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Bourbon Country Cookbook New Southern Entertaining BY TIM LAIRD & DAVID DANIELSON Bourbon, the first uniquely American distilled spirit, is nearly synonymous with Kentucky, its birthplace.The region conjures images of verdant hills of bluegrass; rolling pastures punctuated like an intricate quilt with horse farms’ defining white fences; cold bourbon cocktails sweating in the sun; and hundreds of well dressed racegoers urging their steeds of choice to the finish line—all culminating into one distinctive Southern heritage. However, bourbon has come a long way since it was first distilled in the late 1700s, and its popularity and refinement have never been greater. At the same time, Southern cuisine has evolved to keep up with bourbon’s evolution through once unheard-of collaborations between kitchen and bar, a renewed interest in seasonal local ingredients, and the influence of the delicious food traditions of the region’s growing migrant populations. This book distills the spirit and hospitality—both new and old—of great Southern food and drink into 90 accessible recipes designed to help you achieve the ease and elegance of Bourbon Country entertaining in your own home. Arranged by the kind of traditional fare you’d find on a Kentucky table—pickles, vegetables, ancient grains, bounties from the barnyard, bourbon cocktails, and more—these recipes pay homage to the rituals and victuals of yesteryear while embracing the new Southern palate and the flavors of modern Kentucky bourbon.
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TIM LAIRD is the chief entertaining officer of Brown-Forman, a major producer of fine wines and spirits made in Kentucky, including Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve & Old Forester. DAVID DANIELSON is the executive chef at Churchill Downs and has managed and catered numerous momentous events, including the Kentucky Derby. 2 • Flair • July • August • September • 2019
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8 SASSY SASSY CELEBRITY: CELEBRITY: Rachael Rachael Ray Ray 10 10 PLANT PLANT A TTREE REE FFOR OR TTOMORROW, OMORROW, TO TO R EMEMBER Y ESTERDAY REMEMBER YESTERDAY 11 11 SUMMER SUMMER BEACH BEACH READS: READS: Rita Mae Brown’s C a k ew a l k R ita M ae B rown’s Cakewalk 12 12 13 13 WAYS WAYS TO TO PROTECT PROTECT YOUR YOUR HOME HOME WHEN WHEN YOU YOU TRAVEL TRAVEL bbyy
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C O U R T N E Y D AV IS Courtney Davis is a selftaught artist, as well as the owner & curator of Ingen Art Gallery & Studio. At Ingen, their mission is to promote visual art, art education, and creativity in Southern Kentucky. The gallery offers art exhibitions & opportunities for local artists, custom commission work, private art lessons, Sip N Paint painting parties + more. Courtney specializes in acrylic painting and mixed media artwork, with a focus on human and animal portraits.
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Tips & Tricks to an Effortlessly Fancy Brunch in the Backyard Celebrating something special doesn’t always have to mean an extravagant (aka expensive) night out on the town. Sometimes it’s fun to plan something fancy in your own back yard! Literally! Planning a fun fancy brunch doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We all have items we don’t use on a daily basis – maybe items we are “saving” for a special occasion. Whatever it is, just use what you already have – as long as it makes you smile! Pattern mixing makes my heart happy! This is totally my new obsession. I love the look on our table, and we are mixing patterns a lot in the new house too! Yes, I have been known to even mix patterns in my outfits. A black and white pattern mixed with any other bright pattern will ALWAYS work. (Okay, maybe not always, but 97.26% of the time!) Break out the goooood plates and print up some DIY place cards to play up your tablescape. Stamps from Fun Stampers Journey make easy ways to customize for every party and event! (These are my ultimate favorite stamps for a million reasons, but one main thing I adore is that where other stamps it seems like I get ink all over the side of the rubber part and end up making a mess – but not with these, everything stays neat, and crisp, and clean and I LOVE it! I collect more of the basic everyday type stamps like this “Celebrate” one from this bundle at FSJ.) Are you swooning over these floral plates?! I totally snagged them on Amazon. I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Print or hand script your simple menu. Paste onto colored copy paper or cardstock with a little washi tape to accent your design. Don’t forget the Grocery Store Flowers for added pops of color. The beauty of this is that you are utilizing things you already have, but in a fresh new environment! The items on your menu might even already be in your fridge or pantry. Serve that sweet tea in your finest stemware. Dig your fabric napkins out of the dark depths of that drawer. Pull out enough seating for the number of guests you’re expecting. Recruit some assistance taking your table outside. It’s time to get your Brunch on!
Cheers to celebrating every day — Your Certified Celebrator! About Brittany...I’m a Jesus loving, craft making, aDOORably painting, home-making, toddler mom. I’m a certified celebrator who looks for any reason to decorate, throw a party, and make every day special. I’m slightly obsessed with all things monogrammed, anything pink, and glitter by the can! Visit my website for decorating and celebrating tutorials —www.certifiedcelebrator.com.
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Front porches are my jam. I’m passionate about creating front porch FLAIR for every home. Adding an aDOORable door hanger to a brightly colored front door, colorful blooming flowers, and some coordinating pillows is the perfect way to ensure that you have the happiest home on the block! I LOVE LOVE LOVE teaching women how to turn a house into a home. A place that brings joy, celebrations, and forms strong family memories. You may see me on TV as I’m a regular guest on Nashville’s Talk of the Town, Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family, The Rachael Ray Show, Southern Living, Pickler & Ben, and Country Living Fair. All of this allows me to come into your home and show you ways that I decorate, eat, and live. I’m no artist just a little crafty! I love using this gift to bring women together to celebrate the goodness of life. In a nutshell, I’m married to THE BEST husby on the planet, have one precious little boy, one curly headed Goldendoodle, and I’m making my way through life celebrating every day!
For the Love of
CARDINALS — By Joann Currier
Everyone loves to see a pair of Cardinals in the yard. This has been going on for years starting with the arrival of Catholic European settlers who gave the Cardinals their name. Seeing the red-peaked plumed head of the male Cardinal, the settlers noticed how much the bird looked like the blessed Cardinals of their faith, and so they were named. Known as lovebirds (the male feeds seeds to the female as a sign of commitment), they mate for life. Cardinals work together to create their nest, and both help with the care of their young. Odd to the rest of the bird world, the female (the only female bird) sings and calls the male when she needs food for the young. The Cardinal pair builds their nest together. The female is the weaver, adding some supplies from the male. She builds the nest out of dry leaves, twigs, dry grasses, and slips of grapevine if available. Starting three years ago, I kept my Morning Glory vines up after summer and in the early spring pulled them down making a pile of vines on the end of a deck post. Within a month, the dead vines were gone and often found in nests. In their nest, you will find three to six blush beige eggs with a touch of olive brown on them. Cardinals have two to three broods a year, and their young often stay with them adding more Cardinals to your yard. Because of their strong beaks, Cardinals are seed eaters and love Sunflower and Black Sunflower seeds. However, in summer, they will eat fruit, berries, insects, and grain. They do use feeders but will eat from platform feeders. Cardinals do not migrate. They will stay within two miles of where they were born. In winter, Cardinals roost in groups. Put out roosting boxes to help Joann Currier is a deep south Southern gal from Louisiana them endure cold winter nights, and if you have planted spring flowers that make seed heads, leave them on for them to eat the seeds. now living in Kentucky. She You can find Cardinals (known as Northern Cardinals) all along the eastern U.S. and spreading westward as cities become more bird friendly. They live wrote for a weekly newspaper in forests, re-grown forests, parks, overgrown fields, and your back yard. They like spaces that have bushes, have close-grown trees, and fruit trees. while raising two sons. Now a grandmother, shopkeeper, Cardinals are the state bird of Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Because of their beauty, dedication to gardener, and backyard mates, and musical songs, they are our most popular year-round bird. Some believe that when a Cardinal appears, an angel is near. birder, it’s time to write again.
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NASA asked me to create meals for the space shuttle. Thai chicken was the favorite. I flew in a fake space shuttle, but I have no desire to go into space after seeing the toilet.
I tried to bake a cake for my mother’s birthday. It took me four hours. It was terrible, and I cried for three days.
I really believe there’s no such thing as accidents, only opportunities. God gives everyone the ingredients to a good, happy life. It’s up to us to make the most of them.
Rachael Ray “E-V-O-OH!”
Never be a food snob. Learn from everyone you meet: the fish guy at your market, the lady at the local diner, farmers, cheese makers. Ask questions, try everything, and eat up. Work hard. Laugh when you feel like crying. Keep an open mind, open eyes, and an open spirit.
Good food and a warm kitchen are what make a house a home.
Make big pots of soups, stews, and chilis. They stretch a buck, and you can live off them for days. When you really want to show some love, keep the flowers and say it with spaghetti.
Food was always a conduit in our family for storytelling, and it was a way for us to keep in touch and remember things.
My mom said the two most important kitchen utensils are attached to your arms: you cannot mix up meatballs with a wooden spoon. Get in there. Get your fingers dirty. “Yum-O!” I say this if something is so good that “yum” just isn’t enough of an exclamation. The accent is on the ‘O’ as in, “Oh! That is so good.”
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Plant a Tree for Tomorrow…
…To Remember Yesterday With so many families foregoing funerals and choosing cremation, consider supporting the Bowling Green Parks and Cemeteries Memorial Tree Program which offers community members the opportunity to remember their loved ones while enhancing the beauty of Bowling Green’s Parks and Cemeteries. By participating in this special program, donors will help designate a memorial planting to honor their loved ones and support the beautification of parks and green spaces in Bowling Green.
HOW THE MEMORIAL TREE PROGRAM WORKS
To participate in the program, an individual selects the Memorial Program option best suited to him or her and indicates the park or cemetery in which he or she would like the planting to occur. The Parks Arborist, together with the Cemetery Sexton and Maintenance Manager, will provide information about available planting sites and proper tree selection for the chosen location. The City staff will work to provide options that best suit the request while conforming to the City’s horticultural plans.
TREE SELECTION AND PLANTING LOCATIONS
Bowling Green Parks and Cemeteries strive to maintain a healthy and diverse urban forest with long range goals for its success in mind. Tree selections and planting locations are chosen based on species, topography, soil condition, light exposure, mature plant size, and appropriateness for placement in the city’s urban forest and public areas. These factors determined by the Parks Arborist combine to ensure that your memorial planting will continue to thrive for many years to come.
CARE FOR THE NEW TREE
The Bowling Green Parks Arborist and maintenance staff will provide all care necessary for the tree to the standards set for all park plantings.
• New Tree Planting with Memorial Plaque. For a sum of $250, a new
tree will be planted in memory of your loved one. An engraved 10”x12” gray granite marker will be placed at the base of the tree. • New Tree Planting. For a sum of $200, a new tree will be planted in memory of your loved one. • Adopt an Existing Tree with Memorial Plaque. For a sum of $125, an engraved 10”x12” gray granite marker will be placed at the base of an existing tree.
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All options include a 10-year warranty for trees and limited warranty for granite markers. For additional information, please contact the Memorial Tree Program, c/o Parks Arborist, 225 East 3rd Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42101; call (270) 393-3111; or visit http://www.bgky.org/bgpr/cemeteries
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by RITA MAE BROWN
Continuing in the exuberant tradition of Six of One, Bingo, and Loose Lips, New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown returns to her
much-loved fictional hamlet of Runnymede, whose memorable citizens are welcoming both the end of the Great War and the beginning of a new era. The night a riot breaks out at the Capitol Theater movie house during a Mary Pickford picture, no less, you can bet that the Hunsenmeir sisters, Louise and Julia, are nearby. Known locally as Wheezie and Juts, the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly freethinking sisters and their delightful circle of friends are coming of age in a shifting world and are determined to understand their place in it. Across town, the well-to-do Chalfonte siblings are preparing for the upcoming wedding of brother Curtis, but for youngest sister Celeste, the celebration brings about a change she never expected and a lesson about love she’ll not soon forget. Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, Cakewalk is an outrageous and affecting novel about a small town where ideas of sin and virtue, love and sex, men and women, politics and religion, can be as divided as the Mason-Dixon Line that runs right through it and where there’s no problem that can’t be cured by a good yarn and an even better scotch. With her signature Southern voice, Rita Mae Brown deftly weaves generations of family stories into a spirited patchwork quilt of not-sosimple but joyously rich life.
“Brown has said that the Runnymeade novels are the ones she was born to write. . . . This is more loving domestic comedy of small-town life when times were simpler.” - Library Journal
Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and many other books. An Emmynominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, and is a Master of Foxhounds and the huntsman.
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13 Ways to Protect Your Home When You Travel You’ve packed up your suitcase and booked your itinerary, but before you board the plane, take time to protect your home while you’re on vacation. July and August are popular vacation months, and not surprisingly, they’re also the months when home burglaries peak.
— By Ginger Cleary
To fully enjoy your trip, plan appropriate home security and maintenance with this checklist.
INSIDE THE HOUSE...
PSet timers on interior lights. This goes a long way in o
deterring burglars, who often look for crimes of opportunity. Don’t allow your house to appear as if no one is home.
PPrevent power surges. You never know if a power surge o
can occur, so be prepared. Disconnect the computer, TV, stereo, and other electronics, or make sure they are plugged safely into a surge protector.
PDon’t make telltale status updates. Never broadcast o your location on Facebook or Twitter. Even if you think that it’s only your friends or colleagues viewing your online profiles, it’s safest not to leave any sort of opening for a possible burglar.
PAlert your alarm company. If you have an automatic o
security system in place, call your representative, announcing you’ll be away from home for an extended period of time. Make sure the alarm is set properly when you leave.
PSecure valuables. If you don’t already have your jewelry or o other valuables in a safe deposit box, now might be the time to do so. Doing this also ensures that you don’t leave out anything valuable in plain sight that a burglar might be able to see from a window.
PSet the HVAC. Set a programmable thermostat to lower o
your heat or air conditioning usage and remember to change the thermostat’s battery.
PProtect your pipes. Make sure pipes in vulnerable areas o
such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces are insulated. In unusually cold weather, set your thermostat at 55 degrees or above. Ask a neighbor or trusted friend to stop by and check on the house and periodically turn on the faucets to ensure the pipes don’t freeze.
PLock all doors and windows. It might seem obvious, but o double-check just to be sure.
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OUTSIDE THE HOUSE...
PArrange for lawn care. Have your landscaping tended to o by a friendly neighbor or local service. Before you leave, trim tree branches that might allow access to a climbing burglar.
PStop newspapers and mail. Stop mail and newspaper o deliveries, or have them regularly picked up by a neighbor. Again, you don’t want to easily clue in a burglar to your absence by the mounting newspapers on your doorstep.
PPlan some exterior lighting. Set these lights on timers as o well, to deter burglars.
PDon’t leave spare keys outdoors. Collect any hidden o
spare keys from around the exterior of your home. Remember, burglars know the most popular hiding places, like beneath mats and in potted plants.
PLock the garage. Even if there is no entrance to your house o
from the garage, there’s still a chance for numerous things to be stolen. Secure the door and any entrances to the garage.
•••••••••••••••••••• Ginger Cleary graduated from Western Kentucky University and is a WKU Lifetime Alumni Association Member. Ginger has been a State Farm Agent in Bowling Green for 24 years. Ginger’s team consists of six full time employees. She has two children, Morgan and Blake Cleary. Morgan is an Aerospace Engineer and Blake is a junior in college. Ginger is heavily involved in the community. Disclosure: The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.
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Why Every Single Woman
Should Have a Dog — By Janette Hamilton
Are you a single woman living alone? Have trouble with relationships? Keep dating the wrong guy? You need a rescue dog. When I was a newly-separated woman of 24, I was single and living alone in the big city. After leaving an For more information abusive relationship, I was leery of men. I got a dog and felt a little safer about living alone. For the next 18 about fostering or adopting years, I would dabble in dating, not trusting men and getting into no serious relationships. The only one I truly trusted was my rescued Husky/Lab cross dog, Gabrielle. a pet in the Bowling GreenGabrielle was the first dog I ever fostered. When the time came to re-home her, I could not give her up. Warren County area... Thus began one of the most rewarding relationships with an animal I have ever had. Gabrielle was my right BG-WC hand; she worked through life by my side always there to comfort in hard times and to play with in good times. She HUMANE SOCIETY was my best friend. 1925 Old Louisville Road (270) 783-9404 As the years went by, I began to trust her instincts about www.bgwchs.petfinder.com people. If she did not like someone or was suspicious of him Mon-Tues-Thur-Fri 10-4:30 or her, she always let me know. The men she didn’t like were Sat. 10-4, Sun 12-4, Closed Wed controlling and overbearing, just like my ex-husband. She •••••••• was trying to let me know. I began to pay more attention to A Voice For Animals her response to the men I dated. It became a standing joke (270) 783-9195 amongst friends that the way to my heart was through my avoiceforanimalsbg.org dog. It may have been a joke, but it was true. I did not date a man my dog didn’t like! Gabrielle became my romantic adviser. If you couldn’t convince her you were a decent human being, you didn’t date me. If you had a black heart, she knew in an instant. When I met my husband, I knew immediately he was a man I could trust. Not only did Gabrielle like him, but she’d follow him everywhere he Janette Hamilton lives with multiple went and wait outside the bathroom dogs. Most of them were thrown away door for him. for one ridiculous reason or another; Now all you single women know why I some were abused, but all are lost souls who have found their way to her. They say you need to get a dog. Head for the all live together now, so thoughts of all local animal shelter or check with local things dog occupy her every waking rescue groups for adoptable dogs. moment. The detritus she can’t keep con-tained in her brain spills over into Somewhere out there is a furry fourher blog, and sometimes it even makes legged creature who is just waiting to be sense! She tries to put a humorous spin your bodyguard and best friend. You owe on everything, but sometimes her seriousness shows, so Gabrielle make of it what you will. it to yourself to find him or her!
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Thanks, Bowling Green. I love being here to help life go right™ in a community where people are making a difference every day. Thank you for all you do.
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