• Budget-stretching family meals

    A budget-stretching tasty meal is a real treat as grocery prices continue to creep up.

    With a couple substitutions, Vegetable Lasgna is one of those meals. I first loved this dish for its taste but have a new appreciation for it as my family puts more demands on each grocery dollar.

    I discovered this recipe when  preparing for my older son’s first birthday party. We were hosting my family and my husband’s family. I needed something I could prep in advance and I needed something that would accommodate my vegetarian in-laws.

  • A Dash of Class: A day to remember

    In the Sweat family, 2013 has been divided into “BW” and “AW,” before wedding and after wedding. The time came and went so quickly. But Oct. 20, the day my son married, was beautiful, weather wise, people wise and wedding wise.

  • Kitchen Adventures: A cheesy dip for game day

    Whether you like a sport where the ball is bounced down the hardwood or driven down the field to an end zone, this time of year is time for tailgating and parties to watch the big game.

    To have the best sports viewing experience you need a few key things. You need a great TV, a group of people who won’t talk through the entire game and food. In fact, great game day snacks might need to move to the top of that list.

  • Dash of Class: Faye Fehnel is One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks

    I first became acquainted with this month’s One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks when Stone Hearth hosted a “Mama and Me” brunch. That’s when I met Faye Fehnel, a cook at the Elizabethtown restaurant.

    Her love of cooking began working with her mother on the family farm and preparing meals for farm workers.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Nutella adds nutty flavor to cheesecake

    I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to discover chocolate-hazelnut spread. I didn’t really think of trying it until last year.

    To my great joy, it is delicious, especially when used in a recipe to make a tasty treat.

    Last year I found a delicious truffle to make with the ingredient and last week I ran across a recipe for Nutella Cheesecake.

    Picture a mind officially blown.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Sweet treats for Halloween

    Some people like Halloween for ghosts and ghouls. Others, like me, are in it for candy and treats.

    I remember when you could bring homemade treats to school parties. Cookies, candy, popcorn and caramel apples also were a welcome treat.

    While schools have limited what homemade goods can be served in classrooms, you still can whip up tasty treats at home. Some are goodies the entire family can have fun making together. 

  • Dash of Class: October recipe roundup

    Here we are at the end of the month again and I have several interesting recipes for you.

    A reader emailed me and asked me about Mr. Gene Baskett’s Apple Banana Cherry Nut Bread from a recipe last year. It seems the original recipe didn’t specify the type of cherries. The Baskett family said it’s chopped maraschino cherries, the type often used for ice cream sundaes and such. This would be an excellent time to make some of these loaves and freeze them. The recipe calls for apples, which are in season.

  • Kitchen Adventures: As easy as chicken pot pie

    When the weather cools, there’s nothing like a chicken pot pie to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

    But there are alternatives to the traditional pie. Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes are one way to go.

    Before you get weirded out by the words “chicken pot pie” and “cupcake” in the same sentence, bear with me.

    These are delicious treats that can be served as an appetizer, finger food or main course.

    The dish isn’t really a cupcake. The individual pot pies just look like a cupcake or muffin after baking.

  • Dash of Class: Ghoulish grub for Halloween

    Halloween is almost upon us and I know many of you are thinking about what type of treats you can give away or have for a Halloween get-together.

    The ideas seem endless and I’ve selected a variety to share. There is Halloween Cheese Pizza with Halloween cheese cutouts, Eyeball Tacos, Spider Web Brownies and a punch with gummy worms in an ice ring. I hope you treat some little ghouls with some spooky food. Happy Halloween.

    Halloween Cheese Pizza

    1 ½ cups biscuit mix

    1/3 cup very hot water

  • Dash of Class: Tested recipes ready to please reception guests

    When my husband, Mike, and I were married 40 years ago, we were eager to start a family, but little did we know that wish wasn’t going to be filled any time soon. After trying for six years, we applied for adoption at a Catholic agency in Louisville. Three years later, we found out the wait was over and we were going to have a son. We had the name picked out for a long time, Joseph William — Joseph for my father and William for Mike’s Dad.