• A Dash of Class: Sweet treats for any weather

    Time just flies, doesn’t it? Here we are at the end of March and the beginning of spring is teasing us, but if the forecast is right, we might have snow today.

    I have for you some great recipes this month. The first recipe was brought to our Cecilia Homemakers meeting and the person sent me the recipe, but I fail to remember who it was. It sure was delicious.

  • Kitchen Adventures: A middle school journey into Middle Earth

    Books are exciting, wonderful and brilliant and can be the inspiration for cooking.

    Library Media Specialist Jessica Hundley decided to combine books and food as a reward to some of her avid readers at Bluegrass Middle School. They gathered in the media center last week during the school’s Read Across America emphasis. The event was rescheduled because of snow the week before.

  • Dash of Class: Three treats for lasagna lovers

    The term “lasagna” comes from the Greek word, “lasagnum,” meaning dish or bowl. The ancient Greeks used baking dishes of that name, which they eventually transferred to the Romans.

    The Romans, who ended up using the same style of dish, also developed a type of food which they used the term “lasagnum” for: it was served in said dish, with layers of a pasta-like food and other fillings in-between. With the extent of the Roman Empire, this new “lasagnum” dish spread all across Europe.

  • 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.