• Kitchen Adventures: Remembering Dad and his favorite onion dip

    On this day last year, I took my dad out to lunch for his birthday. He had steak, as usual. I didn’t know then that would be the last time I would have the chance to take my daddy to lunch.

    I’ve spent the last year flooded with memoires of my father and tears from missing him.

    Some weeks writing the Kitchen Adventures column is bittersweet because he often came to my house to try recipes I used for the column. So many memories are of cooking for my dad.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Chillin' and Grillin'

    Summer is the season for grilling outdoors but it’s not much fun when the temperatures are high. Fortunately, this summer has seen a few cooler evenings, which are perfect for firing up the grill.

    My grilling technique usually involves throwing a bunch of oils and spices together with whatever I’m cooking and seeing what they will do over the fire.

  • Dash of Class: Enjoy some of the tastes of summer

    Thanks to all who called or sent anniversary greetings to Mike and me. It was a very special day, and since it occurred on a Sunday, we had our marriage blessed at the end of the 10 a.m. service at St. James Catholic Church. We were presented with a beautiful silver chalice from the parish, of which we’ve been members for more than 40 years.

  • Dash of Class: Alice Bennett is 'One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks'

    This month’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” was nominated by the prior winner of this honor, Celia Thomas. Her name is Alice Bennett and I have known her since her son, Tim, was one of my students.

  • Kitchen Adventures: A healthy pizza that actually tastes good too

    After last week’s bacon-wrapped treat that was yummy but totally unhealthy, this adventure is more on the healthy side.

    Often, when a recipe says it is “fit and tasty,” I find it’s neither. Usually, when something is labeled as “fit,” you have to give up some of the taste, and if it’s labeled “tasty,” it really isn’t all that fit.

    But, if the recipe is correct on the calorie count, this one is both.

    What makes this pizza great is fresh ingredients and using other ingredients in moderation.

  • Dash of Class: 'Recipe Roundup' Bonus recipes from one of Hardin County's Finest Cooks

    The column during last week of the month is Recipe Round Up. It is made up of recipes people have lost and I have found for them, recipes that have been submitted to be shared and some that are leftover from prior columns. Please feel free to email or mail those to me in care of The News-Enterprise. I work at home on my trusty laptop and mail and emails are sent to me at my home.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Breakfast with ‘bombs’

    Breakfast not only is the most important meal of the day, it is often my favorite, too.

    Unfortunately, I don’t get to cook breakfast during the week as I fly out the door on my way to work, but I enjoy trying recipes that go beyond the cereal bowl.

    This week’s recipes kick breakfast favorites up a notch. They also are perfect for a fancy brunch or breakfast buffet for the family.

    Breakfast Cupcakes are a darling way to combine hash browns and scrambled eggs for a breakfast treat you easily can eat with your fingers.

  • Dash of Class: Fruity recipes call for Kentucky crops

    According to the Kentucky Proud availability brochure the following fruits and vegetables are in season during July and August. I urge you to keep these lists available until the end of August. These products can be found at Kentucky farmer markets, roadside stands and you-pick-it operations in Kentucky.

    July only: blueberries, brussel sprouts, carrots, okra and raspberries.

    July and August: apples, beans, beets, blackberries, cantaloupe, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, onions, peaches, pears, plums, summer squash and tomatoes.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Twinkies make sweet return

    A popular cream-filled snack cake reappeared last week on grocery shelves, the Hostess Twinkie.

    After the Hostess company closed, Twinkies and other products flew out of groceries. When the shelves were empty, boxes of the snacks sold on eBay for $100 or more.

    Although they’ve only been gone eight months, the web exploded with ideas on how to celebrate their return. From cupcakes that look like the minions from “Despicable Me” to a fancy tiramisu, recipes popped up everywhere. I had to try a few.

  • Dash of Class: A love story with recipes

    In the fall of 1970, I was a beginning home economics teacher at West Hardin High School. It wasn’t until the fall of 1971 that I seriously started thinking about marriage. This shy young man from Lebanon Junction didn’t have an earthly idea I had my eye on him.

    His college friend and fellow math teacher wanted to start a wrestling program and convinced this gentleman to assist him in what, at the time, was a non-paying job. He also convinced me to take on the non-paying job of sponsoring the girls who would support the wrestling team.