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Taste

  • Kitchen Adventures: Cookies for Santa, others on your gift list

    Whether for Santa, as gifts for friends or just to eat yourself, ’tis the season for making cookies.

    Each year I do a massive amount of Christmas baking for friends and coworkers, and a few for Santa, too.

    This year, I used a recipe I’ve had since I graduated high school 20 years ago. The other is a new recipe from a new cookbook that might become a favorite.

  • Dash of Class: Side dish shake-up

    We are one week away from Christmas and most of you who are entertaining at home have your menu planned.
    Most years, it includes the same types of entrees, but the sides are the one thing that might differ. I have to admit the Sweat household has favorites and most of the time the menu does not change. Today, I have for you some of our family’s favorite side dishes for holiday meals.

  • Dash of Class: Christian Women Club provides variety of recipes

    I attended the November Christian Women Connection Luncheon and Bazaar and was delighted to find out that instead of the usual catered lunch, members of the group combined their efforts for a delicious meal.

    When asked, two members were eager to share with you some of their favorite recipes that were served that day. All would be good for a holiday meal. Add bread and beverage and you are all set to make a hit with family and friends.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Peppermint and chocolate goodness

    At Christmastime, there are so many great baking ideas to celebrate the season. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which ones you want to try.

    I ran across a recipe for candy cane cake that caught my attention. After deciding to make it, I looked at the recipe more closely to discover it was made with an angel food cake. For some reason this did not sound like a tasty combination with the peppermint so I went an entirely different direction.

    Instead of the angel food version, I made a mocha peppermint cake and made up the recipe on the spot.

  • Easy, inexpensive candy house project

    Gingerbread houses are a staple in Christmas baking and decorating.

    The house does not always have to be made out of gingerbread though. They also can be built with graham crackers, a trick I learned in a home economics food class, back in the day.

    First thing you need in making the house is construction materials. Graham crackers should be first on your list and next is a variety of candies to decorate the house. The candy part can be whatever you like. Finding colorful candies in different shapes makes a pretty house. Christmas colors can work, too.

  • Peggy Hash is 'One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks'

    This month’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks,” Peggy Hash, is a well-known lady in different circles of friends. Her husband, Gordon Hash, nominated her.

    He told me if I ever needed someone for those good cooks I write about in the paper, his wife was an excellent cook. After talking with her, I realized she, indeed, is an excellent cook and a good planner and manager not only for typical family meals, but meals for many people, all with ease on her part. She truly is amazing.

    Her sister, Shelia Stith Boros, added her endorsement.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Sweet potato messiness

    In the spirit of last week’s Thanksgiving feast, I continued the feasting with sweet potatoes. Restaurants now are offering sweet potato side dish options all year long, so it’s OK to continue the recipe options for this vegetable beyond Thanksgiving.

    Paula Deen’s Facebook page promoted a Sweet Potato Balls recipe so I decided to give it a try.

    Warning No. 1, this recipe is very messy. Forming mashed sweet potatoes around marshmallows gets sweet potato goop everywhere.

  • Dash of Class: November recipe roundup

    Thanksgiving is over, the “planned leftovers” are finished and today I have some new recipes for you to try.

  • Dash of Class: Fantastic finishes for turkey day

    Most people have their Thanksgiving menu planned and time schedule set, but just in case you would like to try something new this year, let me help you with some suggestions.

    But before I do, let me wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you can be with your family and maybe even your extended family before the day is over.

  • Kitchen Adventures: New life for leftover turkey

    Even with Black Friday encroaching upon Thanksgiving, the holiday is still mainly about spending time with family and a glorious feast of food.

    After the food fest is over the best part of the holiday arrives — leftovers.

    There’s just something about warming up leftovers the day after, sometimes several days after, that makes them taste even better.