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Taste

  • 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.

  • Celia Ryan Thomas is 'One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks'

    I have known today’s One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks since she was a teenager raised in Colesburg. Later, when she started dating one of my husband’s former students, they would stop by for visits and we grew close to them.

    This month’s honoree is Celia Ryan Thomas who is married to local veterinarian, Dr. Mike Thomas.

  • Dash of Class: June Recipe Roundup

    This month I have several different recipes both submitted and found. The Energy Bars recipe was given to me to include in Recipe Roundup.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Cookies make delicious cake addition

    This week’s adventure is on the sweet side and is one of my favorite cakes to make.

    The main component of this cake is Oreo cookies. For many fans of the Oreo, I could probably stop right there and they already are hooked.

    As a fan of this delicious chocolate sandwich cookie, I like adding it to pretty much anything sweet from cookies to brownies and especially ice cream.

    This recipe is very easy and the result is Oreo delight.

  • Cool down the kitchen with summer salads

    Think of summer food, and garden goodies might be the first thing to come to mind. But dishes served cold are among the season’s favorites, too. At the end of the day, when I’m driving a steaming stretch of asphalt that leads to my home, the last thing I want to think about is firing up the oven. Putting something fresh and cold on the table is a much more appetizing idea.

  • Dash of Class: Farmers market finds

    I know you have heard the term “hidden treasures.” We have a lot of treasures in Hardin County such as the Charles W. Logsdon Historic Downtown Walking Tour, the Hardin County History Museum, the General George Patton Museum of Leadership, Saunders Springs, Hardin County Community Fair and many others.

    One some of you might not have taken advantage of is the Hardin County Farmers Market at Peterson Drive and Leitchfield Road in Elizabethtown, across from the Hardin County Extension Service office.

  • Dash of Class: Enjoy strawberry season

    Strawberry season is upon us.

    I am sharing two recipes from my own collection and my mom’s recipe for strawberry pie. It is the type pie that you find in restaurant chains. I also love my mom’s strawberry cake.

    Plus, you can enjoy that flavor all year long by preserving strawberries. I remember my mom making strawberry jam, cooking and cooking over the hot stove. Many people say the taste is different from the so-quick freezer jam recipe, which has a fresh-from-the-garden taste. I am sharing the recipe again.

  • Kitchen Adventures: A pasta with fresh summer vegetables

    Summer gardens soon will bear tasty vegetables that are wonderful on their own but also can make a healthy pasta dish.

    Many of my favorite vegetables now are things I wouldn’t dare eat as a child. The top of that list is fresh zucchini and squash.

    As a kid, my mom used to try to convince me squash was candy to get me to eat it. I only fell for that once and then continued to refuse  it.

  • Dash of Class: New Finest Cook calls upon family heritage

    The latest “One of Hardin County Finest Cooks” and I go back to high school when she and I played softball. Becky Yates played for Flaherty and I, of course, played for White Mills. What a flashback recently when I attended a funeral for one of her relatives at St. Martin’s Church in Flaherty. I hadn’t seen her since high school and didn’t realize she was the mother of one of my former students, Sharon Pike.