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Today's Features

  • Boomer and Casey are very bonded and must go to a home together. They are available at the Marion County Animal Shelter. If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there. For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com. The shelter reminds pet owners that all cats and dogs should have a rabies shot. To adopt an animal, potential owners must complete an adoption application. The animal shelter accepts stray or unwanted animals. The shelter is located off of KY 208 and is open from noon until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

  • Here are two terrific chicken salad recipes that use only two cups of cooked chicken. They both are a little different, not your Grandma's chicken salad.

    The first one is Chicken Sesame Noodle salad, which was a favorite of my dad's.

    At first he made fun of it, said something like "what's wrong with REGULAR chicken salad?"

    But after he tasted it, he was converted and wanted the recipe.

  • The first time the temperature dips into the 40s, hordes of people will be running to the store buying ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and chili powder. It seems to be a compulsion, and here we go, marching zombie-like to the checkout counter loaded up with ingredients for chili. We all seem to have our own "special recipe."

    There are hundreds, no, thousands of chili recipes. Our favorite is probably determined by the kind our mothers made, or what we grew up with. Beans or no beans, spaghetti added or not, we all have our preferences.

  • Shawn Tungate has found the hidden treasure in the Time Warner Cable Treasure Hunt. It was located on the property across from Ragetti's. He will receive a country ham and a gift basket donated by Tim Warner Cable.

    Here were the clues:

    Clue #1:

    The Ham Days treasure 2010

    Has been planted for quite some time.

    Hope everyone is ready to begin.

    Your very first clue is prime.

    Clue #2:

    A fill-in for fried tomatoes...

    A good start for eggs and ham...

    A speckle in parsley potatoes...

    Get it? Bet you can!

  • This time of year always reminds me of caramel apples. My grandma Dillon would make them only in the fall, and they were very special. I've always liked caramel, and have lots of recipes that use it in all kinds of ways.

    This week's recipe, called Caramel Dumplings, is an old, REALLY old recipe. In Illinois where I grew up, it was a favorite of my friends and me, and was inexpensive and easy to make. We even made it in home economics class in high school! It's not gourmet food, for sure, but it will feed a bunch of kids very cheaply.

  • The Marion County Country Ham Days Treasure has been found.

    Shawn Tungate found the hidden treasure on the property across from Ragetti’s.

     

  • This week's early fall recipe is a delicious black bean vegetable soup. It's very flavorful and spicy, but not too spicy, hot but not too hot. It's great plain, or with a dollop of sour cream. Fresh cilantro is good sprinkled on top, but if you don't have any, don't worry about it. I didn't have any when I made it the first time, and it was terrific without it.

  • Remember Mr. Food? He used to have recipes on a local TV station during the noon news. I wrote down two of his recipes for sauces for chicken wings years ago, and they're quite good (and easy.)

    The wings in both recipes are baked, not fried, and can be stored in the refrigerator after baking, then warmed and tossed with the sauce at party time.

    Try one of these on your football fans next game day!

    Buffalo-style Chicken Wings

    10 lbs. chicken wings

    2 sticks real butter

    1 1/2 c. Tabasco or Louisiana hot sauce

  • Here are two chicken dishes I have fixed for many years with consistently good results. The Chicken Parmesan is as close as I could get to the dish my grandma Dillon and my mom made. My kids (and most taste-testers) always liked it. It's easy and delicious. I always serve spaghetti with it, to soak up the extra sauce.

  • Here are two of my favorite cakes of all time. They always turn out great, and the frosting is put on when the cake comes hot out of the oven.

    The first one, Texas Chocolate cake, was sent to me back in the late 70's by my chocoholic mother. She would make it and bring it with her when she visited from Illinois. The "Texas" in the title refers to the size of the cake; it needs a size or two bigger than a 9x13 cake pan. It serves a crowd.