Food & Drink

Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts

by Jessie K on January 28, 2015

Folks around Lexington and the immediate environs have been raving about Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts. Local readers, have you had one? Apparently, these fresh made delicacies sell out in minutes; you actually have to wait on line to get one. Waiting on line is not something we in south-central Virginia are accustomed to….unless Walmart is having  a fire sale on […]


Halloween treat

by Jessie K on October 29, 2014

This is the second time I’ve made these Surprise Pumpkin Treats for Halloween. They’re pretty gross — food dye, Walmart “Crisp Rice” cereal, green frosting, green gum drop, wrapped around a chocolate-y center — yet I’ve managed to polish off two. I’m thinking about a third. The under 5 crowd love ’em.

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A perfect Halloween cocktail for a bigger town

by Jessie K on October 28, 2014

My friend Accacia just emailed me a most enticing cocktail recipe from Bon Appetit to try for Halloween: The Melting Olaf. It’s billed as a libation for parents who’ve seen “Frozen precisely 14 times too many.” Ding! Ding! Ding! Like countless other little ladies this Halloween, June will be going as her guide in all matters magical, Elsa […]


I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to compete in this year’s Fourth of July baking competition for a variety of reasons — Jake leaves for a year (tomorrow morning — ugh), the girls keep me running — but Thom, my fierce competitor, amazing baker and host of the annual fete, wasn’t having it. […]


Poultry season

by Jessie K on June 2, 2014

We have another batch of broiler chickens under way. And every single one of them is already pre-sold. I guess this means we’ve arrived in A-list chicken world. Or something like that. (And we only raise 60 at a time so there’s that.) In another month or so, they’ll be big enough for slaughter. Sounds harsh, but […]


4 surprising facts about eggs

by Jessie K on April 25, 2014

Eggs. By far the world’s most perfect food. As every chef knows, the whites lift, the yolks bind — where would foodies be without the humble egg? I must eat about 15 of them a week in a variety of forms — and why not? They’re so versatile! — but lately, mostly fried with a little butter, olive […]


Speaking of white wine on ice…

by Jessie K on April 11, 2014

I recently overheard a story about this woman who brought a really expensive bottle of wine to a dinner party and the hosts poured their own glasses of the wine over ice! The woman who brought the wine was aghast. She thought drinking wine over ice was akin to clipping your nails at the table […]


The camel rider

by Jessie K on April 9, 2014

I finally got to try the famous “camel rider” sandwich while in Jacksonville last week…at a restaurant called The Sheik. Hmm, sounds racially exploitative to me, though I heard the restaurant is owned by Arabs so I guess that’s okay? (I love the sign: “Get On Efree.” Regional slang for “get on it, people?”) Anyway, Jacksonville […]


Ta-ta for now

by Jessie K on March 31, 2014

I’m taking off for Florida for a few days so I won’t be posting much this week. A few goals while I’m away: A) Expose Katie’s limbs to sunshine since she’s been bundled up like a little Eskimo baby since birth B) Enjoy a “camel rider sandwich” and sip a cherry limeade while in Jacksonville, the […]


The things people say

by Jessie K on March 18, 2014

The following is something somebody said to Jake (its only been slightly exaggerated here). We’ve been laughing about it for months. “Question. Ya’ll like strawberries? ‘Cause I got a shipment that just came off the back of a truck at a rest area. Must have 30, 40 pints here.  You want ’em? Only thing, they’re […]