Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: An autographed Kentucky cookbook makes a great holiday gift

An autographed copy of a local cookbook makes an ideal gift for the cook on your Christmas list.

On Sunday, Windy Corner Market is having a Kentucky cookbook signing featuring four outstanding authors. They are:

■ Maggie Green, author of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook.

■ Mary Parlanti, From the Kitchen of Mary Parlanti, With Love.

■ Rona Roberts, Sweet, Sweet Sorghum: Kentucky's Golden Wonder.

■ Barbara Napier, Snug Hollow Farm Cookbook.

They will be at the market at 4595 Bryan Station Road from 1 to 3 p.m. The Bluegrass Dulcimer Club will perform. Call (859) 294-9338 or go to

What's your fudge recipe?

Fudge makes a great homemade gift for friends and co-workers, and we're looking for some delicious recipes to share with our readers. We know that most recipes have a story to go along with them, and we want to hear all about that, too. You can e-mail your recipes and stories to, or mail them to me at Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40508. Deadline is Monday.

Sample spirits over dinner

DaRae & Friends Catering and Wild Turkey Distillery are having a master distiller dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Keene Run Golf Club, 5600 Harrodsburg Road. Master distiller Jimmy Russell will discuss a wide array of spirits and DaRae Marcum and chef John Arnold will prepare a five-course dinner. The menu includes green chili spoon bread smothered with smoked bison short ribs, pan-roasted quail over dirty rice with pecan bourbon sauce, and a triple sampling of desserts. Cost is $65 a person for the dinner and tasting, or $95 for dinner, tasting and a signed souvenir bottle of Wild Turkey Rare Breed. Call Keene Run at (859) 224-4653, Ext. 2, or email

A 'Toast' to Nigel Slater

Here's a gift that's sure to please the foodie on your list.

The DVD Toast is a view of the culinary arts through the eyes of British celebrity cook/writer Nigel Slater. The film is based on Slater's best-selling memoir of the same name. Slater has been the food columnist for The Observer for eighteen years and is presenter of BBC1's Simple Cooking. He is author of seven cookery books, including Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries. The DVD will be available Dec. 19 at

Slater has no restaurant or commercial connections. His food is called "handcrafted home cooking" that is easy to accomplish and without a trace of what he calls "celebrity cheffery."

Bake with your heart

According to a survey from, nearly 60 percent of home cooks plan to bake cookies this month. Sunday is the second annual Cookies Across America Bake a Difference Day, devoted to baking cookies and donating sweets to an organization in need.

Allrecipes, Taste of Home and Nestlé Toll House are co-hosting the 2011 edition of the day. Home bakers are encouraged to participate by hosting a cookie exchange party, or sharing home-baked cookies or cookie baking supplies to those in need. Go to

If it's good and kosher, it could win

Manischewitz, the maker of traditional Jewish foods, is looking for recipes for its Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off. The competition encourages cooks to experiment with kosher products while preparing recipes that could be a new family favorite or one that has been shared from generation to generation. The competition is designed to showcase the benefits of using kosher products in home cooking and to think about using kosher products in other types of cuisine, such as Japanese, Italian, Mexican or Greek.

Five finalists will compete live on March 28 in Manhattan. Recipes must include one of the new Manischewitz all-natural broth flavors: chicken, reduced sodium chicken, beef or vegetable. Recipes can contain other Manischewitz products as well.

The entry deadline is Jan. 15. Four finalists will be chosen by the judging panel and five other semi-finalists will be posted on for consumers to select the fifth finalist.

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