• Dash of Class: New ways to serve nectarines or okra

    Here we are again in the produce section. This month, thinking of the letters N and O, we have recipes for nectarines and okra. I don’t know about you but I am not very familiar with nectarines. I only have tried them on a few occasions, so I am looking forward to learning more about them.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Let the lasagna fun roll

    Lasagna is a fun and functional dish and there are delicious variations on classic recipes.

    For example, chicken and cheese lasagna. I’m not a big fan of chicken in lasagna so I substituted ground beef and a few other elements to make it suit my personal taste. Yet another variation.

    With cooking you often can adapt a recipe to make it what you want. With baking, this isn’t always an option because measurements and ingredients used in baking are precise and if you change them too much your goodies might not bake well.

  • Martha Jean Owsley is One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks

    It is a delight that today I honor a true Southern lady, Martha Jean Givan Owsley, known for years as Bob Owsley’s wife.

    While he was president of The Cecilian Bank and during his involvement with Western Kentucky University alumni, Martha Jean has traveled with Bob and sat in on many meetings. But she does have a wonderful life beyond that of her husband’s.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Sharing a cake pop secret

    I volunteer with teens at Severns Valley Baptist Church and they have an affinity for cake pops and cake balls. The last time I brought the treats to an event, they were gone in five minutes.

    Another volunteer in the student area once called cake pops “magic on a stick.”

    The small, round, candy coated cakes are easy to make in a variety of ways and for a variety of occasions. They can be a cute and decorative treat you can give as gifts or have as a dessert for Easter dinner.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Easy cinnamon breakfast treats

    A few months ago, I wrote a column about how much I loved my Belgian waffle maker. In it, I wrote about a cinnamon roll waffle recipe and many people called asking for specifics.

    It’s simple.

    Buy a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls, cook them in the waffle maker until the light comes on, ice while warm, then eat.

    These are super tasty treats that I confess I have eaten one too many times since discovering the recipe.

  • Dash of Class: Recipes from a World Day of Prayer event

    Worldwide Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. Each year a different country serves as the writer of the World Day of Payer worship service.

  • Dash of Class: Cookies hold Easter message

    In Christian countries all over the world, this week is known as Holy Week and there are activities in many churches, depending on the religion practiced.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Peanut butter and chocolate: The perfect combination

    There is one combination in a dessert that excites me like no other — chocolate and peanut butter. Whoever first decided to put these two foods together is a genius.

    On one of nightly surf through Pinterest, I found a cake recipe that stopped me in my tracks, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake.

    This was one cake I needed to try to conquer.

    I will warn you, this one has some complications.

  • Dash of Class: Sweet ideas for upcoming Hosparus Tea

    One of Hardin County’s most elegant community events is from 2 to 4 p.m. March 31 at Severns Valley Baptist Church on Ring Road in Elizabethtown. That event is the Hosparus Tea. Last year was my first year to attend and I was very impressed. The table decorations are second to none in beauty, elegance and style. Themes were present in many of the table centerpieces.

  • Kitchen Adventures: When Irish taste buds are smiling

    I come from a family that likes to try new things. Several years ago, I decided to make a traditional Irish meal for St. Patrick’s Day and it is now a tradition.

    Each year’s meal usually includes shepherd’s pie and Irish soda bread, without raisins, but the sides and dessert often change. Often, my search for new recipes requires research and math. The research involves finding what foods are traditionally Irish and not an American invention, and math because if they are from websites in Ireland a little measurement conversion is needed.