Amber Huffman

The rolling hills surrounding Lexington, Kentucky—some of the country's most expensive rural real estate—are used primarily for Thoroughbred grazing. "But outside that 15-mile ring are great farms," says Amber Huffman, the Jackson family's private chef. She features farmers' market lettuces here, which get warmed by roasted asparagus. More Green Salads
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Although not likely invented in Kentucky, bread pudding is a horse-country standby. Amber Huffman tops her challah-based chocolate bread pudding with a caramel spiked with—what else—Kentucky bourbon: "Covering it with caramel sauce might be gilding the lily, but Jess Jackson loves caramel."More Gooey Desserts
Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo
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Jess Jackson asks for this ersatz gumbo every time he visits his Kentucky farm. "He always says, 'We should have this once a week,' " Huffman says. "Then, when he's about halfway through the bowl—'OK, twice a week.' It's not authentic gumbo, but Creole flavors have crept up to Kentucky." More Gumbo Recipes
Cheese Grits
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"I seriously have received three marriage proposals over a bowl of my cheese grits," says chef Amber Huffman. "I've accepted none so far." More Quick Side Dishes
By happy accident, Amber Huffman combined leftovers of two low-country staples—barbecue and cheddar cheese grits—for a quick Southern fusion meal. It became a Jess Jackson favorite. Here, Huffman tops her grits with grilled shrimp slicked with a tangy, bourbon-based barbecue sauce. "I seriously have received three marriage proposals over a bowl of my cheese grits," says Huffman. "I've accepted none so far." Slideshow:  More Southern Recipes