• Kitchen Adventures: Bruschetta, that's amore

    Bruschetta. Thick slices of grilled bread, rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil, topped with tomatoes and herbs.

    Bruschetta. Yum.

    While it’s mostly used as an appetizer or antipasto, it can be turned into a meal if you use larger portions of bread, kind of like an open faced sandwich. 

    This Italian dish is always best when fresh tomatoes are in season.

  • Dash of Class: Sweet potato can make a healthier side dish

    Today’s column features a Squash Casserole recipe given to me by a fellow Cecilia Homemaker, Shepherd’s Pie that was prepared for lunch at the March Cecilia Homemaker meeting and a recipe I found for Sweet Potato wedges.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Salvaging a failed recipe

    Some recipes result in delectable treats that make family and friends rave. Other recipes become complete failures.

    An attempt at dried strawberries resulted in the latter.

    The recipe promised chewy and delicious treats that taste like candy but are healthy and natural. Tasty and healthy don’t always go together so this recipe was worth a try.

    It also looked simple. All that was required in the recipe was to halve or quarter strawberries, place them on a baking sheet and dry in the oven at 210 degrees for three hours.

  • 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.