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Taste

  • Marion Whitehouse is “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks”

    Rachel Daugherty, a former student at West Hardin High School, nominated this month’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks.”

    Rachel is part of her Central Hardin fan club. Rachel first got to try her cooking when she and Rachel fed the Central Hardin football team for their pre-game dinners. She also had the pleasure of cooking for their post-season banquet and the lunches and snacks for the Central Hardin High School JROTC and their Raider Team the past four years.

  • Treats any Goonie would love

    Sometimes food can be fun, especially when geeky friends are involved. Theming your snacks around something you are doing or watching can help elevate the mood at any gathering.

    This adventure involves food, friends and “The Goonies.”

    That’s right, “The Goonies,” a crazy group of kids who tried to save the Goon Docks in the 1985 flick.

    A group of friends decided to watch the movie last week. We decided to craft snacks around things featured in the film.

  • Spring into summer barbecue season

    Even though summer is not here, (yes, that’s right; despite the warm temperatures,) summer doesn’t start until June 21. Since we have had toasty warm temperatures, it makes us yearn for a good cookout. Even Mike and I have had grilled chicken.

    Today I have recipes for sauces and rub for grilling. I didn’t want to wait much later as any evening is a great time to grill and eat out or in.

  • Dash of Class: Smoothies

    I have something different this week. One of my readers asked that I have a column on smoothies.

    When I hear the word “smoothie,” I think milk shake — something from Wendy’s or Steak n’ Shake or Laker Drive In where they serve wonderful peanut butter milk shakes, uh smooth.

    On the serious side, most smoothies are healthy. They could be a smoothie high in protein, or high in calcium or for making it an easy way to eat your greens. Believe it or not, I have seen recipes for smoothies that incorporate spinach and kale. Yum.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Dining delights on vacation

    Along with rest and relaxation during a recent pilgrammage to the beach, one of my favorite things to do is hit local restaurants and discover some new amazing dishes.

    This trip was no exception. I enjoyed all the places I visited, but I’d like to tell you about two.

    The best meal of all the awesome meals was at Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar. If you are ever in Gulf Shores, Alabama, this is a fun little place that is always packed with people and has amazing food.

  • Dash of Class: Stacking up some tasty favorites for your family

    Oops, I got one column before the other. In other words, Recipe Roundup should have been last week and Finest Cook this week. But all is good in newspaper world; this hopefully will be the only time you see it switched.

    As for today, I have a variety of recipes and an interesting question from a reader: “Can you freeze mushrooms?” I wasn’t sure and I researched it on Google and the reader was very happy because her son had brought a lot to her.

  • One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks: At last, she’s living her dream

    In 23 years of marriage, Marion Whitehouse traveled the world with her soldier husband, building a family together.

    A certified chef from Germany, she has held a variety of jobs and titles along the way: line cook and assistant pastry chef, independent cleaning consultant, telemetry tech, cardiac scheduling coordinator, dietary director and a Kentucky Senior Support associate for the Lincoln Trail District Health Department and cashier at Aldi.

  • Fruity treats straight from the freezer

    Summer is right around the corner. This time of year frozen treats are perfect, especially when fruit is involved.

    The summer season makes us all kids again. Many times we head straight to the freezer for a Popsicle or ice cream sandwich on a warm summer day. But frozen treats made with fresh fruit can be a better option. 

    These two frozen fruit recipes are so simple you can get the kids involved in treat making. With school days soon ending, activities to do with the kids are always a bonus. Getting kids in the kitchen can be a great idea.

  • Dash of Class: Strawberries in season

    Strawberries, I love them! I have such fond memories of going strawberry pickin’ as a young kid. When we got them home, Mom would make a strawberry pie and later make strawberry jam and preserves and freeze the rest in the freezer. We could eat on them all winter long.

    Later when I got married and Joey was old enough we would go picking, but I think Joey was picking more green than red berries. He wore out on us the first time we took him, but later he was a pretty good strawberry picker.

  • Dash of Class: It’s all about rhubarb

    I love rhubarb. As a kid growing up, we had a large bed of rhubarb and asparagus.

    I have tried growing rhubarb three times but I think last year was the most successful and despite the cold winter temperature, all four plants came up and I have cut enough to fix the Strawberry Rhubarb pie. Yum! It was quite the hit at the Derby Party along with Coconut Cream Pie and Bourbon Pecan Pie.