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Today's Features

  • The Lemon Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust is another recipe from one of my food columns 20 years ago. I featured this for Easter in 1991, and I’ve served it for most Easter dinners since then.

    When I used to make this, I couldn’t find lemon curd in Hardin County, so I included two different recipes for making it from scratch. I recently found it at Kroger though (the Dickinson brand) so I’m using the store-bought lemon curd this year. I’ve included the lemon curd recipes at left if you want to do everything from scratch.

  • Though they’ve been playing together as Under Construction only since last summer, the six core members of the bluegrass band have a combined experience of somewhere in the neighborhood of 225 years, member Ricky Allen said.

    Allen called the band members a bunch of “nice people” who care about the craft of music.

    “They always want to make you better,” Allen said.

  • Sitting in the theater watching “Rio,” I found myself laughing a bit and thinking it was kind of cute, then another thought crossed my mind. Is this a kids movie?

    “Rio” is about the last two blue Macaw birds in existence. One, Blu, voiced by Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”), was kidnapped as a little bird and find’s his way to Minnesota where Linda, his person, voiced by Leslie Mann (“Funny People“), finds him and they become friends for life.

  • Derby Fest-A-Ville
    April 28 to May 6
    11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
    Waterfront Park
     
    Great Balloonfest
    Balloon tour, 5 p.m. April 28, Indiana University Southeast
    Balloon Glimmer, 8:30 p.m. April 28, Waterfront Park
    Balloon Rush-Hour Race, 7 a.m. April 29, Bowman Field

  • First of all, let me apologize for dropping the ball last week, and thanks to those who checked on me. I have a pinched nerve in my hip, and thank heavens and God above, it is much better. April 15, the day I started this column, was the first time I have been on my computer, other than to check my email. So, I’m back, thanks for your concern, and let’s get on with April and 2011.

  • Roy Minagawa, former owner of Picassos in downtown Elizabethtown, has been an artist in the area for years but recently opened an art gallery called Galley 31 West.

    Throughout his life, he’s done projects to make money: portraits, pets, houses, landscapes, logos, signs and tourist items. Now he’s painting what he likes and said it’s like learning to paint again.

    The same is true of the art he keeps in his gallery.

    “If I don’t like it I don’t carry it,” he said.

  • A little more than a month ago, our newest canine companion, Tybalt, was in an accident that led to the loss of one of his legs.

    When I wrote about it, I received kind and supportive messages from readers who asked me to occasionally write updates about Tybalt.

    My girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, and I are both grateful our little buddy is still with us. But it understandably has taken some time for Tybalt to reintroduce himself as a member of the household.

  • So one minute you’re tooling along on the highway of life and the next minute someone stops short in front of you.

    An accident certainly changes all your plans.

    But then again, if you could plan for it, it wouldn’t be an accident.

    I was driving my mom back from her winter home in Florida at the end of March. In late afternoon on a two-lane road in Georgia, I realized I wasn’t going to be able to stop in time to avoid plowing into the pickup truck in front of me.

  • In my last column, I wrote about things I say to comments often made by my clients. This month, I wanted to share with you some things I do not say to my clients. What’s the point in telling you things I would never say? Well, I guess if you never read on you will never know.

  • Cake decorating.