So this is going to be funny (and long winded)... I need to plan a dinner for a retired couple visiting from Kentucky. I'm in Seattle (-ish). I'm from Kentucky. I don't know them. They aren't really from Kentucky. They're from Seattle really. See the funny? I have followed this site since about '08 or '09 I think, but never really posted. Boar-de-Laze is a personal hero of mine, as well as Teddy Roosevelt Jr., Charlotte Corday, John Paul Vann, and Don DeLillo. But back on topic, now I have an issue I can't search here for an answer or google my way out of, and I can't think of another place more perfect to ask. The step-kids and I are visiting my parents for the weekend (Gig Harbor, WA, an hour from our home in Snoqualmie, WA). My wife stayed home to do some work and study for some work related things. She told me unexpectedly an hour ago, that for Sunday dinner we need to host a couple visiting from Kentucky. The wife of the couple was my step-kids (8, 13) nanny and much beloved by them for many years. Her and her husband retired and moved to KY about when my wife and I got together four years ago, and I never met the Nanny and her husband. They retired from life in the PNW and for some reason I don't quite know or can even remotely fathom, went to retire and live in Amish country in KY (rural western KY). So they are only "from there" for four years in retirement age. They are still probably wrestling with trying to find where to get passable sashimi in Paducah for all I know. Maybe also convince the Amish to introduce a $15/hour minimum wage, get rural KY to "feel the Bern." You can take the people out of Seattle, but... I, OTOH, grew up around Louisville and my family is all from KY and TN originally and back a while. I love cooking, watched my b.1913 grandmother make every meal on the stove and can lay down a c. 1880 thanksgiving Southern feast from childhood memory, modern study, and serious practice; I can put the same meal on the table at Thanksgiving she said her mom did in 1920, who learned it from hers. I love cooking and don't really do "Southern" all the time, but I grew up with it and can. I even met Colonel Sanders once a long time ago (true story). Anyway... So I was thinking of things that are very "home" I like and don't do often, and would want to share (fried chicken I can do well but it's too trite): a) Kentucky Hot Brown en brioche w/fresh tomatoes, this time of year is perfect for this b) sweet potatoe casserole c) Southern green beans (bacon fat, heavy pepper, and honey. Yum.) d) cornbread. Or turn it into real Southern cornbread dressing but that's too holiday? I think it's a crappy menu as it's all discordant. The SP casserole everyone loves, but doesn't work at all w/ the Hot Brown I think. The green beans go with everything, except maybe a Hot Brown? So does cornbread, but that's a disaster with a starchy main like the hot Brown. Maybe I should give up on the HB and find another main dish? I really want to do the Hot Brown as the entree as a) I never have done it at home, b) my cousin used to be the head bartender long ago at the Brown Hotel, so that's a link, c) they've probably never had it so would be amusing to all of us. I'd like to build a dinner around that entree. I can whip up a croque monsieur easily so staging separate Hot Brown plates for 6 is no harder. I will roast a turkey breast ahead for the meat. But I'm not wedded to it if someone can sell me a better entree that works with other sides. So I guess I want you all to tell me how to round out a Sunday dinner if that's the main, and stay on theme. It's been summer and I've been slacking off on cooking and this is a good opportunity to get back to my groove. Some other traditional KY foods you all might mention and my thoughts: Burgoo: Never heard of that until a few years ago. We did Brunswick stew a little spicy, which I guess is really the same. But not a dinner item for guests IMO. I grew up there and no one I know ever called it "burgoo," so we have no clue if this is a trendy new name or what? I make Brunswick stew at home once a month or so and we love it. Sometimes even with rabbit, we have some Russian friends who raise their own rabbits as well as keep bees, quails and their eggs, etc. Awesome to have friends like that! Grits: Love 'em. Not a dinner thing, though. Derby Pie: Love it. But I hate pastry making and don't have much of a sweet tooth and want to invest the time. Fried Fish and Hushpuppies: Jeez I love 'em and miss the KingFish restaurant, but I don't want to get out my deep fryer from storage; it leads to weight gain. So I said this was going to be long-winded, right?