer Woman jumped to the No. 2 spot, and Cake Wrecks moved up from No. 9 to No. 4.

New additions in 2012 include Picky Palate, dental hygienist-turned-mom blogger Jenny Flake's guide for parents of gastronomically challenging children — and adults, too, for that matter). Another acclaimed blog among the food-focused, A Year of Slow Cooking, made this year's list as well. And Christy Jordan, the Southern charmer behind Southern Plate, found her way into the mix.

Here are the top food blogs: Simply Recipes, The Pioneer Woman, Skinnytaste, Cake Wrecks, Serious Eats, The Kitchn, 101 Cookbooks, Smitten Kitchen, Bakerella, Recipe Girl, David Lebovitz, Picky Palate, Steamy Kitchen, Eater, Two Peas and Their Pod, Southern Plate, Our Best Bites, Gluten-Free Goddess, Joy the Baker, A Year of Slow Cooking, Mommy's Kitchen, Annie's Eats, Pinch My Salt, Rasa Malaysia and Tastespotting.

Fall tea and fashions

Akielo Temple Egyptian Band will hold its fall tea and style show from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Sensibly Chic will present fall fashions. The event will take place at Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive.

Tickets are $20. Call Susan Wade at (859) 333-0146 or Paula Hubbard at (859) 621-8999.

A women's initiative

Rohini Dey, founder of the Indian-Latin restaurants Vermilion in New York City and Chicago, announced the launch of Chefs for Women, a key initiative of the multipronged Women in Culinary Leadership Program.

In partnership with the James Beard Foundation, the program's mission is to create awareness about the rarity of women in leadership roles in the culinary industry.

The Chefs for Women program is backed by highly lauded chefs across the country who will showcase a signature dish throughout the year at the Vermilion restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from each dish served will go to the James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Scholarship.

The participating chefs include Kentuckian Anthony Lamas of Seviche, a Latin restaurant in Louisville; Michelle Bernstein of Michy's and Lorena Garcia of Lorena Garcia Cocina, both in Miami; Carmen Gonzalez of Carmen at the Danforth in Portland, Maine; Emily Luchetti of Farallon and Waterbar in San Francisco; Douglas Rodriguez of Alma de Cuba in Philadelphia; and Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito and Sue Torres of Suenos, both in New York City.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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