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Today's Features

  • Here are a couple of hot and hearty dips, great for a party or watching the game on TV. They can be made up ahead of time, then kept warm in a crock pot or chafing dish.

    The Pizza Dip is an old recipe.

    I remember my mom serving it with breadsticks back in the early 60s.

    The Reuben Dip is terrific on rye crackers or toasted party rye bread.

    Enjoy!

    Pizza Dip

    1 lb. lean ground beef

    1 medium onion, chopped

    3 c. tomato sauce, pizza sauce or meatless spaghetti sauce

    1 T. cornstarch

    1 1/2 t. fennel seeds

  • I first ran this Potato-White Bean Soup recipe in 2001 and it has since become a regular at my house.

    We love it. My daughter Rachel requested it just this week.

    I like to serve it with baked cornbread.

    I usually use the little bags of cornbread mix, add milk and an egg instead of water, and also add one-half cup or so of shoepeg corn, fresh, canned or frozen.

    I cook it in a little cast iron skillet. It's really good that way.

    You really need to try this soup-it's delicious.

    Potato-White Bean Soup

  • The last day to mail an absentee ballot for the upcoming Feb. 2 special election is Jan. 26. All applications must be in the Marion County clerk’s office by this date. Anyone, who due to age or illness, is unable to go to the polls, may request a ballot. To request an application, call the county clerk’s office at (270) 692-2651.

    Anyone who is going to be out-of-town on this date can come into the office starting Jan. 19 to vote on the absentee machine.

     

  • The winter months bring fewer hours of daylight, colder temperatures and more wet weather. Couch potato syndrome is on the rise which means getting the proper amount of physical activity may require creative thinking, especially for children not involved in school sports programs.

    Children should engage in at least one hour of physical activity every day. This does not have to happen all at one time. Just 10 minutes of physical activity can result in health benefits.

  • Cobb salad is one of my favorites. It's on the menu at many fine restaurants here in Kentucky, and I've had many variations.

    The original Cobb salad was invented in 1926 at the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles by the owner, Bob Cobb.

    The story is he was trying to find ways to use up leftovers! (A man after my own heart!)

    Bob's original salad included chopped avocado, lettuce, celery, tomato, bacon, chicken, hard-boiled egg, watercress and blue cheese.

    Here's a simpler, easier (but delicious) version.

  • I recently went to a get-together at the home of an old friend Kathy Young and had some great food. She shared the recipes with me and I'd like to share them with you.

    Kathy and her husband, Harold, are known for their chili. I first tasted it almost 30 years ago, and they're still at it.

    Kathy served delicious chili, of course, but she also added a couple new recipes (new to me, anyway).

    The Hot Corn Dip is amazing, just super good and super easy. What more could you ask for?

  • If you need something to take to a New Year's Eve party, try one of these good recipes. Eating black-eyed peas is supposed to be good luck for the New Year, so this Black-eyed Pea Dip fills the bill deliciously. It's great with taco chips or pita triangles, and can even be served on lettuce leaves as a salad. It has so many vegetables in it; it's got to be good for you.

    The Artichoke Dip is one of my all-time favorites. I've taken it to potlucks for 25 years, and the pan is always empty when it's time to go home. If you do by chance have any left over, try this.

  • This column is for adults only, as the recipes all have alcohol in them.

    Alice Columbo's Bourbon Fudge recipe is easy and tasty. A nice box of this fudge makes a great gift. My mom used to put hers in the freezer and ration herself -"one piece a day," although it was usually all gone in a week.

    Bourbon balls are greatly appreciated too, whether dipped in chocolate or rolled in powdered sugar. My grandma Dillon made them only one time a year, but she made a lot!

    Sometimes she would use hickory nuts or walnuts instead of pecans.

  • It's time for a special Hanukkah treat that I love at any time of the year - potato pancakes (latkes).

    I've tried lots of recipes and my very favorite is the one from the Junior's Restaurant cookbook.

    Every recipe I've tried from this cookbook has been terrific. I hope to go to Brooklyn some day and eat at the restaurant.

    Their potato pancakes are out of this world, and the extra blanching step eliminates the problem of the grated potatoes turning brown before you can cook them.

    Try these.

    I guarantee you'll be glad you did.

  • I tried three new quick and easy sweet treats recently that I thought I'd pass along.

    The Pretzel Cookies are great for the kids to help with and the Cake Mix cookies are super easy and fast.

    If you don't want to bake them all up at once, freeze the extra cookie dough and bake when needed.

    I've tried lots of hot fudge sauce recipes, but this is the one I use most often. I got it from a l979 Hershey's cocoa cookbook and it's always good.

    Pretzel Cookies

    60 small twist pretzels

    l3 oz. Bag Rolo candies (or caramel-filled Hershey's kisses)