Kentucky Soul Food

At Irma Dee’s in Louisville “…the menu of the day included Salisbury steak, smothered pork chops, fried whiting and catfish, chicken wings, ham, ribs, plus a range of sides from potato salad to greens.” We want a lady named Irma Dee to prepare every meal we eat from here on out. Writer Kevin Gibson has all the details.

78 year old Ethel Norris is on the range at Dan’s Soul Food and Bakery , a 25 year old restaurant specializing in old-school dishes like “smothered pork chops…catfish…turkey wing(s) and dressing; smothered steak, pot roast, rib tips, corned beef, (and) baked, smothered, fried (or) barbecued chicken. We’ve been following writer Steve Dolinsky for years, and he’s one of Chicago’s best food scribes.

Lady Esther Clay hailed from New Iberia, Louisiana but made her way to Oakland, California where she achieved fame by cooking for luminaries like James Baldwin, singers Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and actress Esther Rolle. She died young at the age of 53 but her daughter Deimentrius Clay honors her memory at the new Lady Esther’s Original Southern Cafe

We grew up eating smothered chicken and in the right hands of a skilled cook it can be one of the best southern dishes you’ll ever put in your mouth. Houstonia magazine shows you how it’s done.

Adolf Dulan is dead. He was a legend in Los Angeles founding Hamburger City, Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch and Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen. LA Weekly has the obit.

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