Betty Givan of Richmond will upload her 1,000th "Betty's Kitchen" video to YouTube on Friday.
Her cooking show is such a hit, she now is a member of YouTube's Partner Program, which means she shares advertising revenue.
It started in 2009, when she was watching a football game on TV with her family. Givan had made nachos for the group, and on a lark, she and her daughter Chelsea decided to make a video and upload it to YouTube. "They were so good, we thought other people might want to make them for a Super Bowl party," she said.
They created a channel page, uploaded the video, and when the comments were "all good, it encouraged me to make something else," Givan said.
The first week, Givan uploaded four Super Bowl recipes. She had been collecting recipes since she was 12 and thought YouTube videos would be a perfect way to organize and preserve her recipes for the family.
Givan's husband, Rick, took over as videographer, and the two began uploading videos three times a week. The couple are retired from Eastern Kentucky University.
The number of viewers has grown during the past 2½ years, to more than 28,000 subscribers, and her site has had more than 9 million views. "About a third are from outside the U.S.," Givan said. She attributes her success to Southern recipes that are easy to make.
Givan's recipes are available at Lulu.com as A Year in bettyskitchen and A Second Year in bettyskitchen as print books, e-books, and downloads. You can watch her videos at Youtube.com/user/bettyskitchen.
Have your picnic catered
Dupree Catering and Events is accepting orders for Picnic With the Pops, which will be Aug. 19 and 20 at Keeneland's Meadow at Keene Barn. Visit Dupreecatering.com or call (859) 231-0464.
Mansion tour comes with lunch
Steve Collins will be the guest speaker at the Kentucky Historical Society's August luncheon. "Food for Thought: A Capitol Life With Steve Collins" will be at noon Aug. 17. Collins, son of former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, will give guests a peek behind the doors of the Governor's Mansion, home to the state's governors since 1914. Transportation from the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, to the mansion will be provided.
Tickets are $23. The luncheon menu features crudités with bleu cheese spread, spinach salad, grilled chicken with warm tomato dressing, corn pudding, green beans, and Key lime pound cake. Contact Julia Curry at (502) 564-1792, Ext. 4414, or Julia.Curry@ky.gov. Visit History.ky.gov. The reservations deadline is Aug. 12.The Jarden Corp., makers of Ball brand home canning products, has teamed with Canning Across America for the first National Can-It-Forward Day.
On Aug. 13, consumers can learn how easy it is to preserve fresh food with Canning Across America, a nationwide collective of cooks, gardeners and food lovers committed to the revival of the lost art of "putting up" locally grown food.
"Too many people think canning is difficult, but that's just not the case," said Kim O'Donnel, a cookbook author and founding member of Canning Across America.
Jarden Home Brands is providing instructions for consumers to host their own in-home canning parties.
"Canning is a custom-made group activity; it almost seems counterintuitive to do it solo," O'Donnel said. "Putting up food isn't hard, but it is time-consuming and has many moving parts, which require your full-on attention. So when you invite folks over to join you at the stove, you're sharing the work load, the cost of ingredients and jars, as well as the 'fruits' of your collective labor. Best of all, when people get together to can, for a few hours they put aside everything else that's going on in their lives, focus on those jars submerged in boiling water and catch up with one another. In this lightning-paced digital age, it's a rare opportunity to slow down in the company of friends and family."
Online resources will provide simple instructions for getting started, including an illustrated how-to, a checklist of necessary items, recipes and coupons for canning supplies.
Visit FreshPreserving.com for a schedule of National Can-It-Forward Day demonstrations, and to register for the free, live webcast and a day of instructional canning videos. Viewers will be able to ask questions and post comments in real time.