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 By Laura Estes    News 

Odessa Chamber discusses yearly topics

ODESSA – The Odessa Chamber of Commerce met Jan. 11. Colley Walter presented a proposal to offer presale orders of Deutschesfest Biergarten German Sausage. Orders would have to be... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Crazy weather, causing extended travel delays has cleared area store shelves of a number of often-used ingredients. Items with a short shelf life are quickly bought up and stores... — Updated 1/13/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Cooking for a crowd can lead to leftovers. Hosts want to make sure there is plenty for everyone, and if the number attending is in flux, estimating amounts is difficult. At family... — Updated 12/29/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    News

Chamber holds elections

ODESSA – Odessa Chamber of Commerce met December 14 to elect officers for 2022, hear year end reports and plan 2022 events. While those gathered enjoyed a soup and bread lunch,... — Updated 12/22/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Pinterest and Facebook often put me on the trail of good recipes and interesting culinary stories. Young cook, Koren Hale, prepared Chicken Enchiladas for his Spanish class last... — Updated 12/16/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Turkey leftovers should now be safely tucked into your freezer for later use. At this date, any leftover turkey in your refrigerator is probably past its prime for eating and... — Updated 12/2/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Thanksgiving is a week away. Turkey is most commonly associated with the holiday. Roasting is the traditional method of preparation and easiest for all levels of culinary skill. My... — Updated 11/17/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Some area gardeners have lots of green tomatoes box ripening. They are great for soups and sauces but not as exciting for salads or other fresh tomato recipes. I recently came... — Updated 11/4/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Gardens are put to rest for the winter, with root crops straw-covered to protect from frost, and old vines composted to amend the soil come spring. There are apples to sauce, tomato... — Updated 10/25/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Frosty nights bring on clean-up-the-garden time. Some fortunate gardeners gained an abundance of green beans after the hot summer temperatures subsided. Former Odessa resident... — Updated 10/7/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Deutschesfest 2021 is in the books. As I write this column on Monday morning, cleanup is in full swing and you can hardly tell there was a festival here the last four days. I have... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Apples, zucchini and back to school snacks. How can we combine the bounty of early fall with the need for afterschool snacks? Granola is a favorite of many and may include dried... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Zucchini season is here. There are many ways to use this prolific vegetable. Small, tender zucchini sautéed with a bit of onion, or added to a stir-fry, grated in breads, cookies... — Updated 8/19/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Summer 2021 has produced a very long string of hot, rainless days. I have said on a number of occasions, we skipped July and went straight to August in the weather department.... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Harvest is in full swing throughout much of the Inland Northwest. This means many folks are preparing harvest lunches. In light of this, we chose to make Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Community

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Uffda! By the time you receive this issue of The Odessa Record, temperatures may have cooled to 102 degrees. What do we cook when it is so hot we are already cooking? Salads are... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Blueberries will soon be in season, and blueberry pancakes and muffins are a favorite of many. Most prepared pancake mixes include optional directions for adding blueberries, as do... — Updated 6/15/2021 Full story

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Rhubarb, sometimes known as pie plant, has thrived in our cool spring weather throughout the Inland Northwest. Karma Henry, formally of Odessa shared a recipe on Facebook for Baked... — Updated 6/3/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Spring brings many seasonal flavors to mealtime menus. Asparagus, fresh herbs and tender young spinach are sprouting up in area gardens and the market place. Locally grown produce... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Spring Rhubarb is sprouting up in area gardens. This tart garden plant, produces long stalks that make wonderful pies and crisps, jams and chutneys. Though carefully tended rhubarb... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Old family recipes are the best. A friend recently noted that grandma's recipes are often a list of ingredients, with few or no instructions. The recipe sharer assumed you knew... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Last fall, a basil plant kept growing in a patio container. Due to inattention on my part, it went to seed. Now I have a nice little patch of minuscule seedlings sprouting up. If I... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Borscht Soup is a spring menu item in my book. Though it was a Deutschesfest menu item for many years provided originally by the Odessa Baptist Women, the dish was most often made i... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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March and St. Patrick's Day brings corned beef to mind for many folks doing the meal planning. Corning, the old time method of preserving meat before refrigeration came along is... — Updated 3/11/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Recipes do fail. Recently I tried a recipe for orange cake with fresh orange syrup. It was circulating the Internet last December. Taking into consideration different tastes among... — Updated 2/25/2021

 

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