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 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Listening to young people talk about food, cooking and recipes can be informative and entertaining. With most families spending more time at home, children are taking an interest... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Wrapping up our series on using specialty items hanging out in your pantry after the holiday cooking season is past, I am including a recipe for Mexican Lasagna. Janie Steward... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

January and the new year often bring the urge to spring clean. Finding places for new Christmas gifts spurs the need to purge unused items or bring them out to replace the old and t... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

For most readers, this issue will arrive on the Eve of the New Year. We all look forward with hope to something resembling normal. Meanwhile, meals must be prepared and the... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Soon, many area kitchens will be bustling with week-before-Christmas preparations. Company may be coming, kids home from college and you need something for the breakfast crowd.... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Food and fellowship, the two go together, belong together. The times make it difficult to combine the two. Recipes and the sharing of family favorites or the newest recipe combos... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away, and conditions this year may have many cooks experiencing their first time roasting a turkey. The internet has hundreds of seasoning... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Coat drive by Christ Lutheran Church

ODESSA – The high school class of Christ Lutheran Church is conducting a coat drive. People may come to Christ Lutheran Church, 602 East Amende Drive, just east of the Odessa Clinic, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily to look through... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Current times have drastically changed how we honor the passing of family members and friends. Teresa Stone, daughter of the late Mildred Deife included me in a recipe memorial to... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

This should be the week things gear up for Deutschesfest in Odessa. Sadly, like most area towns, traditional festivities have been canceled due to the corona virus. Normally, the... — Updated 9/11/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

We're heading into harvest season

Harvest season has begun in Northeast Washington. Canola and hay harvests are currently underway, with wheat to follow soon. Many area families have a connection to the process,... — Updated 7/20/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Time for summer popsickles

ODESSA — Summer popsicle time has arrived. When I was growing up, at this time of the year my mother started pulling out the quarts of fruit syrup she had drained from canned frui... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to my Kitchen

What wonderful June rains we have been having. Gardens are flourishing with natural watering. Dill is growing by leaps and bounds. Soon zucchini will be proliferating with some... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Ready for fresh salad season

Salad season must be coming soon. The first day of summer is only a month away. Three-bean salad comes to mind, mostly because I have received a number of questions about cooking... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to my Kitchen

Potatoes have recently been given away in just about every growing area. With schools shut down and restaurants on limited service, growers, brokers and processing facilities have... — Updated 5/8/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Spring is bustling all over

Spring is here! Gardens are being planted and outdoor activities have increased, even with social distancing. It is the beginning of salad season, but one more requested soup... — Updated 4/23/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Sourdough ideas for Eastern weekend snacks

Easter celebrations will be different for most this year. Social distancing and shortages of some grocery and household items has us all researching different ways to keep house... — Updated 4/9/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to my Kitchen

Cold nights and a cool wind from the north, makes for chilly days, even if the sun comes out. Soup season is still with us. This freezes well and is a much more flavorful addition... — Updated 3/16/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Spring is trying to burst forth, but we do live in Eastern Washington, so anything can happen weather-wise. Spring brings new, fresh food items to market. Lamb chops, roasts and... — Updated 2/27/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year. This makes celebrating with dinner out more feasible on the holiday than when it falls midweek. For others, ball games, work... — Updated 2/25/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Cheesecake bars, meat loaf, pie & tips

A bit of sunshine teases us into thinking winter is over. February and March have yet to come. Winter is not done so we might as well make the most of it. Lemon flavored desserts... — Updated 2/1/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Hand in hand; winter and hot home-cooked meals

Winter weather and hot meals go together. Meatloaf, casseroles, soups and stews, top the list of requested recipes, whether one is using a conventional range, slow-cooker or insta-p... — Updated 1/18/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Clean out the pantry for a fresh new start in 2020

December holidays have come and gone, and now we are in the new year 2020. Resolutions have been made and maybe one of yours is to prepare more home cooked meals. My hope in... — Updated 1/18/2020

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Christmas is coming! Programs, concerts and parties fill days, along with gift shopping, and celebration meal planning. Meanwhile, in all this, the family needs to eat three meals... — Updated 1/18/2020

 

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