Hi, I'm Pate, and welcome to The G&M Kitchen!
The G&M Kitchen is a recipe blog dedicated to crafting modern Southern baked goods and cocktails. Here, you'll discover timeless classics like jiffy cornbread with sour cream and buttermilk biscuits with self rising flour alongside breathtaking showstoppers such as Bourbon Apple Cider Cake and Bourbon Peach Upside Down Cake, and festive cocktails like Bourbon Apple Cider Old Fashioned, and The Best Mint Julep. While my recipes draw inspiration from traditional southern favorites, I infuse them with a modern twist, resulting in delicious and exciting recipes.
Roots in Kentucky, Flavors from the Heart
My journey begins in the heart of Kentucky, where I was raised in a farmhouse that my family has cherished for seven generations. Both sides of my family valued food and cooking, using it to come together and celebrate life. From this cherished tradition of cooking and baking together, The G&M Kitchen takes its name – 'G' for my father's family, the Giltners, and 'M' for my mother's family, the Millers. The kitchen was always the beating heart of our home, a place where magic unfolded. There, vegetables were transformed into delightful dishes, pies, and cakes emerged from the oven, and libations flowed freely. Many of the recipes on this site are inspired and developed from our long-loved family recipes.
My culinary journey took me to far-reaching corners of the globe, from the bustling streets of Los Angeles to the historic charm of Florence, Italy, and the sophistication of London, England. These experiences opened my palate to new flavors, diverse textures, and innovative cooking techniques. I developed a profound appreciation for French pastries, the delicacy of English bakes, and the velvety richness of Italian desserts, all of which find their way into my recipes. The art of transforming southern classics into something novel, infused with global influences, remains the driving force behind my recipe development.
In early 2020, I returned to my beloved Kentucky, now making my home in the vibrant city of Louisville. Thank you for visiting The G&M Kitchen, and please don't hesitate to reach out to us at thegandmkitchen@gmail (dot) com. Your culinary journey awaits, and we're delighted to have you along for the ride.
At The G&M Kitchen, I'm celebrated for an array of signature recipes, including:
- Halloween Cocktails: Dive into the enchanting world of mixology with my Halloween cocktails. These spooky libations like Practical Magic Midnight Margaritas and Adams Family Cocktail - The Gomez and Morticia are perfect for adding a touch of magic to your gatherings, and they're sure to be a hit at your next Halloween party.
- Bourbon Cocktails and Bourbon Drinks: Kentucky is renowned for its bourbon, and I pay homage to this rich tradition with a collection of bourbon cocktails like Apple Cider Prosecco Bourbon Punch and Bourbon Peach Old Fashioned that capture the spirit and flavors of the Bluegrass State.
- Delicious Cookies: Sweet tooth aficionados rejoice! Indulge in the delightful world of cookies, including the irresistible Bourbon Caramel Cookies and the comforting Pecan Banana Bread Cookies. These treats are a testament to my passion for baking.
- The Perfect Biscuits: Biscuits are an art form in the South, and I take great pride in perfecting this timeless classic. Discover the secrets to creating biscuits that are flaky, buttery, and irresistibly delicious.
Where You've Seen Me
- Bourbon Review: My expertise in bourbon has been featured in Bourbon Review, where I've shared my insights and passion for crafting bourbon cocktails and drinks.
- Harry and David: Explore my delectable creations and flavor explorations in the offerings of Harry and David, a renowned gourmet food and gift company.
- Sur La Table: Discover my culinary insights and recipes through Sur La Table, the premier destination for kitchenware and culinary expertise.
- C&H Sugar: I've had the pleasure of collaborating with C&H Sugar to showcase how their quality sugar enhances the flavors of my delectable desserts and cocktails.
- Old Forester Bourbon: My love for bourbon has been celebrated with Old Forester Bourbon, a legendary Kentucky distillery.
- French Elle: My cocktail, Limoncello Spritz, was featured, French Elle.