• Recipe Roundup: Something sweet, something savory

    It just seems like I can’t get away from the sweets. For today’s Recipe Roundup, I also have a savory for you to go along with the two candies.

    The first recipe, Boozy Fudge came to me from fellow choir member at St. James Catholic Church, Alice Zoeller. She served it as a Valentine’s Day treat for choir members. It was delicious.

    The second recipe, Tiger Butter Candy, was requested by Ken and Sandy Henson. We are still working on getting just what they had wanted.

    The third recipe is the savory, Anytime Almonds.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Pancake Bites perfect for Saturday morning family time

    Making Saturday morning pancakes is about to get more fun, especially if you let the kids in the kitchen.

    Pancakes of any kind are usually tasty. A tall stack, flavored or my favorite kind: silver-dollar pancakes. They are all delicious, especially smothered in syrup.

    Scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I saw a quick and easy pancake recipe that would be great for a family to cook together. It’s a particularly good choice if each member of the family likes a different flavor of pancake.

  • Dash of Class: Lots of taste, no gluten

    In the last 20 years or so, we have started hearing more about celiac disease. It is a genetic autoimmune disorder and those who have it cannot eat gluten because it damages their small intestines.

    The disease is estimated to affect one in 100 people worldwide. About 2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

  • Dash of Class: Sweet, sweet holiday

    Happy Valentine’s Day. Especially with the holiday landing on a Friday, you might be planning a night out with your special one. Also, the whole family might be planning something special for grandparents or friends.

    These three dessert recipes would be a great fit for any of those celebrations.

  • Dash of Class: Cook thrives on home-cooked family meals

    It is such a pleasure to recognize JoAnn Taul of Cecilia as this month’s One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks. We have become close friends while belonging to Cecilia Homemakers and working as hostesses and giving lessons to members. Today, she and I will present the lesson “Bones and Joints” to our fellow members at the meeting in Cecilia.

  • Kitchen Adventures: This slow-cooked chicken will welcome you home

    We’ve had enough cold weather lately to last a lifetime. But when it’s cold outside, it's a treat to have a hot meal in the slow cooker ready when you get home.

    Crock Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken is one of those tasty treats.

    The first draw to this recipe was the photos posted with it. It looked absolutely delicious. My hopes were high for this one.

  • Learning to make new recipes with good company

    Learning to make something new always is enjoyable, especially when it’s with a group of great ladies.

    A few weeks ago, in the midst of the cold and snow, I learned how to make a few Arabic dishes from Bev Hicks, a former missionary in the Middle East.

    She invited four of us over to teach us how to make a few things and enjoy a wonderful dinner together.

    The food was delicious and the company was even better.

    While cooking, she told us stories of her 20 years of ministry in the Middle East with her husband, Ray.

  • Dash of Class: Baked goods perfect for an entertainer

    It seems like Christmas was just over and the New Year was being celebrated, but here we are at the end of January so soon. That means Recipe Round Up time.

    I know you realize any kind of baked good is my favorite and I promise I will get back to some healthier solutions soon.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Changing up snacks for the big game


    The big game is this weekend and with it comes snacks.

    But your Super Bowl munchies can go beyond pizza and nachos and cheese dip. There’s nothing wrong with nachos with dip; it is wonderful and amazingly addictive. But for variety’s sake, there are a couple other ideas you can throw into the mix.

    Meatballs are a popular party snack but they can be made in a variety of ways. Chicken Parm Meatballs are an interesting twist.

  • Dash of Class: Panama native shares favorite dishes

    As promised, we’re focusing on dishes of a foreign country, Panama. A dear friend of mine, Maritza Johnson, agreed to share three of her favorite Panamanian dishes.

    Maritza was born and raised in Panama City, Panama, the southernmost country in Central America and the first European settlement on the Pacific coast. Maritza met her husband, Mike, while he was stationed in Panama and despite her mother’s warning she dated him.