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Taste

  • 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.

  • Favorite recipes from Christmases past

    As I write this column, on Dec. 18, it is exactly one week until Christmas. Our mail lady brought three packages to the front door today. Gee, I thought I was through wrapping presents.

    When thinking about what to write this week, I became nostalgic and wondered what I wrote in columns at this time of the year during the last seven years. Two years I wrote memoirs without recipes. This week I present to you a collection of favorites from 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

  • Recipe for a Christmas tree

    I know many of you have your Christmas trees up, but I want to tell the recipe, you might say, for a Christmas tree.

    First, there is the tree. While growing up, we always had a cedar tree from our farm. Later, Mike and I bought our first trees from a tree stand until the fresh tree succumbed to the artificial tree, but where is the aroma of a fresh tree?

  • Kitchen Adventures: Peppermint puts Christmas in cookies

    I saw a video this week of Cookie Monster learning the concept of delayed gratification while waiting to get a cookie from actor Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in the “Thor” films. Cookie Monster had a hard time grasping this concept, but by waiting and not eating Hiddleston’s cookie, he was rewarded with an entire plate of cookies.