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  • 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)

  • Have you had enough turkey and stuffing for a while?

    This week's recipe is a delicious change of pace.

    I cut up a nice sirloin steak and made this last week. I served it on rice (made with beef broth instead of water) and it was terrific!

    Sirloin Chunks with Mushrooms and Onions

    1 lb. sirloin chunks, about 1 1/2" cubes

    6 T. butter

    1 large onion, sliced thinly

    6-8 large mushrooms, sliced

    1 1/2 T. Worcestershire sauce

    Salt, cracked black pepper

    I c. red wine

  • Do you need a quick last-minute salad or side dish for Thanksgiving dinner?

    Here you go.

    These are all easy and delicious-nothing fancy, just good food.

    Happy Thanksgiving from Susan's Kitchen!

    Best of the Best Broccoli Salad

    1 large bunch fresh broccoli, broken in florets (about 4 cups)

    1 medium red onion, diced

    2 stalks celery, diced

    1 lb. bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled

    2/3 c. hulled sunflower seeds

    1/2 c. golden raisins

    3/4 c. mayonnaise

    1/4 c. sugar

    2 T. vinegar

  • I've been trying a lot of new dishes lately. I don't know why, maybe it has something to do with winter coming, a connection with the squirrelly part of my family.

    And speaking of nuts, this new pecan pie recipe I tried is so good it rivals my mom's favorite pie.

    She wasn't a frequent pie baker, but pecan pie was her favorite and this time of year, when the pecans came in, she'd fix it often.

    This first recipe is from Sunnyland Farms in Albany, Ga., and it is to die for.

  • Millions of cases of foodborne illness occur in the United States each year. Don't let a case of food poisoning ruin your holiday season!

    With proper food handling practices you can protect yourself and your family from foodborne illnesses.

    Keep everything that comes into contact with food clean. Be sure to wash your hands often, especially after handling raw meats. Clean and sanitize kitchen counters and cutting boards.

    Use clean dishtowels, hand towels, dishes and utensils.

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  • I came up with a really good corn casserole recipe recently. My family really liked it, even though I had sneaked a can of hominy in it.

    It's similar to the Corn Casserole that's been around for umpteen years, just a little different -- great for a potluck. (And I never thought I'd get my girls to eat hominy!)

  • Pumpkins have been on sale for weeks, children have obsessed over their costumes and somewhere in the middle of it all is the story of All Hallow's Eve.

    Halloween, as it is known today, has its origins in something a bit more interesting then just pumpkin carving and candy collecting. In fact, the evening's festivities marked the beginning of winter for the ancient Celtic race of the Druids.

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  • To stay committed to the community's health, Spring View Hospital Campus will become a tobacco-free campus starting Nov. 1. The campus includes the hospital grounds, The Children's Clinic, Dr. Daniel Bailey Orthopedics, Family and Internal Medicine and Associates, Lebanon Physicians for Women, Occupational Health, and Spring View Pediatrics. 

    As the community's major healthcare provider, Spring View Hospital looks to provide a safe and clean facility for all patients, guests, and employees.

  • Bubby is an older geagle mix who would make a great pet.

    Bubby is a pretty laid back little guy who would just love to cuddle on the couch or hang out on the front porch. Bubby is neutered and current on all of his shots.

    October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and in celebration the Shelter is waiving the $25.00 adoption fee. If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there.

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  • Editor's note: Michael Yates is the son of Terry and Cheryl Yates and the grandson of Lambert and Agnes Livers and Thelma Jean Yates, all of Lebanon, and the late Joseph "Buddy" Yates.   Michael Yates isn't squeamish. In his line of work, that's probably a job requirement. Yates, 27, grew up in Campbellsville but now calls Washington, D.C.

  • My grandmother on my dad's side is often in my thoughts, especially this time of year.

    She was born Blanche Ruth Baum in 1893 in Rochester, Ind. She kept the Blanche a secret from everyone. I didn't know that was her first name until she died and Dad was writing the obituary.

    She was the only child of Ollie and Sadie, who owned and operated a general store, Baum's Grocery.

    She told me many times about spending time in the store, playing or doing her homework. When she was old enough, she started clerking after school.