The remodeling of my kitchen is finished.
It started in June, and the last bit of cabinet trim was nailed in place Oct. 10. In between, we experienced deliveries of cabinets that were damaged or not aligned properly, trim that was delivered to Lowe's and was misplaced, and on and on. Everything is in order now and it's a functional kitchen again. (Read Sharon's kitchen remodel mishaps at FlavorsofKentucky.com.)
The only thing left to do is select a decorative backsplash, and that's more difficult than choosing the type of cabinet or color of the granite countertops. We can take our time doing that, now that I have everything I need to cook the Thanksgiving feast.
Bring on the leftovers recipes
Experienced cooks usually buy the biggest Thanksgiving turkey because they have ingenious ways to turn leftovers into gourmet dishes.
If you would like to share your leftover recipes with novice cooks, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday. Or mail them to Sharon Thompson, Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40508.
Not everyone enjoys preparing a holiday meal. If you're among them, let a pro do it.
Most caterers ask that you pick up the meal the day before the holiday, but South-Van Events will have it ready Thanksgiving morning. Owner Sam Sears said it can be delivered for an extra $20.
The dinner, which serves 10 to 12 and costs $199, includes: cranberry dream salad, country dressed eggs, turkey (boned and sliced or whole), cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, corn pudding, yeast rolls, and pumpkin and pecan pies. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Nov. 21. Call (859) 233-3736 or email email@example.com.
Which one will win?
Modern Mercantile & WM Wine Shop, 3101 Clays Mill Road, is pitting Goose against grapes. The challenge will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Guests will be served tapas and dessert, and each course will be paired with a beer and a wine. The guest speaker will be Lindsay Bonadonna from Goose Island, a Chicago craft beer. Tickets are $30. Go to Goose-vs-grapes-efbevent.eventbrite.com or call (859) 223-0471.
In the holiday spirit
Saturday's Woodford in the Kitchen event at Woodford Reserve Distillery will kick off its holiday season. The day begins with a private distillery tour and a guided spin through Woodford Reserve's flavor wheel tasting to learn more about cooking and pairing with bourbon. Chef-in-residence Ouita Michel will serve a holiday menu.
Mixologist Jennifer Pittman will share recipes for festive cocktails, and Judith Wilson will show guests how to craft their own grain bottle ornament.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $50. Call Kandi Sackett at (859) 879-1934 or email Kandi_sackett@b-f.com. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles.
Eat Thai, help Thailand
The University of Kentucky Thai Student Association is raising money to assist flood victims in Thailand. "The flooding, which follows months of rains, has already killed 381 people, with nearly 9 million others affected," student association president Warintra Pitsawong said. "Overall damage from the floods could top $2 billion, with the worst yet to come as the waters destroy houses, shops and paralyze factories nationwide."
The event will be 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Mai Thai Restaurant, 130 West Tiverton Way. Call (859) 231-0366.Donations will be sent to the Thai Red Cross Society.