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 By Laura Estes    Community    May 10, 2018

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Asparagus season has begun. Though we can buy asparagus in the supermarket most of the year, fresh locally grown is a cut above in flavor and texture. Keeping the fresh flavor and texture is all in...

 

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Spring keeps tempting us with bits of sunshine between bouts of April downpours. The ground is too soggy to do much garden preparation, so it is a good time to clean out your freezer. Those who...

 

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This week we have an assortment of culinary odds and ends, some with Easter dinner in mind, others, answers to recipe requests and cooking inquiries. Often it is a little trick or tip, or knowing...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    March 1, 2018

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Soup weather is still with us. Over the past year I have added several soup recipes to my collection. All have been made several times and continue to turn out well. Salmon Chowder is an easy to...

 

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Happy 2018. Long time readers may remember, I like to start the new year by sorting out my pantry, making plans to use items nearing a pull date or donating to the food bank so they don’t go to...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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Last week The Odessa Record included a Deutschesfest insert. In the insert on page 3 is a stock recipe for Apple Strudel. Please Do Not use that recipe. Reason one, amounts in metric or US are incorrect. At best, you will end up with goop suitable...

 

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Summer produce is in abundant supply, as are recipes for the column. I won’t be able to get them all into one issue but will start out with those calling for currently available produce. Carrie Greenwalt shared two of her favorite summertime...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    July 27, 2017

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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

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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,...

 

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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 4, 2013

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Odessa seems to be overrun with skunks this year. Monday of this week I saw three skunks, all in different areas of town. To my way of thinking, that is three skunks too many. Eradicating skunks is...

 

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Burgeoning rhubarb patches abound in the Odessa area this spring. Often called pie plant, it should be noted, there are many recipes calling for rhubarb that are not pie. Want to give your favorite salsa a tangy zing? Try this simple addition....

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 9, 2013

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Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday. Mom might like a batch of Steel-cut Oatmeal Granola Bars for quick snacks or lunch time fare. Several weeks ago, they were a number of granola recipes in a...

 

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Slow-cooker meal preparation fits nicely into spring activity schedules, allowing home cooked meals to be ready when a quick dinner is required. Fix-It and Forget-It, Feasting with your Slow Cooker,...

 

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First on the menu this week is a correction. I omitted part of a sentence in the cooking instructions for Roasted Brussels Sprouts. The third paragraph of instructions for the recipe should read as fo...

 

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Easter and spring school break herald times for families and friends to gather for celebratory meals. Baked ham, roast lamb, baked chicken are just a few of the main dishes served this time of year. Brussels Sprouts are still available in the markets...

 

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It is snowing as I sit down this early Monday morning to write the column. Is March going to come in like a lion or a lamb? Either way this yummy, Chunky Apple Cake recipe, submitted by Kathy Jantz,...

 

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Super Bowl and a simmering pot of stew, a recipe sure to please game day sports fans. Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Stew, from www.kraftrecipes.com is easy to prepare. A smoky barbeque aroma develops as your...

 

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Here it is, as promised, my list of “must keep” cookbooks. If I had to pare my cookbook library to just twelve books, these would be my selections. With these twelve publications I would feel well...

 

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Cook what you eat, and eat what you cook. Could this be your resolution for 2013? With rising food costs, meals take a bigger bite out of the family budget. Wasted food increases the cost, with no...

 

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