Dana McMahan, The Courier-Journal

Dana McMahan

The Courier-Journal

Louisville, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Dana:

I traveled to Italy in search of the best pizza but this one in Louisville is just as good

This writer traveled to Naples, Italy for the perfect pizza Napoletana, then realized she could get the same great meal at home in Louisville. → Read More

Here are 6 holiday, or limited edition, bottles of bourbon you should gift this year

Whiskey makers around Kentucky have some pretty fun stuff hitting shelves just in time for holiday season gifting. → Read More

Smør Nordic Bakeri pastry chef says these cookies are must-bakes. Here's how to make them

Smør Nordic Bakeri pastry chef Lizabeth Nagel says if you're looking for a twist on cookies for the holiday season, you can't go wrong with these. → Read More

What do you serve last-minute guests? Here are 7 must-have items you need for party snacks

Uh oh. Unexpected guests are on their way over. Here are some must-have pantry and fridge essentials to quickly whip up for party snacks. → Read More

Heading to the Jack O' Lantern Spectacular? 10 restaurants to try near Iroquois Park

From the restaurants at Colonial Gardens to the international eateries on Woodlawn Avenue, there's tons of places to try near Iroqouis Park. → Read More

It's flu season. Here's how to start feeling better with these immune-boosting foods

Immune-boosting foods aren't a new trend. There's tons of research about the benefits of certain food groups and how they can boost the immune system. → Read More

Bourbon Spiced Lattes and an Autumn Spritz? 5 must-try fall cocktail recipes

Here are five fall-themed cocktails or beverages you can make at home that will put you in the mood for all things fall. → Read More

Is butternut squash lasagna the perfect fall food? Try this easy, go-to recipe

This butternut squash lasanga recipe is easy and delicious. And for our food writer, serve it means it's finally fall. Here's how to make it. → Read More

Try these 5 interior design tips to end up with the kitchen of your dreams

After two years, this top-to-bottom kitchen renovation at a Beechmont Victorian is done. Here are five tips to help anyone tackling a kitchen remodel. → Read More

I just spent a week in Paris. Here's how I took the high-low approach to French dining

If you, like 33 million other people, are headed to Paris this year, check out this high-low restaurant approach our dining columnist put together. → Read More

Before & After: A Dark, Generic Kitchen Gets a Total Redo and the Result Is So Romantic

An Atlanta couple moves into their first home and transforms their dark kitchen into a light and airy space with the help of interior designers. → Read More

'Brings us together': Family meal is a behind-the-scenes Louisville restaurant tradition

Did you ever stop and think about what the folks cooking or serving your restaurant meals have for their own dinner? Meet the family meal. → Read More

Dangerously good: This tiki-inspired bar is bringing a tropical paradise to Louisville

Island vibes are what tiki is all about. Pulling from Hawaiian, Jamaican, and Mexican beach and surfer culture, South Seas is a happy, colorful oasis. → Read More

Why Dawn at the Downs is Derby Week tradition that feels like a love letter to Louisville

If you want to get a "real" sense of the Kentucky Derby, try Dawn at the Downs, a special event that feels like it's there just for Louisvillians. → Read More

Food as a story: How the specific foods at Passover narrate the history of Jewish freedom

It’s hard to imagine foods more closely intertwined with a celebration than the foods of Passover. Here's what they mean and why they're so important. → Read More

Why this bourbon is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. And where to find it

One thing bourbon can teach us is patience. No matter how much we want to try a new bourbon, we have to wait until it’s ready. This one finally is. → Read More

This Couple Decided to Put Their Washer and Dryer in the Kitchen — And It Works Perfectly

The housing market in Los Angeles, California, can defy comprehension. Last year, home prices in the Los Angeles metro area were up 15.2 percent year-over-year, while prices in Southern California overall rose 15.4 percent, according to a report by Norada Real Estate Investments. So, when Stephanie Wong and her partner, Daniel Watson, found a house they loved, they watched it rack up more than… → Read More

Before & After: This 1920s Spanish Bungalow Gets a Kitchen That’s Infused with Warmth and Style

Bright and inviting, this Los Angeles kitchen hits all the right notes. → Read More

'Diverse group of coffee nerds' open Old Louisville Coffee Co-op, a late-night coffee shop

The worker-owned Old Louisville Coffee Co-Op is expected to open in early April and plants to stay open late and offer an inclusive space for everyone → Read More

I’ve Renovated Nearly a Dozen Kitchens and I’ve Added This $12 Organizer Every Time

A serial renovator adds a simple and inexpensive magnetic knife strip to every single kitchen she works on. → Read More