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Taste

  • Dash of Class: Fall is the season for apples

    If you haven’t heard, fall is the season for really good apples and if you haven’t already thought about making something with apples, hopefully you will after today’s column. George and Nora Bowles, friends from St. James Catholic Church, recently called about a recipe for apple butter not using apple cider. Cider is costly, but apple cider vinegar costs much less. I have since found a recipe for those of you who love apple butter that you could make any time using applesauce or stewed and pureed apples.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Soup to make you warm inside on a cool day

    As the fall chill hits the air, it’s the perfect time for making a yummy pot of soup.

    Soup recipes can range from incredibly complex to super easy.

    And soups often become tradition for specific dishes and circumstances. When you don’t feel well, you want chicken noodle soup. When you’re making a grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup is always a must. But for something a little bit more fancy you can find multiple variations of soup.

  • Dash of Class: Woodford-One of ‘Hardin's Finest Cooks’

    Today’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” is a lovely lady and was nominated by her daughter-in-law, Lu Woodford. I had Lu’s daughters in class and I see her quite often while stopping in at Surgical Specialists. It was obvious why she nominated Mary Lou Woodford when I got to reading about her.

  • Three recipes from September's Finest Cook

    Sharing recipes for “Recipe Roundup” is fairly easy this month. I have three recipes mentioned in the September “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” column featuring Greg Milby. They are the Teriyaki Chicken, the Fried Biscuits and the Ice Cream recipe.

    The fourth recipe is one I found in a magazine and I can’t wait for an occasion to try it.

  • Kitchen Adventures: New Spin on old country favorite

    A few people have expressed to me their frustrations over their difficulty in making biscuits. Being a fan of the biscuit, I’ve tried to make several recipes and a few haven’t been too complicated.

    In fact, biscuits are so amazing you probably should have a purpose for them before making them or you’ll be tempted to eat the entire pan. I hope that’s not just me.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Skip the freezer, go homemade

    If you have spent any time at all with children or teens you've learned they love to snack. Pizza rolls and mozzarella sticks are a staple of many of their diets.

    But these types of snacks don’t have to come from a freezer, deep fried or nuked in the microwave. There are homemade alternatives which often taste better than bags of frozen snacks.

    Baked mozzarella balls and pepperoni pizza rolls might be a couple good recipes to try.

    A blogger who posted a recipe for baked mozzarella balls said they also are a healthier alternative.

  • Dash of class: Yamming it up

    The weeks sure roll around quickly. And what about this alphabet, hasn’t it gone by quickly? I think I am telling my age. They say the older you get, the faster time flies. I feel it.

    We are to the letter Y and what would you think of other than Yams. You say, “Oh, you mean sweet potatoes?” No, even though the terms are used interchangeably, there are differences. Because yams are not so available here, I have some sweet potato recipes.

  • Dash of Class: Friendly people, good recipes found in unexpected places

    You meet the nicest people in the most unusual places. I was riding my recumbent bike at the gym and started up a conversation with the lady riding the bike next to me. It was amazing the things we had in common, one of which is a love for cooking.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Gnocchi troubles, delicious result

    Pork Milanese is one of my favorite dishes to make for company. It’s a delicious Italian dish that can be paired with a salad, veggies, pasta or all of the above.

    For this particular meal, the dish was served with homemade potato gnocchi (dumpling pasta) in a tomato, basil and parmesan sauce. 

    The gnocchi decided to be difficult but luckily the end result was still a delicious treat.

  • Dash of Class: Greg Milby is 'One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks'

    This month’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” and Labor Day recipes coincide. Even though today’s column is after Labor Day, there is still plenty of time for camping or cooking out.

    Greg Milby, director of programming for WQXE in Elizabethtown, is this month’s honoree. After doing a radio spot for my “Mama and Me” buffet, I was intrigued by his interest in cooking as he told me about his expertise in grilling and cooking out meals while family and friends camp.