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Taste

  • 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.

  • 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.