In the Kitchen

  • DINNER DIVA: Don’t be a ham, try the prosciutto!

    It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe.

    Today you’ll learn a tip, a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh?

    Today’s Focus is on prosciutto.

    As far back as 100 B.C., Romans were drying pork legs in salt to create the delicacy known as prosciutto. Not familiar with this form of pork?

    Well, if you enjoy bacon, I’m willing to bet you will absolutely fall in love with prosciutto.

    Prosciutto is dry-cured ham that comes from Italy.

  • Tips to make your Memorial Day barbecue successful


    Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. For many, Memorial Day weekend also signifies their first chance to invite friends and family over for a barbecue. While some never put their grills away for the winter, many may need a refresher to ensure their Memorial Day BBQ starts summer off on the right foot.

  • Traveling? Try these diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant tips

    If you’re traveling or vacationing, as many people are this time of year, there are easy ways to “stay on plan” without feeling deprived.

    Nature has provided us with plenty of healthy grab-and-go options, though we seem programmed to think that suitable food for traveling involves a plastic wrapper!

    Here are some of my favorite snacks for traveling:

    • Boiled eggs

    • Beef jerky

    • Bananas

    • Apples

    • Oranges (don’t forget to bring some wet wipes)

  • Operating on a tight food budget? Make these dinners on a dime

    Are you looking to stretch those grocery dollars? Let me show you how to spice up and season that lowly beans and rice dish so you can enjoy several different ethnic (styled) dishes. And FYI, these are representations of this type of cooking, not the actual authentic versions.

  • Try natural ways to fight colds and flu

    Winter is here!

    There may be snow on the ground, there is colder weather, lots of soups and stews, and then of course the stuffed up noses. It all sounds great until you’re blowing your nose every two seconds and your throat could pass for sandpaper.

    And if all that wasn’t enough, your lungs have to fight the losing battle of a cough so aggressive you feel as though the wind is constantly being knocked out of you.

  • Need a nutritious lesson? Teach your kids to make a smoothie

    There are few skills more important for your children to learn than those that will empower them to feed themselves for the rest of their lives.

    Think about it. Over the course of your life, what will you spend more time doing than planning for, shopping for, preparing and eating food? The only thing I can think of is sleeping, and you don’t really need any special skills to sleep.

  • It’s time to get into a pickle


    This is the year, y’all. This is the year you are going to can your summer harvest! And by “can” I mean pickle! Because really, how many cucumbers can one family eat?

    Once upon a time, homes didn’t have freezers or refrigerators, so to preserve food, it had to be pickled.

  • Summer Grilling Recipe contest winners announced

    First place in The Kentucky Standard summer grilling recipe contest goes to Gary Miles. Miles won for his recipe for grilled ribeye steaks and vegetables.

    Second place in the contest went to Richard Nest, and third place in the contest went to George Marshall.

  • Simple suppers for sweltering days

    Sometimes it’s just too darn hot to be in front of the stove-am I wrong?

    On those hot summer nights when you can’t stand the thought of turning on the oven or standing in front of a hot grill, it’s important to have a good arsenal of easy recipes so you don’t resort to starving or ordering takeout.

    Today, I’m going to share five of my favorite, easy-peasy, go-to ideas for summer suppers. And none of them involve heating up the house!

  • Cherish them! (They grow up fast)

    Indulge me for a moment, will you? Today’s column is more about food for the soul, then for the tummy.

    Years ago, I was watching TV and I saw a commercial for diapers. I don’t remember the entire context of it, but they showed a little baby in the crib, then later, he’s a toddler learning to use his pull up diapers and go potty like a big boy.

    I almost got teary over that commercial! I don’t know what it was about that ad that landed so hard in my heart. After sleeping on it all night, I realized exactly what it was.