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Summertime is quickly upon us here in Kentucky, with longer days and front porch sitting evenings.

Here at Bluebird Cafe we are known for  “local. natural. pure.” We pride ourselves on working with local farms as much as possible to provide ingredients that are not only healthier but taste better too! This year we have taken that one step further with our very own garden. We are fortunate enough to have land to be able to grow on right down the road from the restaurant itself. It may only be our first year at this land, but we plan to continue this summer tradition & grow more food each year.

We are very excited to share progress photos with you this Summer. There is something so satisfying about watching your own food grow, (at least we think so!)

Tomatoes

The cutest tiny tomatoes!

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& of course flowers for the bees! We’re going to need them working around the clock for how many tomato plants we’ve got.

Lavender

Ah, the smell of fresh lavender.

Have you started your garden this year?
If so, share what you are growing!

 

“Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to garden, and the whole neighborhood gets tomatoes. “

 

Author: Brandi Monnett

 

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New Menu

Even though we’ve announced we will be postponing weekly dinners, there are still many reasons to come to Bluebird! On April 2nd, we introduced our new menu.  A couple items that may spark your interest:

— Pork, Dynamite Chicken & Dynamite Shrimp Tacos  (everyone loves a good taco!)

— Egg Salad

— Several new & tasty omelets

— Italian Stack & Turkey Mornay (Come in for details!)

As always, we have two fresh soups everyday along with our homemade potato chips & local veggies.

We will continue to keep you updated on all things Bluebird, but in the meantime, come try something new!

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” -George Bernard Shaw

 

Author: Brandi Monnett

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Teaching the Art of Cooking to Children

When you think of your first experience cooking or baking, what do you think of? Did you learn an old family cookie recipe? Or maybe you learned how to scramble the perfect egg? Any of us who enjoy to cook usually can remember an early memory of how we began in the kitchen. This week we are featuring an article from one of our customers who is a single dad raising two children. At www.dadsolo.com he aims to provide other single dads with information and resources to help them better equip themselves for the journey that is parenthood.

Enjoy!

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Kids in the Kitchen: Teaching Safety for Cooking and Baking

Teaching kids to cook and bake is a great way to get them interested in fresh, healthy food. After all, kids love the sense of accomplishment they get from creating something, and learning to cook gets them involved in the process of creating the meals they eat. As fun as it can be to cook, kids also need to learn that there are potential hazards when cooking. Teach kitchen safety skills right alongside cooking lessons so that kids know the two always go hand in hand.

Set Some Ground Rules

Start by setting a few basic ground rules that kids must follow anytime they’re helping in the kitchen. Set rules based on what suits your family with these guidelines as a starting point:

  • Clothing – Anytime they cook, kids should wear clothing that isn’t too loose or baggy. They should always wear shoes in the kitchen to protect feet and long hair should be pulled back away from the face.
  • Food safety – Teach proper hand washing with warm, soapy water and make it a rule that hands are washed first thing, after they go to the bathroom and after touching any food that could harbor bacteria. Teach kids about cross-contamination and which foods could carry bacteria so they know how to handle food safely.
  • Adult supervision – Make a rule that kids always ask an adult before cooking and be sure an adult always supervises while they cook.

Teach Proper Use of Utensils, Tools and Appliances

Don’t shy away from letting kids learn to do things for themselves in the kitchen, but make sure they can do so safely. As one mom tells Super Healthy Kids, when you teach kids how to use knives properly, you are actually giving them knowledge that keeps them safe.

  • Utensil safety – Using knives is a foundation of cooking, so teach kids how to use them gradually based on their age. Let young children use smaller, blunt butter knives so they get used to them, and as they get older, you can teach more techniques and allow sharper knives as they’re ready. Other kitchen gadgets can be dangerous if used improperly, too, so always give a lesson on the proper use of any gadget or tool before they use it.
  • Appliance safety – Even with your supervision, kids should always ask before using any appliance. Younger kids should not be allowed near the stove, while older kids should learn to use the stove and oven safely. Teach them to always use pot holders when lifting anything that could potentially be hot, even handles. Make a rule that pot handles are always turned toward the back of the stove, and teach kids to always double check that all appliances are turned off when finished.

Focus on Fire Prevention

The kitchen is one room in your home where fire hazards can be most prevalent, so teach kids the importance of protecting your home from fire when cooking. Make it a rule to never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking, and teach them to always be aware of keeping anything flammable like kitchen towels well away from the stove. To be prepared in case a fire ever does occur, test all smoke detectors regularly and learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

Prepare for Emergencies

Emergencies rarely happen, but kids need to be prepared so they know how to react when they do. Talk to kids about what to do if someone gets cut or burned and how to respond if they are caught in a fire. Kids who are old enough to read may enjoy the games and other preparedness resources from Ready.gov.

As a parent, it’s your job to make sure kids know that cooking can and should be fun, but that it must always be done with care. Kids will feel empowered when they can take an active role in learning emergency preparedness, cooking, and safety skills. These skills will not only boost their confidence, but will also set them up for a lifetime of good habits in the kitchen.

Photo credit: Pixabay

 

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Spring is almost here!

Here at Bluebird we are all excited for the warm temperatures that have been popping up lately. Birds sing a little longer in the mornings and our evenings have a little more daylight. With Spring brings change and that is no exception here.

Beginning April 2nd, Bluebird will be open for dinner every night! (Not on Sunday of course.) Chef Bill has been working very hard for the past few months preparing the new menu. If you’ve been in recently, there’s a good chance you’ve tried a dish we’re going to be serving at dinner; we’ve been testing them on our customers! Basically, if you enjoy the dish, we listen. So expect to see new options at new times.

Be sure to follow us closely here on our blog, social media & in the cafe for further details we will be releasing soon. Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

“Spring is the time for plans & projects.” -Leo Tolstoy

Author: Brandi Monnett

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Love is in the air!

If you haven’t been to the Bluebird yet this year, you have been missing out!
We have been creating many new dishes to enjoy while maintaining great quality
with all of our old favorites.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, now is the perfect time to book reservations
for that special dinner with your loved one.
Click the link to view the menu: Valentine’s Menu

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
-Virginia Woolf

 

Author: Brandi Monnett

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Welcoming the New Year!

As we all say hello to 2018, we embrace new habits, new resolutions & new projects.
As Chef Bill would say, no diet does what healthy eating will do for you.
We have four fresh weekly specials at Bluebird, which are sure to include healthy dietary choices for
the New Year along with many other options on our main menu.

Enjoy the New Year & eat clean!

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

“365 New Days, 365 New Chances”

 

Author: Brandi Monnett

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Gathering around good food

This time of year always brings friends and family together. Everyone is baking tasty treats, making casseroles & putting the finishing touches on the Turkey or Ham. While you are gathering around to eat good food this Holiday, we’ve got a recipe to share with you. This Spinach Artichoke Dip is always a crowd-pleaser and a good appetizer to keep everyone in high spirits before the entree arrives!

Spinach Artichoke Dip
(Feeds 15)
Adjust recipe according to guests

3lbs cream cheese softened
1/2 one red pepper
1/2  one yellow pepper
1/2 one onion
1/2 box frozen spinach (thawed)
1 3/4 cup chopped artichokes
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
3/4 tbsp chicken base
1 tsp garlic

Strain spinach and drain excess water. Mix all ingredients together. Voila!

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.” -Washington Irving

 

 

Author: Brandi Monnett

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You spoke, we listened!

We asked our customers what they wanted to hear or see more of from us here at Bluebird and we were thrilled by many good ideas and suggestions from everyone. We would like to start off by highlighting one of our employees this week.

Valerie Baker: Operations Coordinator and Procureman

How long have you been at Bluebird?

Val: From the very beginning. In February 2018 I will have been here for 6 years.

What has been your favorite aspect of working here?

Val: Having a good work family to be around and work with.

What are you especially proud of accomplishing at this establishment?

Val: Processing on all levels. Making things run more efficiently.

What are some future endeavors you look forward to here at Bluebird?

Val: Growing our team. Everyone having their own role & working well in that role.

                                                                          Valerie Baker

 

I think it’s important to always keep professional and surround yourself with good people, work hard, and be nice to everyone. –Caroline Winberg

 

 

Author: Brandi Monnett

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Thanksgiving week has arrived!

Enjoy the holiday!

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” –Yogi Bhajan

 

 

Author: Brandi Monnett

 

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The Holidays are Upon Us

Here at Bluebird we get excited about the smell of fresh-cut pine trees, twinkling lights & gathering around good food.

Keep us in mind this Holiday season, we will be offering catering options to help make things run a little more smooth for you & your family. Contact Lindsay for details & planning.

Don’t forget to stop by for a Bluebird gift card, perfect for just about anyone on your shopping list!

What goes great with warm peach cobbler? Apple Cider of course! We will be offering complimentary cider throughout our dinner services this holiday season.

 

 

 

Author: Brandi Monnett

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