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Taste

  • Kitchen Adventures: Meatloaf, a little slice of home

    When you’ve had a hard week, sometimes all you want is a little bit of comfort food. Something that’s freshly cooked, warm and tastes like home. The king of comfort food is meatloaf.

    After a couple rough weeks, I searched the Internet for a new meatloaf recipe. In the past, I’ve made several varieties including traditional, Italian, cheeseburger and barbecue.

    This time around I found a recipe for Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf.

  • Dash of Class: Crazy 'bout cupcakes

    Cupcakes have taken the country by storm in the past decade. What gives? When I think of cupcakes, I remember how my mom would bring them to school with flavored, sweetened beverages and how she would make them for 4-H bake sales. You would see them with Scouts or athletic teams to help them raise money for their organizations.

  • Dash of Class: Nothing says Valentines like ganache

    Happy Valentine’s Day two days early. While researching why chocolate is so popular for Valentine’s Day, I found this interesting information.

    Chocolate is a unique food as it not only satisfies the taste buds and mouth, but goes on to satisfy the brain, according to Dr. Judith Wurtman, who published “A Valentine Date with Chocolate,” in “The Antidepressant Diet.”

    Sugar and butterfat change chocolate from a bitter, dry crunchy food into one that coats the tongue and mouth and has a major impact on the way we feel.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Enjoying the food in Mom's kitchen

    One of my favorite things to do is go to my mom’s house for dinner. There’s just something about my momma’s cooking.

    After staying at her house a few days while I had some home repairs completed, she made one of my favorites — broccoli casserole.

    As a kid, you couldn’t get me to eat broccoli if you paid me a million dollars. But now this dish is a favorite.

    It’s even better the next day as leftovers. It’s almost like food crack. 

  • Stephanie Hagar is 'One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks'

    Today is a first for One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks. It is an honor to introduce a former student, Stephanie Hagar, who was nominated by her very proud grandmother, Lelia Rogers.

    Stephanie lives in Cecilia with her husband, Tim, and three sons, Derek, Devin and Cade. Stephanie calls herself a stay-at-home working mom, as she has a nail salon in her home and says it is the best of both worlds.

  • A fudge mess saved by ice cream

    This week’s adventure is the story of a recipe gone wrong but joyfully salvaged because adding ice cream on top of any baking mishap makes it all turn out well in the end.

    A few weeks ago, I ran across a recipe for hot fudge pie. The photo looked delicious and the instructions were relatively simple so I printed it out to try sometime. With the words hot fudge in the title it was a no-brainer to clip and save.

  • Kitchen Adventures: The big game spread

    The big game is coming up Sunday and with the Super Bowl comes game day snacks.

    Super Bowl snacks always are about eating something yummy, but there are certain kinds of snacks people tend to enjoy more.

    A very unscientific survey on Facebook broke down what people want this way.

  • 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.