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Taste

  • Dash of Class: Festive food for football fans

    Sunday, it’s the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

    Many of you will be entertaining whether you routinely watch football or not, and others of you will find yourselves in a crowded family room, eating great food before the game or during halftime.

    The halftime festivities are so entertaining that you might prefer to eat before the game, followed by nibbling from the coffee table during the game and especially at halftime.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Rising for the great bread challenge

    On a cold and rainy night, I decided to try to make some bread, even though I’m not very good at it. Because I was slightly bored at the time I came up with the idea for the great bread challenge.

    As I name the contestants please hum the “Rocky” theme song in your head to humor me.

    In one corner sat a hand-me-down bread machine that never has been used. In the other corner, traditional bread making.

  • Dash of Class: Recipe Roundup — desserts all around

    This week is Recipe Roundup as next week I will feature recipes you might want to try for a Super Bowl party.

    An employee at Jeff's Prescription Shop gave me a couple cake recipes, which are more dense cakes because of the addition of instant pudding, but still very moist.

    The Whiskey Cake is made just like a Rum Cake recipe I have except she uses whiskey. The Chocolate Surprise is one I want to try.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Chicken Piccata, delicioso

    Sometimes a girl just needs a little something Italian. At least this girl does.

    My favorite cookbook for recipes that are pretty simple is Giada De Laurentiis’ “Everyday Italian.” There are so many great dishes to choose from but Chicken Piccata is the choice for this adventure.

  • Dash of Class: Super soups

    Winter is officially under way, that is, as of Dec. 21. When the threat of snow is forecast everyone starts thinking about having soup on hand for family dinners through the long cold months.

    While writing my cookbook, the publisher let me know that it was too long, especially the cake chapter — imagine that. As I shortened the cake chapter, I also had to cut the soup chapter completely, but today I have some recipes from Taste of Home and Family Circle magazines and some I found on the Internet that sound tasty.

  • Dash of Class: Whip up some courage, try new recipes in new year

    Today, I want to touch on some New Year’s resolutions. I have some new ones to offer to you for consideration.

    To have more patience, whether it is when you are behind a slow driver or in a slow-moving grocery line, join me in working on having more patience.

    Enjoy life. Don’t get so bogged down in everyday living that you don’t have time for fun with friends and family or just something fun that you haven’t done in a long time.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Cheesy sensation

    If you’re a foodie like me, things used in cooking, such as a slow cooker or blender for instance, make great Christmas gifts. In fact, 2011’s food processor was one of my favorite gifts.

    This past Christmas I got a new cookbook and instantly looked through it for recipe ideas.

    The cookbook is “Meet Me at the Garden Gate: An Invitation to Seasonal Traditions and Southern Hospitality.”

  • Dash of Class: Sampling of delicious seasonal recipes

    First of all, a delayed Christmas greeting to you and yours. There was a misunderstanding concerning the publication of my column last week.

    Today is New Year’s Day and I hope 2013 is a very happy year for you indeed. Because Christmas was on the last Tuesday of the month, we didn’t have December’s Recipe Roundup, so this week we will have those recipes and not have a January Finest Cook. We will return to that feature in February.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Baked Brie delivers two favorites in one

    If you’re like me, there are two things you have a hard time giving up for a diet — bread and cheese.

    There aren’t many cheeses I’ve been able to say no to. In fact, some vegetables I only can eat topped with cheese. That might take away the nutritional value, but at least I’m eating my veggies, right?

    I’m just as bad about bread. Sometimes I choose a restaurant based on how good their bread basket is.

    This probably is why I like Italian food so much. So many things are served with bread and smothered in cheese.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Warm up Christmas with hot chocolate

    It’s Christmas morning. Presents are unwrapped and the family is hanging out in their pajamas surveying gifts. A homemade cup of hot chocolate is just the thing to cap off the morning, especially if it’s a snowy or cold Christmas.

    In fact, the perfect cup of hot chocolate is something to enjoy throughout the winter.

    Peppermint hot chocolate is a great seasonal treat, but if you buy enough candy canes during the post-Christmas sales, you can enjoy the flavor long after the holiday is over.