Bailey Loosemore Louisville Courier Journal Published 10:26 p.m. UTC Jul 20, 2018 Correction: A previous version of this article misstated how caviar is processed. Fish do not have to be alive for their eggs to be harvested. David Fields reaches a glove-covered hand into the sliced-open belly of a long-nosed paddlefish, smoothly removing a pouch that contains hundreds of tiny grayish eggs. His movements are swift but careful, developed over six years of practice at the Lake City Fish Market in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. Care is key in this line of business. Fields doesn't want to damage the eggs that could cost him or his fishermen dollars, not pennies. So he works with an air of patience, gently tossing the eggs into a large metal bowl before bringing his hand back to the fish to retrieve a second group. The millions of eggs that are annually washed, cured and packaged within Fields' nondescript warehouse will go on to be sold as American … [Read more...] about Could Kentucky be the Napa Valley of America’s caviar industry?
Numerous exceptional writers have called Kentucky home. Created in 2012 by Lexington’s Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning to recognize authors “whose work reflects the character and culture” of the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame has honored 33 writers since its inception. This year, the Hall of Fame committee has selected four writers whose work spans from the 19th century to the present day. The 2018 inductees are bell hooks, John Fox Jr., Annie Fellows Johnston and Walter Tevis. × Expand bell hooks 1952 - Author bell hooks has spent a lifetime deriving what is needed to bridge cultural, gender and racial divides. Her mission has been to develop constructs where scholars, activists and readers can accomplish this. She has brought to the forefront how we talk about race. Born Gloria Jean Watkins on Sept. 25, 1952, hooks was raised in rural Hopkinsville. She says her neighborhood was a … [Read more...] about 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame
× Expand photo-frames-with-retro-edges-vector Sitting up in his sick bed, he could hear the chaos in the courtyard outside—the roar of cannon, the crack of musket fire, the screams in Spanish and English of wounded and dying men. He knew it was only a matter of minutes before they smashed in the door to his chamber, but with a single-shot pistol in each hand and his fabled knife in his lap, he was as ready as fevered resolve and desperation could make him. Suddenly, the heavy door gave way with a crash as a horde of wild-eyed Mexican soldiers poured in. He fired the pistols, felling a man with each shot. Scooping up his terrible blade, he slashed and thrust, inflicting mortal damage until the soldiers’ bayonets ended the one-sided contest. Jim Bowie, Southern entrepreneur, Texas pioneer and fabled knife-fighter, was dead. At least, so goes the legend. In fact, there is no definitive account of Bowie’s final … [Read more...] about Jim Bowie: Knife-Wielding Son of Kentucky
Over this past winter, I traveled to Frankfort and wore my cycling windbreaker to show my support at a state Senate Transportation Committee hearing on House Bill 33. The bill, which became law and took effect July 14, requires motorists to give cyclists at least three feet when passing on two lane roads or change lanes when safe to do so on four lane roads. I was motivated by my many personal experiences with how I’ve been passed by motorists a multitude of times. I can describe them as: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. In addition to people throwing objects such as firecrackers, beer bottles and McDonald’s garbage with ketchup, I recall numerous occasions when I was passed so closely I feel lucky to be here writing this story. There have been many occasions when I was passed, within what seemed to be inches of my life, as I felt the unnerving wind of a speeding vehicle. In 2016, on Highway 42 in Oldham County, Channing Bowling was riding her triathlon bike while training … [Read more...] about Move over! Kentucky’s new Safe Passing Law
When you live in Kentucky, sometimes you just want a little bourbon to spread on your toast in the morning. It’s what we do here. Enter Highland Bard, a small, local outfit operated by father-daughter team David and Morgan Bard, who recently rolled out a new line of products including a jelly made with tea and Maker’s Mark, among other ingredients. The duo started out doing custom leather goods and art but later expanded into natural teas and now jellies, landing their products locally in Lucky’s Market and Bourbon Barrel Foods, as well as at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati. They’re also talking with Rainbow Blossom about placement in its four locations locally. But what of this bourbon jelly? Well, it’s actually called Vanilla Spice Tea Jelly, and it comes on with hints of butterscotch and vanilla and, of course, a hint of the bourbon within. It is made with rooibos, calendula petals, almond slices and bourbon vanilla tincture (essentially, vanilla beans … [Read more...] about Bourbon-based jelly? It’s a Kentucky thing