• Dash of Class: An Irish supper no matter your heritage

    In four days, those of us with Irish heritage like me, thanks to the Lasley brood, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. As for the Sweats, we will be remembering our friend, Andy Zagar, who died six years ago on the day we will be wearing green.

    Even if your family is not Irish, plan an easy meal for your family. You don’t have to do the salad or the dessert, the stew and bread would be enough.

    “Erin go braugh,” which translates to “Ireland Forever.” Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Introductions and Italian food

    Welcome to my kitchen.

    I’m probably like most of you, a self-made cook. I try to get fancy, slightly gourmet, with my cooking sometimes and at other times I’m looking for something quick to fix at the end of a tiring day at work.

    My passion for cooking leads me to drool over Food Network programs, collect a massive amount of cookbooks and skim websites such as Pinterest for the next recipe to try.

  • Monica Duff: One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks

    I have known Monica Snellen Duff, this month’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks,” for quite some time. She is the mother of four wonderful daughters and a son. Three of them were my students at West Hardin High School. She was nominated by her daughter, Barbara Hornback.

    Married for 62 years, Monica and her husband have five children, Dianne Atcher, Danny Duff, Barbara Hornback, Janice Brown and Laura Watts, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. It’s a full house during holiday’s and special occasions.

  • The Best: Thanks for the memories

    OK, I’ve got good news and bad news. I’m getting ready to retire, and this will be my last food column. I am so excited about the prospect of getting to spend more time with my grandchildren, but, at the same time, I will miss all of you who I’ve gotten to know through writing a food column and working on the Community News Team here for many, many years.

  • 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.