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Easter Traditions: Lamb, Eggs, and Ham (Green or Not!)


Lula’s Deconstructed Truffled Deviled Eggs

Ever wonder why Easter Eggs are “Easter” eggs?  For anyone marginally schooled in Christianity lamb is a given, borrowed from the Jewish Passover tradition (sacrifical lamb, Lamb of God, etc.), but spring lamb, ham, and eggs far predate Christianity.

Spring lamb is just coming to market at Easter and has been a celebratory menu item for eons across the world symbolizing new beginnings and rebirth.  The pig  was considered a symbol of luck in pre-Christian Europe and, hence, the bringing of ham to the table in springtime.

Pagan rites of spring brought the egg to the table.  The egg is a symbol of rebirth, rejuvenation, and immortality.  The early Christian calendar forbade the ingestion of eggs during lent, so everyone was really excited to eat them again when lent was over (Easter).  Egg decorating has been around for thousands of years.  Particularly intricate and beautiful designs come from central Europe.

Egg breads, particularly the hot cross bun, are very popular at Easter.  Archeological evidence however, proves that the hot cross bun has been around since 79 C.E. at the ancient site of Herculaneum.

Whatever you bring to your Easter table, enjoy with family and friends and celebrate rebirth of all kinds!

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day

As I write this newsletter, my daddy is sitting in a hospital waiting to go home.  He’s been there several days after a collapse at home and a diagnoses of pneumonia.  This is his second hospitalization for pneumonia this year and naturally, everyone in the family is concerned.  Daddy has an amazing spirit, though, and I’d like to share some of the things that keep him going:

Daddy is very slow to anger, but when he blows, find the nearest cast iron bathtub to crouch down in.  For daddy, explosion is sometimes the best medicine.

Daddy would rather be on the water (ON, not IN) than ANYwhere else in the world.  Preferably in silence.

Daddy is a man of few words (hence the silence above).

At 83, Daddy still races in regattas, and still wins.

Clint Eastwood looks a great deal like my daddy.

Daddy has a very dry sense of humour, and he’s so slick you don’t even know that sometimes it’s directed AT you.

Daddy has a hard time saying no to the people he loves.  This makes them love him more.

Daddy is a well respected Harley “dude”, at 82 graduating from a Heritage Softail to a Freewheeler Trike.

Once daddy makes a promise, you can count on it.  You can really count on my dad.

Daddy hobnobs with some extremely hi-falutin’ people.  You’d never know it.  Daddy’s never thrown a name around (Jimmy Buffet for one) or tried to impress anyone with his connections (Russian Olympic Sailing Team, America’s Cup winners, Silicon Valley billionaires).  As you can see I am not above throwing names around on behalf of my daddy.

Daddy doesn’t get to indulge in his favorite foodstuffs very often anymore because of his health problems, so in honor of him this Father’s Day, Lula’s is offering some of the things he loves.  Click here to see Lula’s for Lunch…and More! father’s day menu.  I love you daddy, and I miss you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Merry Christmas!I miss my mom.  She hasn’t left this earth, but she’s not really here either – she has Alzheimer’s.  I would really like to feed my mom this Mother’s Day – she would love the menu (well…most of it, anyway…like these Deconstructed Truffled Deviled Eggs) and that’s saying something – she has never really even liked to eat!

Instead, I’d like to feed you.  The good news is that you can mix and match Lula’s selections from our Mother’s Day menu.  You can order for as few as 8 people on up.  And we deliver the day before with presentation instructions so it’s foolproof and you can take all of the credit if you want! 🙂  Click here to see the goodies from which you can choose!

A Note From Chef Lori

Here’s another offering on our Mother’s Day menu…Raspberry or Strawberry Rhubarb Fool with Cardamom Dust – creamy, sweet, tart, cool…

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Over the River and Through the Woods…Literally!


It’s home for the holidays… we’ll be mega-traveling to hit as much family as possible this Christmas season – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, back to North Carolina, then home.  Daddy’s making a pork loin, so I’m bringing white and corn bread dressing w/italian sausage and herbs, made with seasoned leftover jus from a pork loin not made in the too distant past…everytime I make shoulder (and it’s alot), I siphon off the jus, degrease it and freeze it, for stock (white bean chicken chili, bean/ham soup, etc) – so there’s ALWAYS flavorful broth in the freezer.  Also, we’ll be indulging in decadent Brandied Pumpkin Bisque as our first course.  And EVERYONE expects my “Nuts ‘n Bolts” – a decades old original recipe for what everyone now calls “Chex Mix” – but it contains NO seasoning salt – instead a proprietary blend of spices and herbs and REAL butter sauce w/worchestershire… SO YUMMY!  The cake you see was made for a client – someone else is in charge of the family dessert this year!!  Happy Merry, Lula


Back by Popular Demand! Turkey Refrigerator Casserole


1)     Rice, 1 cup

        Salt, 2 tsp

        Water, 2 cups

        Butter, ½ tsp

2)    Bite size leftover turkey, 2C

3)    Onion, diced, ½ C

        Green Pepper, diced, ½ C

        Celery, diced, ½ C

        Mushrooms, sliced, ½ C

        Broccoli florets, chopped small, 2 cups OR

        Green Beans, fresh, 2 cups OR any combination of any  vegetables you have –        leftover or canned  or frozen such as corn, etc..  I wouldn’t try Brussels Sprouts, though!

4)    Cream/Celery Soup, 2 cans

        Sour Cream, ½ C

        Cheddar Chs, shredded, ¾ C

        Dijon Mustard, 1 tbs

        Worchestershire Sauce, 1tsp

        Cayenne pepper, ¼ tsp

French Fried Onions

1)  Bring all but rice to boil, dump in rice, cook according to package directions.  Brown rice is a fabulous healthy alternative in this recipe.   While the rice is cooking, dice your veggies and shred your meat.  When done, dump rice into 1.5 or 2 quart casserole dish.

2) Layer on top of rice

3) Mix all together and microwave in separate dish 8-10 minutes, depending on your microwave.  Your largest vegetable should be cooked through.  Then dump all of this on top of the turkey.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

4) Yes, I said canned soup.  Sometimes Lula must return to the south.  Mix all of this together and dump on top of veggies.

5) As many as you want, dump on top of casserole and bake uncovered until bubbling – appx 30-45 minutes.  If you are one of the rare households who doesn’t have these onions around during holiday time, crush a sleeve of Ritz or butter crackers and mix with ½ stick of melted butter and spread on top.

Lula wishes for your tastebuds delight!

An Intimate Thanksgiving

After I’m through cooking for others this week, my best friend and I (that would be Gordon) will be sitting down to share our quiet, personal Thanksgiving, after he gets off work on Thanksgiving Day.  We have decided to fly in the face of convention, and make the things that sound good to us this year.  So I’m off to market to buy a couple of rabbits (his dad will want leftovers sent  to him!), and we’ll be making a menu of: French Onion Soup Au Gratin, Rabbit braised in white wine and mustard over caramelized onions, truffled fingerling potatoes sauteed in duck fat, roasted brussels sprouts,  sauteed Tuscan Kale w/pine nuts, parmigiano reggiano and pancetta.  Gordon will then serve his warm, homemade Winesap Apple Pie w/Vodka Crust.  We will be washing this all down with a dry Traminette that we found in of all places, INDIANA!!  It is a spectacular well balanced white.  With every bite, I’ll be mindful and grateful of the love and bounty in my life – as I try to be every day!

Lula makes Easter Fun & EASY!!

Let us do Easter Lunch, Brunch or Dinner for you!  See our special Easter Menu below:





2012 Easter Brunch

Truffled Deviled Eggs

Smoked Trout Hash

Maple/Bourbon Ham

5 Cheese Pepper Mac


Herb/Dijon Leg of Lamb

 Skin On Roasted Baby Potatoes

Olive Oil, Herbed Sea Salt, Lamb Jus

Roasted Spring Vegetables

Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler

$15.00/pp, minimum 10

We deliver the day before, you take the credit!

         Lori Pierce (Lula) 859-360-0251

         PO Box 15604 Taylor Mill KY  41015

Lula’s Lenten Menu Special


If you’re like many people this time of year, fish is “on the brain’ – which is a GOOD thing, because fish is a certified “brain food”!! Check out our special Lenten Menu below. For details visit and click on Seasonal Selections. Happy Thinking!! – Lula

Lula’s Lenten Menu Special

Creamy Curried Cod

White & Wild Rice Pilaf

Field Greens w/Lula’s Green Goddess

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas & Carrots

Citrus Pound Cake w/Grand Marnier Whipped Cream