The 4th of July means many different things to different people—summer vacation, a trip with the family, reunions, baseball games, cookouts, time off, fireworks. But one thing you can pretty much count on is regardless of how people choose to celebrate, it will usually involve food. But what…

Today it is all about desserts—most of them quick and easy! Those of you who know me, know that besides cooking another of my keen interests is reading, and I do a lot of “traveling” through the books I read. Something I like to do is when I am reading a book set in a particular place, I lik…

This is Father’s Day weekend. I remember my own father, Earl David Daugherty, Sr., as a good, honest, hard-working man who probably best showed his love to us by providing for us the best he could, always making sure that we had a safe home and food on the table. Some of my best memories of …

I have some new, fun, delicious things for you this week from some of my favorite people! There is something for a wide variety of tastes today so I hope you will find something you want to try! The recipe for the Grilled Greek Chicken got me to thinking about barbecued chicken on the grill.…

You would think I was covered up in peaches from the recipes in today’s column, but truth be told, I have yet to have a single one! Now that I have peaches on my mind, I will have to get out and try to find some. A juicy ripe peach is one of summer’s joys, and there are also so many things y…

We take so much for granted, but this weekend we have a wonderful opportunity to pause and honor the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. Every year when I go to the Memorial Day program at the courthouse, I always get one of those poppies that honor…

I had a call from someone this week who had remembered when I wrote the column about Eva Kay Sinclair quite some time ago, and he asked me if I would try to re-run her recipes. That was an uncanny request because the Eva Kay had been on my mind too, so I am more than happy to fulfill that re…

This Sunday will not be just any Sunday.  It is Mother’s Day and is set aside to honor that special person in our lives whether they be here or gone on.  In recognition of that day and in honor of mothers everywhere, I would like to share the following tribute to all our mothers and to all t…

Since it will soon be Cinco de mayo some of the recipes today have a south-of-the-border flavor. I always think it is fun to mark certain days with a recipe, kinda like I always make something with cherries in in on George Washington’s birthday! Cinco De mayo celebrates the end of French rul…

Sometimes a canned meat can be your best friend in the kitchen for a quick something to put on the table. There are two recipes in the column today that make use of them—the Tuna Macaroni Salad and the Corned Beef Casserole. And since I brought up corned beef, let me tell you about an old st…

My mother loved making and serving buttermilk pies, and hers were simple and delicious. I never think about buttermilk pies but what I think of her and her big Sunday dinners. How she managed to pull them off, I am still not sure. Many was the Sunday morning I would wake up to the wonderful …

Happy Easter!

As I thought about what to write about in today’s column, I thought it might be nice to give you some recipes that would maybe bring a little cheer into your home. I think that for many of you, one of the main distractions in your day is the time you spend preparing a meal or making somethin…

The column today focuses on “making do” and still having some good things to put on your table. As you no doubt know there are significant shortages in some of the stores, and it could become even more widespread. So with that in mind I have put together some recipes for you today that might…

I frequently hear people comment about young people not knowing some of the “basics” of life, particularly cooking. During these unsettled and difficult days would be a perfect time to teach some cooking skills to your children, and in the process you will also be teaching math skills and so…

Last week I promised you a surprise this week, and I am ready to make good on that promise! Actually, I think there are several things today that you will get excited about. Leading the way are two great recipes from Heather Jolly Fox. She sent me two of her special recipes and they are both…

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Sometimes it seems as if time is rushing by at warp speed, doesn’t it? Why, it seems no time at all that everyone was getting ready for school to start, then Christmas zoomed by, and here we are now looking at Spring Break just ahead! I think when we are younger we perceive time in a whole d…

Not long ago, my friend Donna Travis Davis mentioned one of her mother’s recipes on Facebook, and it certainly caught my attention. Donna and I were classmates, and I had been to their house any number of times back during high-school years, so I knew what a good cook her mother was. So when…

What do pork and beans, sausage, carrots, sauerkraut, tomato soup, and mayonnaise all have in common? Why, they are all used in cakes of course! I have always been intrigued by cakes with unusual ingredients such as these, and today I have a very good one for you! It is the German Chocolate …

In recognition of Presidents’ Day most of the column this week is devoted to recipes related to the presidency, and certainly not to be overlooked are the First Ladies who have played such a vital role in our nation’s past. I often think of Martha Washington—the first—and how she had no othe…

I had meatloaf on my mind and decided to make this column all about it. The thing about meatloaf is, it can be as simple or as jazzed up as you want. And the variations are endless, and it can be stretched in multiple ways--bread crumbs, oats, and so on.

This week there is just a little bit of everything—delicious, time-saving casseroles, warming soups, a quick easy candy, a black bottom pie, an easy and elegant cherry pie, and even a Chinese recipe! If you like Egg Foo Yong, be sure to check out the recipe this week with its delicious Chine…

While many people have been gathering up Christmas baking ingredients for some time now and already have their Christmas recipes looked up, some of us may still be wondering just what special goodies will grace our Christmas tables. This week I have included several ideas that will not keep …

If today’s recipes don’t make you want to get in the kitchen and stir up something good, I don’t know what will. Reminds me of something I used to hear a preacher say when the sermon became especially spirited, “If that doesn’t light your fire, then your wood must be wet!” Jokes aside, I had…

People often ask me how I write this column. Actually there are several answers to that question. Sometimes I have a clear idea in mind and set about to write about it; other times I have a person to introduce you to; sometimes people send in a set of recipes, and sometimes the column just w…

Thanksgiving 2019 is history, and Christmas is barreling down the pike. This week I am offering some Christmas ideas for you to think about as you plan your meals and festivities.

Have you ever done something for someone or given someone something and then not hear one word of thanks or appreciation? If you have, then you know how it makes you feel. I know that none of us are ever thankful enough for the many blessings that come our way each and every day. I often see…

Recently I mentioned that I would love more dump cake recipes and more fruit cake recipes. I recently received what sound like 3 very good ones from Patricia Henderson, and I am wasting no time in getting them passed on to you. I think all three would make good holiday recipes, and Patty say…

It is always fun for me to see how a week’s column will take shape and come together. This week is no exception. First of all Billie Doty brings back from Virginia a wonderful old Mincemeat recipe, remembering that a couple of weeks ago someone was asking about Gwen Potter’s recipe. I would …

With Veterans’ Day coming up really soon, I want to share a story with you today about one of our “hometown boys” as a tribute to all our veterans who are certainly deserving of our respect and honor.

Earlier this week someone mentioned Dump Cake to me , so I looked one up and decided to pass it along as it is such a good and quick, no-fuss dessert. If you have another one that you like, I would love to see it and pass it on to readers as well. I suppose that put me to thinking about othe…

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When I started to put today’s column together, I just went through the file and pulled some things that I thought sounded good, and since several of them made me think of fall, all the better! I have it on good authority that Zelma Grun is one of the best cooks there is out there, so I was h…

What began as a wedding party has now grown into one of the major festival celebrations in the world! What is it? Why, Oktoberfest, of course! What better time to bring a taste of Munich and Bavaria to your table!

Growing up in Morgantown my friends and I had many neighbors, mentors, and role models. Our street was anchored on the north end by the Schrimpsires, the Byerleys, Carol and Velma Henderson, and Reverend and Mrs. J.L. Gates and on the south end of our street “Uncle” Roy and “Aunt” Hazel Morg…

As friendships often do, my friendship with Shirley and Roy Milligan began in the most unlikely of ways. Roy grew up in Morgantown, and some of you that have been around a while like me will remember the old Milligan homeplace over on what we used to call “The Branch.” And ever since that fi…

Hello Readers! I know that many of you out there know Brad Harris, but what you may not know is what a wonderful cook he is! Over time Brad has shared some great recipes with me, and I figured it was high time I shared more of them with you. You are in for a real treat today as Brad has shar…

I don’t think I’ve met a tamale I didn’t like. And I especially like those made in the style of the Mississippi Delta. I had never made tamales myself until a couple weeks ago, and they turned out pretty good. So, I was delighted to come across today’s recipe for Tamale Balls which are a pop…

If I were going to pick one thing out of this column today and make it, I might have a hard time picking because I rounded up some of my favorites today to share with you and I hope you will find something today that you want to try. I often think that food memories are some of the best ones…

A fine old cook once told me that if you cook anything at all with love it will taste good. And I believe that. Love is the secret ingredient that makes it all special and worthwhile, and while we may sometimes grumble about having to do this or that, just think what our lives would be like …

There are lots of fun recipes for you today, but first I want to follow-up on the “praline” recipe I had in the column last week. A buddy of mine at school made it and brought me a sampling, and I can tell you that they were delicious! In case you missed the recipe last week and want to give…

Last weekend a lady I know asked me if I could try to get Joyce Fitzgerald’s Chicken Pie recipe. She had recently had it and loved it. I made a quick call to Mrs. Fitzgerald and she was only too happy to share it with me so I could pass it on to you. It sounds easy and delicious, so what cou…

Hello everybody! Today’s column is really in two parts. First of all I am going to introduce you to “Miss Shirley,” and then I am going to round out the column with some more good summertime favorites! I hope you will enjoy the column today, and I hope I’ll hear from you soon!

If it is July in Dayton, that means hot weather, anxiety and anticipation about the fast-approaching new school year and time for the Scopes Festival. I am delighted to see the festival back in full swing this year along with the great play.! I have always felt Dayton could and should do mor…

You’ve read this here before, but it is a happy day for me when I get one of those old favorite recipes that everyone in the family loves, and this week Jeanette Booth Hill blessed me with one from her mother, Mary Booth. I was so happy to get it, and I know you’ll love having it, too! These…

We are going to take a little trip to the Deep South today, all the way to Louisiana and New Orleans! Everybody who has ever been comes back with wonderful food memories, unless they happen to be those people who think they have to eat a hamburger everywhere they go. I always feel sorry for …

Greetings! Today as we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, we are going to make potato salad! While everyone probably has a potato salad preference, I thought I would get you to thinking about some variations on an all-time favorite. Potato salad is sometimes one of those things that …