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Kitchen Vitals

Kitchen Vitals

Savoring Kentucky went on work furlough for a bit, and shed its lovely old skin out of necessity. Farewell, beloved "A Blog Beyond," a "theme" or look borrowed (with permission) from a German legal group that shared its elegant design with the open source (aka "do-it-yourself with the help of millions of others") world.

If you subscribe to Savoring Kentucky by email, you will notice few changes other than larger photos - and please let me know if these cause problems.

For now, the website has a barebones new look, courtesy of the Tarski theme, into which its owners pour an astonishing amount of daily effort. All that work makes it possible for smart techies (aka not those who drive Savoring Kentucky) to take advantage of the ever-unfolding wonders created by several more millions of people who sustain the free open source WordPress blog engine.

What failed on Savoring Kentucky before that should work now:

  • The website should look the same and work the same in all browsers.
  • The search function should work (modestly).
  • The subscribe functions should also work, with more choices available.
  • Lots of tasty bits can be added to the skinny column, though most are not there yet.
  • The opportunity to comment and the presence of comments should be visible.

And about comments: we start right here with an attempt to meet a request that came by comment late in the life of the former Savoring Kentucky site - only no one ever saw the comment. It read, in part: "If you know any resources for Meade/Hardin counties, I am all ears."

Here's your chance to help out. Use the comment function, or email me, describing all the good things you know to be true about savoring these two fine Kentucky counties.

I know Meade and Hardin Counties offer at least their fair share of Kentucky Wonders - gardens and gardeners, places to eat homemade food, cooks and chefs, farms and farmers oriented toward taste, flavor and the long haul. For goodness sakes - Hardin County's  Janey Thornton, School Nutrition Director at Hardin County Schools for 25 years, just got a bit of a promotion (or perhaps it's still a nomination): to Deputy Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS) at the United States Department of Agriculture. In other words, she will oversee an $80 Billion (with a "B") budget, if I did the math correctly, based on the News Release.

A little sidbar so you can know everything: Tom Philpott at Grist worries about Thornton's industry ties, and Chef Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services for the Berkeley                  Unified School District (BUSD), pans the actual lunch menus at the Hardin County Schools during Thornton's tenure. Both acknowledge the main culprit is starvation funding for school lunch programs.

In spite of being offered cookies every day with their school cafeteria lunch, I'm betting some students in Hardin and Meade Counties have grown up committed to growing and preparing wonderful food. Everywhere in Kentucky, when we look, listen, and ask, we can find elders who never stopped farming and gardening and even milking their own cow - because nothing else made sense in terms of flavor or household economy -- and now we are also finding young people launching new ways to make wise use of Kentucky's soil, water, and climate to grow great food.

Help us find the Hardin and Meade County people involved with good Kentucky food, and we'll give them a little web presence, if they want it.

One final wonder for this long post. The person who asked about Meade and Hardin County resources knows food. He hails from Hedonia, a place I had never visited, but my, my, my - what a place! I shall return.

Here's a Derby-week gift for you, a recent Hedonia post that made me laugh out loud: Thin Mint Julep. Please do not report me to Tom Philpott or Chef Ann Cooper for sharing this link to a decadent cookie-in-a-glass.