Susan's Kitchen

  • Carrots, carrots and more carrots

    Let’s eat some carrots! I’ve always liked them, and my kids do too. My mom fixed carrots all the time when I was growing up, plus she always had carrot sticks in the fridge for munching.
    She had a dog when I was little, a big fat dachshund named Herman. He was always on a diet, and he liked carrots, so lots of those carrot sticks went to him.
    These two carrot side dishes I got from Mom’s recipe box. They are very simple to make, and very delicious. And for dessert? What else? Carrot cake!

  • Try these recipes from the past


  • Saturday Night Fever Cake




  • Relish, pickles and bottled Hell



  • Kentucky loses a great cook

    I was saddened to read of the recent passing of Linda Allison-Lewis, cooking columnist in Kentucky Living, the magazine from the Inter County Energy Co-op, and the author of “Kentucky’s Best - Fifty Years of Great Recipes.”
    Though Linda and I never met in person, we talked on the phone many times about  recipes. When I wrote my own cookbook, she helped me by writing a very nice article about it, accompanied by a picture of my donkeys and me.

  • Fresh garden ingredients make a great dip

    I tried a new Chili con Queso Dip recipe this past Sunday when I was seeking refuge in my air-conditioned kitchen.
    I had been out earlier in the day to pick onions, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, and I realized I had all the ingredients to put in this dish.  I decided to try it, and if it was good, I’d put it in my column.  
    Well, I did, and it was, and here’s the recipe.

  • Chicken and broccoli salads are oldies but goodies

    Here are two cool summer salads you will really like, one chicken and one broccoli.  I’ve featured them both in this column before, and they are in my cookbook.  They are recipes I return to again and again.
    The Hawaiian Chicken Salad recipe was given to me by my friend Pat Colley (mother of Andy, local radio celebrity.)  I made it this past weekend because my daughters Rachel and Stevie were there, and they both love it.  It’s really delicious, and this recipe makes a lot, so it’s great for a pot-luck.

  • Waiting on lots of tomatoes

    I went a little overboard in the tomato-planting department this year, and I have a feeling I’ll be eating a LOT of tomatoes. I’m not complaining, since I look forward to these tasty tomatoes all winter, when all you can get are those hard tasteless ones.
    I have several Jet Star tomatoes in big pots that are absolutely loaded with big green tomatoes (and yes, I’ve already picked some and had fried green tomatoes).

  • Pasta and bacon are the perfect combination



  • Good biscuits take practice