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Taste

  • Kitchen Adventures: Cooking from a galaxy far, far away ...

    Warning, this food column could get a bit nerdy.

    Before it dives into geekdom let’s explore a new recipe found on Pinterest.

    Cookies always are fun to make and there are so many recipes out there today that the possibilities are endless.

    Rollo cookies are very easy with only four ingredients. Mix a box of devil’s food cake mix with two eggs and one-third cup of oil. Then roll the dough in a ball around a piece of Rollos candy and bake.

    The result is a gooey caramel center with a chocolaty outside.

  • Dash of Class: Plum and radicchio dishes

    This week we find ourselves back on the alphabetical tour of fruits and vegetables. For the letters P and R, I chose plums and radicchio.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Spinach, strawberry and almond salad

    The “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” cookbook features recipes from Ashley Judd, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, various politicians and Elizabethtown’s Amy Dudgeon. Nestled between the pages is a little recipe by this non-celebrity for spinach, strawberry and almond salad.

    The cookbook was created by Pam Whinnery, who lives in the western part of the state, to be used as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations throughout Kentucky.

  • Dash of Class: Late mothers' special recipes

    After publication of my book, “Mama and Me,” many of you know my mother very well. Today I want you to meet three more mothers. They are mothers of friends of mine, Beth Moore Nickell, Angela Goble Isaacs and Debbie Scott McQueary. All three ladies have lost their mothers and what an appropriate way to honor them is posthumously. I will let them introduce their mothers.

  • Dash of Class: In Kentucky, Derby is a tradition in sports and food

    Saturday, May 5, is the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, which many sports enthusiasts refer to as “the greatest two minutes in sports.” The race, which began in 1875, is 1.25 miles long and is for 3-year-olds. But for as much history and tradition there is about the horses and Churchill Downs, there is as much tradition about the food and drinks served at the race track on the first Saturday of May.

  • Kitchen Adventures: A quick and easy Chicken Bundle with Zucchini on the side

    Some recipes look so pretty and taste so yummy it’s hard to believe how simple they are to prepare.

    Chicken Bundles are one of those recipes. The recipe has six ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes.

    It also is further proof that anything mixed with cream cheese and wrapped in a crescent roll results in something tasty.

    There was one change made to the original recipe. To give it a fancier look, sprinkle the top with parsley and sesame seeds.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Bruschetta, that's amore

    Bruschetta. Thick slices of grilled bread, rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil, topped with tomatoes and herbs.

    Bruschetta. Yum.

    While it’s mostly used as an appetizer or antipasto, it can be turned into a meal if you use larger portions of bread, kind of like an open faced sandwich. 

    This Italian dish is always best when fresh tomatoes are in season.

  • Dash of Class: Sweet potato can make a healthier side dish

    Today’s column features a Squash Casserole recipe given to me by a fellow Cecilia Homemaker, Shepherd’s Pie that was prepared for lunch at the March Cecilia Homemaker meeting and a recipe I found for Sweet Potato wedges.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Salvaging a failed recipe

    Some recipes result in delectable treats that make family and friends rave. Other recipes become complete failures.

    An attempt at dried strawberries resulted in the latter.

    The recipe promised chewy and delicious treats that taste like candy but are healthy and natural. Tasty and healthy don’t always go together so this recipe was worth a try.

    It also looked simple. All that was required in the recipe was to halve or quarter strawberries, place them on a baking sheet and dry in the oven at 210 degrees for three hours.

  • Dash of Class: New ways to serve nectarines or okra

    Here we are again in the produce section. This month, thinking of the letters N and O, we have recipes for nectarines and okra. I don’t know about you but I am not very familiar with nectarines. I only have tried them on a few occasions, so I am looking forward to learning more about them.