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.

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. […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

Mc Manis 2010 vintage Viognier

Spotted a deal for my wine living friends. This wine is under $12.00 and is great for summer. I snagged mine for $8.99 at Kroger on piedmont. Peachy and hints of melon. Goes well with burgers or other grilled foods.