• Kitchen Adventures: Try these recipes for a picnic twist

    With the beautiful weather lately it’s time to start picnicking and this week’s recipes are a twist on some traditional picnic foods.

    This week chicken salad will go a little green, coleslaw gets a bit cheesy and we’ll take a British twist on hard boiled eggs.

  • Dash of Class: Try these brain boosters

    I know you have heard the phrase “brain food” and you might have wondered if it really is true. It is. As I age, my short-term memory is not as good as I would like it to be, so that interests me. Much research shows brain food wards off dementia and even shows a decline in Alzheimer’s disease.

    Some foods that are highly effective in improving memory, mood, concentration and overall clarity include the following, according to a health blog by Directory Journal.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Quick, easy snacks great for guests

    If you are the friend or family member in the group who is considered the chef or hostess, the pressure is on when people stop by for a visit. You want to offer a snack but if you haven’t planned for it, supplies might be limited.

    Or maybe you’re this person. You sit down to your favorite television show and suddenly have the desire to snack on something but there’s nothing in the cupboard.

    Sometimes you need a quick appetizer for unexpected guests or a sudden case of the munchies.

  • 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.