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Today's Features

  • Marion County youth have several opportunities to showcase their wares at the 2010 Marion County Fair Wednesday, June 23, through Saturday, July 3.

    They can participate in the dairy show at 10 a.m. June 23 at the fairgrounds.

    Entries will be taken in Floral Hall at 9 a.m. Monday, June 28.

    4-H exhibit classes for youth include: horticulture, crops, electric, wood science, honey, forestry, geology, jewelry, ceramics, drawing/painting, photography, sewing, crochet and embroidery.

  • I had a request from a reader for recipes for rhubarb and I'm happy to oblige.

    When I was growing up, my grandma Dillon had a lot of rhubarb in the garden, on the edge by the fence. The plants got so big they would come to the top of the fence.

    The leaves (which you do not eat; they are toxic) got so huge my cousins and I would make hats out of them when we were playing.

    Grandma called it "pie plant" and she cooked a lot of it in cobblers, pies and something she called rhubarb pudding.

    She made rhubarb jam that was absolutely delicious.

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  • With the kids out of school, here are some fun projects you can whip up in your kitchen to keep them busy on a rainy day.

    I made this play-dough for my girls, Rachel and Stevie, when they were little and now my grandson Owen. You can divide it up (or make 2 recipes) and use food coloring to make different colors, or you can add an envelope of Kool Aid powder with the dry ingredients for color.

    Store it in a cool place, but it does not require refrigeration. It lasts a long time.

  • When I was growing up, I never ate spinach, but now I love it. Fresh spinach, that is, not the canned stuff.

    I usually plant two or three big flowerpots with spinach and lettuce every year and put them on my front porch (away from rabbits.) I get plenty for myself, to use in salads and cooked dishes.

    I was experimenting the other night and ended up making some delicious enchiladas with a little bit of leftover chicken, spinach and a big Vidalia onion. Yum!

  • It is hard work establishing a good asparagus bed, but the good thing is you only have to do it once. I've been picking asparagus every spring since 1991, and always get a good crop. As an added bonus, the birds spread the seeds all over the place, and soon you have volunteer plants. When the ferns are visible with their red seeds, make yourself a map so you'll know where to look when next April comes around.

  • Even though I had dessert recipes in my column last week, with Mother's Day coming up this Sunday I'm going to do it again. My mother definitely had a sweet tooth, and was always trying new recipes. I was her (lucky) guinea pig for many years, and when I moved away from home she still sent me recipes wherever I was.

    She was very fond of pecans, and I know she would d love this Butter Pecan Dessert. It has a crunchy buttery crust full of chopped pecans, and a thin cheesecake-like filling on top. Yummy! I could eat the whole pan full myself.

  • Two of my favorite spreads for crackers are easy to make and keep well in the refrigerator. Either one would be a great addition to a party.

  • If you're looking for a delicious dessert, there's nothing like a good pie, and these two are killer!

  • If you've got a dog or cat in your family, how about trying one of these homemade treats for them? Let the kids help. It's fun!