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Taste

  • Kitchen Adventures: Changing up snacks for the big game

     

    The big game is this weekend and with it comes snacks.

    But your Super Bowl munchies can go beyond pizza and nachos and cheese dip. There’s nothing wrong with nachos with dip; it is wonderful and amazingly addictive. But for variety’s sake, there are a couple other ideas you can throw into the mix.

    Meatballs are a popular party snack but they can be made in a variety of ways. Chicken Parm Meatballs are an interesting twist.

  • Dash of Class: Panama native shares favorite dishes

    As promised, we’re focusing on dishes of a foreign country, Panama. A dear friend of mine, Maritza Johnson, agreed to share three of her favorite Panamanian dishes.

    Maritza was born and raised in Panama City, Panama, the southernmost country in Central America and the first European settlement on the Pacific coast. Maritza met her husband, Mike, while he was stationed in Panama and despite her mother’s warning she dated him.

  • Dash of Class: Oven meals to warm families, homes

    What incredibly cold temperatures we have had. When the furnace is working hard, oven meals can help warm a home. That’s something my family did as I was growing up and we still do it today.

    Main courses are one option, but a whole meal is possible.

  • Kitchen Adventures: The quest to make good bread

    I have a love and hate relationship with bread. I love to eat it but have problems every time I try to make it.

    But the misery in making it doesn’t take away from bread’s delicious goodness.

    Let’s just take a minute to think about how wonderful bread is in all its forms. No matter what shape it takes — biscuits, rolls or loaf — it’s always good.

    When you go out to eat at a new restaurant, one of the first thoughts people have is usually, “I wonder what kind of bread they have.”

  • Kitchen Adventures: Breakfast gets no respect

    Sometimes breakfast can get you into a rut. Most mornings, it’s an afterthought on the way out the door consisting of cereal, toast, oatmeal or something you can eat on the run.

    My morning rut is a bowl of the same kind of honey nut cereal every day of the week. Occasionally I change it up with toast but most mornings, breakfast is pretty boring and, honestly, kind of sad.

    Then there are the times you are running out of time for breakfast and get fast food on your way to work or eat a granola bar at your desk.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Put a little bacon in lasagna and let it roll

    Sometimes I see a recipe that has a good idea but I may not like some of the ingredients. That’s what happened on this adventure.

    I found a recipe for Mini Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups that I wanted to take to a New Year’s Eve gathering. I didn’t really want spinach lasagna. I decided to improvise by using the idea of mini roll-ups but making it with a different type of lasagna — Chicken Bacon Lasagna to be precise.

  • Dash of Class: Resolve to abandon tired meals

    A new year has begun and I have resolutions for Dash of Class. One resolution is to continue to honor men and women in Hardin County who are nominated as “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks,” a feature that will continue in February.

  • Kitchen Adventures: Food for a prosperous year

    It’s New Year’s Eve so you better get your black-eyed peas soaking.

    One New Year’s Day tradition includes black-eyed peas and cabbage. It is said the peas symbolize prosperity because they swell as they cook and the greens, in this case cabbage, symbolize money.

  • Smells like a new year

    Mention the smells of Christmas and most people have little trouble ticking off their favorites: The perfume of evergreen, the citrusy smell of fruit in the Christmas stockings, cinnamon spice tea brewing, the aroma of gingerbread cookies and pumpkin bread baking.

    So popular are these smells that they’ve been packaged in Christmas aerosol sprays, candles and refresher oils.

    Not so with the New Year. 

  • Rudolph and the attack of the marshmallow snowmen

    When children are home on Christmas break, sometimes you can run out of things to do. It’s always a great idea to head to the kitchen and make some fun treats.

    Pinterest has plenty of ideas to choose from. But sometimes, including the two I chose, there only is a photo to go by with no recipe instructions.