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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rene Zimmerman was an old German lady who was a babysitter of mine when I was a little girl about five or six. She was a widow, and a friend of my grandma Ruth. Her two sons, George and Jody, were the age of my parents, and veterans of World War II, as was my dad. Jody was a prisoner of war in Japan for three years.

    As a babysitter, Rene was okay with me, because she was a great cook and had a porch swing. She could also read your palm and tell your fortune. She made great pies, homemade dumplings, potato salad, and cookies. We would sit in the porch swing and play Old Maid.

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  • Whether you are roasting a chicken (or turkey or game hen) in the oven or grilling it outside, this spice mixture really wakes up the flavor.

    Brush your bird with olive oil or butter, then rub the spice mixture over and under the skin. Cover and put in refrigerator to marinate for one-12 hours, then roast or grill as usual.

    If you've ever eaten at the Moonlite Bar B Que in Owensboro, you don't need me telling you how good it is.

  • Got zucchini? If the answer is yes, try one of these good ways to use it.

    If you pick them when they're small to medium, about six to ten inches long, they are terrific in these first two recipes. If, on the other hand, you find a giant whiffle bat-sized zucchini hiding under a leaf, grate it and use in the last recipe. Yellow squash can also be used with these recipes.

    Fresh Zucchini and Tomato Skillet

    4 medium zucchini, sliced

    2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped

    2 small onions, sliced

    2 T. vegetable oil

    1 t. salt

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  • Dozer is a 3-4-year-old terrier mix and weighs about 25 pounds. He is neutered and up to date on shots. 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.

  • Animal shelters have a great selection of adult animals for adoption, and many of them also have kittens, puppies and purebred animals.

    On average, purebreds account for about 25 to 30 percent of a shelter’s dog population.

    Did you know?

    Many pets at your local shelter are waiting for new homes because they were obtained by people with unrealistic expectations of the time, effort, and money required to sustain a lifelong relationship with their pet.