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Taste

  • 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.

  • Dash of Class: Reader-submitted cookies, pasta salad

    As usual, I am giving you some new recipes that have been given to me by readers or requested by readers.

  • Dash of Class: J and K offerings full of flavor

    Here we are in the first month of 2012 and we are continuing on our alphabetic tour of the grocery market. You might have forgotten but our last two letters were H and I and we learned about honeydew melon and Iceberg lettuce.

    This month, we will pick up with J and K. I want to tell you about jicama and kiwi.

  • The Best: Bountiful broccoli

    I truly love all vegetables, but I just forget about them sometimes. Broccoli is one that’s easy to forget. For years I would regularly steam broccoli and serve it with a little butter or lemon juice. Then I sort of got tired of that. Nowadays, I tend to use broccoli in a salad, and nearly always, it’s one of these two salads featured today.

  • The Best: A delicious, traditional snack mix

    I really love both of these recipes that are featured today.

    Photographer Jill Pickett shared this recipe for Nuts and Bolts with me recently. I was so glad to get it because I have always loved Nuts and Bolts but had lost my original recipe. I’ve looked online several times and there are many recipes out there, all variations of this one, but this one suits me perfectly. Jill’s Grandma Pickett always made this for family gatherings, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Jill’s mom, Theresa, has carried on this tradition.

  • Suzanne Shircliff is one of Hardin County's Finest Cooks

    For readers in the northern Hardin County area, the name Estelle Harper might ring a bell. She worked at North Hardin High School for more than 40 years, and her daughter, Suzanne Shircliff, worked there for 10 years. Suzanne’s mother was her mentor, much like my own mom.

  • The Best: Favorite Betty Treadwell recipes

    I  always make birthday cakes for my co-workers in the newsroom, and for the last 20 years the most requested cake has been the late Betty Treadwell’s Chocolate Chip Cake.

    I originally ran the recipe in one of my early columns, more than 20 years ago. At that time, Betty Treadwell’s granddaughter, Beth Burzlaff, who is now Beth Jackson, was in my Girl Scout troop. That was probably how I connected with Betty, although I can’t remember for sure.

  • Dash of Class: Apple Butter Glaze for Pork is a recipe worth saving

    Here we are at the beginning of a new year again. It seems like the Christmas holidays went so very fast. Now as we begin 2012, we start to think about the year ahead and our goals. Many people call those resolutions. I have failed so many times because of unrealistic expectations, so this year I am going to call my personal ones my goals. I looked back at my first column of 2009, and many of my goals then remain, some goals are new ones and some are coming off my list.
     

  • The Best: Mini-muffin pan favorites

    These two recipes came from one of my co-workers, Terri Swain. Both are baked in mini-muffin pans (24 count), and both are delicious. Either would be great as finger food for a New Year’s Eve celebration.

    The Miniature S’Mores recipe always reminds me of my Girl Scout days. In fact, every time I even see this recipe, I feel the need to call or email some of my former Girl Scouts — so watch out, Maria, Toyondas and Katie-did.

  • The Best: Christmastime favorites

    When my daughter was little, we would make a special treat for Santa Claus every Christmas Eve. We would put the treat on a Spode Christmas plate near the stockings, and we would all be so excited on Christmas morning to see only a few crumbs left on the plate. We knew by the overflowing stockings that Santa had come, but we were so glad we had been able to give him a little sustenance to help him get through his long night.