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 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

 
 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

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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