• Kitchen Adventures: Chicken saltimbocca 'leaps in the mouth'

    Italian dishes go beyond a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. It’s frustrating when some restaurants slap spaghetti sauce and mozzarella on a dish and call it Italian.

    While many Italian dishes have these two ingredients, they are neither a prerequisite for Italian cooking nor do the addition of these two ingredients suddenly make a recipe Italian.

    In fact, many Italian dishes use no sauce at all. Chicken saltimbocca is one of those dishes.

  • Dash of Class: Co-workers get cooking for charity

    After last week’s column on Warm Blessings, I have another wonderful community outreach done by some of the employees at Fort Knox National Co. Fort Knox National Co. is an electronic bill payment company specializing in payroll deductions for both military and civilians.

    Beyond their daily work, employees at Fort Knox National Co. in Elizabethtown have harnessed their culinary skills and found a way to raise money for Hardin County’s Angel Tree program.

  • Kitchen Adventures: The Easter Bunny's kind of cake

    Sunday is Easter and along with the new Sunday duds and egg hunts, families will gather around the table once again for a holiday meal.

    After attending church to celebrate the resurrection, my family typically gathers at my mom’s house for our big feast.

    Along with the ham, deviled eggs and other treats, there usually is a table full of desserts.

    As with any holiday celebration, desserts can be part of the meal and decorative elements coordinating with the holiday theme.

  • Community comes together to cook for a cause

    Three weeks ago, at the invitation the Rev. Ellen Morell, last week’s One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks, I visited Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen. I had read about this facility and the donations the organization has received, but I had no idea what I would find.

  • Fun, kid friendly treats

    Spring break is almost here. For this adventure we’ll take a look at some easy, fun treats to make while the kids are home from school.

    The first are Nutter Butter ice cream cone treats. These are easy because they only involve dipping and decorating. You can use normal size Nutter Butter cookies to look more like an ice cream cone or the smaller circle size — “smaller, round” cookie that looks more like a waffle bowl of ice cream.

  • Warm Blessings volunteer is 'One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks'

    “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” for March is a fairly new member of the Hardin County community.

    She is a member of the Woman’s Club of Elizabethtown and at our February meeting, she suggested to me a column topic: Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen, a charity in which she is actively involved. The more I talked to her, and especially after visiting her at the site, I realized she is one outstanding cook.

    She is the Rev. Ellen Morell, priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabethtown.

  • Smoky Mountain delicacies travel home

    Recently, I took a trip to the Smoky Mountains. While the beautiful scenery, shopping and miniature golf are big draws for the region, the food also is pretty popular.

    While in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, there are a few places I visit each time. This year, I tried a few new places as well.

  • Dash of Class recipe roundup: Pretzel-crust treat with a new twist

    Here we are at the end of the month with Recipe Roundup and you will find two soups and a dessert.

    I love Pretzel Salad. A good pretzel salad, that is. Some people don’t crush the pretzels fine enough or get the gelatin firm enough and it runs under the pretzel crust and you have a whole new dish. Through my online Taste of Home subscription, I found the Pretzel Dessert. Cherry pie filling is used instead of strawberry gelatin. Give it a try.

  • Kitchen Adventure: Strawberries and chocolate: Yes, please

    Sometimes a series of random events can come together for perfect timing to try a new recipe. That’s what happened with the Fudge Lover’s Strawberry Truffle Cake.

    Several recipes from various websites land in my inbox every day. One day, a sweet treat of chocolate and strawberry deliciousness appeared in an email.

    The recipe was tucked away in a file, but never far from my mind.

    In another great surprise recently, strawberries were on sale at the grocery store. Things were coming together nicely.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Meatloaf, a little slice of home

    When you’ve had a hard week, sometimes all you want is a little bit of comfort food. Something that’s freshly cooked, warm and tastes like home. The king of comfort food is meatloaf.

    After a couple rough weeks, I searched the Internet for a new meatloaf recipe. In the past, I’ve made several varieties including traditional, Italian, cheeseburger and barbecue.

    This time around I found a recipe for Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf.