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  • Scientist’s goof created cooking history

    If you prepared a home-cooked meal at Thanksgiving, the chances are good that you had help from CorningWare.

    Chances are great that you received that sturdy, do-it-all cookware as a wedding gift – or handed down from your mom. There are skillets, cake pans, casserole dishes, coffee pots, grab-it bowls (my favorites) and pie plates. Most can go from the refrigerator straight to the oven. Just try to break one. It’s nearly impossible.

  • Alzheimer’s affects the entire family

    I recently worked on a story about the Memory Café at Hodgenville United Methodist Church. It’s a support system for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. It’s made me think a lot about my family.

    Two of my grandparents suffer from dementia.

    My grandfather is 85. The man he is now isn’t the same man he was even five years ago. These diseases don’t just make people forgetful; they take away people’s personalities.

  • Readers share: Dog Days of Summer

     For the love of Madam Queen

    This happened 82 years ago, but it is a true story. I wrote it while taking part in a writing group at Atria Elizabethtown.  

  • It's good to be in LaRue

    It’s been a very long week. On Friday, I lived in Louisville and worked in Eminence. Now, on Monday, I live in Campbellsville and work here in Hodgenville. Life is crazy and sometimes moves at a speed that is maybe just a little uncomfortable for me.

    My name is Will Phillips and I’m the new reporter here at The LaRue County Herald News.

  • It's time for Zinnia Fest at the hill; LaRue invites all to come see the vivid colors in his garden

    Next to Arbor Day, I don’t know of a holiday more exciting than the one that is fast approaching.

    This extra-special day comes around only once per year and is smack dab in the middle of the summer. Friends and family gather to celebrate a favorite flower that makes all of our spot of garden just a little more beautiful: Zinnia Fest.

    The second annual Zinnia Fest is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 26, at Groundhog Hill.

    Grab your gardening scissors, a pail of water and cut a colorful bouquet for your Sunday lunch table.

  • Sports, physical activity and your child

    The beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. The new start provides an opportunity for your child to participate in all kinds of extracurricular activities, some of which include sports.

  • Looking for stories of the dog days of summer

    My husband Bud and I picked blackberries Saturday at the old Pearman place on Leafdale Road (that’s the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center for non-natives).

    I asked him if he wanted us to pick in different locations – or if he wanted me to pick beside him so we could chat. He said it was up to me – which is Bud lingo for “can’t pick no blackberries if a woman is yakking at me.” So, he went his way and I went mine.

    That gave me lots of time to think about stuff.

  • Garden of Peruvian Predicaments

    The Peruvian purple corn looks awfully good right now and might actually produce an ear or two in the near future.

    I find myself in a predicament, though: How do I harvest these Peruvian treasures before the varmints do?

    The hubbub around the Groundhog Hill hood is that a band of raccoons are touring the nearby farms and attacking unsuspecting and unprotected patches of sweet corn. One fellow farmer let loose his own pack of dogs, but they failed to keep the critters from their target.

    My brother Philip has one word of advice: Fence.

  • It's time for pickles

    Pickles are a popular home food preservation item. To ensure safe, tasty home-canned pickles, always follow research-based recipes, such as those offered by Extension, that have been tested for product safety. Follow the recipe and use the proper amounts of the appropriate ingredients to yield the best flavor from your food and to prevent food-borne illness.

  • Try vegetables on the grill

    When choosing vegetables for the grill, select firmer vegetables, like asparagus, corn, peppers, zucchini or squash. Grilled vegetables can be used in a salad or served on a side or as the main dish.

    Helpful tips for grilling veggies:

    Asparagus and corn can be grilled just as they are and other vegetables should be cut into pieces large enough that they don’t fall between the slats of your grill.

    Brush the vegetables with olive or vegetable oil and season with herbs and spices to taste.