• Kitchen Adventures: Salty, sweet and spicy treats

    When trying to find a recipe idea in a pinch, I go to two places. One is the pantry to see what I have on hand and the other is the Internet to look for recipes built with those ingredients.

    On a recent snow day, I found a couple of great recipes to make out of crackers with ingredients you may have around the house. They’re a perfect snack.

    The first is a recipe from the Mingus family, collectively known as the Mingi. The dish was brought to a New Year’s gathering earlier this year and was delicious.

  • Principles of cooking are elemental for ‘One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks’

    It is an honor to introduce you to this week’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks.” Since I started this feature, I don’t believe I have ever had anyone as young as this lady.

  • Soup's on: A warm meal for cool evenings

    While spring is just around the corner, it doesn’t feel much like it. In a winter where the words “polar vortex” are thrown around on the forecast every other week, soup is a staple on the menu.

    There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day. While tomato soup and grilled cheese remains one of my favorite meals, I’m always on the lookout for a new soup recipe.

  • A Dash of Class: Mardi Gras recipes

    The words Mardi Gras are French for “Fat Tuesday.” Carnival celebrations beginning on or after the Feast of the Epiphany have become very popular, especially in the South.

  • Banana pudding cupcakes: What's not to love?

    Banana pudding is one of the most delightful desserts ever invented. Who doesn’t like banana pudding?

    Actually, my mom doesn’t like banana pudding, but I don’t hold that against her.

    Banana pudding is one of my favorite desserts and something my dad liked to eat as well.

    But there are variations of using this scrumptious dessert by featuring it in different forms, like cupcakes.

    This cupcake recipe has a lot of ingredients but isn’t too difficult and has a great banana pudding taste.

  • 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.