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  • After 11 days with no electricity, and a lot of fast food and sandwiches, this is the first thing I cooked for myself.

    I had lost the contents of my refrigerator and freezer, so it had to be something that didn't need any refrigerated ingredients.

    It was delicious, and I ate like a ravenous hyena.

    Try it; you'll like it.

    Rice Pilaf with Cashews and Raisins

    3 T. olive or vegetable oil

    1 large onion, diced or slivered

    1/2 t. garlic powder

    1 c. long grain rice

  • My dad was a great eater. He loved good food and was always sending me recipes to try.

    Most of them were desserts as he had a serious sweet tooth.

    He sent me this recipe for Coconut-Pecan Bars and I just last week discovered it in the drawer and got around to trying it.

    It was good and well received by all the guinea pigs that tried it (my poker group.)

    Personally, I thought it was plenty sweet enough without adding the glaze on top but you can see what you think.

  • As expected I had several people ask me what was the best tree species to plant in place of the ones being cut down and they want ones that will survive the next ice storm.

    Well, the answer is, there isn't one?

    All tree species sustained damage, however some worse than others.  For instance, "Bradford" pear was destroyed and it's a no brainer to not plant them again, because they also fail in high winds pretty regularly.  

    There are some that were damaged pretty badly but they still have their place in the landscape.

  • It seems we are in the middle of yet another "situation," as my husband calls it, served up by Mother Nature.

    At present we are right in the middle of the mess out at the farm. No electricity, no phone line, no heat, and no water.

    We can manage well enough inside with the fireplace, kerosene heater, camp stove, down comforter and strategic water rationing (with supplements brought in from town).  Outside is a different story.

  • Here are a couple of hot and hearty dips, great for a party.

    They can be made up ahead of time and 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

    1T cornstarch

    1 1/2 t. fennel seeds

    1 1/2 t. oregano

  • The ice storm of 2009 will go down as one of the worst if not the worst on record, with that said soon if not already electricity will be restored, water will be restored, clean up will begin, and we will go about our lives as if nothing happened.  However there is still a nagging long-term problem, trees! The scars from this storm are going to be troubling us for years.  We will be cutting down and pruning up trees of all sizes and ages.

    This is only going to cause problems down the road!

  • I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14 by friends, family and most importantly, lovers.

    In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic Saint became a commercial success.

  • I haven't had a lot of news articles lately mainly because it's winter and I don't have a lot to say. But recently, I had a question that made me think. Which is the best houseplant?

    Obviously, that is up to debate because most people have their favorites. There are people that love African violets, those that love cactus and those that just love anything tropical looking. But I sat down one day to ponder just which is the one best houseplant.

  • We received a call last week concerning an abandoned dog living on the Calvary side of Lovers Lane. The caller stated that this dog had been left behind by a family that had moved out. We were also informed at this time that the dog was a female, and she had a litter of seven pups. She had also been hit by a car and her left front leg was permanently damaged. So we're talking about a stray dog with pups and on top of all that she was a three legged dog, not exactly the ideal dog to adopt out.  

  • This week's recipes are from my odds and ends file (pile.)

    The Swiss Broccoli Casserole is one I tried a few months ago. It received mixed reviews. Everyone said they liked it, but a few felt they liked the traditional cheddar (or Velveeta) rather than the Swiss cheese.

    The Pineapple Muffin recipe also ended up in the odds and ends, though I'm not sure why. They are delicious, a great addition to any meal.

    Everyone seems to like them.

  • Do not be confused, Flower is the first name (she only goes by one name like Cher or Madonna) of our resident skunk this year. I haven't actually smelled her around the farm lately, I smelled someone else on my way home one evening. It was a welcomed warning smell so we can be prepared.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike Flower, I just want to be on alert when the mating season begins.

  • The Save the Animals Foundation has had funds donated recently to assist pet owners with spays and neuters during the annual Spay Day USA event. Low cost spay/neuters will be offered.

    The promotion begins Feb. 1 and will continue as long as funds are available.

    Male cats will start as low as $29, female cats as low as $39.

    Alterations will include a Rabies vaccine. Dogs will start as low as $50 and will also include a Rabies vaccine. Additional vaccines will be offered at discounted prices. These prices are for uncomplicated surgeries only.

  • I got this chicken cobbler recipe from my hometown newspaper in Illinois.

    If you need an easy, tasty casserole that is an entire meal, this is a good one. Just add a salad and you're good to go.

    It reheats well the next day and if you don't like cornbread, substitute a biscuit-type topping or even puff pastry.

    I've added one cup of sliced mushrooms, one-half cup of sour cream and one-half teaspoon black pepper to the original recipe. You can leave them out if you want.

    Dianne Sanders' Chicken Cobbler

    1 large onion, chopped

  • USDA Farm Service Agency announced today it will begin issuing more than $162 million in Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) payments to quota holders and producers in Kentucky. Payments for 2009 and subsequent year payments will be made every Jan. 15.

  • The 2009 Kentucky Dairy Development Council / Alltech Barn Meetings throughout the Commonwealth are being held Jan. 20 through Feb. 24.  The next meeting is Monday, Jan. 26, at the Taylor County Extension Office, located at 1143 S. Columbia Avenue in Campbellsville.

  • One of the best things about January is all the good catalogs that come in the mail.  It is much easier to believe that spring will come again when you have a stack of catalogs that show glossy pictures of fruits, vegetables and flowers.  The extra time spent indoors by the fire also allows us to spend some time plotting and planning what we want to add to the garden in 2009.

  • I was wondering how the sales of the animal tags were going in the City of Lebanon, so I stopped in city hall to check. I was shocked at the answer. "Ninety" was the reply that I received. Although the city ordinance went into effect the first of the year, I was surprised with the number since there has been limited publicity of these new laws. This weekly article, our time slot on Mike FM 100.9 (every Friday at 7:40 a.m.) and the local news coverage from our media friends have been the only ways Lebanon residents have learned of the new laws.

  • The farm looks like a storm hit recently but it's really just my husband's new deer deterrent technique.  It seems to be working.

    In the past, we have forgone the Irish Spring soap, human hair and coyote urine for more reliable barriers. Tomato cages, tobacco stakes, wire, spiral plastic trunk wrap, and, yes, an occasional arrangement of lawn chairs have created distance between rutting and browsing deer.

    This year seems to be the worst ever so our anxiety was high after the New Year.

  • The new 2009 Spring Wheelbarrow Series gardening classes are set to start in March.

    This year I have tried to put together an array of topics to have something to interest most gardeners.

    Like last year, the series will run in the spring with classes coming every two weeks from March through June with all but one class meeting at the Washington County Extension Office.

    It costs $5 to attend any or all of the classes however some of them do have additional charges for supplies.

  • My automatic response to snow flurries is to make a pot of soup. It's warm and comforting and making it is my way of fighting the cold.

    I used to love snow when I was younger, but not so much now. It is beautiful though.

    Last week, when it snowed I made chicken soup from a new recipe and it turned out great. My family really liked it.

    She what yours thinks.

    Chicken Soup #3

    2 T. oil.

    2 onions, finely chopped

    2-3 large carrots, thinly sliced

    4 stalks celery, thinly sliced

    4 cloves garlic, minced