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Taste

  • Peggy Hash is 'One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks'

    This month’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks,” Peggy Hash, is a well-known lady in different circles of friends. Her husband, Gordon Hash, nominated her.

    He told me if I ever needed someone for those good cooks I write about in the paper, his wife was an excellent cook. After talking with her, I realized she, indeed, is an excellent cook and a good planner and manager not only for typical family meals, but meals for many people, all with ease on her part. She truly is amazing.

    Her sister, Shelia Stith Boros, added her endorsement.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Sweet potato messiness

    In the spirit of last week’s Thanksgiving feast, I continued the feasting with sweet potatoes. Restaurants now are offering sweet potato side dish options all year long, so it’s OK to continue the recipe options for this vegetable beyond Thanksgiving.

    Paula Deen’s Facebook page promoted a Sweet Potato Balls recipe so I decided to give it a try.

    Warning No. 1, this recipe is very messy. Forming mashed sweet potatoes around marshmallows gets sweet potato goop everywhere.

  • Dash of Class: November recipe roundup

    Thanksgiving is over, the “planned leftovers” are finished and today I have some new recipes for you to try.

  • Dash of Class: Fantastic finishes for turkey day

    Most people have their Thanksgiving menu planned and time schedule set, but just in case you would like to try something new this year, let me help you with some suggestions.

    But before I do, let me wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you can be with your family and maybe even your extended family before the day is over.

  • Kitchen Adventures: New life for leftover turkey

    Even with Black Friday encroaching upon Thanksgiving, the holiday is still mainly about spending time with family and a glorious feast of food.

    After the food fest is over the best part of the holiday arrives — leftovers.

    There’s just something about warming up leftovers the day after, sometimes several days after, that makes them taste even better.

  • Remembering veterans

    I didn’t think I would ever get writer’s block, but after writing this column for several years, it has happened. So today my column is going to return to what many of you have told me you enjoy, stories. I promise next week I will return with more recipes.

  • Making something out of nothing

    I know this situation probably happens to everyone who likes baking.

    Often, on cold and dreary gray-skied days, I get in the mood to bake something. Doesn’t something fresh out of the oven sound perfect on these kinds of days?

    But usually I’m not in the mood to go to the store for ingredients, partly because these days are also perfect for staying in your pajamas.

    Instead of looking for recipes and being disappointed because you don’t have the supplies, it is best to take another approach.

  • Dash of Class: Robby Waters is One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks

    It does my heart good to introduce another gentleman who has been nominated as One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks. Robby Waters was nominated by April and Thad Jackson.

    Robby spent 10 years of his childhood in Decatur, Ala., where he was introduced to great barbecue, white sauce and Brunswick stew.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Google your way to a fun theme-party snack

    I love a party with a theme. There’s just something about tying everything together and making the food match the theme.

    A few months ago, I did this with an in-home catalog party. To make it fun, I went with a Hollywood theme. To make it extra fun, all the snacks I served were beefed up concession stand items.

    Most of the recipes have already appeared in a kitchen adventure.

  • Dash of Class: A ghoulishly good treat buffet

    Halloween is upon us and I hope you have your costumes ready and your treats ready for the little ones sure to ring your doorbell. But something else might be a little more pressing if you are planning a Halloween gathering. I have selected some snacks and beverages, from Taste of Home’s website, that will leave even adults shaking in their boots. Enjoy.

    Caramel Apple Dip

    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

    1/2 cup packed brown sugar

    1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract