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
lori@Lulasforlunch.com ; 859-360-0251

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!

Love, it’s What’s for Dinner!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  I hope you’ve got your green on.  Those who ordered from my menu certainly have.  Interestingly, a couple of people clamored for my Chicken Penne Pesto this week, and it’s green too!  I’m offering it this week with an alternative if you just can’t get enough cheeeeeeese- with cheese tortellini.  Quite frankly, this is my favorite way to enjoy it – our creamy luscious homemade pesto, with basil from our garden put up last summer, on top of more creamy luscious tortellini filled with ricotta, parmesan and herbs.

You can find the Chicken Pesto on our menu along with my fabulous Lamb Ragu made from the delectable silky shoulder.  It’s deep in flavor with tomato and veggie overtones, served with your choice of Saffron & Chive Polenta or Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes.

Our Buffalo Chicken Salad was a hit so it’s back, along with a fresh lemony Egg Salad – both perfect to pair with one of our soups – Sherried Wild Mushroom Bisque or Loaded Baked Potato.  Always, ALWAYS there will be quiche…check out the menu to see what surprises await!

The birds ARE nesting and the warmth of the sun has kissed my skin.   I am wishing for all that with the passage of each day, we feel safer and more love than ever before!

A Note From Chef Lori
lori@Lulasforlunch.com ; 859-360-0251

Here is our gorgeous, nutritious Spinach & Wild Mushroom Quiche.  Order it and revel in the mouthful of delight!

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!

It IS Easy Being Green with our St. Patty’s Day Menu !

I’m shaking it up a bit and not offering my Soda Bread or Rhubarb Pie (both extremely Irish) for St. Patty’s Day, and since my Guiness Stew can be had any time of year there’s no point to that either.  I’m having some fun with the color green this year. What you’re looking at is Lula’s South American Avocado Soup – so velvety and yummy with a hint of spice that’ll tickle the back of your throat.  Our Cream of Asparagus is a great fit too as it’s Asparagus season! This soup is delicate and elegant. Quiche is GREEN EGGS AND HAM!  No truly green eggs; just lots of green veggies.  Let’s just say “through the garden” minus the green pepper.  There is SO. MUCH. MORE. Click our take-out/delivery St. Patty’s Day menu and find your favorite green food, from our fabulous Curried Chicken Salad to Spinach Pie.  Oh!  If you love New Orleans flavors, I’ve included my Creole Chicken & Broccoli with Penne – divine!   The ONE item I’m offering that’s slightly Irish definitely has my own spin on it: Stuffed Green Peppers with Colcannon and our Homemade Irish Garlic Sausage! I make my Colcannon with Kale ’cause I love it so.   Floyd is even getting in on the St. Patty’s Day fun – check out his photo below!

Did you KNOW that Corned Beef isn’t even an Irish tradition?  It is Irish American though – when the Irish came here they sourced Corned Beef as a substitute for salt pork.  Our closest relative, bacon, was too expensive for the immigrant’s pocketbook so they settled on Corned Beef as a similarly salty substitute.

The birds ARE nesting and the warmth of the sun has kissed my skin.   I am wishing for all that with the passage of each day, we feel safer and more love than ever before!

A Note From Chef Lori lori@Lulasforlunch.com ; 859-360-0251

His Royal Hinee The Crown Prince Floyd Wong is IRISH FOR A DAY!  He even eats green VEGGIES.  You can see what my sous chef Floyd helped create here.  Love…it’s What’s For DINNER!

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!

Showers and Birthdays and Parties, Oh MY!

Menu on the Cusp For You!

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, and we know where the parties is!  Behold our fantastically beautiful and delicious Shrimp, Asparagus, and Sweet Pea Risotto!  We start with our take on Risi e Bisi (a humble Italian Rice and Pea stew), using pea pods to make the broth.  With asparagus at its peak, I just couldn’t resist these beautiful colors and flavors evocative of spring.  Our hearty Hanky Panky Stew is back by demand as is our Beef Stroganoff – some of you are still yearning for the deep flavors of winter. There is SO. MUCH. MORE. on our take-out/delivery menu for 3/10; check it out!   Lula’s version of Chicken Saltimbocca is sure to make your mouth water.

Celebrations just simply cannot be stopped – the celebration of births and nuptials is HAPPENING (safely, of course), and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of it!  Check out our LulaMallorca below – aged Manchego and Serrano Ham on a flaky croissant, brushed with a dark rum sugar glaze. This and other finger foods will be enjoyed this weekend at a real PARTY!!!

The birds ARE nesting and the warmth of the sun has kissed my skin.   I am wishing for all that with the passage of each day, we feel safer and more love than ever before!

A Note From Chef Lori
lori@Lulasforlunch.com ; 859-360-0251

A whole new take on the ham and cheese sandwich, our LulaMallorca is adulting at its most fun (almost!).   Learn more about our deli options here.

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!

Stage 4 Cancer Survivor Heidi Bright Gives us a Healthy Valentine’s Day Sweet!

How to Make a Delicious,
Cancer-Fighting Valentine’s Treat

Valentine’s Day gives rise the urge to eat sugary treats. Unfortunately, processed sugar causes inflammation, which is not good for those dealing with cancer.

Here’s a satisfying way around the sugar shackles that I enjoy. It’s naturally sweet, creamy, quick, easy, nutritious, and even color-coordinated.

And best of all, it can help fight cancer.

All it takes is a high-speed blender with a pusher, some frozen red berries, and a banana.

I consider my high-speed blender a vital part of my anti-cancer lifestyle. I use mine daily for green smoothies, and sometimes I’ll use it three times in one day. I am fortunate that my brother Walter gave me a Vitamix after my diagnosis. I believe using it provides my body with access to fresh, vital nutrients I might not get any other way.

Red berries are nutritional powerhouses. They boost the immune system and provide cell-protecting antioxidants. Raspberries and strawberries contain especially high amounts of ellagic acid, a phytochemical that interferes with cancer development. [1]

Bananas contain vitamin B6 (good for dealing with neuropathy), fiber, potassium (especially important during chemo, I found), magnesium, vitamin C, and manganese.[2]

Cut your peeled banana in half and stick both halves in the bottom of your blender.

Measure out 2 cups of frozen berries and pour them on top.

Turn on your blender and use your pusher to get the fruit to mix.

Viola! A delicious, sweet, creamy, frozen dessert for Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy!

 

Sources:

[1] Thriver Soup, pg.  117

A Cold, Snowy Winter Menu For You!

I LOVE SNOW!  I love the cold, the type of cold that snow brings.  It’s just different.  It feels good on my skin, the air smells different and fills my lungs BETTER!   But I understand that most of you find it, though beautiful, an inconvenience, and messy and time consuming and, well… WET.  So I’m going to make you feel beter.  Behold our fantastically beautiful and delicious Roasted Tomato Basil Bisque!  Our tomatoes put up at the peak of the season, garlic, basil and heavy cream make this chunky, yet velvety soup a favorite.  This is definitely the weather for it, along with our hearty Hanky Panky Stew seen below (scroll down please!)  You can order it as originally created with Israeli Couscous, or order it gluten free, made with rice.  Either way, the caraway, spice, and cheeses combine to delightfully remind you of a Hanky Panky snack!  Beef Stroganoff is back, and I’ve added another protein salad – my favorite – Cajun Salmon Caesar. 

It’s been a crazy week – please bear with me as I attempt to get my computer out of the hospital.  Invoices and correspondence will not look the same until I get my “world” back.  This does not affect your world though – you can still take care of yourself and let me do the cooking by ordering here.

Soon, SOOOooooon we’ll hear the birds nesting and feel warmth on our skin.  I’m anxiously awaiting my vaccine (Gordon received his 2nd on Monday and just like the first time it knocked him down the day after FYI, though everyone is different – this is HIS experience and I thought I’d share it) and I am wishing for all that with the passage of each day, we feel safer and more love than ever before!

A Note From Chef Lori  lori@Lulasforlunch.com ; 859-360-0251

This Hanky Panky Stew is hearty enough to make a whole meal… Order it before it’s gone!

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!

Valentine’s Aphrodisiac Menu

LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS SOUP!  It’s called Ajiaco (Latin American Chicken Soup)  Can you guess which ingredients are aphrodisiacs?!?  In honor of Valentine’s Day, every single offering this week has an aphrodisiac in it.  If your curious about the ingredients in the dishes YOU order, just ask!  I teach a whole class on Aphrodisiacs and have several menus to choose from – so I’m kind of an expert (insert smiley face here).  Yup – Lula still doesn’t know how to handle emogees.  Especially in the newsletter.  I will give you a hint: there are three types of aphrodisiacs, and the history on some of them in each category sort of have to be whispered…

Along with this AMAZING soup, you can see our Salmon, Goat Cheese (or Feta if you prefer), and Tomato Frittata below, offered this week in Quiche form as well.  Our yummy, ooey gooey crunchy Chicken Poppyseed Casserole is back (whatever in the WORLD could be an aphrodisiac in THAT?!? – if you’re guessing poppyseed, you’re WRONG) and our Garlic Lamb Kebabs are being offered for the first time.  Lula has a marinade all her own that makes lamb a RAVEABLE dish.  You can find all this and more on our MENU for this week.

Can you believe it’s February already?!?  Soon we’ll hear the birds nesting and feel warmth on our skin.  I’m anxiously awaiting my vaccine (Gordon, as a first responder, is scheduled for his 2nd next week!) and am wishing for all that with the passage of each day, we feel safer and more love than ever before!

A Note From Chef Lori lori@Lulasforlunch.com ; 859-360-0251

NEVER FORGET:  Breakfast can ALWAYS be for Dinner!!

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!

Soups On! Order Now!

It’s still cold outside isn’t it, baby?!?  I’m still having fun with some of my favorite hearty tummy warming recipes, like this hearty Potato Leek Soup pictured here.  I’m showing you the VEGAN version, but you can order it vegetarian or full FAT with bacon to go in it.  I start by sauteeing my leeks in homemade chive oil for depth.  You just can’t beat this dish for warming you from the toes up.

Further down the page, take a sneak peak at what you MISSED if you didn’t order my Shrimp Scampi Primavera this week – a truly vibrant and healthful dish loaded with protein and flavor, this dish comes with regular penne pasta or, how it’s pictured with Red lentil noodles!    It’s gluten free and Keto Friendly! Meatball casserole sold out and I have more requests this week so you can have that AGAIN if you want!!  There are other delectables this week, like our 5-Spice Chicken Stir Fry or our Country Ham and Sugar Snap Pea Quiche, and you can find them all right here by clicking on this MENU.

Again, Happy New Year, and a wish for all that with the passage of each day, we feel safer and more love than ever before!

A Note From Chef Lori lori@Lulasforlunch.com ; 859-360-0251

If you missed it, don’t worry – our fantastic Shrimp Scampi Primavera will be back soon!

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!