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First Anniversary Party!

Hey, y’all!

I am SO proud to say that, alongside forty friends and family members, I celebrated my one year anniversary here on www.jcpeats.com. To say that it has been a journey, a rollercoaster, and an interesting ride would be a hyperbolic understatement.

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However, I’m not afraid of a walk on the wild side.

JCP Eats, as many of you know, started out of eating disorder recovery. It was a private Instagram account that I used to post photos of my food; this, in effect, was changing the way in which I looked at food.

Food photography became just that — photography. A form of art. It no longer represented a struggle on a plate; it was a subject — one that I eventually found to be both beautiful and therapeutic.

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That Instagram page became this online community. Fast forward one year and SO much has happened. My passion became my job – and for that, I will always be grateful. I owe that to each of you. Those of you that read, like, comment, and share my posts — it’s all because of you. Thank you, for the bottom of my heart, for making one of my dreams come true.

In true JCP fashion, I couldn’t let the momentous event pass without a proper party. For that, I have several people to thank.

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To my friends at Kroger: thank you for being the corporate sponsor of the event.

To my friends at Taziki’s: thank you for catering the fabulous food. It was a hit!

Side note: Lisa and Jeff at Taziki’s make catering an event SO easy. I simply emailed my order and Lisa arrived (early, might I add!) with a smile and all of the goodies. She set everything up beautifully and ensured that food/setup would not be something that I had to worry about. I can’t recommend them enough!

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To my friends at Yes Louisville/Yes Working: thank you for the event space and for helping me orchestrate it all.

To Mr. Lemaster, my bestie’s Dad: thank you for being the DJ and for keeping the party going!

To Becky: thank you for being a fabulous bartender!

To Jude: thank you for all you did the day of!

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And to each of my friends and family members that showed up to shower me with love: thank you. I owe so much of this to y’all.

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In the coming year, I hope to take y’all around the world with me, around the US, and most importantly, around more of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I want to explore new regions, new cuisines, and new restaurants with you. I want to continue chasing this dream – and I hope y’all will stay along for the ride.

Cheers!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, all opinions are my own.

 

Hendrick’s Gin x Breeders’ Cup 2018

Hey, y’all!

The Breeders’ Cup is coming this weekend – November 2-3 – and I will unfortunately have to miss it because I will be in Chicago. Marking the end of thoroughbred-racing season, the Breeders’ Cup has morphed from a one-day event in 1984 to a two-day, multi-million dollar spectacle. This event brings in the best of the equine world: the best horses, trainers, and owners. Churchill Downs is the host of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup and we are SO proud to have it in Louisville!

While I love my Commonwealth’s native spirit, I have a secret for y’all: I am, first and foremost, a gin drinker – and Hendrick’s Gin, one of my favorites, is proud to be the official gin of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup!

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The signature cocktail of the event, the Money Rider, is delicious, y’all. You can enjoy it at the tracks for those of y’all that are attending. However, for those of you watching at home and/or hosting your own Breeders’ Cup Party, I have a treat for you — I’ve partnered up with my friends at Hendrick’s to share the recipe!

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The Money Rider is a brand new cocktail that Hendrick’s is debuting for the Championship; delicious and simple, it really highlights the notes of rose and cucumber in the gin. It is so smooth and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

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Hendrick's Gin Money Rider

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • .5 parts raspberry syrup
  • Topped with ginger beer

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients over ice; churn and serve.

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Are y’all heading to Churchill Downs this weekend? If you do, have the best time at the Breeders’ Cup! I will be living vicariously through you.

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; all opinions, however, are my own.

 

Rich and Delicious Crock-Pot Mac & Cheese

Hey, y’all!

I’m coming to you today with, arguably, my most decadent recipe to date: my rich and delicious crock-pot mac & cheese! This is a heavy dish, a comfort food, and certainly something that you will want to cuddle up with this fall and winter.

This would be perfect for a tailgate, for a party, or for a large family. I’m not listing a serving size due to relativity; however, this recipe will feed a lot and can be easily doubled!

The magical thing about a dish this heavy is that it can be a side or main dish; in all honesty, I prefer it to be the main course. You could elevate it by added a freshly cooked lobster tail to it; however, it’s flavorful and satisfying enough as is!

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JC's Crock-Pot Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. box of elbow macaroni (or the pasta of your choice)
  • 16 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 c. whole milk (add more if needed throughout the process for desired consistency)
  • 1 stick of butter, cubed
  • 4 oz. good parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of: salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder (all to taste)
  • 2 c. panko bread crumbs

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients, minus the bread crumbs, in the crock-pot
  • Cook on low for roughly 2-3 hours, stirring on occasion and monitoring progress
  • In the oven, briefly toast your bread crumbs (I cover them in butter beforehand)
  • Serve with bread crumbs on the side, which allows for each diner to have their desired amount
  • Tip: Line your crock-pot with a slow-cooker liner for easy clean up
  • Tip: To speed up the process, partially cook your pasta on the stove before adding it to the crock-pot with the other ingredients

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

Gallrein Farms Corn & Avocado Salsa

Hey, y’all!

Last week, I launched my official guide to Shelby County, Kentucky – be sure to check out that post here. I hinted at the fact that more was to come regarding my time at Gallrein Farms and today is the day!

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Gallrein Farms is a local, family-owned operation that specializes in sweet corn. However, their reach spans to great extents!

In their market, you can buy Kentucky-grown watermelons, peppers, melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and more. There is a large selection of honey, which is gathered from their beehives. Homemade doughnuts will greet you, as well – be sure to pick up a box! You can purchase cabbage, peaches, onions, meats, you name it; when they advertise themselves as a full-service market, they mean it to the greatest extent of the word.

Offerings change seasonally via availability, so be sure to stop in often. I know I’ll be needing some apple cider in the coming months!

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Come to the farm hungry because they also have a cafe that serves lunch from 11-2, Monday-Saturday. I was impressed by the multitude of offerings housed in the vicinity; everything that I tried was delicious!

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Fortunately, I was invited into the kitchen to prepare a corn + avocado salsa with one of the cooks; y’all, this is such a simple, refreshing, and flavorful combination. It’s perfect for the end of summer and would be a delicious dip to have at your next party. Trust me when I say that it is two thumbs up!

My philosophy with food can best be described as elevated simplicity; if you can impress with ease, I say go for it! Gallrein Farms does this really well, which is largely why I love them so much.

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Gallrein Farms Corn & Avocado Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of Gallrein Farms corn (raw)
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 red onion
  • Fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Start with a large mixing bowl. Slice corn off of the cobs, finely dice the tomatoes and onion, cube the avocado. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Chop cilantro and stir well. Serve with tortilla chips.

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If you are looking for your next Kentucky road trip, look no further than Shelbyville, KY – this is the place to be!

For more recommendations, click here – and don’t forget to stop at Gallrein Farms. Tell them that I sent ya!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a commissioned post; all opinions are my own.

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