Rich In All The Best Ways

Every Hot Water Cornbread weekly radio show begins remarkably. My co-hosts and I dish about the best bite or sip we had the previous week. It's always inspiring and often mouth-watering, hearing what my co-hosts Chefs Ouita and Chris Michel either cooked for each other or encountered out in the great big world.

 "LeShae" cheese from  Heavenly Homestead , left, plus Harrow Sweet pear from  Reed Valley Orchard  equals heavenly sweetness (and savor), all from Kentucky's wonderful land and growers.

"LeShae" cheese from Heavenly Homestead, left, plus Harrow Sweet pear from Reed Valley Orchard equals heavenly sweetness (and savor), all from Kentucky's wonderful land and growers.

I knew since Sunday afternoon at 3:42 PM exactly what my own best bite(s) would be this week. That's when I sat down and indulged in two completely Kentucky foods with impeccable pedigrees and provenance. I first took a bite of a ripe Harrow Sweet pear Dana Reed and his family and workers grew near Paris, Kentucky at Reed Valley Orchard. Pear perfection. Then I "peared" it with a balancing bite of a different kind of Kentucky goodness: Heavenly Homestead's "LeShae" cheese, which Terry Huff makes using the milk of his tenderly tended, grass-fed Jersey cows in Windsor, Kentucky. LeShae comes with a beauty mark: a lovely purple edge, courtesy of the Smith-Berry blackberry wine featured in its aging process.

Food from both these growers has filled me with gratitude many times before. Savoring Kentucky includes many references to both, as well as "This is THE Pear," a 29-second video testimonial to a Reed Valley Orchard Magness pear two years ago. I featured Terry and his extraordinary commitment to pasture, his Jersey cows, and his careful cheese-making in my second book, Classic Kentucky Meals.

We can never say "thank you" sufficiently, never widely or deeply enough, for all the goodness Kentucky and its brilliant growers and producers deliver to our plates every day. We did, at least, appreciate the Reeds and Terry Huff out loud on today's edition of Hot Water Cornbread: Kentucky Food Radio.

Note: Savoring Kentucky sponsor Good Foods Coop sells Heavenly Homestead cheeses, including LeShae, along with many Reed Valley Orchard apples. For pears, check the Lexington Farmers Market on Saturdays, or head out to the orchard. It's a favorite trip for central Kentuckians who love fruit. You might call first to see what's available: (859)987-6480.

 

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