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 By Laura Estes    Community    May 18, 2017

Welcome to My Kitchen

Recipes that include ingredients used in an unexpected or non-traditional way intrigue me. Maybe necessity was the mother of invention or, as is often the case now, dietary needs create new...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Avocado Ice Cream? My first thought was “that is a horrible thing to do to an avocado”, but apparently this is all the rage in several east coast areas. One restaurant serves avocado ice cream on...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

ears to be in store for Odessa residents. Sore throats, colds and a bit of flu have kept many indoors for days at a time. Russian Tea is an old-fashioned and comforting citrus-infused beverage,...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Snow on the ground, sledding parties and Christmas caroling call for warming up with hot chocolate and sweet cookies. Charlene Kagele brought glazed carrot cookies to a recent event and I was asked...

 

Welcome to my Kitchen

October officially begins the baking season on my calendar. Frosty mornings and cool days invite the warming of the kitchen with the heat and aromas of freshly baked breads, muffins, pies and...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Deutschesfest trappings are packed away for another year, but already plans are being laid for 2017. Though the dirndls and lederhosen won’t likely be seen for another year, Germans from Russia...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Kraut Ranza, Cabbage Rolls and Apple Strudel have been filling the First Avenue corridor with delectable aromas the past few weeks as preparations for Deuschesfest swing into high gear. Most of the...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Zucchini is showing up in various dishes as this prolific summer squash hits peak season. Sautéed, steamed, in cakes and breads, versatile zucchini can be added to just about any recipe, adjusting th...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    June 16, 2016

Welcome to my Kitchen

Popsicles, a favorite frosty summer treat of children for nearly one hundred years, are fun to make, and the variety of fruit combinations is endless. Thin pudding mixtures may be frozen as well,...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 5, 2016

Welcome to My Kitchen

Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches have been a staple on the Quilt Show menu for many years. The recipe originated with Betty Lybbert of Moses Lake and shared with Debbie Buscher. Charlene Kagele adap...

 

Recipe Column

Many requests have come in for several cookie recipes. Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee Crunch, brought by Shelly Hauge to a recent potluck, is a super sweet treat, especially appealing to young folks....

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    July 16, 2015

Recipe Column

Much rejoicing could be heard around Odessa this past week as temperatures returned to normal hot weather as apposed to the scorching of the previous couple of weeks. N ever the less, Odessa cooks...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    June 18, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Carrots tend to get overlooked except as the color in a veggie tray or grated into salads. Savory Grill Roasted Carrots flavorful side dish easy to prepare along side any slow grilling item as they...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    June 4, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Graduation parties, reunion picnics and family barbeques can fill a June calendar quickly. Salads are on the menu, and all are ideal for summer dining events. Twist Tuna Salad, from the collection of...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Washington-grown asparagus is in season, and available at markets and road side stands. Steamed and seasoned with a bit of butter, salt and pepper or prepared in your favorite main dish, nothing...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    May 7, 2015

Throwback Thursday harks back to recipes of the 1970s

Facebook has a custom of post called; “Throwback Thursday.” Participants post photos of past events and friends respond with remembrances of those events. We are in the season of wedding and baby...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    April 9, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Ham, eggs and mini-candies from Easter celebrations may be turned into delicious salads and fun cookies. Remembering to refrigerate meal leftovers is important when planning for future menu items....

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    March 26, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Easter comes early this year, and soon baskets of colored eggs and chocolate rabbits will delight both young and old. Celebration meals will be planned and several of this issue’s recipes may be...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    March 12, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

Saint Patrick’s Day brings corned beef to meat counters. Fresh cured corned beef is not hard to prepare but it takes time, and careful attention to temperature. Following the package instructions...

 

Welcome to my Kitchen

Splenda Peach Pie was the name on the label, and the search is on for the recipe for this pie. Originally, it was thought the pie was purchased at the Hospital Foundation Auction and Wine Tasting...

 

Welcome to my Kitchen

We missed National Cookie Day, December 4, so I am declaring February 21, Odessa Cookie Day. Make some cookies and share with your neighbors, a community- wide cookie swap. Here are some recipes to...

 

Welcome to my Kitchen

Slow-cookers make weekend meal preparation a cinch. Whether you’re feeding starving teenage athletes, providing a meal after church or filling a buffet table for the big game day, there is a recipe...

 
 By LAURA ESTES    Opinion    January 1, 2015

Welcome to my Kitchen

The new year is here and it’s a good day to sort out the kitchen pantry. Specialty items get pushed to the back, unused holiday recipe items crowd around staples, making it hard to find what you...

 

Welcome to my Kitchen

Christmas and New Years Day are almost here. Last minute gift giving and parties can challenge even the most experienced and competent cooks. Quick and easy or make ahead recipes are in demand. Rocky...

 

Welcome to my Kitchen

Visions of sugar plums dancing in your head? Probably not, but a list of Christmas baking may be formulating in your mind. Most present day cookie and candy makers would not want to spend the time...

 

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