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Good Stuff from Bourbon Barrel Foods

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. In the 1970s. Not gonna lie to you. At that time it was pretty much a gastronomic wasteland, except for the not inconsiderable charms of Waffle House. Scattered, smothered and covered.. but I digress.

Bourbon has always been one of Kentucky’s greatest exports. Even in the dark days, there was …

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Cucumber, Radish and Cilantro Raita – Recipe

Cucumber-Radish Raita

Raita is a simple yogurt-based sauce that can be served with almost any Indian meal. It makes a cooling condiment when a curry gets a little too spicy, but the real beauty is when it is mixed with basmati rice. I find that combination so tasty that I will often skip dessert to make …

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Summer Salad Amuse Bouche – Recipe

Only worth doing if you have a garden, or at least farmer’s market produce from today. Super simple but a pretty amazing pop of gazpacho-like flavor in your mouth.

Finely diced Kirby cucumberPeas in their pod, thinly sliced – keep just the slices that have both pod and seedPeeled cherry tomatoTiny lemon basil leavesMaldon (aka …

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Spicy Tomatillo Salsa aka Salsa Verde – Recipe

Green tomatillo salsa, aka salsa verde. Most people are familiar with it, but never make it. We think it only comes in jars or somehow magically appears at Mexican restaurants. It actually is ridiculously easy to do at home and tastes way better than the pre-packaged version. Once you've got it, you can serve it …

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Chimichurri – Argentine Parsley Sauce – Recipe

Chimichurri sauce served with polenta and tostones

Chimichurri (also spelled chimmichurri) is the quintessential sauce of Argentina, and deserves to be better known in the northerly climes. It is somewhat like an Italian pesto, but made from parsley, and without the cheese or nuts to thicken it. Like pesto, it comes together in a food processor …

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Caramelized Raisin Sauce ala Michael Laiskonis

Michael Laiskonis is the executive pastry chef at Le Bernardin. He also manages to write two blogs in his "spare" time, which is awe inspiring. His Notes From The Kitchen tend to be somewhat philosophical, while the recently launched Workbook contains more off-the-cuff ideas. Both are required reading as far as I'm concerned.

Today in the …

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Potatoes with Alioli – Ultra Garlicky Spanish Mayonnaise

Potatoes and alioli

Garlic, garlic and more garlic. Eat this before an episode of True Blood and you’ll sleep better. But maybe don’t serve it on a first date.

is a close Spanish cousin to the French . It is a simple home-made mayonnaise which comes together in just a few minutes. You can serve …

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