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 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

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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...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    March 12, 2015

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Saint Patrick’s Day brings corned beef to meat counters. Fresh cured corned beef is not hard to prepare but it takes time, and careful attention to temperature. Following the package instructions...

 

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Splenda Peach Pie was the name on the label, and the search is on for the recipe for this pie. Originally, it was thought the pie was purchased at the Hospital Foundation Auction and Wine Tasting...

 

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We missed National Cookie Day, December 4, so I am declaring February 21, Odessa Cookie Day. Make some cookies and share with your neighbors, a community- wide cookie swap. Here are some recipes to...

 

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Slow-cookers make weekend meal preparation a cinch. Whether you’re feeding starving teenage athletes, providing a meal after church or filling a buffet table for the big game day, there is a recipe...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    January 1, 2015

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The new year is here and it’s a good day to sort out the kitchen pantry. Specialty items get pushed to the back, unused holiday recipe items crowd around staples, making it hard to find what you...

 

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Christmas and New Years Day are almost here. Last minute gift giving and parties can challenge even the most experienced and competent cooks. Quick and easy or make ahead recipes are in demand. Rocky...

 

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Visions of sugar plums dancing in your head? Probably not, but a list of Christmas baking may be formulating in your mind. Most present day cookie and candy makers would not want to spend the time...

 

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Thanksgiving is just a few days away and many local kitchens are already bustling with meal preparations. Food allergies and health concerns dictate special menus that leave some searching culinary...

 

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Lemon pie of any sort disappears fast at buffet or potluck dinners, and lemon meringue tops the list for most lemon flavor lovers. Wet weather like we have lately is the worst for making the meringue...

 

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Zucchini squash have just about run their course for the season, so you may want to tuck this recipe for Zucchini Pineapple Bread in your file for next year. You may make it with fresh or frozen grate...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    October 9, 2014

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Russet potato harvest is in full swing, and these huge, processing style potatoes make a luscious soup. Swiss chard, a dark green leaf vegetable has come into prime sweet flavor now that nights have...

 

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Deutsches Fest has come and gone, and after several weeks of preparing, serving and eating German food, most folks are ready to return to lighter fare. Most Odessa gardens seem to have escaped the...

 

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Zucchini are still at peak production and several great recipes have come in over the past week. Kendall Fisher shared his recipe for Stuffed Zucchini, bursting with savory taco and cheese flavor....

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    August 28, 2014

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There is just a hint of fall nip in the air, children are back in school and life begins to return to routine. Deutschesfest preparations and shuttling kids to and from after school activities fill...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    August 14, 2014

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Despite a deer infestation in Odessa, some local gardeners have an abundant produce harvest. With two fresh produce venders coming to town weekly, this summer, and the nice selection at our local...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    July 17, 2014

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I met Robert and Joan Labrosse from Calgary, Alberta, when I stopped into the Odessa Museum Research and Quilt Room a week or so ago. They were visiting, and in search of information about Joan’s...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    June 19, 2014

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Salads round out summer menus, or may become the main dish. Lecia Fink brought a yummy Southwest Salad to a recent gathering, though southwest usually brings spicy heat to mind, this salad consisting...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    June 6, 2014

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Graduation, wedding, Father’s Day and alumni celebrations abound during the month of June, calling for buffet dishes from salads and sides to desserts. Though it is always reassuring for finicky...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    May 22, 2014

Picnic and barbecue ideas to get ready for the season

Watermelon, rhubarb pie and cupcakes were a hit at a recent potluck lunch. The rhubarb pie might be a secret recipe, but I will attempt to coax it from the maker. The Lime Cupcakes were made by me,...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    May 8, 2014

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Garden planting season has arrived and as I was digging out the winter accumulation of freshly sprouted weeds, I noticed that my chive plants are producing a bumper crop of tender young leaves,...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    April 24, 2014

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Spring just may be here. Odessa saw pretty nice weather for the annual Easter Egg Hunt put on by the Odessa Lions Club. Families who enjoy dying hard-boiled eggs and hiding for the young folks to...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    April 10, 2014

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A new batch of culinary magazine offers arrived in my mail box recently. Some are just an envelope of tantalizing advertisements, while others include sample recipes, or a sample copy of the...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    March 27, 2014

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Snow drops are blooming and we are past the vernal equinox, so it must be spring. Sunny days whet our taste buds for the fruits of summer, but the local berries, vegetables and fruits are still a few...

 

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