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 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Cool and rainy weather makes for a productive rhubarb year. I was asked how to freeze rhubarb so it works well in recipes. Freezing rhubarb is easy. Just slice or dice to desired si... — Updated 6/16/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Rhubarb and asparagus, early spring produce offerings, are in abundant supply currently. Those who pickle asparagus should plan to get this done soon, as asparagus season will be wi... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome To My Kitchen

Cool weather may not be ideal for most kitchen garden plantings, but rhubarb loves it. Therefore we have a few more rhubarb based recipes to use up some of the bounty. I found a recipe for Rhubarb Cookies on a site called “Dance... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Welcome to My Kitchen Springtime salads are a refreshing change from winter stews and casseroles. Fresh greens, young onions and radishes topped with a flavorful dressing and served with a dinner roll make a light meal. Add diced... — Updated 5/6/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome To My Kitchen

Easter festivities often lead to an abundance of hard boiled eggs. Normally the cooked eggs will keep in the refrigerator for 5-6 days, but if they have been out for several hours or overnight, they should be used up right away.... — Updated 4/21/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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April showers bring May flowers. Easter celebrations bring spring menus to mind. Some menus include traditional ham, others a roast leg of lamb. Every family has a variety of... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Luau themes are popular for spring and summer gatherings. Leis and Hawaiian print décor and clothing, set the mood. Outdoors, tiki torches and grass table skirting add an island... — Updated 3/24/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Welcome to all in our expanded readership. The Welcome to My Kitchen column first appeared in The Odessa Record on March 11, 2004, as a monthly feature. Within a month, by reader... — Updated 3/10/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

Are the tulips coming up? Is it snowing again? Eastern Washington weather keeps us guessing. Shelly Hauge’s recipe for “Ultimate Potato Soup” is a favorite at area soup... — Updated 2/24/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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Valentines Day provides opportunities for cooks and bakers to show off culinary skills. Biscuits and cookies may be cut in heart shapes. Heart stencils will produce valentine embell... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Laura Estes    Community

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January is a good time to try new recipes. In theory, life has slowed, the holiday rush is past and winter weather keeps us indoors. Since our last column I have tried a number of... — Updated 1/27/2022

 
 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

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

Welcome to My Kitchen

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

 

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