Food and Dining

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Ridiculist with Judy Green And Football is Here

If you’re a WKU grad and a U of L fan like me, here’s some good news. You can go to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for tonight’s 6 p.m. kickoff. You can probably watch the whole game (though few probably will) and still get home in time to watch the Hilltoppers take on UK in Nashville.  Both games are being televised on ESPNU. An Embarrassment Approaching the Karen Sypher Level: Anyone who saw Judy Green interviewed on WLKY  last night now realizes what a hoax it was that she claimed to be too sick to attend her removal hearing, which…


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Si Senor – Iguanas Comes to J-town

Eventually, every restaurant location in this city will go about of business, only to open up a few months later as a Mexican joint. The latest casualty/Mexican opening is right next door to me here on Taylorsville Road in J-town. The once-promising Maxwell’s, sort of an independent version of Applebee’s, has been struggling since it closed in 2009, then re-opened last year. Originally it opened in 2007 as Maggie’s. This Mexican restaurant phenomena is mind-boggling. In my neighborhood alone, there’s an El Tarasco in a former Mr. Gatti’s and an El Nopal in the downtown square in what used to…


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Pigs, Donkeys, Elephants – All’s Fair in Pork and Politics

    A good, salty time was had by all at the 48th Country Ham Breakfast held at the Kentucky State Fair on August 25.  The two-pronged agenda, to raise funds and cholesterol, is put together by Kentucky Farm Bureau and a slew of farmers, with the finale belonging to only one little pig. What is the criteria for those Commonwealth Farms, you may ask? The annual event has been feeding politicians and regular folks  since 1964, raising more than $5.6 million dollars for charity. This year, the 16-pounder was auctioned off for the second year in a row to Republic Bank. They took the little…



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To Help Battle Childhood Obesity: Calories Should be Posted on the School Lunch Menus & Menu Boards

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. How Many Calories Do Your Kids Need to Eat Each Day? Parents and teachers could help students make better food choices at school by calculating how many calories each student needs each day.  Parents could work through the calculations at home and share with their children. Teachers could show the students how to calculate their calorie needs when they are in computer labs. Here’s a resource to figure out how many calories your kids need per day. http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/bodycomp/energy/energyneeds_calculator.htm How to Divide Calories into Daily Meal Plans Children should typically eat three meals and an…


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All’s FAIR in Love and Weight! The Making of the “BIG KAHUNA, YOU!”

I’m not sure if it is where I am right now, but I swear I can smell the grease coming off this page as I write. I’ve never blown chunks while writing a blog, but this one came close to making me hurl. America’s state fairs can be counted on to provide foods featuring offbeat ingredient combinations. Here are the Top Ten New Foods this year offered at State Fairs: Hash Brown Hot Dog Deep Fried Klondike Bar Corn Dog Pizza Fried Beer Deep-Fried Cheesesteak on a Stick Deep-Fried Cheddar-Bacon Mashed Potatoes Deep-Fried Frito Pie Sweet Potato Dog This one…


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Louisville restaurant offers prices based on the stock market losses.

DISHING UP STOCK MARKET FOOD AND DRINK U.S. stocks jumped the most in more than two years, rebounding from the worst drop since 2008, and 10-year Treasury yields touched a record low as the Federal Reserve vowed to keep interest rates near zero through mid-2013. The dollar weakened and the Swiss franc rose the most since at least 1971. What does this mean for Louisville residents who are still recovering from losses due to last week’s stock market disaster? Dish on Market is offering a new program based on the S&P 500 index – a Prime Rib cooked to order,…


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My Soapbox on Bottled Water

When I was reporting at Business First back in the ’90s, I wrote a column saying that the marketing of bottled water was the biggest scam ever foisted on the American public. My reasoning was that these marketers from big corporations like Coca-Cola and Pepsico had somehow been able to convince regular folks to purchase something in a bottle they could get for free out of the tap. Perrier was really popular. Brilliant! The marketers of the product touted specious health benefits, and studies pointed to the benefits of drinking water, and Americans lined up to buy. Suckers! Despite my…


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Has the School Lunch Program Failed our Kids?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.        In the early 80s, I was a USDA School Lunch & Child Nutrition program reviewer for the Alaska Department of Education. I traveled all over Alaska to Indian & Eskimo villages and also to Anchorage and Fairbanks to review the School Lunch Program to ensure the children were getting a healthy meal, met the Federal Guidelines to qualify them for the USDA Federal reimbursements. In some cases, it was a shock how the food was prepared, how the serving plates & cooking utensils were cleaned, and how thankful some of the children were…


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What a cool idea! Evening bike ride to benefit a good cause

In these dog days of summer Prevent Blindness has come up with a very cool idea. It’s America’s first Night Rider. A light, evening bike ride followed by music from Gene Brock & The Hasselhoffs and The Hard Luck.  The event starts at Saints Pizza and Pub, 131 Breckenridge Lane, in the heart of St. Matthews. Sign in and late registration begins at 7:30 p.m. The ride begins at about 9. Music begins at 10:30.  The $25 registration includes the ride, a Night Rider t-shirt, and admission to the show. All proceeds benefit Prevent Blindness America. For details on early…