The Scott County Art Consortium will host a holiday luncheon on Monday featuring the Scott County Children's Chorus. The luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be prepared by members of the consortium and feature beef vegetable soup, corn bread muffins and bread pudding made from an old-fashioned family recipe. Cost is $10. Deadline for reservations is 5 p.m. Friday. Call (502) 867-7564.
Quick baked goods
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Susie Quick will help you breeze through your holiday baking. She'll do it for you.
Quick's freshly baked pies, cakes and cookies are available at Honest Farm Market, 117 East Main Street in Midway. Call (859) 533-0085 or go to www.honestfarm.org. The deadline for orders is Monday.
Quick uses local eggs from Waterworks Farm, Weisenberger Mills flour, butter and pure vanilla in her baked goods. Pies range from $15 to $18, and choices include pecan, chess, pumpkin- ginger, apple caramel and apple- cranberry crumb.
Cakes, $6.50 to $30, include jam, fresh apple, red velvet and pumpkin roll. Cookie boxes are available for $15 to $30 and feature decorated cookies, gingerbread and brownies.
A week early
Caros restaurant, 113 South Upper Street, is having a pre-Christmas celebration Thursday. The menu offers glazed ham, green beans, corn, potato casserole, yeast rolls and dessert for $8. To-go orders are available. Call (859) 255-0039.
Stay homeand be trendy
In the January issue of Food & Wine magazine, the editors say cooking at home will be the biggest trend of 2009.
They identify the hot food ingredients and products as: buckwheat, anti-inflammatory foods, yucca and carrot chips, sugar alternatives such as agave syrup, non-chicken eggs (ostrich and quail), peri peri chicken, probiotics (pickles and sauerkraut), and soy-sauce crystals.
Peri peri, also called piri piri, is the Portuguese name for the small, red, fiery bird's-eye chile grown in much of Africa. Soy-sauce crystals are made by a Japanese company that uses an 18th-century technique to make light, flaky salt crystals by dehydrating soy sauce that's been fermented for three years in 100-year-old cedar vats. Details are at www.foodandwine.com/trends.
Gifts for foodies
If there's a foodie on your gift list, fill a basket will some new food products.
■ Emerald is offering its dry roasted almonds and deluxe mixed nuts in limited edition Nutcracker canisters. An 11-ounce container is $6.99.
■ FoodShouldTasteGood offers a line of wholesome chips that come in seven flavors: sweet potato, chocolate, jalapeño, olive, the works, multigrain and buffalo. The 6-ounce bags are all $3.29 and are sold at Whole Foods and Meijer.
■ Donsuemor Madeleines have arrived in Kentucky. The madeleines are made in the San Francisco area with all natural ingredients and are preservative-free. Donsuemor is available at Kroger stores in four flavors: traditional, traditional dipped in chocolate, lemon zest and chocolate.
Help is at hand
If you need help with baking pies, you can call the Crisco pie hot line at 1-877-367-7438. It's open 24 hours with recorded baking tips. A live pie expert is available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 23. Videos and step-by-step instructions are available at www.crisco.com.