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Taste

  • 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.

  • 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.