It's almost here. The day many of us spend hours cooking and serving an over-the-top meal that we probably don't get to enjoy ourselves.
This Thanksgiving, why not let someone else do the cooking.
■ Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike in Woodford County, will cook the turkey or the entire meal. The menu includes roast turkey breast, old-fashioned dressing, real mashed potatoes and gravy, Joan's creamy spinach casserole, cranberry relish, rolls and, for dessert, pecan or pumpkin pie, for $24.95 a person. Orders may be picked up from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. The deadline to order is 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Call (859) 846-5161. or go to Wallacestation.com.
■ The Midway School Bakery, 510 South Winter Street in Midway, is baking pies and rolls. Included are butterscotch toffee cream, coconut cream, chocolate cream, lemon chiffon and spice pecan pies; buttermilk biscuits; white or wheat rolls; and gluten-free pumpkin pie, cupcakes and pie shells. Call (859) 846-4336 or go to Midwayschoolbakery.com.
■ The Fresh Market will cook your holiday turkey and sides, or offer tips on roasting the turkey yourself. The fresh turkeys sold at the market, 3387 Tates Creek Road, are raised in Pennsylvania's Amish country and are fed a vegetarian diet free of animal by-products. Order at Thefreshmarket.com.
■ Bob Evans restaurants' Farmhouse Feast comes with your choice of a slow-roasted whole boneless turkey breast or sliced boneless ham, bread and celery dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered sweet corn, green beans with ham, cranberry relish, rolls, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin pie with whipped topping. Two sizes are available: $49.99 for four, $79.99 for eight. Go to Bobevans.com.
Frontier Christmasgoes back a ways
For those who love tradition, Frontier Christmas in Washington, Ky., is the place to begin the holiday season.
The 46th annual holiday event will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Shops and museums will be decorated in pioneer style. There will be candle dipping in Mefford's Fort and hot cider in the Albert Sidney Johnston Museum. Both buildings are circa 1797.
The Bluegrass Artisan Center, located in a two- story pre-1790 log cabin, previously the Cane Brake Visitor Center, will have local and regional art exhibits, demonstrations, and educational programs. Entertainment will include bagpipes, dulcimers, autoharp, strolling musicians and carolers. Go to Washingtonky.com. Washington (now part of Maysville) is on old U.S. 68, 50 miles northeast of Lexington.
Bourbon and the holidays
At the December meeting of The Bourbon Women Association, guests can learn about Kentucky's signature spirit and holiday entertaining.
The event will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Liquor Barn, 1837 Plaudit Place. There will be samplings of Knob Creek bourbon, specialty cocktails and Kentucky Proud food products. Admission is $10. Dinner with Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe will follow at 7. The cost is $65. Go to Bourbonwomen.org.
A winning Manhattan
Woodford Reserve and Esquire magazine have named William Whitlow of Covington as creator of Kentucky's best Manhattan cocktail. The Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience is part of a nationwide quest to select the Master of the Manhattan at a final competition in New York in January.
Whitlow's recipe will be judged among winners from 30 cities around the country. Six bartenders will be selected to showcase their cocktails during the Manhattan Experience finale. Go to Woodfordreserve.com/manhattanexperience.
Here's Whitlow's winning recipe
1 brandied cherry
1/4 ounce barrel strength bourbon
11/2 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon
1/2 ounce vanilla syrup
10 drops allspice dram (allspice flavored liqueur)
1/4 ounce Framboise Liqueur
2 Dashes Bitter Truth Aromatic bitters
3 drops orange blossom water
In a coupe glass, add cherry and barrel strength bourbon. Swish it around and light on fire. Let this burn a few seconds before starting the next step.
In a mixing glass, mix all other ingredients. Put out fire by covering glass. Stir ingredients for about 10 seconds. Very slowly pour drink into glass. Make sure to pour directly on top of the cherry to disperse the drink and keep the glass from breaking. Let sit for a moment to let the rim of the glass cool before serving.