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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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From the garden or farmers market, fresh is best
Vegetables and herbs are at peak season right now, so use heartily and often. This amazing abundance from the garden or farmers market won't last long, so get it while you can. Fresh and delicious is best! This recipe calls for zucchini; you may use yellow squash or a combination of zucchini and squash...
Missy Kitty, who rules her world, is getting older too
Once again, a bundle of fur and googly eyes gets top billing. It happened the other day when a lively group of Red Hat Ladies -- or, as they prefer, Women With Attitudes -- graciously asked me to be the luncheon speaker. So what were their first words of greeting? "How's Missy Kitty?"...
Make-ahead frozen dishes emerge ready to serve
I recently made an ice cream pie for a dessert to serve when we were entertaining company, and I realized how easy it was to prepare it ahead of time and have it ready to serve when I needed it. This got me thinking about some older recipes I used to make and freeze years ago...
Some ballot issues are baffling to plain old hillbillies
In a little while we'll be heading to our polling places and making decisions that we all have to live with, even those who don't vote. One issue is a statewide sales tax to pay for highways. Another has something to do with farming. We're being asked to add something to our state constitution called the Right to Farm Amendment...
Quite a variety of chips off the old block of chocolate
My, how chips have changed the last couple of years. No, I don't mean potato chips, although that industry really has changed, too, I mean baking chips or baking morsels. I made Snickerdoodle quick bread last weekend using cinnamon baking chips, and in looking at that line of products in the store, it has really come a long way...
Wild crops, and how to tame Missouri's chiggers
Back in the day, in the Ozark hills over yonder, the bounty of the wild yielded a good portion of what we ate. For example: In the spring we went looking for greens, which grew along the roads and fields around our farm. I had no idea we were eating weeds. My mother's family and her mother's family had always gathered greens. With enough bacon fat and vinegar, they were downright tasty...
Mary Kasten, new movie and service for state senators
Congratulations to Mary Kasten for winning the Southeast Missourian Spirit of America award. Like the energizer bunny, she keeps going in promoting things that are good for America, Missouri and Cape Girardeau. About 50 years ago, Mary and her husband Mel were part of a small group in which I participated in studying Americanism and the communist threat...
Sonny Gilbert: Inspiration for the Spirit of America
Friday night, July 4, the remarkable Mary Kasten was recognized with the Southeast Missourian Spirit of America Award just before the downtown fireworks in Cape Girardeau. In accepting the award, she eloquently gave tribute to all the great, patriotic men and women in this area, who have helped this nation prosper, and who make this area such a special place to live. ...
Keeping things cool with a summer supper salad
Hot summer days just seem to cry out for a cool summer salad for supper and some ice cream for dessert. Salads come in a variety of styles, so I decided to pass along a few recipes to you. You can serve as an entrée salad or small portions as a side salad with the entrée of your choice. Salads are so versatile, you can be creative, adding or deleting ingredients as you wish. Add ice cream from the recipes I am passing along to you, and you are set for a cool summer supper...
Ice cream pie, a marriage made in Hawaii
On a recent trip to Hawaii, I fell in love with the sweet grace, the sensuous beauty, and the rich symbolism of the hula. Mind you, I'm not referring to the famous native dance, but to Hula Pie. Hula Pie is the signature dessert of Hawaii's TS Restaurant chain and originated at the company's first restaurant, Kimo's in Old Lahaina Town in Maui, which is where I was introduced to it...
Celebrating freedoms – and still waiting for more
Today we celebrate our nation's many freedoms. But are we truly, totally free? Of course not. Certainly we have escaped, as a model for the world, so many of the bonds that enslave too many people around the globe. But we still can't open a package of AAA batteries without uttering a few choice words...
The Fourth and the founding of Jackson
Happy Independence Day! As we celebrate the occasion, take a moment to remember our forefathers who sacrificed so much to make us an independent nation some 238 years ago. Also remember those people who through the years have made sacrifices to keep us free...