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Taste

  • Kitchen Adventures: Fancy appetizers with minimal effort

    Two things often happen when planning a before-meal appetizer or appetizers for a party. You either can think of something unique that stands out with your guest or you get in a rut and serve the same thing you always do. If in a rush, the appetizer often comes from a freezer.

    This week’s adventure includes two appetizers guaranteed to wow your guests with minimal effort.  

    The first is a recipe for prosciutto potato poppers. Prosciutto is a type of cured ham often used in Italian cooking.   

  • Kitchen Adventures: Frying fresh garden vegetables

    This adventure starts in the garden with a couple things to do with fresh vegetables.

    Since fresh always is better, garden season is great for people who love to cook. Coming up with new ideas to prepare garden goodies also is fun.

    After I interviewed Ruth Hayden, who was featured on last week’s Wednesday’s Woman page, she handed me her recipe for Summer Squash Patties. With some squash from the garden that needed to be eaten, I tried her recipe.

  • Dash of Class: Goodies for the lunchbox

    Here we are at the end of August, students have returned to school and the roads are less traveled without folks on vacations. I have some interesting recipes for you today and hope you will enjoy them.

    Some of you are fixing lunches for your children to take for school and I have included some recipes for cookies to include in their lunches.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Tally-ho, Jammie Dodgers in the kitchen

    After watching coverage of the Olympics in London, I was in the mood to cook something British.

    I decided, after hearing it mentioned in a couple episodes of “Doctor Who,” to make Jammie Dodgers.

    Jammie Dodgers are the brand name for a British biscuit, or cookies as we call it, made from shortbread and raspberry jam. They also are known as jam sandwich cookies.

  • Dash of Class: Watermelon and water chestnuts

    As we near the end of our alphabetical tour of fruits and vegetables, I remember all the neat recipes I have found. This week is no exception, with watermelon and water chestnuts.

    I love watermelon whether it is red, yellow or pink; seeded or seedless. And I never would have imagined the recipes I have for you — a watermelon drink, a watermelon salad and even a smoothie and frozen pops made from watermelon. They are very interesting choices. I already have tried one of the watermelon salads and it was quite tasty.

  • Dash of Class: Delicious recipe, stories surface at family reunion

    I hope you occasionally stop and offer thanks for your family, especially extended family. Mike and I just returned from a long weekend in Springfield, Ill., for the Boarman reunion. Because of health issues, I had not been there for probably six or more years.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Eating through the Gulf Coast

    Like many who visit the Gulf Coast of Alabama, my family not only hits the beach, but also takes an eating tour of the region’s unique restaurants.

    Some are larger, touristy places and others are out-of-the-way nooks discovered by accident or on the advice of locals who haunt there.

    Sometimes these places can inspire you to try to figure out recipes once you get home. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Dash of Class: Dr. John Cole is 'One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks'

    Today’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” and his family are some of the recent newcomers to Hardin County. Dr. John Cole joined the practice of my neurosurgeon, Dr. Thad Jackson, and from what I hear from “Dr. J” and some of the nurses, Dr. Cole is quite the cook — to be exact, a gourmet cook.

    Cole is a self-taught cook inspired by his mother, father and grandmother. His mom and mama (grandmother) are from Casey County so simple home cooking was the rule.

  • A Dash of Class: Dessert recipe roundup

    It is July 31 and the end of the month means it is time for shared recipes and requested ones, too.

    One recipe shared with me is Key Lime Pie, a real favorite to Southerners. This particular version was shared by Sarah Springer and can be found in the Glendale Homemakers Cookbook. This was a favorite of many in the Glendale area thanks to the late Susie Walker.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Culinary treasures

    Cooking is a family tradition. There are many great cooks in my family, starting with my grandmothers.

    These two ladies are not only great cooks but also amazing women.

    One was raised on a farm with five brothers and became a mother of three, grandmother to six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    The other grew up in West Virginia, worked as a cafeteria cook in area schools and became a mother to two daughters and grandmother to four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.