Cleaning Up Bread Dough

Rosemary Flash Bread, Roasted Garlic Love Butter

Folks if you’re making your own bread, I have a tip for you: after you’re through kneading and your hands are all yucky, wash them over the sink with a handful of FLOUR, not water. That’s right….grab a quarter cup or so of dry flour and scrub your hands till most of the dough has dried and flaked off. THEN rinse them with COLD water – hot water activates the starches and things will get gooey again!

I’m “Different.” Yay, ME!

Folks I don’t know when I’ve ever been so tired.  Blissfully tired.  Every time I get frustrated that I cannot find my rhythm, I remember that the ONLY rhythm I’ve ever had was Covid.  Week in, week out, new menu.  See what’s available and lookin’ good…plan menu, publish menu, take orders, order/shop, prep, cook, deliver…and do it AGAIN.  Week after week for about 13 straight months.  Then people got vaccinated.  Started celebrating with family.  Then with friends.  Now my business families are back at it with open houses and lunch ‘n learns.  But the rhythm isn’t THERE.  It’s not supposed to be, and I am reminded that’s one of the reasons I love what I do so MUCH!  

Another reason is accolades.  I think most of you know that I LIVE for praise.  About my food.  Nothing brings me more joy than actually being there and seeing your face consumed with pleasure, and hearing you congratulate me for making you feel so good.  I hear “fantastic!”, “glorious” , “oh my god I’ve never tasted anything so delicious!”  “and DIFFERENT”!!!    “It’s different“.  Highest praise ever.  There’s a REASON I describe Lula’s as “Unique, Boutique Cuisine” !!  It keeps me from getting bored, and it keeps you delighted.  Yay, ME!

PS…I’ve gotten my hands on some fresh Arctic Char – if you want some Piccata Style, with some Spinach and Forbidden Rice Salad.   You’ll have to call 859-360-0251 or email lori@Lulasforlunch.com to get your order in – quick, while supplies last!  With, in, and for love, Lula

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I’ve been told I make the best Ahi Tartare in the land…here’s a pic of last week’s offering at a financial seminar/happy hour.  YES, you can combine learning with happy drinks and happy food!

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What is Mead? HONEYMOON Food!

Any upcoming nuptials this  Summer?
 

In ancient Babylon, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead (fermented honey beverage) he could drink for a month after the wedding. Because their calendar was lunar or moon-based, this period of free mead was called the honey month or what we now call the “honeymoon.”

While we at Lula’s Catering don’t offer any mead beverage options, you really should try our Homemade Honey-Lavendar Iced Tea the next time you cater in!! – Lula

 

 

Soup and Quiche on the Menu!

Folks I said there wouldn’t be a menu for a while and there ISN’T.  You can’t click through and see meals anymore, but a friend harvested some fantastic ASPARAGUS, and I have an abundance of CHORIZO right now, so I”m offering on a first come first served basis Lula’s Creamy Asparagus Soup (gf) and Chorizo and Sweet Pepper Quiche.    You can order the quiche without crust if you’d like it to be gluten free, or if you’d prefer an eggier dish, I can do a frittata for you.  Another dear friend harvested Serviceberries for me and since I’ve never worked with them I’m not offering them to YOU – I’m going to experiment and perhaps you’ll see them as another offering in the near future.

The Creamy Asparagus Soup can be enjoyed hot on a stormy day like today, but I actually like it best chilled.  It’s fantastic as an accompaniment to a light salad or a piece of that quiche (see pic below to have your mouth water)!  When it’s hot, I can fill myself up easily with just a piece of crusty bread dunked in. You’ll have to call 859-360-0251 or email lori@Lulasforlunch.com to get your order in – quick, while supplies last!  With, in, and for love, Lula

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I’ve been told I make the best quiche in the land…besides the love, I don’t skimp on ingredients.  Our Chorizo and Sweet Pepper Quiche is layered with a fantastic Chipotle-Jack Cheese and sweet onions, as well as lovely garden grown “belle” peppers!!  It serves 8 easily and can be frozen for future indulgence.

About Chef Lori

Chef Lori Pierce, owner of Lula’s, creates unique, boutique cuisine to impress your guests and clients in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.  Our custom recipes and menus delight an intimate gathering of 10, a celebration for 100, and anything in between.

At Lula’s, Love is ALWAYS our first ingredient!

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Are You An Oven Clutz?

How does one get these fantastic smooth layers?  Well, I personally don’t know – I’m not very good at this – this beautiful cake from one of my new bride and grooms is courtesy of Servatiis.  What I DO know is that practically every time I use the oven (multiple times a day) I burn myself.  Check out my arms sometime.

I have discovered, when baking anything round in a pan like one of these cake layers or a quiche, that if I use a spatula and sneak it underneath the pan and rotate it instead of using oven mitts, I char myself less frequently.  Hope this helps for you too!  Other tips and tidbits relating to ANYTHING food and drink can be found  here, joyeously provided by Lula’s Catering !

The Last Pickup and Delivery Menu for a WHILE…

Folks I’ve been putting off writing for this week and now that it’s just a day before this newsletter goes out, I’m snuggled in bed listening to the thunder and remembering mom telling me “it’s just God moving his piano”.  I love storms and rain!

This newsletter is bittersweet because it will be the last weekly menu for delivery or pickup for a while – at least until July.  Catering has picked up significantly, and while I’m so HAPPY people are beginning to live a little again, I’m just not sure how to feel about giving up the thing that has fulfilled me and FILLED you for the last year – this is my 50th menu, and I took a week off here and there … a little over a year has passed since my pivot into a very different way of cooking to answer your needs as well as mine.  What a year!  I’ve fed first responder families too busy to cook, families in mourning, families absolutely SICK of trying to come up with something new for the kids that were home all DAY every DAY … moms that sometimes just wanted a moment for themselves and ordered Charcuterie boxes to hide with in the bubble bath.   I hope I helped some too, with the people out there hurting so badly because of this pandemic – the homeless and the hiding, and the kids not getting the nutrition they used to get from school.   So, with some sadness, and with some excitement, I just can’t do it all anymore.  I’ll still be available if you want to give me a week’s notice to put something together for you, but you’ll have to do the thinking from now on – order what you want, and I’ll do it if I can!  And please think of Lula’s when you’re planning a celebration of any type, or just want to feed the office.  I’m still following all safety protocols (these were in place BEFORE Covid hit), and you can count on healthful, beautiful, delicious food.

In the meantime, here are some highlights from this week’s menu:   You may have seen this picture of our Lemon-Arugula Pasta Salad on Social Media – it’s a family favorite and I’m offering it one last time.  This picture was for a fancy get together and I just had to use Great Grandmother Ida Columbia’s punchbowl for the occasion.  A reminder to you that your celebration table can have MOST of our weekly selections on it!  I’m also bringing back Ballpark Casserole one last time as it was a special request.  Our Shrimp and Saffron Risotto with Spring Peas is new for this week – it’s sure to be a hit.

The Prosciutto and Arugula Quiche was so popular it’s back, as well as a special request for Spinach and Mushroom.   I’m trying out a new Cajun Salmon Salad and Jerked Chicken is back (see picture below to see what it looks like when it’s delivered to your office)!  You can access the menu with more goodies like our family favorite Loaded Chicken Noodle Soup and a brand new Black Bean & Rice Soup just to say “hello!” to Cinco de Mayo at www.lulasforlunch.com/seasonal_selections/default.html I’m not going anywhere (except to Chincoteague Island for a long week coming SOON); I’m here when you need me! With, in, and for love, Lula

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Our Jerked Chicken Salad is not spicy.  I make my own jerk seasoning and add heat to your specifications.  The pineapple in the salad sweetens it up JUUUUST enough to make you want to keep shoveling it in your mouth! Click www.lulasforlunch.com to visit our website.

Quiche is YUMMY for Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day, and HAPPY SPRING! Menu

…and the weather is “sort of” cooperating!  I love lamb so much, but I don’t offer it very often – I thought this week would be a good opportunity to roast up some shoulder in Lula’s Rosemary-Dijon Paste, and serve it with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Spring Peas and Carrots.  I don’t often offer a complete meal – take advantage!!  Pictured to your left is our fabulous Chicken Penne Pesto – people just can’t get enough.

Everybody goes crazy for Lula’s Meatball Casserole, and the weather just won’t permit it for a while, so I’ve lightened up the idea with our new Chicken Meatball Primavera – loaded with spring veggies and 5 cheeses and our own herbed chicken meatballs.  It’s all mixed together in a blush sauce just perfect for spring.

The Prosciutto and Arugula Quiche was so popular I developed another derivation – sort of a “hunter’s quiche” with Prosciutto and Mushroom, and Roasted Broccoli & Welsh Cheddar is back ON!  You can access the menu with more goodies like our  Loaded Chicken Noodle Soup (see mouthwatering description and picture below)  HERE.

I’m fully vaxxed and ON THE TREADMILL.  I’m feelin’ good, and you will be too with Lula’s food in your FRIDGE!  With, in, and for love, Lula

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THIS is a picture of our Loaded Chicken Noodle Soup.   Healthy to the max with our own bone broth and power greens, rich umami from black mushrooms, tons of garlic (but cooked through so you get the sweetness and the nutrition – NOT the vampire repellant!), and of course your usual suspects – carrots, celery and onion.

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Chilito Pie, Tico Chicken & Roasted Stuffed Apples!

The yard nazis are out in full force – I guess because of Covid so many people are working from home, there is no longer a Saturday Symphony of lawnmowers…now, it’s one or two every DAY, usually waking me UP.  Maybe I’m on a short fuse but jeez…give your grass some time to take ROOT!  One consolation is a memory the sound dredges up – I used to spend summers with my grandparents and every. single. Saturday. I was woken up by the sound of my grandfather and his lawnmower, and the smell of sizzling sausage.  Sausage made by my Uncle Flicket – the BEST sausage in the world.  It came from happy pigs on his farm who lived a great life and died a quick death in service to us.

I would look out my window, and there was grandaddy, in this white shirt, seersucker pants, leather lace up shoes, and a straw fedora for sun protection.  The sweat would be dripping off of him, but he never acted cranky.  Sometimes I would catch his eye and he would wave.  His face lit up just like mine when we saw each other.

You’re looking at a picture of my Chilito Pie – an experiment about a month ago that was very successful.  It’s layers of tortilla (corn if you don’t want the gluten), our Cincinnati Style Chili with Beans, Cheddar Jack Cheese and Scallion.  It’s yummy.   Also offered is an old recipe developed for a French friend years ago – and I just had a hankering for it so I thought I’d offer it to you too – Lula’s Roasted Apples Stuffed with Leeks and Goat Cheese (pic below!)  You can add some of that fabulous family recipe sausage if you’d like to “spice” it up You can find both of them here along with a bunch of other delightful mouthfuls! The Apple recipe is also offered as an appetizer in puff pastry – close your eyes and imagine in your mouth – crispy puff pastry, creamy goat cheese, sweet leeks and apples, and sausage with JUST the right kick…are you salivating yet?

Of course that’s not all…check out the menu to see what other surprises await: our fabulous Tico Chicken (Costa Rican BBQ tenders)  is back and we’re delighted with our Ham and Sugar Snap Pea Risotto.

I’m spring cleaning the kitchen and everything is gleaming…I just hope HOT doesn’t come too soon!  With, in, and for LOVE…Lula

A Note From Chef Lori
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Here are our Apples Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Leeks.  The combination of sweet, savory, and tangy will knock your socks off!  Add sausage and you get a little kick.

It turns out a Lula’s Gift Certificate for Family Meal Delivery OR Catering at a later date to be mailed or emailed in any denomination you want has been popular so I’m going to continue to offer these whenever you want to treat a family member or friend, or send a thank you to a customer!  Email or call and we’ll take care of it – right down to mailing.  Click here to visit our website!

Go Reds! Ballpark Casserole On the Menu!

Psychotic Cincinnati weather and the Cincinnati Reds have provoked this week’s menu to offer a mix of comfort food and spring offerings. Floyd the Psycho Pug cannot get ENOUGH of being outside, enjoying the crisp air, sunshine, and WIND…his nose has been working overtime the past few days!  The sunshine and air has made me want to fire up the grill, and baseball season dictates just THAT – our Ballpark Casserole with Beer Basted Grilled Mets, Brats, Sweet Peppers & Onions mixed in with Roasted Potatoes and a layer of CHEEEEEESE.  I’ve taken my memories of stadium food from Cincinnati and Chicago and melded the two – mixing Italian Beef condiments with our Germanic sausages.  You trust me, right?!?  You SHOULD by now!
Easter kinda put me in the mood for some Truffled Egg Salad, and brunchy quiche offerings: Smoked Salmon & Gournay with Tomato, and Chorizo & Sweet Pepper.  As an aside, I wrote a really fun blog a couple of years ago at Easter time about eggs & Easter traditions – you can access it here.

Of course that’s not all…check out the menu  to see what surprises await: Chicken Poppyseed Casserole is back and we’re using up all the spring asparagus we can find in our Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto (beautiful pic below).

We’ve got the windows open airing out the stale winter air, just in time to put the heat back on again… life is good – I hope you’ll be able to safely enjoy your friends and family this Easter Season!

A Note From Chef Lori
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Get Spring Asparagus while it lasts!! Our fresh, lemony risotto with garlic shrimp & asparagus is to die for.

It turns out a Lula’s Gift Certificate for Family Meal Delivery OR Catering at a later date to be mailed or emailed in any denomination you want has been popular so I’m going to continue to offer these whenever you want to treat a family member or friend, or send a thank you to a customer!  Email or call and we’ll take care of it – right down to mailing.  Click here to visit our website!

 

Creole Shrimp ‘n Grits, House Smoked BBQ and More!

You PEOPLE are so demanding I have to put VERY recent offerings back on the menu… 🙂  You have REQUIRED Hanky Panky Stew and Chicken Pesto Tortellini again this week, and Lula has acquiesced!   And just let me say that if you didn’t order the Lamb Ragu you will have a chance again in the near future as it was FABULOUS.  If you’ve not tried lamb, this is the perfect introduction.  If you have tried it and like it, don’t miss my version of this ragu when it becomes available again.

In the meantime, our creamy, rich, and yet light Creole Shrimp ‘n Grits is PERFECT for brunch or dinner, and you can find it on this menu along with my fabulous house smoked Pulled Pork (see pic below) with your choice of Lula’s KBB (Kentucky Black Bourbon) or Carolina 24K Gold Sauce, along with Daddy’s Cole Slaw or Maytag Bleu Slaw  I keep trying out names for my South Carolina BBQ Sauce – if you’ve something catchy to offer, HELP!

Our Protein Salads, Soups, and Quiches this week reflect what’s popping up from the ground – take advantage of the asparagus while it’s young and tender!  Always, ALWAYS there will be quiche…check out the menu to see what surprises await!

I’m on my way to my 2nd shot, and I’m wearing sandals.  Life is good – I hope you’ll be able to safely enjoy your friends and family this Easter Season!

A Note From Chef Lori
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This is how we enjoy our smoked pulled pork at my house: a grilled onion bun, coleslaw, and some TEXAS PETE for zing, along with either of Lula’s fantastic BBQ sauces.

It turns out a Lula’s Gift Certificate for Family Meal Delivery OR Catering at a later date to be mailed or emailed in any denomination you want has been popular so I’m going to continue to offer these whenever you want to treat a family member or friend, or send a thank you to a customer!  Email or call and we’ll take care of it – right down to mailing.  Click here to visit our website!

In Lula's Kitchen, Love is ALWAYS our First Ingredient!