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Today's Features

  • 130 years ago

    Nov. 3, 1880

    Against new president

    Our dispatches indicate that James A. Garfield has been elected President of the United States.

    This result we cannot help but think this a disgrace to our civilization, a public scandal, a national disaster. No man with such a record as Garfield’s as never before been a candidate for the presidency, and his triumph is well calculated to throw discredit on popular intelligence and to weaken faith in the discriminating justice of the American people.

     

  • Back in the "olden" days when I was a trick-or-treater on Halloween, we got homemade treats most of the time. We probably didn't appreciate it then, but we were sure lucky. We would go door-to-door in my very small town, filling up our bags with smaller bags of caramel corn, peanut butter candy, and something we called "cracker fudge." Only the really little kids were accompanied by parents. Most of us were on our own, and we knew the best houses to go to for the really good stuff.

  • I put quite a few bags of blackberries in the freezer this summer, so I've had my eye out for new recipes to try using them. I experimented with several pie and coffeecake recipes, but this Blackberry-Peach Cobbler is the winner in my book. It's from the cookbook, "Down Home with the Neelys," which I got after watching their TV show on the Food Network. (I love their food, but can anyone be THAT happy?)

  • I've been looking for a good recipe for Sweet Potato Balls to make for Thanksgiving. I had some delicious ones at a big pot-luck, but didn't get the recipe, so I've been searching. 

    I found two recipes that I tried, and they were both good, but the first one was a whole lot more trouble. It was delicious, but had to be deep-fried and took a lot longer. However, the recipe says they can be made up ahead of time and frozen, then fried at the last minute. I haven't tried doing that yet.

  • This summer was so hot a lot of my tomatoes just dried up, but the plants that are still alive are now full of green tomatoes of all sizes.

    If yours are good-sized ones, you can make fried green tomatoes, but what do you do with the rest? We're bound to have a killing frost soon, and I absolutely hate to waste food, so here are some recipes I use every year at this time.

  • 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.