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 By Laura Estes    Community    June 6, 2019

Trout cassarole, blonde brownies & Flylady soup

Soup is a good choice for feeding a crowd any time of year, especially when made in a slow-cooker. The ease of putting everything in the crock early in the day, makes hospitality and meal time enterta...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 23, 2019

Recipes for wild weather and rainy windy days

Wild weather, wind, a rain storm or two, has our systems confused about the seasons. It looks nice out, but when you open the door a cold wind hits. The world is green but chilly. Ange Hayes posted a...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 9, 2019

Rhubarb & peach cake, berry baked french toast

Fresh strawberries and rhubarb has our mouth watering for all things summer. Blueberries and raspberries cannot be far behind. Though berries are available year round, shipped in from southern climate...

 

Potluck season presents several serving options

Lots of recipe requests came in from a recent community potluck meal. Kerry Scheller brought Mexican Corn Bread Salad to the event and she received many requests for the recipe and chose to share it...

 

A few of my favorites, ice cream, salad & soup,

When I asked the “Welcome to My Kitchen” Facebook page followers for favorite spring and Easter recipes, one response I got was ice cream, no recipe, just favorite. Weather is still a bit chilly f...

 

Chase the winter chills away with warm soup

Winter is not letting loose of March willingly. Soup on the menu is still in order. Lecia Fink brought Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup to a recent soup supper. She shared the recipe and some tips...

 

Hearty soups for cold winter days

Winter isn’t giving up easy this year. Soup season may last through April, and a good thing. A number of Facebook “Welcome to My Kitchen” followers shared yummy soup recipes, and I will never...

 

Recipes for an extended soup season

Soup weather has carried over into February. I asked Welcome to My Kitchen Facebook followers their favorite soup to prepare on cold winter days. Several mentioned taco and potato. Sausage, barley and...

 
 By Laura Estes    News    February 7, 2019

Quilters' Tea and Chinese Auction coming Monday

Fronen Steppdecker, The Odessa Quilt Club elected officers at the October annual meeting. President, Lise Ott, Vice President, Dolores Nelson, Secretary, Debbie Buscher and Treasurer, Charlene Kagele...

 

Sticky popcorn, dipping sauce, salad and bread

Welcome to My Kitchen Facebook page has been quite active since launch the end of December. Each week I plan to post pictures from the test drive of column recipes and other kitchen hints. https://www...

 

Whats your favorite "Go to" recipe lifesave?

Happy New Year! At this reading we are three or four days into 2019. School and work schedules have resumed and meals must be prepared to fuel day to day activities. Some folks have made New Years...

 

Super tasty, homemade from scratch, gift ideas

Gifts from the kitchen lend a personal touch when shared with family and friends. Homemade and from scratch recipes make gifts and events more festive. Eggnog, a traditional holiday beverage, is a...

 

Seasonal classics; Spritz, M&M and Snickerdoodle

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Apples, apples, apples, it's all about apples. YUM!

Pumpkin, squash and winter cooking apples are plentiful in markets and stores right now. Fortunately, there is no end to the number and variety of recipes for preparing these fall fruits and...

 

Holiday prep, seasonings & pumpkin pie. Oh my!

Early November is a good time to get a head start on holiday meal preparation. Roasting a turkey hindquarter and using the drippings to make gravy to freeze for use at Thanksgiving or Christmas, will...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Welcome to all Deutschesfest attendees reading this column. Readers share their recipes, and I do my best to test results, so all can successfully make the delicious dishes shared by Odessa cooks. All...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Odessa gardens typically produce an abundance of zucchini squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and other vegetables this time of year. Hot weather is past, nights are still warm so bees increase activity,...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Quilters tend to be good cooks and bakers. Attend any quilting related event that includes a potluck meal and you will come away well sated and with a handful of new recipes. Grape nuts-Oatmeal...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    July 19, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

Salads are a great way to keep the family fed on hot days, or, as a side dish anytime of the year. Any preparation cooking needed can be done early in the day while you can open windows for...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    July 5, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

Summertime is ideal for teaching kids to cook. By age 9, young people can begin to master dishes involving boiling water for cooking pasta, eggs and packaged meals, measuring and mixing ingredients...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    June 21, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

Salad season, school is out and pool time; recipes in this column are mostly from Odessa Friends of the Pool Cookbooks. Barb Schlimmer’s Taco Salad is always a hit at any event she brings it to. The...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    June 7, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

Graduation season is here and high school and college graduation celebrations abound. Most years this column features salads and sides for a crowd suggestions for all the celebrations, but this year...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 24, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

Rhubarb is in plentiful supply in local gardens and area supermarket. Sauces, pies, chutneys, cookies, even salad recipes abound for preparing this prolific spring and early summer fruit. Crust-less R...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 10, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

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...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

With the passing of Barbara Bush this past week, it seems appropriate to share her recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies. During the 1992 Bush/Clinton presidential campaign a family favorite from each of...

 

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