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Welcome to My Kitchen

Christmas baking season has arrived. Whether you are preparing for family gatherings in your home, or making to take as part of a potluck, planning ahead will make the preparation easier. Making a...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Fall has arrived with below freezing nights and windy afternoons. Time for warm and comforting meals. Recently I was in on a discussion about ham and beans served over cornbread, and how it is almost...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Fall has arrived with below freezing nights and windy afternoons. Time for warm and comforting meals. Recently I was in on a discussion about ham and beans served over cornbread, and how it is almost...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Another Deutschesfest is in the books. We have had a little rain to wash off the summer dust and smoke from wildfires. Gardens are beginning to wind down, but you may still have a few summer squash si...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

School is in session and the school lunch dilemma has come to the fore. Some kids will eat anything provided, and others have extremely discriminating tastes. Parents pack a nice, well balanced lunch...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    July 27, 2017

Welcome to My Kitchen

Summer harvest season is not just for wheat. Home gardens can produce a bumper crop leaving the gardener wondering what to do with it all. I received requests for an easy apricot jam, any ideas...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    June 29, 2017

Welcome to My Kitchen

Several weeks ago a gentleman dropped a recipe by The Odessa Record office, but staff did not catch his name. Our policy is to not print recipes anonymously, but the recipe concept intrigued me. The r...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 18, 2017

Welcome to My Kitchen

Recipes that include ingredients used in an unexpected or non-traditional way intrigue me. Maybe necessity was the mother of invention or, as is often the case now, dietary needs create new...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Avocado Ice Cream? My first thought was “that is a horrible thing to do to an avocado”, but apparently this is all the rage in several east coast areas. One restaurant serves avocado ice cream on...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

ears to be in store for Odessa residents. Sore throats, colds and a bit of flu have kept many indoors for days at a time. Russian Tea is an old-fashioned and comforting citrus-infused beverage,...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Snow on the ground, sledding parties and Christmas caroling call for warming up with hot chocolate and sweet cookies. Charlene Kagele brought glazed carrot cookies to a recent event and I was asked...

 

Welcome to my Kitchen

October officially begins the baking season on my calendar. Frosty mornings and cool days invite the warming of the kitchen with the heat and aromas of freshly baked breads, muffins, pies and...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Deutschesfest trappings are packed away for another year, but already plans are being laid for 2017. Though the dirndls and lederhosen won’t likely be seen for another year, Germans from Russia...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Kraut Ranza, Cabbage Rolls and Apple Strudel have been filling the First Avenue corridor with delectable aromas the past few weeks as preparations for Deuschesfest swing into high gear. Most of the...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Zucchini is showing up in various dishes as this prolific summer squash hits peak season. Sautéed, steamed, in cakes and breads, versatile zucchini can be added to just about any recipe, adjusting th...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    June 16, 2016

Welcome to my Kitchen

Popsicles, a favorite frosty summer treat of children for nearly one hundred years, are fun to make, and the variety of fruit combinations is endless. Thin pudding mixtures may be frozen as well,...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 5, 2016

Welcome to My Kitchen

Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches have been a staple on the Quilt Show menu for many years. The recipe originated with Betty Lybbert of Moses Lake and shared with Debbie Buscher. Charlene Kagele adap...

 

Recipe Column

Many requests have come in for several cookie recipes. Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee Crunch, brought by Shelly Hauge to a recent potluck, is a super sweet treat, especially appealing to young folks....

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    July 16, 2015

Recipe Column

Much rejoicing could be heard around Odessa this past week as temperatures returned to normal hot weather as apposed to the scorching of the previous couple of weeks. N ever the less, Odessa cooks...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    June 18, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Carrots tend to get overlooked except as the color in a veggie tray or grated into salads. Savory Grill Roasted Carrots flavorful side dish easy to prepare along side any slow grilling item as they...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    June 4, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Graduation parties, reunion picnics and family barbeques can fill a June calendar quickly. Salads are on the menu, and all are ideal for summer dining events. Twist Tuna Salad, from the collection of...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Washington-grown asparagus is in season, and available at markets and road side stands. Steamed and seasoned with a bit of butter, salt and pepper or prepared in your favorite main dish, nothing...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    May 7, 2015

Throwback Thursday harks back to recipes of the 1970s

Facebook has a custom of post called; “Throwback Thursday.” Participants post photos of past events and friends respond with remembrances of those events. We are in the season of wedding and baby...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    April 9, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Ham, eggs and mini-candies from Easter celebrations may be turned into delicious salads and fun cookies. Remembering to refrigerate meal leftovers is important when planning for future menu items....

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    March 26, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Easter comes early this year, and soon baskets of colored eggs and chocolate rabbits will delight both young and old. Celebration meals will be planned and several of this issue’s recipes may be...

 

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