Brookhaven Patch News

Writer Laura Haas from the Patch wrote an article about our soon to open restaurant. Thank you Laura! http://brookhaven.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/former-reality-tv-contestant-opening-restaurant-in-chamblee

Our Ceiling is installed

It took over 6 hours but the two guys installing the dry wall on the ceiling finished. Now it is starting to feel like a dinning room. Things are going along without any problems and I like it that way.

Our Bar is installed at Union Hill Kitchen

I do hope the residents of Chamblee Ga, enjoy a good wine or hand crafted cocktail. Our bar had been installed and I have been experimenting with cocktail recipes for the past several months. We decided to use a stain paint on the newly built bar. My father said he wanted to help and was […]

Union Hill Kitchen’s 50% approval inspection passed.

I’ve been nervous about having the city inspectors come by and inspect the wall, electric and plumbing “rough in”. We passed without my issues. Our ceilings are installed on the kitchen and and after seven months of darkness and no lights – we finally have light in our kitchen. I feel accomplished at this moment. […]

A break from work: laughing with Tony Tripole

This past week I went to a benefit at Blake’s on the Park in Atlanta and met Tony Tripoli. He is one of the stars of “Joan & Melissa: Joan knows best?” He is a funny comedian and one of the writers for E Television’s hit show “Fashion Police”. My mother and father were with […]

Flower bins are painted

A few weeks ago we planted these containers that we purchased from the Feed Store. It provides a nice pause point visually while sitting in the bar. Now we’ve painted the with an ecru oil paint to blend in with the building. Once the flowers bloom they will be the perfect greeting for my clients.

Breaking concrete @ Union Hill Kitchen

Construction is coming along slowly but surely. We had to cut the concrete floors in the restaurant to accommodate our grease traps. The City of Chamblee seem anxious for us to open our doors but with anything that us worthwhile, it takes time to execute correctly. Now they have to dig out almost ten inches […]

Smoked Pork

This Weekend my father asked if I would smoke some pork – Cuban style. We cut some rosemary and used the rosemary as a bed for the pork. The pork received a little bit of the scent of the rosemary. There is something special about cooking with your family that is stressful and memorable at […]

Vodka Infusions Strawberry & Lemon

I’ve been experimenting with infusing vodkas with the flavors and scents of summer. Some fresh strawberries and lemon rind will be a great summer vodka strawberry lemonade at Union Hill Kitchen. Take 12 strawberries remove the stems and quarter them. You should have about 2 cups. Add the strawberries and the rind of one lemon […]

Planting containers at Union Hill Kitchen

Outside our restaurant doors we planted several containers with rosemary and other flowering shrubs. It sets off the path by our front door and provides some privacy as well.

Union Hill Kitchen’s walls have started being built

After a very slow start, the top of the morning begins with the guys framing out the walls in the kitchen. It feels like we are going some where now. This view is from our kitchen.

Union Hill Kitchen’s phone is installed.

Not much cooking going on here today, but our new phone line at the restaurant is being installed.

Union Hill Kitchen building permit has been approved.

  Since January 28th 2012, I have tried to get all the required permits approved from Dekalb county and the City of   Chamblee.  After many rejections and re-submittals, today I received the coveted “yellow construction paper”, aka building permit.  I proudly placed it on the window and took a sigh.  The path to this […]

Mini Strawberry pies

  Our kitchen garden has begun to have its first harvest of strawberries.  I am making some mini strawberry pies to celebrate the arrival of our red friends. You can buy a store-bought graham cracker crust and follow my steps below.  In this version I purchased the mini store-bought cracker crust.    You can also purchase […]

New life for the classic meatloaf

I have been experimenting with classic recipes and giving them a contemporary twist. I made this meatloaf in a cake pan with laminated dough balls on top to soak up the sauce. I think it’s pretty interesting.

Chive flowers are easy to use in the kitchen

I have lots of chives at our farm and in our restaurant garden. When the chives bloom is spring, the petals can be used in many applications. One of them is making a crostini with goat cheese cream and I lay one or two chive blossoms on top. The purple blossom has an explosive flavor […]

Pear Tree in Our Kitchen Garden Has Pears

I went out early this morning and saw that our pear tree has hundreds of pears. How lucky am I to have a tree like this to pick ripe fruit from to make wonderful things with in the kitchen.

Planting a summer flower cutting garden

I decided to add a couple of extra boxes I order to have fresh cut flowers for the restaurant when it opens in a couple of months. I am so thankful for dirt and rain – and the magic they do in a garden.

Putting in booths and chairs at Union Hill Kitchen

Since I am now waiting for the the city to approve my plans, I decided to fool around with seating arrangements to see how to best place the tables.

My lecture at Purdue University

I was invited to be a guest speaker and judge for Purdue University’s Broiler Culinary Throwdown. A yearly event in which students in different academic concentrations compete in a make shift kitchen. Amazing food was made at this event. I was excited to meet all the students and especially the Agriculture and Food Science students.