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Taste

  • Don't fall apart over pull apart bread

    Looks can be deceiving, especially online

    There’s something a little dangerous about finding recipes online. In a cookbook, there’s isn’t always a picture to look at so there’s no disappointment when your recipe doesn’t look as glamorous as expected.

    But when you find recipes online, especially on Pinterest, you can feel let down when the final result doesn’t look glorious.

  • Spring into summer barbecue season

    Even though summer is not here, (yes, that’s right; despite the warm temperatures,) summer doesn’t start until June 21. Since we have had toasty warm temperatures, it makes us yearn for a good cookout. Even Mike and I have had grilled chicken.

    Today I have recipes for sauces and rub for grilling. I didn’t want to wait much later as any evening is a great time to grill and eat out or in.

  • Getting saucy with your steak

    Everyone likes their steak a certain way and can be pretty particular about it. And they should be, because a great steak is a wonderful treat but a bad steak is a disappointing disaster.

    My mom, for example, is a steak purist. She doesn’t really like any kind of sauce as long as it’s a well cooked steak.

    I am usually not that particular. I like a juicy steak but like it prepared a variety of ways.

  • Dash of Class: Smoothies

    I have something different this week. One of my readers asked that I have a column on smoothies.

    When I hear the word “smoothie,” I think milk shake — something from Wendy’s or Steak n’ Shake or Laker Drive In where they serve wonderful peanut butter milk shakes, uh smooth.

    On the serious side, most smoothies are healthy. They could be a smoothie high in protein, or high in calcium or for making it an easy way to eat your greens. Believe it or not, I have seen recipes for smoothies that incorporate spinach and kale. Yum.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Dining delights on vacation

    Along with rest and relaxation during a recent pilgrammage to the beach, one of my favorite things to do is hit local restaurants and discover some new amazing dishes.

    This trip was no exception. I enjoyed all the places I visited, but I’d like to tell you about two.

    The best meal of all the awesome meals was at Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar. If you are ever in Gulf Shores, Alabama, this is a fun little place that is always packed with people and has amazing food.

  • Dash of Class: Stacking up some tasty favorites for your family

    Oops, I got one column before the other. In other words, Recipe Roundup should have been last week and Finest Cook this week. But all is good in newspaper world; this hopefully will be the only time you see it switched.

    As for today, I have a variety of recipes and an interesting question from a reader: “Can you freeze mushrooms?” I wasn’t sure and I researched it on Google and the reader was very happy because her son had brought a lot to her.

  • One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks: At last, she’s living her dream

    In 23 years of marriage, Marion Whitehouse traveled the world with her soldier husband, building a family together.

    A certified chef from Germany, she has held a variety of jobs and titles along the way: line cook and assistant pastry chef, independent cleaning consultant, telemetry tech, cardiac scheduling coordinator, dietary director and a Kentucky Senior Support associate for the Lincoln Trail District Health Department and cashier at Aldi.

  • Dash of Class: Strawberries in season

    Strawberries, I love them! I have such fond memories of going strawberry pickin’ as a young kid. When we got them home, Mom would make a strawberry pie and later make strawberry jam and preserves and freeze the rest in the freezer. We could eat on them all winter long.

    Later when I got married and Joey was old enough we would go picking, but I think Joey was picking more green than red berries. He wore out on us the first time we took him, but later he was a pretty good strawberry picker.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Fried ravioli, what's not to love?

    One of my favorite things to do is try a dish at a restaurant and then attempt to reproduce it at home. Sometimes I get pretty close; other times it’s a massive failure.

    On a trip to Olive Garden several years ago, I tried fried ravioli. It quickly became one of my favorites.

    A frequent stop on vacations in Gatlinburg is an Italian restaurant called Best Italian. One of its appetizers is the best fried ravioli you’ve ever put in your mouth.

  • Marion Whitehouse is “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks”

    Rachel Daugherty, a former student at West Hardin High School, nominated this month’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks.”

    Rachel is part of her Central Hardin fan club. Rachel first got to try her cooking when she and Rachel fed the Central Hardin football team for their pre-game dinners. She also had the pleasure of cooking for their post-season banquet and the lunches and snacks for the Central Hardin High School JROTC and their Raider Team the past four years.