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Taste

  • Kitchen Adventures: A healthy pizza that actually tastes good too

    After last week’s bacon-wrapped treat that was yummy but totally unhealthy, this adventure is more on the healthy side.

    Often, when a recipe says it is “fit and tasty,” I find it’s neither. Usually, when something is labeled as “fit,” you have to give up some of the taste, and if it’s labeled “tasty,” it really isn’t all that fit.

    But, if the recipe is correct on the calorie count, this one is both.

    What makes this pizza great is fresh ingredients and using other ingredients in moderation.

  • Dash of Class: 'Recipe Roundup' Bonus recipes from one of Hardin County's Finest Cooks

    The column during last week of the month is Recipe Round Up. It is made up of recipes people have lost and I have found for them, recipes that have been submitted to be shared and some that are leftover from prior columns. Please feel free to email or mail those to me in care of The News-Enterprise. I work at home on my trusty laptop and mail and emails are sent to me at my home.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Breakfast with ‘bombs’

    Breakfast not only is the most important meal of the day, it is often my favorite, too.

    Unfortunately, I don’t get to cook breakfast during the week as I fly out the door on my way to work, but I enjoy trying recipes that go beyond the cereal bowl.

    This week’s recipes kick breakfast favorites up a notch. They also are perfect for a fancy brunch or breakfast buffet for the family.

    Breakfast Cupcakes are a darling way to combine hash browns and scrambled eggs for a breakfast treat you easily can eat with your fingers.

  • Dash of Class: Fruity recipes call for Kentucky crops

    According to the Kentucky Proud availability brochure the following fruits and vegetables are in season during July and August. I urge you to keep these lists available until the end of August. These products can be found at Kentucky farmer markets, roadside stands and you-pick-it operations in Kentucky.

    July only: blueberries, brussel sprouts, carrots, okra and raspberries.

    July and August: apples, beans, beets, blackberries, cantaloupe, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, onions, peaches, pears, plums, summer squash and tomatoes.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Twinkies make sweet return

    A popular cream-filled snack cake reappeared last week on grocery shelves, the Hostess Twinkie.

    After the Hostess company closed, Twinkies and other products flew out of groceries. When the shelves were empty, boxes of the snacks sold on eBay for $100 or more.

    Although they’ve only been gone eight months, the web exploded with ideas on how to celebrate their return. From cupcakes that look like the minions from “Despicable Me” to a fancy tiramisu, recipes popped up everywhere. I had to try a few.

  • Dash of Class: A love story with recipes

    In the fall of 1970, I was a beginning home economics teacher at West Hardin High School. It wasn’t until the fall of 1971 that I seriously started thinking about marriage. This shy young man from Lebanon Junction didn’t have an earthly idea I had my eye on him.

    His college friend and fellow math teacher wanted to start a wrestling program and convinced this gentleman to assist him in what, at the time, was a non-paying job. He also convinced me to take on the non-paying job of sponsoring the girls who would support the wrestling team.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Pasta and bacon combine for great Italian meal

    Somewhere in my heritage there must be an Italian because I could eat my weight in Italian food. Pasta is one of my particular favorites.

    Many of my adventures in the kitchen venture to the culinary wonders of Italy, accompanied by the dulcet tones of Dean Martin playing in the background.

    Along with a great taste, pasta dishes often are quick to make. And, if you have a large party for dinner, it’s easy to make for the masses.

  • Dash of Class: Blend a better breakfast with these smoothie recipes

    When I was a teenager, milk shakes were just the best. My favorite at Lakers drive-in in Stephensburg was peanut butter. Available at all the fast food restaurants, they were not waist slimmers. Then Wendy’s came along with its chocolate treat, Frosty, which now also comes in vanilla or even swirled with chocolate in a cone. And at the Kentucky State Fair, there was a wonderful treat called Pineapple Whip.

    But with the millennial generation came the popularity of smoothies. Most can be healthy and some just make breakfast a “fast break.”

  • Kitchen Adventures: Fancy French sandwich with cauliflower mash

    In the summer there’s nothing better than a sandwich with some fresh veggies on the side. It might be one of my favorite summertime meals.

    I like to try different kinds of sandwiches and Croque Monsieurs sounded a little fancy so I gave them a shot. The sandwich takes a little longer to make than slapping some meat and cheese on two slices of bread, but it’s worth it.

    This recipe is a twist on traditional French sandwiches often found in French cafès.

  • Kitchen Adventures: A little red, white and blue

    When the Fourth of July is celebrated, food tends to come in shades of red, white and blue. It happens with everything, but most often in desserts and snacks.

    Cupcakes in a Jar and Firecracker Cakeletts both are cute ideas for July Fourth. But with the second treat it helps to pay close attention to the recipe.

    The first is an easy twist on a cupcake. After dividing the cake mix and tinting it, I recommend adding small layers to the jars. On a few, I put in too much cake mix and the small cakes overflowed the lip of the jar when the cakes rose.