• Kitchen Adventures: Tally-ho, Jammie Dodgers in the kitchen

    After watching coverage of the Olympics in London, I was in the mood to cook something British.

    I decided, after hearing it mentioned in a couple episodes of “Doctor Who,” to make Jammie Dodgers.

    Jammie Dodgers are the brand name for a British biscuit, or cookies as we call it, made from shortbread and raspberry jam. They also are known as jam sandwich cookies.

  • Dash of Class: Watermelon and water chestnuts

    As we near the end of our alphabetical tour of fruits and vegetables, I remember all the neat recipes I have found. This week is no exception, with watermelon and water chestnuts.

    I love watermelon whether it is red, yellow or pink; seeded or seedless. And I never would have imagined the recipes I have for you — a watermelon drink, a watermelon salad and even a smoothie and frozen pops made from watermelon. They are very interesting choices. I already have tried one of the watermelon salads and it was quite tasty.

  • Dash of Class: Delicious recipe, stories surface at family reunion

    I hope you occasionally stop and offer thanks for your family, especially extended family. Mike and I just returned from a long weekend in Springfield, Ill., for the Boarman reunion. Because of health issues, I had not been there for probably six or more years.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Eating through the Gulf Coast

    Like many who visit the Gulf Coast of Alabama, my family not only hits the beach, but also takes an eating tour of the region’s unique restaurants.

    Some are larger, touristy places and others are out-of-the-way nooks discovered by accident or on the advice of locals who haunt there.

    Sometimes these places can inspire you to try to figure out recipes once you get home. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Dash of Class: Dr. John Cole is 'One of Hardin County's Finest Cooks'

    Today’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” and his family are some of the recent newcomers to Hardin County. Dr. John Cole joined the practice of my neurosurgeon, Dr. Thad Jackson, and from what I hear from “Dr. J” and some of the nurses, Dr. Cole is quite the cook — to be exact, a gourmet cook.

    Cole is a self-taught cook inspired by his mother, father and grandmother. His mom and mama (grandmother) are from Casey County so simple home cooking was the rule.

  • A Dash of Class: Dessert recipe roundup

    It is July 31 and the end of the month means it is time for shared recipes and requested ones, too.

    One recipe shared with me is Key Lime Pie, a real favorite to Southerners. This particular version was shared by Sarah Springer and can be found in the Glendale Homemakers Cookbook. This was a favorite of many in the Glendale area thanks to the late Susie Walker.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Culinary treasures

    Cooking is a family tradition. There are many great cooks in my family, starting with my grandmothers.

    These two ladies are not only great cooks but also amazing women.

    One was raised on a farm with five brothers and became a mother of three, grandmother to six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    The other grew up in West Virginia, worked as a cafeteria cook in area schools and became a mother to two daughters and grandmother to four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Holy guacamole, Batman!

    Guacamole might not be a dish that stays fresh for long, but it’s usually eaten so quickly it doesn’t have time to spoil.

    When you can find good avocados on sale at the grocery store, an easy dip to make is guacamole.

    If you can chop onions, tomatoes, chilies, garlic, cilantro and avocados and mix them, you can make guacamole. It really is that easy.

  • Dash of Class: Bring tomatoes to the table

    It is time to continue our alphabetical tour of the produce section. Today, we reach the letter T. And what item in the produce section is better known than the tomato?

    Then, there is the ever famous question: Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? A tomato is a vegetable, but it is a fruit type of vegetable, which grows and blooms and then the product grows from that bloom. Other fruit types of vegetables include cucumbers, green peppers, zucchini and squash.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Simple no-bake cheesecake

    A simple no-bake cheesecake does not have to come out of a box.

    There are some easy cheesecake recipes that require few steps and ingredients that not only look great but taste great.

    A no-bake cheesecake with a chocolate chip cookie crust is one of those cheesecakes. Drool, if you wish, just from the description.

    The recipe calls for a crust that is basically a very large cookie. It suggests using your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe but, since we are keeping it simple, use a tube of refrigerated cookie dough.