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Taste

  • Dash of Class: Don't forget these cookies

  • Dash of Class: L and M fruit and vegetable recipes

    As we continue our culinary tour of the alphabet, we come to L and M. There are several options, but I’ve chosen lima beans and mandarin oranges. Those are well known in the produce section at the grocery, but today I have some information you might not know about the two and some recipes.

    Lima beans, or as some country cooks call them, butter beans, have been cultivated in Peru for more than 7,000 years; historians are unsure whether they originated there or in Guatemala. Lima beans were introduced in the United States in the 19th century.

  • ‘The Best’ cook and friend

    As you know, for the past several months I’ve been featuring “The Best” recipes – those recipes that really are my favorites. Today, I want to feature “The Best” cook and friend – Polly Shaw of Elizabethtown.

  • Dash of Class: Recipes for a special Valentine's Day dinner

    It has been a couple of years since I gave you some recipes for Valentine’s Day dinner, so this year I have several recipes for you to ponder over before you fix a special dinner for your family. Some of you might be having a romantic dinner out on the town tonight, but if not, there is no reason you can’t put a tablecloth on the table light a candlewith a candle for the two of you, the whole family or even extended family.

  • The Best: More favorite dessert recipes

    wo of my favorite dessert recipes are Theresa Pickett’s Pumpkin Squares and a recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake I got out of a cookbook years ago.

    Theresa, photographer Jill Pickett’s mom, says she thinks it’s the frosting that makes the Pumpkin Squares so good. I think she’s right, and the Cool Whip in the frosting makes it really light and fluffy. Although I generally start thinking of pumpkin recipes in October and November, I find myself making these at any time of year.

  • Dash of Class: One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks

    This “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” is no stranger to folks in Vine Grove and residents there probably have eaten the three recipes shared today at a pot luck supper or some other community gathering. She was nominated by her sister-in-law, also “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks,” Alta Hargan.

  • Dash of Class: Fond memories of a man who meant so much

    Joseph Francis Vaillancourt died Jan. 31, 1972. He was my dad, Daddy, and along with being my father, he was just a wonderful friend.

    It is hard to believe we lost him 40 years ago. He has been dead longer than I knew him — I was a 23-year-old with my own apartment, my own car and in my second year at West Hardin High School, teaching home economics.

  • The Best: Second-day asparagus makes best egg salad

    One of my all-time favorite meals is a special egg salad made with grilled asparagus served on a good multi-grain bread. I always have a loaf of Tastefully Simple’s Wheat Beer Bread made, so this is my bread of choice. The recipe for the egg salad originally came from Debbie Ferrante, who had a coffee café, Uncommon Grounds, just off the square in Elizabethtown some 15 or 20 years ago.

    You can make the egg salad with boiled asparagus, but it is much better with grilled or roasted asparagus.

  • The Best: The best pineapple upside down cake

    I featured Mary Beason of Elizabethtown in a food column 21 years ago, and her recipes have always been some of my favorite ones.

  • The Best: Easy, boil-free lasagnas

    When we moved to Hardin County some 25 years ago and I started attending Radcliff Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), I fell in love with it. We had lived in Lexington previously and I had been employed as secretary to the minister of music at the church I attended, Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The church in Lexington was wonderful; it was a very large church that had a great, large choir and many activities for people of all ages.