Etta Sullivan, Lily Taylor, and my grandma Nellie Sullivan

Prologue: This is post number 5,000 on the Scrumptious Chef site. It took 10 years and five months to hit this mark. Thanks y’all. RL Reeves Jr

“Boy you’re not gonna amount to a hill of beans” was my grandma Nellie Sullivan’s standard exclamation anytime I did something that got her ire up. Continue Reading

Etta Cox, Lilly Taylor, Nellie Sullivan. My Great Aunts and My Grandma

Nellie Sullivan grew big vegetable gardens in the Cumberland Highlands of Eastern Kentucky.

Green beans, sweet corn, Irish potatoes, cabbage, squash, tomatoes, sweet onions, and peppers were just some of the vegetables she grew from seed and put up in Mason jars to get her family through the long, cold winters of Appalachia. Continue Reading

The Root Beer Stand 129 18th St, Corbin, KY 40701

I did not see anybody get killed but in the rough and tumble railroad town of Corbin, Kentucky such an occurrence is not an infrequent one.

We wrote about the Murder At The Root Beer Stand in a previous report but on this visit our only concern was scoring a chili bun. A chili bun is a chili dog minus the dog. It’s a culinary peculiarity that you can only find in parts of Central Appalachia.

It is also delicious.

The Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail: The Root Beer Stand In Corbin

Alicia At Birrieria Jalisco In Lexington Kentucky

We ate a lot of tacos in 2016. First and foremost, we start each day with a minimum of one taco, hot out of an 1800s-era cast-iron pan in our tiny 9th Ward kitchen here in New Orleans.

We have yet to find a Louisiana source that can even come close.

We ranged across two continents and half of the US eating tacos this year but during our end of year analysis we surmised that the finest of them all was served out of a tiny, taqueria in a forlorn strip-mall in Lexington Kentucky.

Field Report: Birrieria Jalisco (Lexington, Kentucky)