• It's tea-sippin' time

    As the weather warms, a nice glass of tea or something cold and fruity hits the spot.

    My favorite type of tea is peach and the sweeter the better. It’s perfect to sip while sitting on the front porch swing reading a book and enjoying the fresh spring air.

    A cold glass of sweet tea is the picture of southern hospitality and great to serve any guest.

  • Derby treats for all-year enjoyment

    Derby is over, but Churchill Downs is open for spring racing and you might want to make these treats any time for entertaining. I made Derby Cupcakes, Eighth Race Pie and Bourbon Pecan Pie for a Derby party in Louisville and they were loved by all.

    The recipe for the Derby Cupcakes is a delightful find and a great addition or substitution for Derby Pie.

  • Dash of Class: Recipe Roundup features eclectic mix

    Today’s Recipe Roundup has recipes for those of you who love to bake. The first two recipes were given to me by Sharon Johnson, who works for Fort Knox National Co. The recipes were used in their employee contests.

    Rachel Torres, my yoga instructor at Energy Sports and Fitness, also has provided two recipes. She has contributed recipes to two previous columns.

    The Lemon Drop cookie recipe is from Mary Cantwell.

    These all could be frozen for a future meal. Happy baking.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Snickers Cake is sweet-tooth satisfying

    In the last of the Facebook finds, I offer a couple desserts made with candy bars.

    The first is a Snickers Cake and it lives up to its famous candy bar name.

    There are several steps to this recipe so allow plenty of time to bake the cake at the base of the dessert, layer other ingredients and chill before serving.

  • Dash of Class: Curry favor with Indian cuisine

    It has been some time since I wrote a column on another country’s cuisine. At the Woman’s Club of Elizabethtown’s April meeting, one of the members, Renu Shah, along with her husband, Dr. Navinchandra Shah, a psychiatrist, presented a program on India’s culture. She was assisted by six other women from India.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Raiders of the lost recipe

    This week’s adventure is about a recipe lost, a recipe found and a recipe that wasn’t what it promised.

    While I’ve enjoyed finding recipes on Facebook, the process has been frustrating at times. Some of the recipes disappeared off my page. That is what happened to a recipe for cheese puffs.

  • Dash of Class: Health is as healthy does

    There is a saying, “healthy is as healthy does.” I really believe that.

    In my 30 years teaching nutrition in home economics and family and consumer science, I always told my students there are a lot of ways to burn calories and there are a lot of foods that provide calories, but the final word on whether you gain or lose weight depends on calories in and calories burned.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Potatoes and recipe sharing

    One of this week’s Facebook finds is a recipe that quickly became a favorite dish  I’ll probably make again and again, Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole.

    There are a couple time-consuming steps to this recipe but the end result is worth it.

    Describing the taste doesn’t give it justice, but think about eating a loaded baked potato as a side to buffalo chicken and then put them all together for something delightful.

  • Dash of Class: One of Hardin County's finest cooks

    It is a great pleasure to introduce you to our April One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks. I have known Dolores Perry since my days in

    4-H at least four decades ago. She not only was a 4-H leader for many years, she was a member of Hardin County Homemakers for 50 years.

    Dolores was nominated by Jacqueline Rogers, who is a former Hardin County Extension Service agent for home economics and has been friends with Dolores for many years.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Sweet treats from Facebook

    This week’s Facebook finds are on the sweet side. One is a pastry treat and the other is a three-level brownie, of sorts.

    The cinnamon cream cheese treat was posted about 100 times a few weeks ago on Facebook. That might be an exaggeration but I saw it a lot. Sometimes it was referred to as a cheesecake pastry.

    It is another easy find with just a few steps in preparation. Straight out of the oven, it was a little difficult to cut but after it cooled a bit and stiffened it easily was cut into squares.