• 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.

  • 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.