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 By Laura Estes    Community    December 5, 2019 

Childhood favorites plus one maybe two more

December is the month for stocking up on baking supplies. Stores offer many items on sale for the season. It is the best time to purchase spices, as even on sale they can be quite expensive and...

 

Holidays are upon us, what's your meal plan?

Thanksgiving Day is one week away. If you are the head cook for your family celebration, you may be planning how you will pull it together. Delegating salads and other side dishes to others in the gro...

 

Fall weather, what are your favorite recipes?

Fall weather has ended production in most Odessa gardens. Time to use up the last fruits and vegetables you braved the cold wind to rescue before the killing frost. My mother would always make an...

 

Garden+early fall bounty=multiple ideas for delicious, home-cooked meals

Deutschesfest is in the books for another year, and most of us have had our fill of German food for awhile. During all this festivity, the late peaches and tomatoes have ripened, and cucumbers and...

 

Which Kuchen are you cooking in your kitchen?

Deutschesfest is less than a week away. Many have already baked Kuchen, strudel and other German treats in preparation for the Odessa Historical Society Bake Sale and Fest Platz vendor sales. New this year on the outdoor stage is a Kuchen Contest....

 

A couple thibngs you have to try. From tomato cake to zuchinni pie.

Eat dessert first, save room for dessert. Summer brings an abundance of zucchini, many getting a little large for savory main and side dishes. Just the right size to grind for relish, but how much...

 

Young newbie chefs make mac and cheese

Mac-n-Cheese, a favorite of most kids and many adults, and a staple side dish on most southern cooking menus, has increased in popularity nation wide. Often, one of the first things kids learn to...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    July 4, 2019

Mini pizzas, pizza dough & chicken chimichangas

One thing can be said about Odessa weather of late, it’s changeable. The weather leading up to grain harvest is often like this. Shall I make salad or soup for the days meals? Will it be hot or...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    June 20, 2019

International fare from Scotland and Germany

Vacation Bible School has been happening this week. Some of the program focused on customs of other countries. I have a couple of recipes from countries of my own heritage to share with you. Raisin...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    June 6, 2019

Trout cassarole, blonde brownies & Flylady soup

Soup is a good choice for feeding a crowd any time of year, especially when made in a slow-cooker. The ease of putting everything in the crock early in the day, makes hospitality and meal time enterta...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 23, 2019

Recipes for wild weather and rainy windy days

Wild weather, wind, a rain storm or two, has our systems confused about the seasons. It looks nice out, but when you open the door a cold wind hits. The world is green but chilly. Ange Hayes posted a...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 9, 2019

Rhubarb & peach cake, berry baked french toast

Fresh strawberries and rhubarb has our mouth watering for all things summer. Blueberries and raspberries cannot be far behind. Though berries are available year round, shipped in from southern climate...

 

Potluck season presents several serving options

Lots of recipe requests came in from a recent community potluck meal. Kerry Scheller brought Mexican Corn Bread Salad to the event and she received many requests for the recipe and chose to share it...

 

A few of my favorites, ice cream, salad & soup,

When I asked the “Welcome to My Kitchen” Facebook page followers for favorite spring and Easter recipes, one response I got was ice cream, no recipe, just favorite. Weather is still a bit chilly f...

 

Chase the winter chills away with warm soup

Winter is not letting loose of March willingly. Soup on the menu is still in order. Lecia Fink brought Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup to a recent soup supper. She shared the recipe and some tips...

 

Hearty soups for cold winter days

Winter isn’t giving up easy this year. Soup season may last through April, and a good thing. A number of Facebook “Welcome to My Kitchen” followers shared yummy soup recipes, and I will never...

 

Recipes for an extended soup season

Soup weather has carried over into February. I asked Welcome to My Kitchen Facebook followers their favorite soup to prepare on cold winter days. Several mentioned taco and potato. Sausage, barley and...

 

Sticky popcorn, dipping sauce, salad and bread

Welcome to My Kitchen Facebook page has been quite active since launch the end of December. Each week I plan to post pictures from the test drive of column recipes and other kitchen hints. https://www...

 

Whats your favorite "Go to" recipe lifesave?

Happy New Year! At this reading we are three or four days into 2019. School and work schedules have resumed and meals must be prepared to fuel day to day activities. Some folks have made New Years...

 

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