Peter Piper Picked a Peck of WHAT?!?


Pickled ANYTHING!!  Tis the season for pickling – originated thousands of years ago and still used as a means of preserving the fresh bounty of summer.  You can seriously pickle and can a wealth of summer selections including okra (YUCK says Lula; VERY strange considering I’m from South Carolina) and watermelon rind to  all varieties of peppers and everything in between such as  a delicacy beloved not only down south but also Europe, the Caribbean and Korea – PIGS FEET.  Though they’re not my favorite, I applaud nose to tail eating, showing respect for the animal that sustains us.

My husband loves to drain the pickle jar down his gullet when the pickles are finished.  He swears by the juice’s healing qualities.  I don’t disagree – especially considering that I drink apple cider vinegar every day!    So GET PICKLING – they’re good for you and will sustain you through the winter!  In the meantime, please enjoy this overexposed picture of Lula’s Smoked Trout Banderillas – assembled with our Tarragon Cucumber Pickles and Peppadews, along with Poached Peruvian Potatoes – how’s that for alliteration?!?

Chocolate, Bourbon and Wine 9/22/16 Register NOW!!!

Chocolate, Bourbon, and Wine on 9/22/16 (this Thursday).
Where:     New Riff Event Center
When:        6PM
Win:          A Fantastic COOLinary Adventure
Eat:           Chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate
                  Oh, and Lula’s savory goodies like Bourbon Fondue.

You DO Love CHOCOLATE, Don’t You?! Early Registration Ends 9/15!

ChocolateSeptember is my birthday month, but I never talk about that (other than many facebook posts regarding the hedonism REQUIRED in the month of September to make me happy…instead, I always talk about Ellevate’s (formerly 85 Broads) Annual Amateur Chocolate Competition for Charity.  This year we have chosen to help lift up the women of Tender Mercies, a wonderful organization dedicated to providing dignity to the homeless who, through a myriad of reasons, have found it impossible to take care of themselves without some help.

As a major sponsor of this event, where the management of New Riff Event Center have graciously donated their elegant and GORGEOUS space, I am hoping to entice you with a descriptor of some of the things you will experience while helping the women supported byTender Mercies:  Coolinary Adventures Silent Auction (click here to see some of the fab experiences you can bid on) – stuff like a Brewery & Party tour for 10, or make your own signature ICE CREAM flavor with a local producer!

That’s just ONE aspect of the night.  You will enjoy eating Lula’s FOOD (think OKI FONDUE with my homemade Salt Rye Bread and assorted Sausage Bites for dipping), and you can enjoy my bourbon and chocolate pairing tutorial, sampling 3 different bourbons and learning about each, as well as tasting the carefully chosen Chocolats Latour delicacy to go with them!

And let’s not forget the stars of the evening – our competitors…you will be able to sample anywhere from 10-15 chocolate delicacies created just for this event!!  These entries will be judged by fabulous local experts such as Jean Robert de Cavel, and they will win some pretty amazing prizes!  You’ll get to see it all happen, while sipping on wine and enjoying the spirited (literally) giving atmosphere!!  BTW you are enjoying a sideways pic of Lula’s “The Louisville Truffle” – in honor of all things CHOCOLATE!  Wish I could manage IT the way I manage the kitchen! 🙂

YAY – Fall is HERE!!

Lula’s is already booking holiday events and in-home soirees.  Please PLEASE plan ahead so you get the date you want for your warm fuzzy gathering.  Think sage, sweet potato, and sorghum…goose, giblets and goblins!