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Taste

  • 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.

  • Kitchen Adventures: When it's 'one of those days,' quick and easy does the trick

    Sometimes a cook likes to experiment with complicated things in the kitchen. Other times you have worked a long day and come home tired and hungry, looking to make something simple yet great tasting.

    This week’s adventure offers just that type of recipe, Easy Mexican Casserole.

    A friend found this recipe on Facebook and asked me to give it a try. The prep was simple and the taste was great.

  • Dash of Class: Many cooks pitch in for Recipe Roundup

    For Recipe Roundup this month, we have quite a variety of recipes. Thanks to Mary Cantwell, we have some really interesting, easy recipes. Two of my friends from Cecilia Homemakers shared with me the recipe for their very delicious chocolate cake and Sharon Johnson from Fort Knox National Co. shared one more recipe from Lucille Masden, a Lebanon Junction legend for great food. Sharon says the roll recipe is a favorite of her family.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Camping food without going camping

    As I grow older, I lose the excitement I once had as a child to go camping. Going camping in a camper still has an appeal and being outdoors always is a refreshing feeling. The popping sound and the warm glow of a campfire also are a bonus.

    But sleeping on the ground in a tent with no bathroom loses its luster when your body aches and back pain comes into play. Ah, to be young again.

    Some of the fun of camping in is the food. Of the foods linked to camping, s’mores top the list.

  • Dash of Class: Meals to nurture your memory

    I hope since last week you have considered including some brain foods in your daily meals or added more than you previously consumed. If eating those foods can help your memory and even help avoid dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, it is certainly worth your while. These are foods the majority of us call tasty, but with chocolate, blueberries and mixed nuts alone, some brain foods are favorites to many.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Try these recipes for a picnic twist

    With the beautiful weather lately it’s time to start picnicking and this week’s recipes are a twist on some traditional picnic foods.

    This week chicken salad will go a little green, coleslaw gets a bit cheesy and we’ll take a British twist on hard boiled eggs.