Edible gifts deserve to be in pretty packages

swthompson@herald-leader.com,Sharon ThompsonNovember 22, 2012 

If you would like some interesting ideas for creating and packaging edible Christmas gifts, plan to attend a presentation I am giving at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Paris-Bourbon County Library, 701 High Street, Paris.

The class is free, but registration is limited. Call (859) 987-4419.

Back in the olden days

Many of us can't imagine what it was like to prepare meals during the 18th century, but you can find out at Winter Trade Days at Fort Boonesborough State Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Brook and Barbara Elliott, 18th-century foodways interpreters at the park, will talk about the settlers' food, the crops they grew and they livestock they raised. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The Elliotts are authors of A Colonial Virginia Book of Cookery and A Colonial Virginia Book of Cookery Second Table. Call (859) 623-2765.

Baked just for you

Let The Midway School Bakery do your holiday baking this year. The Christmas Kitchen staff has created festive boxes and bags filled that include an assortment of holiday cookies ($25), chef Ouita Michel's Woodford Reserve white chocolate gourmet jumble snack mix ($5) or a classic Kentucky jam cake ($25).

The gift packages will be available at the bakery, 510 South Winter Street, starting Dec. 1. A limited selection will be available beginning Dec. 8 at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway; Wallace Station Deli, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles; and Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Road, Lexington.

For large cookie orders or specialty gift baskets, call (859) 846-4336 or go to Midwayschoolbakery.com/christmas-kitchen.

A Shaker Village holiday

Holiday activities are plentiful at Shaker Village during December.

■ Buffet lunches are served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and the changing menu includes salads, entrees, casseroles, vegetables, breads and desserts. The cost is $25.

■ Teas are 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday beginning next week. The cost is $11.95.

Reservations are required for the lunches and teas; call 1-800-734-5611, Ext. 360, or go to Shakervillageky.org.

■ Classes on making a living herb wreath will be 2 to 3:15 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at the Carpenters' Shop Craft Store. Instructors are members of the Danville Garden Club. The price is included with regular tour admission.

Shaker Village is at 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg.

Distillery offers buffet

Woodford Reserve Distillery is a great place to meet friends for a holiday luncheon. Chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team have created a holiday buffet featuring Kentucky favorites and seasonal specialties. Included are rosemary roast turkey, spiced holiday ham, scalloped new potatoes, old-fashioned sage and sausage dressing, chocolate bread pudding with bourbon butter sauce, and sweet potato cupcakes with nutmeg cream cheese.

Hours, through Dec. 23, are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $25. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles. Call (859) 879-1953.

The distillery's holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 will feature tours, local artisans and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

Inauguration celebration

The Kentucky Society of Washington, D.C., will celebrate the presidential inauguration with its Bluegrass Ball on Jan. 19 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Edward Lee, a nationally recognized chef and proprietor of 610 Magnolia restaurant in Louisville, will be the executive chef. Lee is a two-time James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast finalist and an alumnus of popular culinary competition programs Iron Chef America and Top Chef. Go to Kentuckysociety.org.

A return to forms

Aunt Chick's Cookie Cutters are back.

The 3-D forms were created by Nettie McBirney (Aunt Chick) in 1948. The Tulsa, Okla., homemaker, writer and kitchen innovator was her generation's Martha Stewart.

The cookie cutters were out of circulation for nearly 35 years, until Carrie Greno Falzone, founder of Gramma's Cutters, discovered 18,000 of them in 2004 in a Tulsa warehouse, purchased the original injection molds, and began producing five sets of Aunt Chick's 3D Cookie Cutters.

Falzone's grandmother bought a set of the cutters in 1949; they had begun to wear out in the late 1980s. After trying to restore them using glue and then resorting to dental molds, Falzone began looking for replacements. That's when she found the originals.

The cutters are available at Grammascutters.com.

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

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